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North Island

Overview

This one-week schedule covers all major highlights of the North Island, incorporating mountain and coastal landscapes, activities that will give you an adrenaline rush, natural marvels, wildlife, culture and city life.



Trip Highlights

  • Explore old caves and relax at hot water beaches & geothermal pools
  • Take a peek into New Zealand’s history by going down the Ed Hillary Walkway
  • Engage with the locals and witness cultural shows
  • National Parks and forests to help you explore New Zealand’s flora and fauna



ITINERARY - 7 Days

After your arrival at the Auckland flight terminal, your driver will pick you up and transfer to Hahei, Coromandel Peninsula. See the all-natural charm of the nation, and have a look at the stunning seaside landscapes and beaches of the North Island. Take a seaside stroll along the coast with cliffs and beautiful archway for walking. You can also check out the shoreline with activity operators using a kayak or watercraft. You can also dig a hot pond for yourself at the Hot Water Beach during low tide. 

 

  •       Arrival at Auckland
  •       En-route to Hahei
  •       Hot water beach

Today you will visit Waitomo, famous for caving activities and glow worms. On the way, before arrival, you will visit the Karangahake Gorge, which is situated midway between Hahei and Waitomo. There are many trails to explore here - visit a historical mining area repossessed by the forest. Explore the mining tunnels, via native woodland, along with the mining relic and the beautiful waterfalls. Take a walk to the Waitomo Glowworm Cave or the Ruakuri Cave. You can also visit the Ruakuri Bush Walk at night to see glow worms. 

 

  •       Arrival at Waitomo
  •       Karangahake Gorge
  •       Ruakuri Cave
  •       Waitomo Glowworm Cave

Enjoy the morning with the caving divers in Waitomo. Put on a wetsuit and you can either tube or abseil or climb your way in the Waitomo Caves! After the adventure, it is time to transfer to Rotorua! There are numerous activities to do along the route to Rotorua depending on your preference. You can visit Otorohanga and see a kiwi house with kiwi birds or take a quick information tour about history at the Ed Hillary Walkway in the center of Otorohanga, New Zealand.

 

You can see the Arapuni Swing Bridge which is a long suspension bridge going across New Zealand's longest river. Once you get to Rotorua, you can kick back and relax in an all-natural geothermal hot swimming pool. There are multiple choices, such as the paid Polynesian Spa, or one of the five free hot pools in Rotorua that are natural. 

 

  •       Waitomo Caves
  •       Otorohanga, New Zealand
  •       Arapuni Swing Bridge

If you enjoy hiking and stunning landscapes, we recommend that you visit Taupo or visit the Tongariro National Park. You can take up the Tongariro Alpine Crossing or an additional walk in the national park. However, since lengthy steps are not for everybody, you can also choose to remain in Taupo, which has a vast range of fun activities available. Explore more of Taupo or Tongariro National Park in tomorrow's schedule.

 

Enjoy a day in Rotorua. Go to a geothermal park - geysers, steaming lakes, silica terraces, gurgling mud, and a lot more can be seen in the Rotorua geothermal parks. Enjoy a Maori cultural performance. Undertake some activities that give you an adrenaline rush: Zorb your way in a hamster downhill or go luging or mountain bike through the Redwood Forest or do a freefall at the Velocity Valley or jet boat. You can also visit Rainbow Springs or Wingspan to see New Zealand’s wildlife.

 

  •       Taupo
  •     Tongariro National Park
  •       Rotorua
  •       See an evening cultural efficiency at one of the Maori tourist attractions.
  •       Zorbin
  •   Velocity Valley

Spend the entire day in Taupo or Tongariro National Park and experience amazing things. You will continue in the same lodging as last night.

 

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is New Zealand's most prominent day trek which takes you over to the central North Island volcanoes. You can also select snowboarding or skiing at Whakapapa Ski Field. Or hike in Tongariro National Park on any of the 13 trails in the National Park & Whakapapa Village. Travel on New Zealand's largest lake, whether it's angling, kayaking, sailing, traveling or parasailing. Do Bungee jumping over the Waikato River and go skydiving afterward. You can choose to go on a white-water rafting in the Tongariro River or walk along the Waikato River or relax in the Spa Park natural warm pool, and after that to Huka Falls. 

 

  •     Tongariro National Park
  •       Whakapapa Village
  •       Waikato River

The drive to Wellington will take about 4-5-hour drive. On the way you can choose to do many of the other activities. Drop-in Ohakune for walking or biking. Rent a bike and take up the 2-hour Old Coach Road, or trek in the Mangawhero Forest. You can check in to see the National Army Museum, Waiouru. Have a look at the eccentric community of Bulls and identify the bull-related puns in the city. Along the Kapiti Coast, drop in one of the beaches like Queen Elizabeth Park or Peka Beach. Take a tour to Kapiti Island to look into the native bird shelter. 

 

  •       Transfer to Wellington
  •       Ohakune
  •       Mangawhero Forest
  •       Kapiti Coast

It's your last day in New Zealand! New Zealand's capital, Wellington, is a great location to end your time here in the North Island, not only because it has a global airport, but because there are a lot of things to do here. Check Out the Te Papa Museum to discover everything there is to understand about New Zealand. Go to Zealandia to see indigenous New Zealand wild animals. Visit the city sights of Wellington from the Waterfront to Cuba Street to the Botanic Gardens to Mt Victoria. Afterwards, reach the global airport terminal to catch your flight. 

●       Te Papa Museum

●       Mt Victoria

●       Board Departure Flight

It's your last day in New Zealand! New Zealand's capital, Wellington, is a great location to end your time here on the North Island, not only because it has a global airport, but because there are a lot of things to do here. Check Out the Te Papa Museum and discover everything about New Zealand. Go to Zealandia to see indigenous New Zealand wild animals. You can explore the attractions of Wellington like the Cuba Street, or the Waterfront, or the Botanic Gardens. Afterward, reach the global airport terminal to catch your flight. 

 

  •       Te Papa Museum
  •       Mt Victori
  •       Board Departure Flight


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