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14 Day North Island New Zealand

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14 Days
Starts: Auckland
Finishes: Northland
Min Age : 18 to 39
Max People : 20

EPIC TRIP, BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES AND AMAZING ACTIVITIES

2 WEEKS, 1 ISLAND… Blitz the North Island from top to bottom as you discover all the best bits from Volcanoes to Hot Springs on our epic 14-day North Island adventure for 18 – 35-year olds! Start off & return to Auckland on a tour of New Zealand’s most diverse island, journeying through epic landscapes rich in Maori culture.

Who Is This Trip For?

Most people travel New Zealand with us either solo, or with a buddy and are between 18 and 39 years old.
You should have a sense for adventure, be curious to learn about new cultures and like to experience something different.

Make Friends

You will be travelling with a group of fun, exciting and interesting people from everywhere in the world! And you can easily make new friends along the trip.

Small groups, insider access, and personal freedom to follow the whim of the moment are the order of the day, every day.
Groups sizes are usually between 3 – 10 people with most groups even celebrating reunions years after their trip! Chat with other people from your group before you leave home!

Start Dates & Bookings

The trip lasts 14 days & 13 nights with start dates throughout the year.
Trips do book out quickly, so get in touch today!

Visas and Travel Insurance

Check out the New Zealand visa requirement here.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all of our trips in Asia. You can get this in the Insurance section of our site.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Deposit Policy

If your start date is more than 40 days away, you can secure your spot by paying a 20% deposit.
Simply select the ‘deposit’ option when you Check out. We’ll hold you a spot on your chosen start date and send you a link to pay the remaining amount.

The balance must be paid in full at least 40 days prior to your tour start date. If you are booking within 40 days of your start date the deposit option is not available so you need to pay in full.

PHOTOS
ITINERARY

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia

07:00: Depart Auckland
We kick off our journey crossing Auckland’s Harbour bridge, admiring the skyline of what is known as the ‘City of Sails’ as we head north for our journey.

10:30: Kai Iwi Lakes
Awesome for watersports, our first stop takes us to the Kai Iwi Lakes for a dip in crystal clear waters where you can swim, jet ski or float until your skin starts to shrivel.

12:30: Tane Mahuta
Situated in the heart of the Waipoua Forest and as tall as it is impressive, the Tane Mahuta (‘Lord of the Forest’) is one of the world’s oldest and largest Kauri trees. Standing at around 50 meters tall, the tree is estimated to be around 2,500 years old!

13:30: Opononi
On route up the West Coast, we’ll stop off at the picturesque harbour town Opononi for a lunch break before our final destination.

15:30: Arrive in Paihia, Bay Of Islands
Renown for its picturesque bays, laidback atmosphere and fantastic local fish n chips, our next stop takes us into the heart of the Bay Of Islands, Paihia. Take the ferry over to the historic town, Russell, where you can check out Flagstaff Hill, wineries & visit one of New Zealand’s oldest Churches, the Christ Church!

So if swimming with dolphins, island cruises or famous Maori treaty grounds for a spot of Kiwi culture aren’t your thing, borrow a free kayak or bike and explore the bay your way.

For those who just can’t get enough, optionally top the day off with an overnight cruise. Sail through the bays with a sunset buffet dinner, followed by night kayaking to experience the bioluminescence. Note, the ‘Overnight BOI Cruise’ extra overrides day two’s itinerary.

15:30 – 17:00: Free time!
Inclusions:
Visit Opononi harbour & beach.
See the Tane Mahuta – Lord of the Forest in the Waipoua Forest.
Dip into the Kai Iwi Lakes.
Visit the Bay of Islands.
*Local fish n chips lunch.*
Free kayak & bike usage.
Extras:
Overnight Bay of Islands Cruise, night kayak & dinner buffet.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Open ferry ticket to Russell.

Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga

07:00: Depart Paihia
Checking that you’ve remembered to blink, we continue our journey north to the sacred and most northern point of New Zealand to visit the Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

10:45: Cape Reinga
This land holds great significance to the Maoris and their ancestors and if you don’t catch a glimpse of a dolphin or whale out to sea, you’ll be guaranteed to see where the Tasman Sea (from the west) collides with the Pacific Ocean (from the east).

12:15: Te Paki Sand Dunes
Following on from the Cape, grab your boards because along the shores of the famous 90 Mile Beach, we find Te Paki Sand Dunes. Perfect for sand boarding, we’ll spend the afternoon gliding down New Zealand’s largest dunes, and to top it off, you can experience an optional traditional Maori Hangi lunch to get back that energy.

18:00: Arrive in Paihia
Finishing off the day, we head back to Paihia for another night in the Bay of Islands.

Inclusions:
Cape Reinga lighthouse.
*90-mile beach & Te Paki Sand dune board hire.*
Alternative
Bad weather? Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered! Whatever the weather, we’ve lined up a waterfall for the morning and an afternoon soaking up in the volcanic Waiariki Spring hot pools.

Checkout Rainbow Falls.
Dip into Ngawha Springs.

Day 3: Paihia to Auckland

08:00 – 12:30: Free time!
12:30: Depart Paihia
Salty, sunkissed and probably hungover, we’ll make our merry way down to where we started.

14:30: Piroa Falls
If the ride didn’t sober you up, our last Northland stop will. Known by the locals as a hidden paradise, we journey just south of Whangarei through the Waipu Gorge where we’ll visit the majestic Piroa Falls. Bring your swimwear or be one with nature, we’ll make a quick stop before heading back.

17:30: Arrive in Auckland.
Inclusions:
Piroa Falls
Extras:
Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islands 9am morning cruise.

Day 4: Auckland to Coromandel

09:00: Depart Auckland
Wakey wakey! For those of you hiding under the sheets from the sun like something out of Twilight, after last night, we’re taking it easy on you. As we detox over a late breakfast, we leave the City of Sails and head south for a day of beach relaxation.

11:45: Cathedral Cove & Hahei Beach
Packed full of rugged coastlines and exotic beaches, sit back on this scenic drive as we pass through the Coromandel over to our next spot, Cathedral Cove. Arguably one of the most popular beaches in the North Island, with its pristine sands and golden cliffs, be sure to test the acoustics under the Te Hoho rock as we stop at the cove for the morning.

14:00: Arrive at Hot Water Beach
If one beach wasn’t enough, try two! And what better way than to escape a hangover than lying in nature’s jacuzzi – Hot Water Beach.

If you didn’t already guess, this beach gets its name from the geothermal hot springs that rise up through the sand. If the tides right, grab your spades and start digging.

15:00 – 20:00: Free time!
Inclusions:
Take the coastal walk to Cathedral Cove.
Visit Hahei beach.
Dig a hole in nature’s jacuzzi, Hot Water Beach.

Day 5: Coromandel to Tauranga

08:00: Depart Coromandel
11:00: Hobbiton, Matamata
Hobbits? Where? You guessed it, next stop, the Shire! We’re taking you into the heart of Middle Earth where this morning you can take a seat at Green Dragon for an Amber Ale or Apple Cider!

16:00: Arrive in the Bay Of Plenty, Tauranga
Putting Hobbits behind us, we sashay south through the Bay of Plenty and the coastal town of Tauranga.

Here you can kick back on the beach or check out the epic views from the top of Mt Maunganui for the rest of the arvo (Kiwi for afternoon).

16:00 – 18:00: Free time!
Inclusions:
*2 Hour Hobbiton tour of the Shire, including a free drink.*
Climb Mt Maunganui!
Stop overnight in the heart of the Bay Of Plenty, Tauranga.

Day 6: Tauranga to Rotorua

08:30: Depart Tauranga
10:30: Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Winding our way out of the hills of Waikato, for our next culture injection, we head down to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua!

Smell that? No, that wasn’t your buddy’s meal from last night, that my eager Beavers’ is Sulphur, so get out your nose pegs kids.

