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Embark on a complete loop of the North Island from Auckland or Wellington, the Hot Rocks North Island Tour of New Zealand gives you a taste of the best the North is famous for. Golden coastlines, mesmerising thermal wonders, tempting turquoise waters, primitive Kauri forests and fascinating Maori culture are just a few you will encounter, with plenty more to experience in between. If you love hiking, don’t pass up the opportunity to walk on an active volcanic field on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, considered one of the world's finest one day walks and a major highlight of the Hot Rocks North Island Tour.

Hiking or kayaking to the stunning Cathedral Cove, including digging sand at Hot Water Beach to make your own hot pool under the stars, are also high points of the Hot Rocks North Island Tour.

At Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park, expect to be greeted with an otherworldly landscape dotted with sulphur pools, erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. The landscape is a spectacle that never fails to impress. For a peek into Maori culture, visit the Tamaki Village in Central North Island where Maori culture remains alive and well. This is also the place to push yourself out of your comfort zone and jump into adventurous activities like skydiving, zip lining, zorbing & bungy jumping, which you can also try in a river. Let the Kiwi adventurous spirit rub off on you and just go ahead and do it!

As well as home to action-packed adventures, North Island also boasts of sights as varied as lake scenery dominated by the vast Lake Taupo (the largest lake in Southern Hemisphere), coastal vistas, and stunning native bush. Gazing at the horizon, marvel at the sight of volcanic mountains like the sacred and beautifully symmetrical Mount Taranaki, and our celebrity mountain Ngauruhoe, more popularly known as Mt. Doom.

And there’s more! The North Island is as mesmerising on the surface as it is underground. Gaze up at the constellation of tiny living lights made by Waitomo glow worms while black water rafting in the subterranean river. If you prefer hiking or cycling, there are heaps of tracks in the area easily accessible for bike rides and rural walks. Also expect to run into sheep in the North Island where the majority of over 30 million of them reside.

Trip Options:

Taking you on a full loop of the North Island, this Hot Rocks trip allows you to start and end your journey anywhere along the way, with your trip ending where you started. You may also opt to go on any one of these 3 most popular trip choices:

  • Start and end in Auckland (10 days, South bound): On this trip, you will first journey south, heading straight to the Coromandel & East Coast’s golden beaches. 
  • Start and end in Auckland (9 days, North bound): Your first destination takes you north to the Bay of Islands. Before arriving at Paihia, take advantage of the option to go for a short swim in the inviting waters of the beautiful Uretiti Beach.
  • Start and end in Wellington (10 days): Setting off from Wellington, we journey to New Plymouth following the stunning Kapiti Coast.

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Hot Rocks North Island Tour, New Zealand

Itinerary

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Day 1Auckland to Hot Water BeachD

Departing Auckland at 10am we head to the Coromandel, renowned worldwide for its natural beauty, misty rainforests and pristine white, sandy beaches. The beautiful Coromandel Peninsula is just a short distance from Auckland but it feels like a different world! It only takes around two hours to reach the region but the volcanic hills, fern forests and stunning beaches make it an idyllic escape from the city. Locals and others are attracted by the endless white beaches, lovely turquoise waters and the great mix of architecture old and new.

The peninsula is home to some of the most impressive coastlines in the country. We will be dropping you off at Hahei beach where you can make your way to Cathedral cove, here you will find an iconic limestone archway that sits right down at the beach. Take the coastal walkway or take in the coastline from the water while on one the best guided sea kayak trips in New Zealand.

We will then travel a short distance to camp at Hot Water Beach. This beautiful beach offers a unique experience as geothermal water reservoirs under the ground bring hot water to the surface at low tide allowing you to dig your very own hot pool in the sand.

Meals: Dinner
Bike Rides: 8km road cycling
Walks and Hikes: Stunning coastal walk with views over the Pacific – distances vary
Optional Activities: Sea Kayaking
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx 3 hours

Day 2Hot Water Beach to RotoruaB, L

Before heading south into the heart of the North Island (where you’ll be amazed by the natural wonderland that is Rotorua), we’ll drive the scenic route out of the Coromandel giving you an opportunity to explore by foot or pedals, the stunning Karagahake Gorge. If the sun is out, we’ll even have a delicious picnic lunch (kiwi styles) to break up the drive.

