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7 Day North Island Adventure Tour Wellington to Auckland

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Overview

This is the pinnacle of adventure holidays that will take you to all must-see locations in the North Island of New Zealand over the course of this 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour from Wellington to Auckland. Dreamy beaches, volcanoes, Lord of the Rings locations, glow worm caves, lush forests, bubbling mud pools, and our fascinating Maori culture all await you in this tour.

You will also see the North Island’s major visitor centres like the Coromandel, Rotorua, Waitomo, Taupo, the country’s largest city, Auckland, and the nation’s capital, Wellington.

7 Day North Island Adventure Tour

Tiki Pendant

7 Day North Island Adventure Tour

Coromandel Kayaking

7 Day North Island Adventure Tour

Water Touch Bungy

7 Day North Island Adventure Tour

Water Touch Bungy

Itinerary

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Day 1Wellington

Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand!

Today we meet at 8am at the reception of Wellington YHA where your guide will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximise your time in New Zealand. Breakfast and the welcome meeting should take around an hour though can take a bit longer with larger groups.

Tucked away at the bottom of the North Island, New Zealand’s capital is anything but boring. A fun young city with tons of green spaces and beaches, it feels more like a small town than an urban capital. Packed with quirky bars, quaint cafes, beautiful street art and heaps of things to do, it’s impossible not to love Wellington.

There is something for everyone here: be amazed at Weta Studios, where the Lord of the Rings movies were produced; ride the old fashioned cable car to the Botanic Gardens; visit Te Papa, Wellington’s famous (and free) museum filled with peculiar things, interactive exhibits as well as the stories and legends behind the history of New Zealand; or explore the various beautiful beaches around town. Go on, let your inner kid come out to play.

Join the group on a trip up Mt. Victoria, one of Wellington’s most iconic spots. With the best views in town and plenty of walks and tracks to tackle, Mt. Vic is a Wellington icon and a highlight of the trip.

Day 2Wellington to Taupo

On the way to Taupo we drive along the Desert Road that divides the Rangipo Desert (an area with poor vegetation because of bad soil conditions and drying winds). The climate is harsh and in winter it is not unusual to see snow. However, the biggest attractions on this road are that of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe, the volcano better known as Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings. On the other side of the road is the lesser noticed Kaimanawa Range, home to a breed of wild horses that can be spotted on rare occasions. We arrive at the accommodation by evening. With a whole day to explore Taupo tomorrow, feel free to relax at the hostel or go out to experience some of the town’s best nightlife!

Day 3Taupo

Lake Taupo is actually a giant volcanic crater created 70,000 years ago in one of the biggest eruptions in history. Peaceful nowadays, it’s one of New Zealand’s best places to escape and vacation. Also, being New Zealand, there are plenty of adventure sports to be found there too.

If you’re looking for a thrill, we suggest skydiving over the lake or bungy jumping over New Zealand’s longest river (and, for the really brave, getting dunked in). There are heaps of other activities on offer such as quad biking, cruising the lake to see Maori rock carvings, hiking along the shores, mountain biking and even the chance to soak in some of the local geothermal pools. There is definitely an activity for everyone in Taupo and your guide will certainly have plenty of tips and suggestions.

If you want to experience New Zealand’s most famous day hike, the 19.4 km Tongariro Crossing is begging you to visit. An alpine crossing around Tongariro, one of the North Island’s most famous and most beautiful volcanoes. It may be a calf burner but it’s worth every minute for the great views and volcanic landscape. Turquoise and green volcanic lakes greet you at the top, along with vistas that stretch on for miles to the coast. If you are feeling fit, you can even scramble up Mt. Ngauruhoe, which starred as Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings.

Available activities - Extra Cost

Bungy with Water Touch
Lake Taupo Sailing - Fearless
Skydive
The Tongariro Crossing from Taupo

Day 4Taupo to Rotorua

After a free morning in Taupo for any last-minute skydives or bungy jumps, It’s only a short drive to our next destination, and there’s plenty to discover along the route. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls, your Haka Guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

On the way to Taupo we stop at what makes Rotorua famous, along with giving it its unique smell: Orakei Korako or Waiotapu. These are extraordinary geyserland and thermal parks where you can walk around and check out all the unique geothermal activity in the area.

