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Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2017-18 (7 Days, Auckland to Wellington)

Photos can barely do this place justice. See the stunning New Zealand landscape in super HD as you travel through the Bay of Islands, get close to the geothermal activity in Rotorua and wander through the volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park. From massages to bungy jumping, you can pick the pace of this trip.


Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
Haka & Poi class
Huka Falls
Lake Taupo
Te Papa Museum
Parry Kauri Park
6 Breakfasts
6 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $1,230
Start Location
Auckland, New Zealand
End Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
24 Nov 201730 Nov 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
29 Nov 201705 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
03 Dec 201709 Dec 20171AUD $1,560
16 Dec 201722 Dec 20177AUD $1,560
04 Jan 201810 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
07 Jan 201813 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
20 Jan 201826 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
28 Jan 201803 Feb 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
08 Feb 201814 Feb 20181AUD $1,560
12 Feb 201818 Feb 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
24 Feb 201802 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
05 Mar 201811 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
16 Mar 201822 Mar 20184AUD $1,560
19 Mar 201825 Mar 20181AUD $1,560
Day 1: Auckland to Rotorua
Steal away from 'the maiden with a thousand lovers' (aka Auckland) and become a tree-hugging hippie as you wrap your arms around NZ's botanical elder, the Kauri tree. James Cook named our next stop the 'Bay of Islands'. Well, you know what to expect. Seeing all 144 islands might take a while, so grab the optional 'Rock the Boat' island tour for 24 solid hours cruising and snorkeling the archipelago. Instagram your first Pacific sunset then get your mind blown by the southern night sky. You could get used to this. Please note - Due to operational issues, trips travelling through Paihia Bay of Islands may stay at alternate accommodation between October 2017 and March 2018. **Pre-book your Rock the Boat trip to secure a spot as spaces fill up quickly. All meals, epic company and good times included. Please pack a smaller overnight bag if booking Rock the Boat upgrade. Included today: -Parry Kauri Park Optional activities: -Rock The Boat trip
Day 2: Rotorua
The Bay of Islands is big on numbers: 144 islands, 90 miles of beach in one stretch, and 100-metre high Te Paki sand dunes ready for some serious sand boarding action. Get a dose of Kiwi history at the Waitangi Treaty house or in Russell-NZ's first capital then grab a kayak and paddle under the Haruru Falls. We're having fish and chips for dinner so good thing you did all that exercise. Please note - Due to operational issues, trips travelling through Paihia Bay of Islands may stay at alternate accommodation between October 2017 and March 2018. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Cape Reinga -Hole in the Rock -Dolphin sailing -Kayak Hururu Falls -Waitangi Treaty House -Parasailing
Day 3: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park
Departing Bay of Islands, we'll make two pit stops: first at the gorgeous Whangarei waterfalls and next to pick up some extra travel pals in Auckland. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive as we bunker down at a traditional Marae homestay. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks and the finesse of the ladies' Poi dance, you'll polish off a traditional maori dinner and end the night feeling like a local. You lucky thing, you. Included today: -Maori Marae cultural talks -Haka & Poi class Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 4: Tongariro National Park
Mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. If you're starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud rafting over the waterfalls, discover the Disneyland of mountain biking, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien's dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Hobbiton tour -Whitewater rafting -Te Puia Maori Thermal Grounds -Hells Gate Mud Baths -Canopy tours -OGO Rotorua -Mountain biking -Day spas & massage
Day 5: Tongariro National Park to Wellington
Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that's not enough, you can jump off a bridge as we pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it's pretty big. It's also time to meet the dessert that's caused a battle between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova. Included today: -Huka Falls -Lake Taupo Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Taupo bungy jump
Day 6: Tongariro National Park
With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as the most epic hike in NZ, Tongariro NP is home to two active volcans that will hopefully keep a lid on things. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber (and walks from 20 mins to 8 hours). Hike, raft or mountain bike then hit the spa and warm your feet by the fire in an alpine lodge overlooking Mt Doom. Included today: -Short walks Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Tongariro Alpine Crossing -Winter skiing -Mountain biking
Day 7: Tongariro National Park to Wellington
From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we hit the nation's capital, Wellington (no, it's not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of the Te Papa museum, you'll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and a well-earned spot as the sporting capital of NZ, you can't go wrong with a craft beer and some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North island trip buddies? Included today: -Te Papa Museum -Wellington city tour including Mt Victoria Meals: -Breakfast