Continuing south we drop off Hobbiton fans then it’s onto Rotorua where you can explore the city, the gardens, spas or take in some Maori Culture at the Tamaki Maori Village. Experience the only native forest zipline canopy tour in New Zealand, enjoy the thrills of OGO or the scenic gondola and luge. Take in the geothermal wonders with walks or relax in the hot pools. For cyclists there is the chance to enjoy a world class mountain bike park and the geothermal featured Te Ara Ahi cycle Trail.

Bubbling mud pools, geysers and Maori culture are the main reasons that visitors head to the thermal resort of Rotorua. It is the oldest and most established thermal resort in the country and the ancestral home of the Te Arawa people who settled here over 600 years ago.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Bike Rides: Peddle through subtropical forest, mining heritage and don’t forget your headlamp for the tunnels and bridges (trail ride)! In the afternoon, ride through Rotorua to a world class Mountain Bike Forest
Walks and Hikes: Enjoy an awesome little walk through Coromandel lush forest and explore early mining history through caves, tunnels and a pretty beautiful waterfall to complete a great walk!
Optional Activities: Hobbiton, Tamaki Maori Village, OGO, Luge, hot pools, Zipline Canopy Tour
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 3-4 hours

Day 3Rotorua to Tongariro National Park via TaupoB, D

Leave camp for Wai-O-Tapu geothermal Wonderland before continuing on to the impressive Huka Falls. We then head to Taupo, nestled next to one of the largest crater lakes in the World with some great hiking and cycling opportunities. Taupo is also a great place for adventure with heaps of optional activities to choose from. Tonight we enjoy a camp near Tongariro National Park.

This region is centred around Lake Taupo, NZ's largest lake at 619sq km - about the size of Singapore! The Lake is in a caldera created by the Taupo supervolcano some 26000 years ago and the area is still considered dormant today with moderate geothermal activity in the area such as the mud pools, hot springs and vents.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Bike Rides: Ride an awesome single track from Huka Falls stopping in for a quick soak in a natural hot stream on your way into Taupo or grab the bike in the city for a cruisey ride around the edge of the lake.
Walks and Hikes: Follow the trail from an iconic waterfall alongside the mighty Waikato River winding past a natural hot spring that you can soak in followed by walking past a bungy jump watching adrenaline junkies dive into the river!
Optional Activities: Skydiving, bungy, giant swing, Wai-O-Tapu (free - this one is on us!)
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 2 hours

Day 4Tongariro National Park to Kapiti CoastB, L, D

Experience one of NZ’s great walks, The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, rated as the best one day walk in the World. This dual listed World heritage area is set to inspire with towering mountains, turquoise lakes, sparkling rivers, lush rainforests and lunar landscapes. For those that don’t fancy the hike, take on some grade 3 whitewater rafting rapids, cycle, enjoy short walks or relax in this beautiful area with an awe-inspiring mountain backdrop. We then head south to our wonderful stunning beach camp – home to amazing coastal sunsets.

The 80,000 hectare Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage Area, with its centrepiece Mount Ruapehu rising dramatically 2797m from the surrounding area. Next to Mt. Ruapehu are two smaller volcanic mountains - Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings) and Mount Tongariro, which is where you be hiking!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Bike Rides: If you’re not doing the Tongariro Crossing, leave camp on a bike and head towards to the Tongariro River Trail. Cycle this loop, over bridges and past huts or a trout centre, keep an eye out for trout fishermen as this is the capital for trout fishing!
Walks and Hikes: The best one day hike in New Zealand! Traverse the Tongariro, steam vents, crater lakes and more!
Optional Activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, white water rafting (grade 3 rapids)
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 4 hours

Day 5Kapiti Coast to New Plymouth via WellingtonB, D

After a short journey to Wellington arriving there by 9am you will have a couple of hours to check out the sights of New Zealand’s beautiful capital city.

