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5 Day Northern Light North Island Tour

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JUNE SALE NOW ON!!

We are pleased to announce our biggest sale yet.

For bookings made during June 2019 you will receive a whopping 20% off all tours (excluding December & January departures). 

Our adventure-filled 5 day Northern Light Tour works best if you wish to start your journey in Auckland and make your way south to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. On this brisk thermal blast, we bring you to fantastic locations to admire the fascinating contrast of the northern landscape and the best of New Zealand’s northern hot spots. Over a period of less than a week, expect to see an incredible range of diversity that will see you hiking across an active volcanic field on the world-famous Tongariro Crossing to digging your own thermal pool in our unique and popular Hot Water Beach for you to relax in, with plenty of highlights in between.

In the centre of the North Island, at the Tamaki Maori Village, you’ll also have the chance to experience Maori culture, then hike or cycle in the Redwoods (one of the best mountain bike trails in the world) not far away. Enjoy the bush camp and take in the views of a volcano – or what remains of it – after its massive eruption in the not-so-distant past. Then continue your volcanic journey into some of New Zealand’s fascinating thermal gems like the Wai-o-tapu Geothermal Wonderland. Continue the geothermal theme and stand before the jaw-dropping Huka Falls close to Lake Taupo, one of the world’s largest crater lakes. Some of New Zealand’s greatest cycling and hiking opportunities can be found here so make a go for it!

Cap off your journey in style in our capital, Wellington, which we fondly call the “capital of cool”. A cosmopolitan city with a funky vibe, Wellington brims with a collection of boutique shops, edgy bars, quirky cafés, all made more colourful by live music and shows. Walk into an interactive museum, one of the finest in the world, at Te Papa Museum, or enjoy a stroll in the botanical gardens or along the waterfront. It’s going to be a visual feast with so many things to see!

This tour is a fantastic trip to experience the central & lower North Island – with enough beach action included – if 5 days is all you have.  

Northern Light North Island Tour

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

Northern Light North Island Tour

Northern Light North Island Tour

Champagne Pool, Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua

Northern Light North Island Tour

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Northern Light North Island Tour

Campfire

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland to CoromandelD

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 2Coromandel 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 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 4Taupo 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 WellingtonB

This tour ends in Wellington with an early arrival at New Zealand’s beautiful capital city by 9am. Our nation’s capital offers great cafes and bars, along with plenty to see and do including the celebrated Te Papa Museum & the botanical gardens.

Meals: Breakfast
Bike Rides: n/a
Walks and Hikes: n/a
Available Upgrades: n/a
Drive Distance: Approx. 1 hour

COST PER PERSON

October 2019 - April 2020

  • JUNE SALE: NZ$884
  • NZ$1,105  

OPTIONS

  • Bike Hire: NZ$115
  • Bike (bring your own): NZ$50
  • Single Tent Upgrade: NZ$75
  • Sleeping Bag Hire: NZ$50

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland to CoromandelD

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 2Coromandel 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 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 4Taupo 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 WellingtonB

This tour ends in Wellington with an early arrival at New Zealand’s beautiful capital city by 9am. Our nation’s capital offers great cafes and bars, along with plenty to see and do including the celebrated Te Papa Museum & the botanical gardens.

Meals: Breakfast
Bike Rides: n/a
Walks and Hikes: n/a
Available Upgrades: n/a
Drive Distance: Approx. 1 hour

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