$3,599.00 NZD

Auckland > Wellington

From November - May

14-Day North Island Road Trip

NZ’s North Island is an adventure-lovers backyard. Rich in Maori history and tradition, there are numerous reasons why you should choose to visit the North Island with us. 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!

Trip Details

The Particulars

Price

$3,599.00 NZD

You can secure your spot with a $99 deposit and pay the remaining balance 30 days prior to your tour departure!

See our Terms & Conditions for more details.


Meeting point

You will need to meet us at 9:00am on the first day at Haka Lodge Auckland

This tour finishes at 10:00am on Day 14 in Wellington


On the road

14 days, 13 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 + 1 cultural overnight experience


Tour staff

You will have 2 tour guides with you during your road trip with us. They will be your drivers, hosts, cooks, and new best mates!


Availability

2022 dates

  • 20th November – 3rd December – only 1 seat left!

2023 dates

  • 8th January – 21st January – filling up fast!
  • 29th January – 11th February
  • 19th February – 4th March
  • 12th March – 25th March
  • 2nd April – 15th April
  • 23rd April – 6th May
  • 14th May – 27th May
  • 29th October – 11th November
  • 12th November – 25th November
  • 26th November – 9th December
  • 10th December – 23rd December

2024 dates

  • 7th January – 20th January
  • 21st January – 3rd February
  • 4th February – 17th February
  • 18th February – 2nd March
  • 3rd March – 16th March
  • 17th March – 30th March
  • 31st March – 13th April
  • 14th April – 27th April
  • 28th April – 11th May
  • 12th May – 25th May
  • 27th October – 9th November
  • 10th November – 23rd November
  • 24th November – 7th December
  • 8th December – 21st December

Things to Look Forward to

Tasty continental breakfasts every day + 4 dinners

Comfortable mini-bus transport & passionate local kiwi guides

12 nights of high end hostel accommodation (dorm share) + 1 overnight cultural experience

Sit back, bring a drink or two, and relax while taking in the Bay of Islands’ sights and sounds on our private sunset cruise

Visit and walk to the incredible Whangarei Falls & Try local brewed beers at Mcleod’s Brewery

Visit our 'God of the forest' and the largest Kauri tree in NZ ‘Tane Mahuta’

See a living Maori and geothermal village – learn about daily way of life

Beach day at Matauri Bay with a short hiking opportunity to see the stunning coastline

Explore the epic nightlife and local cuisines of Paihia with your new crew!

Try New Zealand’s most famous fish and chips!

Afternoon relaxation at the gorgeous Kai Iwi Lakes for a freshwater dip

Learn to surf at the famous 90 mile beach with a group lesson with qualified instructors

Guided Maori cultural experience to learn about the beginning of NZ – ‘Footprints of Kupe’

Sunset session at 90-mile Beach with your crew for your last night!

Pass by the birthplace of NZ, cross the magical Hokianga by car ferry

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

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

Native rainforest guided cultural walking tour & Maori geothermal settlement 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’

What You'll See & Do

Welcome on board! A nice early start sees us leave the ‘big smoke’ of Auckland, after our meet and greet we load into the van and head north towards Waipu for lunch via a beautiful section of coastline only a stone’s throw from the city of sails. We stop at Mcleod’s Brewery and Pizza Barn for lunch, then continue on our way to the Bay of Islands. On arrival at our accommodation in Paihia, you will be given time to settle in and get changed before we embark on an exclusive evening sailing trip around the surrounding bays. We have chartered the boat just for our group, so this is the perfect opportunity to share a drink and get to know your fellow road-trippers. After the sailing trip, we head back to the accommodation where you can explore the local cuisines for dinner and experience the Paihia nightlife with your new crew.

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included activities:

  • Visit the incredible Whangarei Falls, located in close to city centre!
  • Swim at a stunning east coast beach – Langs Beach
  • Try local brewed beers at Mcleod’s Brewery
  • Exclusive yacht sailing charter around the Bay of Islands

You’ll start the day in the beautiful coastal town of Paihia before the guides prepare a tasty continental breakfast. You then have a full free day to explore this town and learn the significance of the area! Try the Bay of Islands Skydive? Jump on a day trip to the top of NZ and try sandboarding our giant sand dunes! Explore the historical town of Russel (First capital of NZ), Jump on a cruise to see the famous ‘hole in the rock’ and dolphin watching or get familiar with the NZ Maori history and the famous Treaty of Waitangi at the grounds that you can join a guided tour and learn the roots of NZ. Enjoy your last dinner in Paihia with your group and the night is yours!

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

We start day 3 slightly later than the day before, to allow time for a sleep in and breakfast. Afterwards, we’ll then set off by winding our way up the east coast to explore some stunning beaches and short walks. We stop at one of, if not the best, fish and chip shops in the country (a bold claim, we know, so you’ll have to try for yourself!) for lunch*. We then continue on our way across the country (literally) to the west coast to our accommodation at the southern end of 90 Mile Beach. You may be lucky enough to witness a west coast sunset while your tour leader will be cooking up a feed on the barbecue because is it really a New Zealand road trip without a BBQ Dinner?

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

  • Beach day at Matauri Bay
  • Visit NZ’s most famous fish and chip
  • Sunset session at 90 mile beach

It may be the last day but we aren’t finished yet! Start your day right with a Sunrise surf lesson on the famous 90-mile beach where you’ll be looked after by qualified surf instructors. After this incredible experience, we will head back for breakfast then cruise back in time to board a car ferry that crosses the sleepy waters of the Hokianga Harbour. This little-known area was the birthplace of our nation where you’ll experience incredible Maori history on a guided tour and again when we go to visit Tāne Mahuta – the God of the forest. Depending on weather and group energy levels, there is an opportunity to stop at Kai Iwi lakes, before making the final leg of the journey back to Auckland where we plan to arrive back in Auckland CBD by 7pm. Spend the night in Auckland before we head down south tomorrow!

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

  • Group Surf lessons with qualified instructor – Wet suit and Surfboard rental included
  • Experience a ferry across the Hokianga Harbour
  • Guided Maori cultural experience – ‘Footprints of Kupe’
  • Visit NZ’s largest Kauri Tree – Tāne Mahuta – the God of the forest
  • Night out in Auckland with your new crew!

A nice early start sees us leave the ‘big smoke’ of 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 Whitianga, where we’ll have some kai (food) – a classic Kiwi BBQ. From there, the night is yours!

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Visit Thames township, Hahei Beach, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach

Optional add-ons:

  • 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 add-ons:

  • Te Puia Te Rā + Haka (guided tour+ cultural performance)  – $95
  • Kaituna River Rafting – $115
  • Day Trip to Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools – $75pp
  • Redwood Altitude Walk- $99
  • Tamariki Maori experience $160
  • Jet boat ‘The squeeze’ – $89-189
  • Skyline Rotorua (Gondola + 3 Luge rides) – $52

 

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. Listen to their history, as you walk in the shadows of giants, and tread where dinosaurs once walked. 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. Here, 200,000 litres per second of crystal clear water flows from the great lake into the start of New Zealand’s longest river – the Waikato River. 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

Optional add-ons:

  • Horse Trek – $80
  • Grade 5 White water rafting – $215
  • E-bike hire – $80

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:

  • National Army Museum

Optional morning add-ons:

  • Grade 5 White water rafting – $215

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 of tour! We will check out of our accommodation and say our goodbyes! Some guests can continue onto our 10 day South Island Tour starting in Christchurch the next day.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: NA

Optional add-ons:

  • Te Papa Musuem (free)
  • Transport back to Auckland ($30)

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
  • Check out our ‘Packing List’ page for more details!

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