Departing at 11am, travel up the scenic Kapiti Coast towards the Taranaki region – home to wonderful beaches, crashing waves and the spectacular Mount Taranaki, one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world. Our campsite is beside the Taranaki coastline offering a short scenic walk or cycle to camp at the end of the day.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Bike Rides: the coastal walkway, easy path cycling from camp
Walks and Hikes: the coastal walkway from camp
Optional Activities: Te Papa Museum (free)
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 7 hours

Day 6New Plymouth to Auckland via WaitomoB, L

Early departure to the limestone wonderland of Waitomo Caves. The glow-worm (Arachnocampa luminosa) is unique to our shores and thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light through this network of caves. The black water rafting is a totally unique experience – sitting in your rubber ring, your experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you through a maze of underground caves and streams whose ceilings are coated in glow-worms that produce a radiant light to lead you through. There are a range of options to explore the caves, from walks to rafting, dependent upon your adrenalin levels.

We take time to enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking farmland before heading to Auckland and a taste of big city life “kiwi style”. Auckland nightlife is second to none and it’s a great chance to join your group for a taste of the harbour bars and restaurants.

Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the country’s largest city so we will be staying in a great hostel with various room options giving you the best access to explore. This is payable locally and we have twin rooms reserved for everyone on board (twin / triple share from $39pp). If you would prefer a private room (from $72 - subject to availability) please contact us prior to your trip.

For those that started their loop on the Auckland - Bay of Islands day this will be the last leg of your tour.

Auckland is bordered by 2 harbours, Waitemata and Manukau and lies at the southern end of the Auckland Peninsula. Auckland is NZs largest city and the main gateway for all elements of commerce, tourism and industry. Although this is the largest urban area its also has great beaches, excellent shopping and the buzzing nightlife and culture you'd hope for in a large city. Auckland is also known as the City of Sails and this has been added to with the America’s Cup event regularly held here.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Bike Rides: If you’re not doing any Waitomo activities, jump on a bike and enjoy a countryside road ride into Waitomo. You’ll be riding through the Waikato District, home to many four legged wooly friends, sheep!
Walks and Hikes: Enjoy a trail walk taking you through forest in Waitomo to caves and a lookout overlooking the Waitomo district.
Optional Activities: Blackwater rafting, glowworm cave tour
Drive Distance: Approx. 4-5 hours

Day 7Auckland to Bay of IslandsD

We leave the City of Sails (Auckland) at 10am heading north to the golden beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands. On route we take time for a break, and a quick swim for those that are keen, at beautiful Uretiti beach. It’s a great place to relax and make use of the Frisbee, football and rugby ball on board.

We then head to the historically significant town of Paihia, the main gateway for the Bay of Islands before doing a highly recommend mangrove walk to the thundering Haruru waterfalls. Our campsite is nestled next to the river and we will be spending 2 nights here giving you time to explore the best of the Bay.

Meals: Dinner
Bike Rides: Forest trail rides that will give you views of the Bay of Islands, good exercise and go past the Haruru Waterfalls.
Walks and Hikes: A great afternoon walk taking you past mangroves, over boardwalks, through forest before ending at the Haruru Waterfalls. A beautiful walk and highly recommended!
Optional Activities: Waitangi Treaty House (Maori culture), twilight kayaking
Available Upgrades: Yes (limited options)
Drive Distance: Approx. 4 hours

Day 8Bay of IslandsB, D

Experience a full day exploring the Bay of Islands and its turquoise waters. This subtropical region is the perfect playground for water lovers and a great place to soak up the sunshine. With a staggering 144 islands, the Bay of Islands offers swimming, sailing, parasailing, dolphin swimming, kayaking plus much more along with some excellent walks in the native forests. This region is also home to some of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Bike Rides: If not doing an activity hop on a bike to explore Paihia
Walks and Hikes: If not doing an activity walk into Paihia or take a trip over to the historic town of Russell
Optional Activities: Sailing, fishing, diving, dolphin swimming, kayaking, parasailing, Maori Culture
Available Upgrades: Yes (limited options)
Drive Distance: No driving today

Day 9Bay of Islands to OrewaB, D

Today we cross the top of the north to the giant sand dunes of Opononi for beach fun and optional sand boarding. After time on the dunes we head to Waipoua Forest, home to the giant Kauri trees and a variety of scenic short walks and bike rides. We end the day heading down the Hibiscus Coast to our beachside camp at Orewa. Enjoy a tasty evening meal with a sea view before a spot of star gazing in the crystal-clear skies.

