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Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2018-19 (8 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.


Haka & Poi class
Overnight stay in a traditional Maori Marae
Visit Huka Falls
Visit Parry Kauri Park
Visit Te Papa Museum
Visit Lake Taupo
7 Breakfasts
7 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $1,230
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
02 Apr 201809 Apr 20186AUD $1,457
29 Apr 201806 May 20186AUD $1,457
07 Jun 201814 Jun 20186AUD $1,457
19 Jun 201826 Jun 20186AUD $1,457
16 Jul 201823 Jul 20186AUD $1,457
28 Jul 201804 Aug 20186AUD $1,457
19 Aug 201826 Aug 20186AUD $1,457
24 Aug 201831 Aug 20183AUD $1,457
05 Sep 201812 Sep 20186AUD $1,457
01 Oct 201808 Oct 20186AUD $1,457
05 Oct 201812 Oct 20186AUD $1,457
14 Oct 201821 Oct 20186AUD $1,457
04 Nov 201811 Nov 20186AUD $1,457
10 Nov 201817 Nov 20186AUD $1,457
14 Nov 201821 Nov 20186AUD $1,457
22 Nov 201829 Nov 20186AUD $1,457
20 Dec 201827 Dec 20185AUD $1,457
02 Jan 201909 Jan 20196AUD $1,457
28 Jan 201904 Feb 20196AUD $1,457
04 Feb 201911 Feb 20196AUD $1,457
10 Feb 201917 Feb 20196AUD $1,457
14 Feb 201921 Feb 20196AUD $1,457
08 Mar 201915 Mar 20196AUD $1,457
21 Mar 201928 Mar 20196AUD $1,457
Day 1: Auckland to Bay of Islands
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. **Pre-book your Rock the Boat trip to secure a spot as spaces fill up quickly. All meals, epic company and good times included. Included today: -Visit Parry Kauri Park Optional activities: -Rock The Boat trip
Day 2: Bay of Islands
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. Opt in to 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. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Cape Reinga -Hole in the Rock -Dolphin sailing -Kayak Hururu Falls -Visit Waitangi Treaty House -Parasailing
Day 3: Bay of Island to Auckland
Departing Bay of Islands, we’ll make two pit stops: first at the gorgeous Whangarei waterfalls and next to check the view from the top of Mt Eden. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 4: Auckland to Marae Stay
First up, we’ll meet some new trip mates and pay a visit to Waitomo Caves, then it’s on to our Marae stay. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive. 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 5: Marae to Rotorua
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 by rafting over the waterfalls, head to the spa for a massage, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien’s dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape (all optional). Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Hobbiton tour -Whitewater rafting -Te Puia Maori Thermal Grounds -Hells Gate Mud Baths -Canopy tours -Experience Ogo -Mountain biking -Day spas & massage
Day 6: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park
Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that's not enough, you can bungy jump off a ledge 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: -Visit Huka Falls -Visit Lake Taupo Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Taupo bungy jump
Day 7: 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 optional 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 8: Tongariro 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 maybe some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North island trip buddies? Included today: -Visit Te Papa Museum -Wellington city tour including Mt Victoria Meals: -Breakfast