Famed for it’s boiling mud pools, hot springs and spurting geysers, we give you – Wai O Tapu! A wonderland of natural beauty that will leave you mesmerized! Hmmm, or maybe that’s the Sulphur. Either way, if smelly pools aren’t your thing, choose a couple of our extras.

14:00 – 17:00: Free time!
17:00: Tamaki Maori Village
Get your tongues at the ready, ‘cause this arvo we’re really showing you what Maori cultures really about! With a traditional Hangi dinner lunch, you’ll get to see a dance performance and a chance to get involved in the world-famous HAKA!

21:45: Return to Rotorua
Inclusions:
*Visit the Thermal Wonderland, Wai O Tapu*
*Get hands-on with everything Maori at the Tamaki Village and experience a traditional hangi buffet with NZ desserts for dinner!*
Extras:
Kaituna River White Water Rafting.
Rotorua Canopy Tour.
2 Hour Horse Trek.

Day 7: Rotorua to Taupo

13:00: Depart Rotorua
Rotorua round two! Catch up on yesterday’s missed activities or kick back and enjoy the morning as we’ll head off after lunch.

13:15: Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter
Before our Rotorua adventures are over, we’d like to introduce to you a real Kiwi, not just the ones you’ve been drinking with! We’ll make a quick stop off at Rainbow Springs to check out our native bird before moving on.

15:45: Huka Falls, Taupo
Which brings us onto Taupo (“Toe-Paw”). This monster of a lake is claimed to be bigger than the size of Singapore and twice the size of the second largest lake in New Zealand!

This central North Island town sits on the south shore where you’ll find 220,000 litres of water gushing over the Huka Falls every second!

16:30: Arrive at Taupo
16:30 – 19:00: Free time!
Inclusions:
*Meet the real kiwis and see New Zealand’s native bird.*
Watch 220,000 Litres of water flow over the Huka Falls every second!
Extras:
OGO.
Skyline Gondola & Luge.
Redwood forest treetop walk.
Redwood Mountain Biking.

Day 8: Tongariro

08:00: Depart Taupo
09:45 Tongariro Crossing
Wait, who’s got the ring? Strap up your boots troops, ‘cause this is going to be a long day! We rise at the crack of dawn, for your next journey takes you unexpected Hobbits to the top of Mount Doom! This eight-hour shoe shredder isn’t for the faint-hearted, as you’ll hike above the clouds through 19km of unforgiving volcanic terrain called, the Tongariro Crossing!

But don’t sweat couch potatoes, we’ve got you covered. If you weren’t brave enough to journey south, we’ve lined up kayaking around the Mine Bay Maori Rock carvings to skydives and white water rafting to keep your mind off what you’re missing.

Later, relax for a well-deserved dip in the Otumheke thermal stream amongst your worn-out wolf-pack.

19:00: Return to Taupo
Inclusions:
Challenge yourself & hike the epic Alpine Tongariro Crossing.
Dip into the Otumheke thermal spring.
Extras:
Ernest Kemp Replica Steamboat Cruise.
Tandem Skydive 9,000ft.
Tandem Skydive 12,000ft.
Tandem Skydive 15,000ft.
Huka Falls Jet.

Day 9: Taupo to Napier

09:30: Depart Taupo
12:00: Hawkes Bay
After yesterday, you’re probably wanting a break. Start practising your spitting (off the bus), ‘cause we’re showing you exactly what put New Zealand’s wine on the map with an epic Hawkes Bay wine tour!

15:30: Arrive in Napier
Whether your legs are wobbly from the wine or yesterday’s crossing, get settled into the art deco city of New Zealand, Napier.

15:30 – 18:30: Free time!
Inclusions:
*Hawkes Bay Wine Tour*
Visit the art deco city of Napier

Day 10: Napier to Wellington

07:30: Depart Napier
13:30: Arrive in Wellington
As much as we love nature, it’s time for another city… and boy is this one windy!