The roads around this region pass through forest dominated by huge kauri trees. These tower above you at heights of up to 60 metres with a trunk five or more in diameter. These trees are slow growing and some are over 2000 years old. Beautiful Opononi is an excellent stop with its endless dunes lined by beautiful pohutakawa trees (the New Zealand Christmas tree).

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Bike Rides: Ride through the Waipoua forest and the historic settlement of Donnelleys crossing and later on in the day there's a short casual ride around quiet estuary walkway
Walks and Hikes: Enjoy getting up close and personal as you walk through one of New Zealand’s largest remaining protected Kauri tree forests.
Optional Activities: Sand boarding
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 3-4 hours

Day 10Orewa to AucklandB

Orewa is often blessed with a beautiful sunrise over the sea which is well worth an early start before we travel the short distance to Auckland arriving by 9:30am where we say our final farewells.

Meals: Breakfast
Bike Rides: 8km – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
Optional Activities: Sand boarding, hot pools
Drive Distance: Approx 50 minutes

Cost per person

Oct 2019 - Apr 2020

  • AUGUST SALE: NZ$1,695
  • NZ$1,995

Options

  • Bike Hire: NZ$220
  • Bike (bring your own): NZ$90
  • Single Tent Upgrade: NZ$120
  • Sleeping Bag Hire: NZ$65

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland to Hot Water BeachD

Departing Auckland at 10am we head to the Coromandel, renowned worldwide for its natural beauty, misty rainforests and pristine white, sandy beaches. The beautiful Coromandel Peninsula is just a short distance from Auckland but it feels like a different world! It only takes around two hours to reach the region but the volcanic hills, fern forests and stunning beaches make it an idyllic escape from the city. Locals and others are attracted by the endless white beaches, lovely turquoise waters and the great mix of architecture old and new.

The peninsula is home to some of the most impressive coastlines in the country. We will be dropping you off at Hahei beach where you can make your way to Cathedral cove, here you will find an iconic limestone archway that sits right down at the beach. Take the coastal walkway or take in the coastline from the water while on one the best guided sea kayak trips in New Zealand.

We will then travel a short distance to camp at Hot Water Beach. This beautiful beach offers a unique experience as geothermal water reservoirs under the ground bring hot water to the surface at low tide allowing you to dig your very own hot pool in the sand.

Meals: Dinner
Bike Rides: 8km road cycling
Walks and Hikes: Stunning coastal walk with views over the Pacific – distances vary
Optional Activities: Sea Kayaking
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx 3 hours

Day 2Hot Water Beach to RotoruaB, L

Before heading south into the heart of the North Island (where you’ll be amazed by the natural wonderland that is Rotorua), we’ll drive the scenic route out of the Coromandel giving you an opportunity to explore by foot or pedals, the stunning Karagahake Gorge. If the sun is out, we’ll even have a delicious picnic lunch (kiwi styles) to break up the drive.

Continuing south we drop off Hobbiton fans then it’s onto Rotorua where you can explore the city, the gardens, spas or take in some Maori Culture at the Tamaki Maori Village. Experience the only native forest zipline canopy tour in New Zealand, enjoy the thrills of OGO or the scenic gondola and luge. Take in the geothermal wonders with walks or relax in the hot pools. For cyclists there is the chance to enjoy a world class mountain bike park and the geothermal featured Te Ara Ahi cycle Trail.

Bubbling mud pools, geysers and Maori culture are the main reasons that visitors head to the thermal resort of Rotorua. It is the oldest and most established thermal resort in the country and the ancestral home of the Te Arawa people who settled here over 600 years ago.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Bike Rides: Peddle through subtropical forest, mining heritage and don’t forget your headlamp for the tunnels and bridges (trail ride)! In the afternoon, ride through Rotorua to a world class Mountain Bike Forest
Walks and Hikes: Enjoy an awesome little walk through Coromandel lush forest and explore early mining history through caves, tunnels and a pretty beautiful waterfall to complete a great walk!
Optional Activities: Hobbiton, Tamaki Maori Village, OGO, Luge, hot pools, Zipline Canopy Tour
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 3-4 hours

Day 3Rotorua to Tongariro National Park via TaupoB, D

Leave camp for Wai-O-Tapu geothermal Wonderland before continuing on to the impressive Huka Falls. We then head to Taupo, nestled next to one of the largest crater lakes in the World with some great hiking and cycling opportunities. Taupo is also a great place for adventure with heaps of optional activities to choose from. Tonight we enjoy a camp near Tongariro National Park.

