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 7 – 15 people with most groups even celebrating reunions years after their trip! Chat with other people from your group before you leave home!
The trip lasts 11 days & 10 nights with start dates throughout the year.
Trips do book out quickly, so get in touch today!
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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.
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.
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.
08:30: Depart Wellington
11:30: Break at Whanganui
14:15: 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!
16:00: Arrive in New Plymouth
After a short walk around the Kamahi loop, we’ll take the arvo off where you can 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!
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.
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.
17:30: 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.
Waitomo Cave tour.
13:00: 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.
15:00: Return to Auckland
After a well-deserved bite for lunch, we’ll arrive back in Auckland around 15:00 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.
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 & 2-night stop in the Capital, Wellington.
Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tour & Boat Ride.
Visit the surf capital of NZ, Raglan!
All Accommodation, transport & itinerary activities.
Relax with comfortable seats, USB’s & great playlists.
10 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 1 -Day 11 (11 breakfasts)
Lunch: Day 1 -Day 11 (11 lunches)
Dinner: Day 1 – Day 10 (10 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.
Loads of help with onward travel.
Support the whole time you are in New Zealand.
Insurance is not included. Travel insurance is required for this tour. Please make sure you are adequately covered. 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.
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.
Waitomo Glowworm Additional Cave Tours.
Awesome Sunset boat party & BBQ at Raglan.
Raglan Surf Lesson.
Arrival and departure transfers.
Pre and post-tour accommodation.
Other meals, snacks and drinks.