Windy? That’s right, if you haven’t already blown over, welcome to the NZ’s capital – Wellington. Sitting on top of the Cook Strait, don’t let the wind scare you off! Welly’s chilled atmosphere, stunning promenade and vibrant nightlife will be sure to keep you distracted.

Home to a myriad of surprises, for those who can’t sit still, check out the Weta Caves before you get settled in for the night.

13:30 – 18:30: Free time!
Inclusions:
Visit the Windy Capital of New Zealand, Wellington.

Day 11: Wellington

09:00: Your time, your way
Finally a free day! We’re handing the reins back to you for today, but if you’re stuck for ideas – start off the morning with a walk up to the top of Mt Victoria to get your bearings in check. From here, you can head into the city for a guided tour and another Kiwi culture shot at the famous Te Papa Museum.

Later, take a trip up the iconic Wellington Cable Car where you can check out the views from the Botanical gardens. If you didn’t already get accustomed to the town last night, no worries, after dinner we’re cracking out our drinking boots for an epic bar crawl.

Inclusions:
Free entry at the famous Te Papa Museum.
Check out the views from the top of Mt Victoria.
Join our epic Bar Crawl of Welly’s sweetest pubs & clubs.
Extras:
Weta Workshop.

Day 12: Wellington to New Plymouth

08:30: Depart Wellington
12:30: Goblin Forest, Mt Egmount
Goblins? Where? Thriving off the neck of the mighty volcano, we come to our next Middle Earth treasure, the Goblin Forest. Found deep in the Egmont National Park, look out for orcs, elves or hung-over backpackers. Oh wait, that’s us!

With a short walk around the Kamahi loop, take the arvo off, stroll through the Botanical Gardens or check out the Paritutu Rock as we explore New Plymouth, a city shadowed by our second volcano, Mt Taranaki!

17:30: Arrive in New Plymouth
Inclusions:
Get up close with the Mt Taranaki volcano and trek through the Goblin Forest of Mt Egmount.
Check out the Botanical gardens and if it’s the right time of year, the TSB Light festival.

Day 13: New Plymouth to Raglan

08:30: Depart New Plymouth
11:30: Waitomo Caves
Peeps, you’ve earned it. Lie in and slow sip that coffee before we head back up north for a Kiwi classic, the glow-worm capital, Waitomo! Strange as they are beautiful, glow-worms are the stars of the underworld. Today we’re putting on our headlamps and taking to the caves on this epic journey below! Climb into the unknown, sail under blue-lit caves or black water raft down into the abyss, this place has it all.

16:00: Arrive in Raglan
Home to New Zealand’s coolest surf town, this arvo we’ll get stuck in with those beach vibes before we end our last night with an awesome sunset boat party & BBQ.

16:00 – 18:00: Free time!
Inclusions:
*Waitomo Cave tour.*
*Raglan Sunset Boat Party & BBQ meal.*

Day 14: Raglan to Auckland

09:00 – 15:00: Free time!
15:00: Depart Raglan
For those hiding from the sun after last night, before we say “poroporoaki” (Maori for goodbye) to our last stop, hire out a board or take a surf lesson for the morning.

17:30: Return to Auckland
After a well-deserved bite for lunch, we’ll arrive back in Auckland around 17:30 to end this epic trip off. So, this is it folks, the final piece of the puzzle! So steady your feet, hold on to something tight… no not us! Amigos, welcome back to Auckland!

It’s time for you culture pros to say ciao to the tribe and in years to come remember what we did in the land of the Long White Cloud.

Extras:
Raglan Surf Lesson.
Surf Board Hire.

INCLUSIONS

Auckland Meet and Greet

PICKUP LOCATION:
Meet at approx 06:30 at Army Outdoors, 326 Karangahape Rd, Auckland. Coach departs at 07:00.

DROP OFF LOCATION:
Arrive back in Auckland for around 18:45.