This region is centred around Lake Taupo, NZ's largest lake at 619sq km - about the size of Singapore! The Lake is in a caldera created by the Taupo supervolcano some 26000 years ago and the area is still considered dormant today with moderate geothermal activity in the area such as the mud pools, hot springs and vents.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Bike Rides: Ride an awesome single track from Huka Falls stopping in for a quick soak in a natural hot stream on your way into Taupo or grab the bike in the city for a cruisey ride around the edge of the lake.
Walks and Hikes: Follow the trail from an iconic waterfall alongside the mighty Waikato River winding past a natural hot spring that you can soak in followed by walking past a bungy jump watching adrenaline junkies dive into the river!
Optional Activities: Skydiving, bungy, giant swing, Wai-O-Tapu (free - this one is on us!)
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 2 hours

Day 4Tongariro National Park to Kapiti CoastB, L, D

Experience one of NZ’s great walks, The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, rated as the best one day walk in the World. This dual listed World heritage area is set to inspire with towering mountains, turquoise lakes, sparkling rivers, lush rainforests and lunar landscapes. For those that don’t fancy the hike, take on some grade 3 whitewater rafting rapids, cycle, enjoy short walks or relax in this beautiful area with an awe-inspiring mountain backdrop. We then head south to our wonderful stunning beach camp – home to amazing coastal sunsets.

The 80,000 hectare Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage Area, with its centrepiece Mount Ruapehu rising dramatically 2797m from the surrounding area. Next to Mt. Ruapehu are two smaller volcanic mountains - Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings) and Mount Tongariro, which is where you be hiking!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Bike Rides: If you’re not doing the Tongariro Crossing, leave camp on a bike and head towards to the Tongariro River Trail. Cycle this loop, over bridges and past huts or a trout centre, keep an eye out for trout fishermen as this is the capital for trout fishing!
Walks and Hikes: The best one day hike in New Zealand! Traverse the Tongariro, steam vents, crater lakes and more!
Optional Activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, white water rafting (grade 3 rapids)
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 4 hours

Day 5Kapiti Coast to New Plymouth via WellingtonB, D

After a short journey to Wellington arriving there by 9am you will have a couple of hours to check out the sights of New Zealand’s beautiful capital city.

Departing at 11am, travel up the scenic Kapiti Coast towards the Taranaki region – home to wonderful beaches, crashing waves and the spectacular Mount Taranaki, one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world. Our campsite is beside the Taranaki coastline offering a short scenic walk or cycle to camp at the end of the day.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Bike Rides: the coastal walkway, easy path cycling from camp
Walks and Hikes: the coastal walkway from camp
Optional Activities: Te Papa Museum (free)
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 7 hours

Day 6New Plymouth to Auckland via WaitomoB, L

Early departure to the limestone wonderland of Waitomo Caves. The glow-worm (Arachnocampa luminosa) is unique to our shores and thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light through this network of caves. The black water rafting is a totally unique experience – sitting in your rubber ring, your experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you through a maze of underground caves and streams whose ceilings are coated in glow-worms that produce a radiant light to lead you through. There are a range of options to explore the caves, from walks to rafting, dependent upon your adrenalin levels.

We take time to enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking farmland before heading to Auckland and a taste of big city life “kiwi style”. Auckland nightlife is second to none and it’s a great chance to join your group for a taste of the harbour bars and restaurants.

Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the country’s largest city so we will be staying in a great hostel with various room options giving you the best access to explore. This is payable locally and we have twin rooms reserved for everyone on board (twin / triple share from $39pp). If you would prefer a private room (from $72 - subject to availability) please contact us prior to your trip.

