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Sweet As North (ex. Auckland) 2018-19 (5 Days, Auckland to Wellington)

Mix with Maoris, make your way through Middle Earth and hike through the picturesque Tongariro National Park on your way from Wellington to Auckland. Along the way, you'll get to see postcard-perfect waterfalls, lakes, mud pools and volcans. For the brave, there's all kinds of extreme sports to get that adrenalin going as well. Ready to visit New Zealand's North Island? Let's go!

Inclusions

Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
Haka & Poi class
Visit Huka Falls
Visit Te Papa Museum
Visit Lake Taupo
4 Breakfasts
4 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
5
Price From
AUD $764
Start Location
Auckland, New Zealand
End Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
23 Dec 201827 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $849 
05 Jan 201909 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $849 
31 Jan 201904 Feb 20194AUD $849
07 Feb 201911 Feb 20194AUD $849
13 Feb 201917 Feb 20192AUD $849
17 Feb 201921 Feb 20192AUD $764
11 Mar 201915 Mar 20192AUD $849
24 Mar 201928 Mar 20196AUD $849
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Auckland to Marae Stay
First up, a visit to Waitomo Caves, then it’s on to our Marae stay. Maori legends and mythology have been passed down orally for thousands of years. You have one night in this sacred meeting house, so pay attention. 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: -Dinner
Day 2: 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 -Hells Gate Mud Baths -Canopy tours -Experience Ogo
Day 3: 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 4: 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 eight hours). Hike to your hearts content, 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
Day 5: 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 some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North Island trip mates? Included today: -Visit Te Papa Museum -Wellington city tour including Mt Victoria Meals: Breakfast