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8 Day Northern Wanderer North Island Adventure Tour

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Overview

Do you have limited time but wish to explore the North Island of New Zealand and enjoy the many activities and outdoor adventures it has to offer? Then come and join us for this action-packed 8-day Northern Wanderer North Island Adventure Tour where stunning Kiwi scenery and marvellous outdoors are bound to amaze you. Going on a Northern Wanderer trip, prepare for a fully immersive and fun cultural and scenic experience that the North Island serves up in a single week. Enjoy this 8-day journey from Auckland and finish in Wellington.

As your trip takes you from Auckland on your way to Wellington in a space of just over a week, expect to encounter the best that North Island has to offer. Its diverse landscape never fails to amaze: hot beaches, white sand beaches, bays dotted with dreamy islands, and inland destinations like the Tongariro Crossing, thermal wonderland filled with bubbling mud pools, explosive geysers and steaming sulphur pools, with so much more in between, are just some of the North Island highlights you wouldn’t want to miss.

A range of fantastic optional activities also await you. You can sail, kayak, fish, surf, ride horses and even swim with dolphins! Let your child-like wonder come out on a sand boarding adventure, and stand in awe before the giants of the forests – the Kauri. They are some of the most ancient tree species in the world and sacred to Maori.

North Island is renowned for its epic hiking and biking opportunities, giving you the chance to explore the forest trails surrounding Waitangi, which are, in turn, bordered by historical villages and inviting beaches. Follow the trails around volcanic features or waterfalls, or pedal around protected forests home to towering Kauri trees. If hiking is more your kind of adventure, you won’t be disappointed. One of the Great Hikes of New Zealand, and one that many consider as the best one-day alpine hike, takes you across an active volcanic field. So lace up your boots for the epic Tongariro Crossing, a real highlight for many visitors to the North Island.

Arriving at what we fondly call “the capital of cool”,  cap your journey in style in Wellington where the city buzzes with a funky vibe, live music and shows, and overflows with edgy bars and cafés as well as boutique shops. Learn more about New Zealand at the interactive Te Papa Museum, or reflect on the experiences you just had whilst enjoying the views as you stroll along the waterfront or in the Botanical Gardens.

Northern Wanderer North Island Adventure Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata

Northern Wanderer North Island Adventure Tour

Bay of Islands

Northern Wanderer North Island Adventure Tour

Learn about Maori Culture

Northern Wanderer North Island Adventure Tour

Tongariro National Park

Northern Wanderer North Island Adventure Tour

Hot water beach, Coromandel

Northern Wanderer North Island Adventure Tour

Sand boarding

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland to the Bay of Islands(D)

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 kayak
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 4 hours

Day 2Bay of Islands to Orewa(B,D)

There is a day full of adventure ahead as we travel to the rugged and soulful West Coast. Our first stop comes with a chance to try your skills sand boarding or if you don’t fancy heading down the sandy slopes there’s a nice coastal walk. Then it’s back on board as we head south towards the Waipoua Forest, travelling through the largest remaining tract of native kauri forests in northland. We leave the West Coast and cross back over to the East towards our final destination and camp for tonight, Orewa. Home to one of the Auckland regions longest and safest beaches it’s a great place for a stroll and a swim, or relax at the local hot pools.

Meals: Breakfast & dinner
Bike Rides: 32km road cycling, Twin Coast Cycle Way, Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
Walks and Hikes: coastal walk to Omapere, walk amongst the Kauri trees of the Waipoua forest
Optional Activities: Sand boarding, hot pools
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx 4.5 hours

Day 3Orewa to Coromandel

Orewa is often blessed with a beautiful sunrise over the sea which is well worth the early start to check it out. We then travel the short distance to Auckland where we farewell those finishing their tour and welcome new travellers joining us there.

Leaving Auckland at 10am we continue onwards to the Coromandel, renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforests and pristine white, sandy beaches. Marvel at the views on a beautiful coastal walk or take in the coastline from the water by kayak. Visit the unique and famous Hot Water Beach to dig, then relax, in your own thermal pool! Soak up the breath-taking scenery and cameras ready for spectacular sunsets at our beachside camp.

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 4 hours

Day 4Coromandel to Rotorua(B,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 5Rotorua to Taupo(B,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 6Taupo to Kapiti Coast(B,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 7Kapiti Coast to Wellington(B)

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

Oct 2019 - Apr 2020

  • NZ$1,770

OPTIONS

  • Bike Hire: NZ$180
  • Bike (bring your own): NZ$80
  • Single Tent Upgrade: NZ$95
  • Sleeping Bag Hire: NZ$65

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland to the Bay of Islands(D)

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 kayak
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx. 4 hours

Day 2Bay of Islands to Orewa(B,D)

There is a day full of adventure ahead as we travel to the rugged and soulful West Coast. Our first stop comes with a chance to try your skills sand boarding or if you don’t fancy heading down the sandy slopes there’s a nice coastal walk. Then it’s back on board as we head south towards the Waipoua Forest, travelling through the largest remaining tract of native kauri forests in northland. We leave the West Coast and cross back over to the East towards our final destination and camp for tonight, Orewa. Home to one of the Auckland regions longest and safest beaches it’s a great place for a stroll and a swim, or relax at the local hot pools.

Meals: Breakfast & dinner
Bike Rides: 32km road cycling, Twin Coast Cycle Way, Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
Walks and Hikes: coastal walk to Omapere, walk amongst the Kauri trees of the Waipoua forest
Optional Activities: Sand boarding, hot pools
Available Upgrades: Yes
Drive Distance: Approx 4.5 hours

Day 3Orewa to Coromandel

Orewa is often blessed with a beautiful sunrise over the sea which is well worth the early start to check it out. We then travel the short distance to Auckland where we farewell those finishing their tour and welcome new travellers joining us there.

Leaving Auckland at 10am we continue onwards to the Coromandel, renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforests and pristine white, sandy beaches. Marvel at the views on a beautiful coastal walk or take in the coastline from the water by kayak. Visit the unique and famous Hot Water Beach to dig, then relax, in your own thermal pool! Soak up the breath-taking scenery and cameras ready for spectacular sunsets at our beachside camp.

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 4 hours

Day 4Coromandel to Rotorua(B,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 5Rotorua to Taupo(B,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 6Taupo to Kapiti Coast(B,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 7Kapiti Coast to Wellington(B)

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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