For those that started their loop on the Auckland - Bay of Islands day this will be the last leg of your tour.

Auckland is bordered by 2 harbours, Waitemata and Manukau and lies at the southern end of the Auckland Peninsula. Auckland is NZs largest city and the main gateway for all elements of commerce, tourism and industry. Although this is the largest urban area its also has great beaches, excellent shopping and the buzzing nightlife and culture you'd hope for in a large city. Auckland is also known as the City of Sails and this has been added to with the America’s Cup event regularly held here.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Bike Rides: If you’re not doing any Waitomo activities, jump on a bike and enjoy a countryside road ride into Waitomo. You’ll be riding through the Waikato District, home to many four legged wooly friends, sheep!
Walks and Hikes: Enjoy a trail walk taking you through forest in Waitomo to caves and a lookout overlooking the Waitomo district.
Optional Activities: Blackwater rafting, glowworm cave tour
Drive Distance: Approx. 4-5 hours

Day 7Auckland to Bay of IslandsD

We leave the City of Sails (Auckland) at 10am heading north to the golden beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands. On route we take time for a break, and a quick swim for those that are keen, at beautiful Uretiti beach. It’s a great place to relax and make use of the Frisbee, football and rugby ball on board.

We then head to the historically significant town of Paihia, the main gateway for the Bay of Islands before doing a highly recommend mangrove walk to the thundering Haruru waterfalls. Our campsite is nestled next to the river and we will be spending 2 nights here giving you time to explore the best of the Bay.

Meals: Dinner
Bike Rides: Forest trail rides that will give you views of the Bay of Islands, good exercise and go past the Haruru Waterfalls.
Walks and Hikes: A great afternoon walk taking you past mangroves, over boardwalks, through forest before ending at the Haruru Waterfalls. A beautiful walk and highly recommended!
Optional Activities: Waitangi Treaty House (Maori culture), twilight kayaking
Available Upgrades: Yes (limited options)
Drive Distance: Approx. 4 hours

Day 8Bay of IslandsB, D

Experience a full day exploring the Bay of Islands and its turquoise waters. This subtropical region is the perfect playground for water lovers and a great place to soak up the sunshine. With a staggering 144 islands, the Bay of Islands offers swimming, sailing, parasailing, dolphin swimming, kayaking plus much more along with some excellent walks in the native forests. This region is also home to some of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Bike Rides: If not doing an activity hop on a bike to explore Paihia
Walks and Hikes: If not doing an activity walk into Paihia or take a trip over to the historic town of Russell
Optional Activities: Sailing, fishing, diving, dolphin swimming, kayaking, parasailing, Maori Culture
Available Upgrades: Yes (limited options)
Drive Distance: No driving today

Day 9Bay of Islands to OrewaB, D

Today we cross the top of the north to the giant sand dunes of Opononi for beach fun and optional sand boarding. After time on the dunes we head to Waipoua Forest, home to the giant Kauri trees and a variety of scenic short walks and bike rides. We end the day heading down the Hibiscus Coast to our beachside camp at Orewa. Enjoy a tasty evening meal with a sea view before a spot of star gazing in the crystal-clear skies.

The roads around this region pass through forest dominated by huge kauri trees. These tower above you at heights of up to 60 metres with a trunk five or more in diameter. These trees are slow growing and some are over 2000 years old. Beautiful Opononi is an excellent stop with its endless dunes lined by beautiful pohutakawa trees (the New Zealand Christmas tree).

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Bike Rides: Ride through the Waipoua forest and the historic settlement of Donnelleys crossing and later on in the day there's a short casual ride around quiet estuary walkway
Walks and Hikes: Enjoy getting up close and personal as you walk through one of New Zealand’s largest remaining protected Kauri tree forests.
Optional Activities: Sand boarding
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 3-4 hours

Day 10Orewa to AucklandB

Orewa is often blessed with a beautiful sunrise over the sea which is well worth an early start before we travel the short distance to Auckland arriving by 9:30am where we say our final farewells.

Meals: Breakfast
Bike Rides: 8km – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
Optional Activities: Sand boarding, hot pools
Drive Distance: Approx 50 minutes

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