This evening is a major tour highlight for many - we are welcomed to a Maori village for an unmissable cultural performance featuring combat demonstrations, beautiful poi dance, and - of course - the breathtaking haka.

Available activities - Extra Cost

OGO Rotorua
Bungy with Water Touch, Taupo
Skydive, Taupo

Day 5Rotorua to Waitomo

We’ll start out with optional white water rafting or sledging on the Kaituna River which includes a 7 metre waterfall, though if you prefer something a bit more relaxed, there are plenty of other spots to explore around town, include some local hot springs if you want to take it easy.

At Waitomo there is a distinctive limestone region where surface water and underground streams have dissolved the rock over tens of thousands of years, creating an amazing system of underground caves. As the small town is only two hours from Rotorua, we reach our accommodation by late afternoon.

Available activities - Extra Cost
Cave Tubing, Waitomo
Glowworm Cave Tour, Waitomo
Lost World Caving Experience, Waitomo
River Sledging, Rotorua
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour form Rotorua
Rotorua Forest Ziplining

Day 6Waitomo to Coromandel

This morning we say goodbye to the West Coast and hello to the East as we head for the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.

We’ll walk together out along the cliffs down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia). Beautiful in its own right, with perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel and for a good reason: It doesn’t look real.

Alternatively you could take a guided kayak trip to Cathedral Cove to check out this stunning coastline from a different angle (see optional activities below). Possibly accompanied by a dolphin or two.

Day 7Coromandel to Auckland

Beautiful remote beaches, dense wooded forest and clear blue waters make the Coromandel one of New Zealand’s favorite getaways.

Together, at low tide, we’ll make our way to the world-famous Hot Water Beach. When the tide’s out, you can dig a hole in the sand where natural hot springs bubble up to create your own personal hot tub!

You’ll also carve your own Kiwi pendant from bone here, a very special and unique Kiwi experience. What better souvenir to take home than one you made yourself in a traditional activity?

Finally, we head to Auckland, NZ’s biggest city. Auckland sits on the narrow sliver of land where the Northland peninsula tapers south to meet the rest of the North Island. Therefore the sea is ever present, and it isn’t difficult to guess the origin of its nickname ‘City of Sails’.

We arrive around 5pm, and this is where our tour comes to an end. You can always book extra accommodation for this night, and if you have a few spare days, jump on our 3 day Bay of Islands tour.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Wellington

Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand!

Today we meet at 8am at the reception of Wellington YHA where your guide will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximise your time in New Zealand. Breakfast and the welcome meeting should take around an hour though can take a bit longer with larger groups.

Tucked away at the bottom of the North Island, New Zealand’s capital is anything but boring. A fun young city with tons of green spaces and beaches, it feels more like a small town than an urban capital. Packed with quirky bars, quaint cafes, beautiful street art and heaps of things to do, it’s impossible not to love Wellington.

There is something for everyone here: be amazed at Weta Studios, where the Lord of the Rings movies were produced; ride the old fashioned cable car to the Botanic Gardens; visit Te Papa, Wellington’s famous (and free) museum filled with peculiar things, interactive exhibits as well as the stories and legends behind the history of New Zealand; or explore the various beautiful beaches around town. Go on, let your inner kid come out to play.

Join the group on a trip up Mt. Victoria, one of Wellington’s most iconic spots. With the best views in town and plenty of walks and tracks to tackle, Mt. Vic is a Wellington icon and a highlight of the trip.

Day 2Wellington to Taupo

On the way to Taupo we drive along the Desert Road that divides the Rangipo Desert (an area with poor vegetation because of bad soil conditions and drying winds). The climate is harsh and in winter it is not unusual to see snow. However, the biggest attractions on this road are that of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe, the volcano better known as Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings. On the other side of the road is the lesser noticed Kaimanawa Range, home to a breed of wild horses that can be spotted on rare occasions. We arrive at the accommodation by evening. With a whole day to explore Taupo tomorrow, feel free to relax at the hostel or go out to experience some of the town’s best nightlife!

