Web Page Book Now

Northern Explorer (ex. Wellington) 2018-19 (8 Days, Wellington to Auckland)

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
Maori Marae cultural talks
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 $1,499
Start Location
Wellington, New Zealand
End Location
Wellington, New Zealand
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
21 Apr 201828 Apr 20185AUD $1,619
03 May 201810 May 20186AUD $1,619
30 May 201806 Jun 20186AUD $1,619
11 Jun 201818 Jun 20186AUD $1,619
08 Jul 201815 Jul 20185AUD $1,619
20 Jul 201827 Jul 20186AUD $1,619
16 Aug 201823 Aug 20184AUD $1,619
28 Aug 201804 Sep 20185AUD $1,619
23 Sep 201830 Sep 20183AUD $1,619
27 Sep 201804 Oct 20185AUD $1,619
06 Oct 201813 Oct 20186AUD $1,619
27 Oct 201803 Nov 20186AUD $1,619
01 Nov 201808 Nov 20185AUD $1,619
04 Nov 201811 Nov 20186AUD $1,619
14 Nov 201821 Nov 20186AUD $1,619
12 Dec 201819 Dec 20186AUD $1,619
25 Dec 201801 Jan 20195AUD $1,619
20 Jan 201927 Jan 20196AUD $1,619
27 Jan 201903 Feb 20196AUD $1,619
02 Feb 201909 Feb 20196AUD $1,619
06 Feb 201913 Feb 20196AUD $1,619
28 Feb 201907 Mar 20196AUD $1,619
07 Mar 201914 Mar 20196AUD $1,619
13 Mar 201920 Mar 20196AUD $1,619
17 Mar 201924 Mar 20196AUD $1,619
08 Apr 201915 Apr 20196AUD $1,619
Day 1: Wellington to Tongariro
After the morning spent in the Nation’s capital city checking out the six floors of awesomeness at Te Papa Museum, NZ’s National Museum, we roll on to the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. It's also time to meet the dessert that's caused a long-standing feud between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova. Included today: -Visit Te Papa Museum Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: 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 Crossing hikes -Winter skiing -Mountain biking
Day 3: Tongariro to Marae Stay
Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it's pretty big. It's also the perfect place to bungy jump off a ledge. 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: -Visit Huka Falls -Visit Lake Taupo -Maori Marae cultural talks -Haka & Poi class Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Maori Marae Stay in Rotorua. This was not included when upgrade rates were calculated. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Taupo bungy jump
Day 4: 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 5: Rotorua to Auckland
Wave bye-bye to the wilds of Rotorua – it’s back to the modern world today as we travel onwards to Auckland. Burn through 'the maiden with a thousand lovers' and become a tree-hugging hippie as you wrap your arms around NZ's botanical elder, the Kauri tree. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: Auckland to Bay of Islands
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. Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Rock The Boat Upgrade. This was not included when upgrade rates were calculated. Included today: -Visit Parry Kauri Park Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Rock the Boat trip
Day 7: 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 8: Bay of Island to Auckland
NZ is so gorgeous it has waterfalls like Whangarei hidden just off the highway. We’ll make a pit stop to walk to the falls on our way back to Auckland. We wrap things up here but where will you go next? Meals: -Breakfast