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New Zealand–North Island Encompassed

New Zealand–North Island Encompassed

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Duration
10 days
Starts in
Auckland
Ends in
Wellington
Group size
Max 20, avg 16
Travel type
18-to-Thirtysomethings
New Zealand's North Island thoroughly engages the body and the spirit, often at the same time. This ten-day trip promises loads of both. Up here, you'll pick up some sustainable living tips on a conservation farm and learn Maori culture straight from the source. Elsewhere, you'll sea kayak in a secluded harbour, get a surfing lesson from an expert, and overnight on a houseboat. There's much more, but we've gotta leave some surprises, right?
Itinerary

New Zealand–North Island Encompassed

Day 1 - Auckland

Arrive at any time. Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

Day 2 - Auckland/Bay of Islands

Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands. Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal). Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night. While on board, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins that may be frolicking nearby!

Day 3 - Bay of Islands/Paihia

Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Disembark and explore Paihia before enjoying dinner with the group. Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.

Day 4 - Paihia/Auckland

Enjoy a free morning to relax, or opt to go skydiving or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. Travel back to Auckland.

Day 5 - Auckland/Raglan

Visit an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch. Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area. After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night.

Day 6 - Raglan

Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to go hiking or rent a stand up paddle board. Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as yoga, stand up paddle boarding or exploring the many trails in the area.

Day 7 - Raglan/Rotorua

Opt to go caving in world famous Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture. Stop en route at Waitomo. Enjoy free time to visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities, or explore this scenic area by foot. Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village.

Day 8 - Rotorua/Taupo

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa. Continue on to spend the night near the shores of Lake Taupo.

Day 9 - Taupo/Wellington

Take in the ever-changing scenery on the drive down to the nation's capital at the southern end of the North Island. Opt to take the cable car to the hills overlooking the city, visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group. Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa. Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town.

Day 10 - Wellington

Depart at any time. Depart at any time. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra. What is the Auckland Express Extra? Depart 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked a transfer that is NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

Hostels (6 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (2 nts). Most nights are multi-share.

Local transport

Private vehicle, kayak, walking

Meals

Allow USD190-250 for meals not included. 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Please be aware

Auckland
- Maritime Museum Visit (20NZD per person)
- Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience (Pre Tour)

Waiheke Island
- Waiheke Island Excursion (45-130NZD per person)

Paihia
- Waitangi Treaty Grounds Visit (25-45NZD per person)
- Ferry to Russell (7-12NZD per person)
- Skydiving (329-365NZD per person)
- Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

Raglan
- Stand Up Paddle Lesson (79NZD per person)
- Hiking (Free)

Whale Bay
- Karioi Loop Walk (Free)

Waitomo Caves
- Waitomo Lost World Cave Abseil (324NZD per person)
- Waitomo Cave Excursion (68NZD per person)

Waitomo
- Waitomo TumuTumu Toobing (Black Water Rafting) (172NZD per person)
- Waitomo Haggas Honking Holes (220NZD per person)
- Waitomo Valley Walk (Free)

Rotorua
- Whitewater Rafting (89NZD per person)
- Mountain Biking (35-130NZD per person)
- Hot Springs (30-50NZD per person)
- Zorbing (35-50NZD per person)
- Hells Gate Geothermal Park (35-90NZD per person)
- Hobbiton Tour (112NZD per person)

Wellington
- Te Papa Museum Visit (Free)
- Wellington Cable Car (4-7.50NZD per person)
- Zealandia (9-95NZD per person)
- Weta Workshop Tour (25-65NZD per person)

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