14 Days – All Amazing Activities

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Sandboard down the island’s largest dunes.
Dig your own jacuzzi at Hot Water Beach.
Explore Hobbiton on a guided tour.
Meet the locals at the Tamaki Maori Village.
Cross the Tongariro Crossing.
Climb Mt Manganui!
Epic Hawkes Bay Wine Tour.
Waitomo Glowworm cave tour.
Awesome Sunset boat party & BBQ at Raglan.

TOUR INCLUSIONS
Meet Tane Mahuta, NZ’s largest Kauri tree.
Travel north to Cape Reinga & 90-mile beach.
2 night stop in the Bay of Islands.
Coastal walk the Coromandel to Cathedral Cove.
Entry to the thermal wonderland, Wai O Tapu.
Spend 2 nights in Rotovegas!
Visit NZ’s native bird (Kiwi) at Rainbow Springs.
Visit Huka Falls & Mine Bay Rock Carving.
Free entry to the famous Te Papa Museum.
Epic pub crawl & 2-night stop in the Capital, Wellington.
All Accommodation, transport & itinerary activities.
Continental breakfast, G/D/V-friendly lunch & dinners.
Relax with comfortable seats, USB’s & great playlists.

Accommodation & Some Meals

Tour includes all:

Transport.
Accommodation.
Food Ingredients (breakfast, lunch & dinner) if selected.
– B13 L14 D13
– Opt for DIY or venture out to follow your taste buds, breakfast, lunch & dinner is on us.
Itinerary inclusions.
And heaps of optional extras to take your getaway to the next level.

Group Leader & Transportation

Locals or backpackers, we coined the phrase “it’s who you’re with” to show you the time of your life.
EPIC RIDE: Straight to the doorstep with AC & an unbeatable playlist, sit back & relax ’cause our journeys are as good as they get.

Support During And After Your Trip

Loads of Help With Onward Travel.
Support The Whole Time You Are In New Zealand.

Thing You'll Need During the Trip

The weather can be glorious as much as it is harsh, so to make sure you’re suited and booted for the trip and it’s ‘4 seasons in one day’, we’ve put together a Packing List as a rough guide to get you started.

Packing List
The weather can be glorious as much as it is harsh, so to make sure you’re suited and booted for the trip and it’s ‘4 seasons in one day’, follow this rough guide below on what you should pack:

Clothes
1 x Rainproof jacket.1 x Warm jacket.Couple of long trousers.Couple of shorts/ skirts.Couple of casual shirts for evening wear.4-5 T-shirts.1 x Jumper or hoodie.Heaps of socks & undies.Couple of swimwear (preferably ones without color as sulphur from the hot springs will decolorize).
Shoes
1 x thongs/ flip flops/ sandals.1 x Casual/ going out shoes.1 x Practical/ walking shoes (hiking boots).
Toiletries
Toiletry bag and contents.Sun cream.Insect repellent.Medicines (Aspirin, travel sickness).Prescription medication.Tissues, wet wipes etc.
Miscellaneous
Sewing kit.Laundry powder (although we provide a weekly wash).Wash bags for dirty laundry.Padlocks.Money belt.Camera, phone, tablet, laptop, storage devices.Adapters/ converters, charging cords, batteries.
Essentials
Passport, visas & other important travel documents and a photocopy of each.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

– International airfares.
– Visa.
– Travel Insurance.
– Private Accommodation. (+$500.00)

Bay Of Islands

Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islands cruise.
Overnight Bay of Islands Cruise, night kayak & dinner buffet.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Traditional Maori Hangi lunch.

Rotorua

Redwood forest treetop walk – Day/ Night.
Kaituna River White Water Rafting.
Rotorua Canopy Tour.
OGO Zorbing.
Skyline Luge.
Redwoods Mountain Biking.
2 Hour Horse Trek.

Taupo

Ernest Kemp Replica Steamboat Cruise.
Tandem Skydive 9,000ft.
Tandem Skydive 12,000ft.
Tandem Skydive 15,000ft.
Huka Falls Jet.

Wellington

Weta Workshop.

Raglan

Raglan Surf Lesson.
Surf Board Hire.

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