Day 3Taupo

Lake Taupo is actually a giant volcanic crater created 70,000 years ago in one of the biggest eruptions in history. Peaceful nowadays, it’s one of New Zealand’s best places to escape and vacation. Also, being New Zealand, there are plenty of adventure sports to be found there too.

If you’re looking for a thrill, we suggest skydiving over the lake or bungy jumping over New Zealand’s longest river (and, for the really brave, getting dunked in). There are heaps of other activities on offer such as quad biking, cruising the lake to see Maori rock carvings, hiking along the shores, mountain biking and even the chance to soak in some of the local geothermal pools. There is definitely an activity for everyone in Taupo and your guide will certainly have plenty of tips and suggestions.

If you want to experience New Zealand’s most famous day hike, the 19.4 km Tongariro Crossing is begging you to visit. An alpine crossing around Tongariro, one of the North Island’s most famous and most beautiful volcanoes. It may be a calf burner but it’s worth every minute for the great views and volcanic landscape. Turquoise and green volcanic lakes greet you at the top, along with vistas that stretch on for miles to the coast. If you are feeling fit, you can even scramble up Mt. Ngauruhoe, which starred as Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings.

Available activities - Extra Cost

Bungy with Water Touch
Lake Taupo Sailing - Fearless
Skydive
The Tongariro Crossing from Taupo

Day 4Taupo to Rotorua

After a free morning in Taupo for any last-minute skydives or bungy jumps, It’s only a short drive to our next destination, and there’s plenty to discover along the route. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls, your Haka Guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

On the way to Taupo we stop at what makes Rotorua famous, along with giving it its unique smell: Orakei Korako or Waiotapu. These are extraordinary geyserland and thermal parks where you can walk around and check out all the unique geothermal activity in the area.

This evening is a major tour highlight for many - we are welcomed to a Maori village for an unmissable cultural performance featuring combat demonstrations, beautiful poi dance, and - of course - the breathtaking haka.

Available activities - Extra Cost

OGO Rotorua
Bungy with Water Touch, Taupo
Skydive, Taupo

Day 5Rotorua to Waitomo

We’ll start out with optional white water rafting or sledging on the Kaituna River which includes a 7 metre waterfall, though if you prefer something a bit more relaxed, there are plenty of other spots to explore around town, include some local hot springs if you want to take it easy.

At Waitomo there is a distinctive limestone region where surface water and underground streams have dissolved the rock over tens of thousands of years, creating an amazing system of underground caves. As the small town is only two hours from Rotorua, we reach our accommodation by late afternoon.

Available activities - Extra Cost
Cave Tubing, Waitomo
Glowworm Cave Tour, Waitomo
Lost World Caving Experience, Waitomo
River Sledging, Rotorua
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour form Rotorua
Rotorua Forest Ziplining

Day 6Waitomo to Coromandel

This morning we say goodbye to the West Coast and hello to the East as we head for the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.

We’ll walk together out along the cliffs down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia). Beautiful in its own right, with perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel and for a good reason: It doesn’t look real.

Alternatively you could take a guided kayak trip to Cathedral Cove to check out this stunning coastline from a different angle (see optional activities below). Possibly accompanied by a dolphin or two.

Day 7Coromandel to Auckland

Beautiful remote beaches, dense wooded forest and clear blue waters make the Coromandel one of New Zealand’s favorite getaways.

Together, at low tide, we’ll make our way to the world-famous Hot Water Beach. When the tide’s out, you can dig a hole in the sand where natural hot springs bubble up to create your own personal hot tub!

You’ll also carve your own Kiwi pendant from bone here, a very special and unique Kiwi experience. What better souvenir to take home than one you made yourself in a traditional activity?

Finally, we head to Auckland, NZ’s biggest city. Auckland sits on the narrow sliver of land where the Northland peninsula tapers south to meet the rest of the North Island. Therefore the sea is ever present, and it isn’t difficult to guess the origin of its nickname ‘City of Sails’.

We arrive around 5pm, and this is where our tour comes to an end. You can always book extra accommodation for this night, and if you have a few spare days, jump on our 3 day Bay of Islands tour.

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