Start in Auckland and end in Wellington! With the adventure tour Big Kumara – 7 Days, you have a 7 day tour package taking you from Auckland to Wellington and through Auckland, New Zealand and 10 other destinations in New Zealand. Big Kumara – 7 Days includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Blitz the North Island from top to bottom on this awesome tour that includes all the must see’s at no extra cost! Discover all the best bits from Volcanoes to Hot Springs on our epic 7-day North Island adventure for 18 – 35-year olds! Start off in Auckland & finish in Wellington on a tour of New Zealand’s most diverse island, journeying through epic landscapes rich in Maori culture.
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.
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 5 – 22 people with most groups even celebrating reunions years after their trip! Chat with other people from your group before you leave home!
Check out the New Zealand visa requirement here.
If your start date is more than 40 days away, you can secure your spot by paying a 10% 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.
07:00: 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.
09:30: 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.
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.
17:00: Arrive in the Bay Of Plenty, Tauranga.
Putting the beaches 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 catch the sunset from the top of Mt Maunganui for the rest of the arvo (Kiwi for the afternoon).
Take the coastal walk to Cathedral Cove.
Visit Hahei beach.
Dig a hole in nature’s jacuzzi, Hot Water Beach.
Night in the Bay Of Plenty, Tauranga.
08:00: Depart Tauranga
08:30: Mt Maunganui
If you didn’t already venture up last night for an epic sunset, todays your day! Standing at an impressive 761ft, the ‘mount’ as it’s known is challenging as it is beautiful.
12:00: Arrive in Rotorua
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.
Climb Mt Maunganui!
Night in the geothermal capital of NZ, Rotorua!
08:30: Depart Rotorua
09:30: Kerosene Creek
Just down the road from our next stop, we’ll take a dip in the natural hot spring – Kerosene Creek, famous for it’s hot spring waterfall!
11:30: Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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 just the Sulphur?!
15:00: 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 in Taupo
Visit the Thermal Wonderland, Wai O Tapu.
Dip into the natural hot springs of Kerosene Creek.
See the amazing Huka Falls!
06:30: Depart Taupo
08:00 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.
18:30: Return to Taupo
Challenge yourself & hike the epic Alpine Tongariro Crossing.
Dip into the Otumheke thermal spring.
09:30 Depart Taupo
12:00 Arrive in 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 & brewery tour! Visit two of Hawkes Bay’s best wineries including one of NZ’s oldest, plus visit a quirky craft brewery which hosts a variety of worldwide styles.
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.
Transport to and from all wineries & breweries.
06:30: Depart Napier
Home to the annual Gumboot Day, welcome to New Zealand’s Gumboot capital! Here we’ll test your throwing skills in a “boot off” before heading into our last stop, River Valley Adventure Lodge!
12:30: River Valley, Pukeokahu
Adventure lodges aren’t complete without grade 5 water rafting & amazing horse treks, so kick back and settle in for the arvo as we enjoy some good ol’fashioned kiwi country.
Visit the Gumboot capital of NZ, Taihape & challenge a friend to a welly throw off!
Experience really kiwi outback at River Valley Adventure Lodge.
07:30: Depart River Valley
11:00: Tui Brewery, Mangatainoka.
For those still thirsty from Hawkes Bay, we’ll make a quick stop off at the famous Tui Brewery to send us on our way.
16:30: 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.
Visit the famous Tui Brewery.
Visit the Windy Capital of New Zealand, Wellington.
16:30 – 17:00 – End point: Entrance of Base, Wellington., 19 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand.
There will be no airport pickup.
Meet at approx 06:30 at 229, Queen St, Auckland. Bus stop on the corner of Darby & Queen St. Coach departs at 07:00.
DROP OFF LOCATION
Arrive back in Auckland for around 15:00 at 229, Queen St, Auckland.
Coastal walk the Coromandel to Cathedral Cove.
Dig your own jacuzzi at Hot Water Beach.
Party in the Bay Of Plenty, Tauranga.
Climb Mt Manganui.
Spend 2 nights in Rotovegas!
Entry to the thermal wonderland, Wai O Tapu.
Dip into the natural hot springs of Kerosene Creek.
Visit Huka Falls & hike the famous Tongariro Crossing.
Epic Hawkes Bay Winery tour.
Visit the Gumboot Capital, Taihape.
Night in the awesome River Valley Lodge.
Visit the famous Te Papa Museum.
Epic pub crawl in the Capital, Wellington.
All Accommodation, transport & itinerary activities.
Relax with comfortable seats, USB’s & great playlists.
6 Awesome hand picked locations around New Zealand’s sweetest spots to help you catch those cosy zzz’s.
Food inclusion (breakfast, lunch & dinner) will cost an additional fee. The cost is $27 USD per person including:
Breakfast: Day 2 -Day 7 (6 breakfasts)
Lunch: Day 1 -Day 7 (7 lunches)
Dinner: Day 1 – Day 7 (7 dinners)
We have vegan, gluten and dairy-free options.
Locals or backpackers, we coined the phrase “it’s who you’re with” to show you the time of your life. All activities guided with plenty of optional extras!
Straight to the doorstep with AC & an unbeatable playlist, sit back & relax ’cause our journeys are as good as they get.
Travel Insurance is NOT included, however it is mandatory for you to have travel insurance for the duration of your tour. If you require travel insurance, Grabatour Travel has partnered up with World Nomads to provide a hassle-free experience. More information can be found here.
The following options are available with this tour. Simply select the corresponding add-on during booking at the Check-out page!
Optional experiences are available on this tour for an additional cost and will be provided to you with your finalised travel documents.
Private Accommodation: please contact us.
Explore Hobbiton on a guided tour.
Visit NZ’s native bird (Kiwi) at Rainbow Springs.
Meet the locals at the Tamaki Maori Village.
Redwood forest treetop walk – Day/ Night.
Kaituna River White Water Rafting.
Rotorua Canopy Tour.
Redwoods Mountain Biking.
2 Hour Horse Trek.
Ernest Kemp Replica Steamboat Cruise.
Tandem Skydive 9,000ft.
Tandem Skydive 12,000ft.
Tandem Skydive 15,000ft.
Huka Falls Jet.
Mine Bay Rock Carving by kayak or boat.
Sail Barbary Sunset Cruise Party.
Wine & Brewery tastings.
River Valley Adventure Lodge
Horse riding through the valley.
Grade 5 White Water Rafting.
Of course you are – anyone would be – and of course we will! We completely understand you because we’ve been you.
One thing about our tours that amazes us the most is how close our travellers get on tour, and how they become one big, tight-knit family at the end.
We have people who were in the same tour group with us a year ago, who are still travelling the world together now! Everyone’s in the same boat, and you will make friends for life.