$2,299.00 NZD

Auckland > Wellington

From November - May

Auckland To Wellington Roadtrip Via Rotorua

NZ’s North Island is an adventure-lovers backyard. Rich in Maori history and tradition, there are numerous reasons why you should choose to discover this epic roadtrip from Auckland to Wellington. Sparkling lakes, ancient forests, geothermal rock pools and bubbling mud baths, 30m exploding geysers, extinct volcanoes, and that’s just scratching the surface. Secure your getaway now as this tour will be unmissable!

Like this but want more? Take the plunge & extend your trip into Northland!

Trip Details

The Particulars

Price

$2,299.00 NZD

You can secure your spot with a $99 deposit and pay the rest later! Check our Terms & Conditions for more details.



Meeting point

You will need to meet us at 9AM on the first day at Haka Lodge Auckland.

This tour finishes on Day 10 at 10AM in Wellington


On the road

10 days, 9 nights


Group size

Small groups of up to 12 people


Taking part

You must be 18+ years old to book


Accommodation

Multi share dorms with shared facilities


Availability

2022 dates

  • 24th November – 3rd December – 20% off – use code ‘XMAS’

 

2023 dates

  • 12th January – 21st January
  • 2nd February – 11th February
  • 23rd February – 4th March
  • 16th March – 25th March
  • 6th April – 15th April
  • 27th April – 6th May
  • 18th May – 27th May
  • 2nd November – 11th November
  • 16th November – 25th November
  • 30th November – 9th December
  • 14th December – 23rd December

 

2024 dates

  • 11th January – 20th January
  • 25th January – 3rd February
  • 8th February – 17th February
  • 22nd February – 2nd March
  • 7th March – 16th March
  • 21st March – 30th March
  • 4th April – 13th April
  • 18th April – 27th April
  • 2nd May – 11th May
  • 16th May – 25th May
  • 10th November – 19th November
  • 24th November – 2nd December
  • 8th December – 17th December

2025 dates

  • 19th January – 28th January
  • 2nd February – 11th February
  • 16th February – 25th February
  • 2nd March – 11th March
  • 16th March – 25th March
  • 30th March – 8th April
  • 13th April – 22nd April
  • 27th April – 6th May
  • 11th May – 20th May

Extended Package

You can extend your trip by adding our 4 Day Far North Escape which starts 4 days before this tour starts.

View our 14 Day Northern Adventure for this package

This tour package includes:

Tasty continental breakfasts every day + 1 lunch and 3 dinners

Comfortable mini-bus transport & Passionate local kiwi guides

8 nights in high-end hostel accommodation (dorm share) and 1 night shared cultural experience

Relax in River Valley’s Spa and Sauna & Enjoy a beach day at Hahei Beach

Be guided through a living Maori and geothermal village – learn about daily way of life

Learn a haka and learn to weave flax with a local iwi (tribe)

Eat a traditional Māori hāngī meal cooked in an underground oven

Experience the famous Cathedral Cove & Dig a mini-Jacuzzi at Hot Water Beach

Experience the amazing Blue Springs & the stunning Okere Falls

Enjoy a native rainforest guided cultural walking tour

Sail on a private charter around Lake Taupo & visit the breath-taking Huka Falls

Transport to and from Tongariro National Park or an optional day trip to Ohakune

Wander through the National Army Museum then enjoy an epic night out in our Capital city ‘Wellington’

10 Day North Island Itinerary

Welcome on board! A nice early start sees us leave Auckland and head to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Here, you’ll see why this region is a favourite for Kiwis on their summer holidays and why it’s constantly regarded as one of the most stunning parts of the world. First a quick lunch stop in the famous Goldmine town in historic Thames. Then we will visit the famous Cathedral Cove beach (as seen in multiple Hollywood feature films). You have the option to do a free 30 min walk one way to this beautiful spot. Or you could choose to do a kayaking tour as an optional add on. Depending on the time of the tides we may have time today or tomorrow to grab a shovel and dig a mini Jacuzzi at the unreal Hot Water Beach. After an epic day of sun, sand and surf, it’s time to head to our accommodation in Coromandel township, where you can explore the local kai (food) – and from there, the night is yours!

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included activities:

  • Visit Thames township,
  • Beach day at Hahei Beach
  • Experience the famous ‘Cathedral Cove’
  • Dig a mini Jacuzzi at Hot Water Beach

Optional activities:

  • Cathedral Cove Kayaking Tour – $125

After breakfast and a van-load of new friends, it’s time to head south. From Coromandel well head to New Zealand’s tourism Mecca – Rotorua. On the way to this geothermal wonderland you will have the option to get lost in the magical world of Hobbiton or check out some of the clearest springs you’ve ever seen. After we check out a beautiful waterfall we arrive in Rotorua where we are welcomed by a local tribe and be guided through Ohinemutu Village where you will experience a living Maori and geothermal village and learn about daily way of life. The rest of the day is yours where you can immerse yourself in more traditional Maori culture in Rotorua or try out any of the exciting adrenaline filled activities in this town.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Experience the clearest waters at the ‘Blue Springs’
  • Visit the stunning ‘Okere Falls’
  • See a living Maori and geothermal village – learn about daily way of life

Optional activities:

  • Hobbiton Tour – $89

With far more to do than you can fit in just one day, we’re staying an extra 2 nights in Rotorua tonight so you have a full day of free time! With plenty of optional paid activities on offer all around the city to keep you and your new mates busy. Explore Te Puia’s world famous Geothermal Valley, Kiwi Sanctuary, learn about Maori history/culture with an option for buffet lunch including the famous Maori ‘hangi’.  Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie and want to tackle the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, or if zip-lining through the forest canopy sounds more like you, we’ll be sure to offer you all the best experiences based on what you’re looking for.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast

Optional Activities:

  • Redwood Altitude Walk – $99
  • Kaituna River Rafting – $115
  • Day Trip to Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools – $75
  • Mitai Maori Village Evening experience – $123
  • Tamariki Maori Evening experience $160
  • Jet boat ‘The squeeze’ – $89-189
  • Skyline Rotorua (Gondola + 3 Luge rides) – $52 pp
  • Zorb Rotorua – $40

 

After breakfast its our last day to enjoy this culture filled town! You’ll have free time today till the afternoon to tick off your last bucket list activities! At midday we will head over to start our overnight cultural experience close to Lake Aniwhenua. We will be welcomed to the Ngati Manawa tribal lands, Learn about the history of forestry to their people where we stay overnight with with them. See hangi (cultural meal) being laid in the ground, enjoy a haka lesson and weaving class. See your hangi being pulled up from the ground and enjoy a buffet feast followed by storytelling around an outdoor fire place! This is as authentic as it gets!

Accommodation: Overnight cultural experience at Lodge
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included activities:

  • Haka Lesson
  • Weaving Class
  • Mau Rakau – Stick games
  • Witness how a hangi is prepared
  • Local Story telling

 

Wake up early and enjoy a breakfast prepared for you by our local hosts! After we will pack for the day ahead as we will be guided on a cultural walk through a Jurassic Podocarp Native Rainforest. See our 1,000 year old Totara, learn about our Rakau Rongoa (Natural Medicine Plants), hear and hopefully see our native and endangered birds in their natural habitat. After this epic experience we are off to our next destination! This time to stunning Lake Taupo, but not before stopping in at the breath-taking Huka Falls.  Once in Taupo, optional paid activities like bungy jumping, skydiving or jet boat riding are on offer, or simply ask your tour leader who’ll point you towards some of Taupo’s lesser known gems or the many free activities available. For sunset we will board an exclusive yacht charter with our group around the lake itself! We provide dinner on board, feel free more a few beverages for this epic experience.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included activities:

  • Guided cultural forest walk
  • See our 1,000 year old Totara tree
  • Witness native and endangered birds in their natural habitat
  • Visit the breath-taking ‘Huka Falls’
  • Exclusive sunset sailing charter around Lake Taupo

After breakfast your free to explore the town and do as many activities or see as much as you want! There is also an option for people wanting to go for a trek and tick off the ‘Tongariro Alpine Crossing’ off their bucket list! This is heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand and is regarded as among the top ten single-day treks in the world. Other guests are of course welcome to spend the day in Taupo exploring the activities on offer or come for a drive and explore he town of Ohakune. We will all meet back in Taupo to explore the local cuisines with our crew! Then the night is yours!

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Transport to and from Tongariro National Park
  • Optional day trip to Ohakune

After a few hours in the van, we’ll arrive into New Zealand’s best kept secret, River Valley. This afternoon we’ll chill out and enjoy our stunning lodge with on-site café and bar, saunas, and spa. Using the Lodge as a base, you can go on a rafting adventure, a horse trek, or explore some of the local rural back roads on an e-bike. Of course, you could simply relax beside the river and enjoy some delicious food, many of the ingredients of which come from the on-site organic gardens. Tonight your in for a treat as you’ll be served a farm to table dinner made with fresh seasonal vegetables harvested from their gardens and free range organic or grass fed local meats. The night is ours after!

Accommodation: Multi share lodge with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included activities:

  • Relax in our accommodations Spa and Sauna

Enjoy a full cooked breakfast before heading south from Taihape, we’ll stop at the home of New Zealand’s army base to stretch our legs and have some lunch. From there, we trek on to the nation’s capital – Wellington! Once in ‘Welly’, we’ll grab some dinner and hit the streets of this incredible city on a local pub crawl. Doesn’t sound like your cup of tea? No problemo! The night is yours to explore what is often referred to as NZ’s coolest city.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Admission into National Army Museum

After breakfast, the day is yours! Get lost in Wellington. Visit a local cafe, take photos of the local street art, head along to New Zealand’s famous national museum – Te Papa (it’s FREE!), have your mind blown at the Peter Jackson’s famous ‘Weta Workshop’. Plenty of exciting things to choose from in NZ’s coolest city

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast

Today is our last day and time to check out! After breakfast we will wrap things up and say goodbye to all our new best mates! Your tour leader can help you plan your next journey or you can join us for our 10 day South Island Explorer tour! This can be purchased as our 20 Day New Zealand Explorer. 

Included Meals: Breakfast

Some Important Details


COVID restrictions/changes or cancellations to your booking

  • All cancellations of bookings by you must be made in writing. We will not regard a booking as cancelled unless an email written notice has been received by us from you.
  • Cancellation can only be made up to 14 days before the departure of your tour. Once the cancellation is accepted a refund of the total ticket price (less the $99 deposit) will be paid to you. The refundable portion does not include the non-refundable $99 deposit.
  • No refunds will be available for cancellations within 14 days of the departure date.
  • We recognise that our current tours may require flexibility around cancellations during this evolving global situation. As such, if your travel arrangement to the meetup zone has been affected due to COVID Alert level restrictions your tour purchase will be 100% refundable (excl. any credit card, booking fee).

What to bring:

  • We ask that you only bring 2 bags: 1 medium-sized one for your clothes and general belongings, and 1 small day bag to keep with you on the bus
  • New Zealand weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you bring swimwear and a towel, as well as warm clothes and a rain jacket
  • All bedding is provided, but you can bring your favourite pillow if you like

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