Day 1: AUCKLAND > HOT WATER BEACH
Departing Auckland we head south east to the pristine beaches of the Coromandel and the world-famous Cathedral Cove (included). Here you have the option to kayak around this stunning coastline (optional activity) as well as the opportunity to visit Hot Water Beach (included); a unique surf beach where if you catch the tide right, you can dig a hole in the sand to create your own personal spa pool.
Day 2: HOT WATER BEACH > KARANGAHAKE GORGE > WAITOMO
Leaving the gorgeous Coromandel behind we’ll venture into the enchanting Karangahake Gorge nestled among the Kamai ranges, for a hike (included) amongst the walkways and old mining tunnels. If that isn’t enough fun for one day, then never fear, next we’ll be heading over to Waitomo for a magical tour of the world-famous glow-worm caves (included!). For those feeling a little more adventurous, you will have the opportunity to upgrade to a Black Water Rafting trip.
Day 3: WAITOMO > HOBBITON > ROTORUA
Saying goodbye to those glowing little critters, we’ll get on the road to Rotorua, passing through The Shire of Hobbiton where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the Hobbiton movie set. We’ll then roll on through to Rotorua; a mystical land of bubbling mud pools, rocketing geysers and natural hot springs. First, we’ll stop off at Kuirau Park (included) walk for a relaxing mud pool, before leaving you with the remainder of the day to experience Rotorua your way. Optional activities (which are not included) are: luging down the SkyLine, White Water Rafting, Hells Gate, Waiatapu, mountain biking through the Redwoods, Zorb, Polynesian spa or Kiwi Encounter.
Day 4: ROTORUA > TAMAKI Māori VILLAGE
Today is going to be pretty special as we head off around midday to visit the Tamaki Māori Village where you will be immersed in the traditions and cultural values of the Māori people. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua-area from a local Māori guide before feasting on some top kai (food) from the hangi pit. Afterwards, gather around a blazing bonfire where you will enjoy Māori myths and legends before relaxing in a private forest spa pool and retiring for the night in a traditional carved wharemoe (sleeping house).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: TAMAKI Māori VILLAGE > TAUPO
Onto Great Lake Taupo we go, taking in a walk to the pounding Huka Falls (included) before heading up river to the more tranquil Spa Park to experience a geothermal natural spa (included). In Taupo there is lots to do, just tell us what you’re in the mood for and we’ll get you there. The lake itself (actually an extinct volcano crater) is a sight to behold from the shoreline (included), but the more adventurous might want to take the opportunity to sail across the lake on a yacht to the Māori rock carvings, or even get a birds-eye view by skydiving above it.
Day 6: FREE DAY IN TAUPO
Taupo’s central location means it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from other world-class activities which we give you the option to experience on day six. Head up the Sky Waka to experience Mount Ruapehu or hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing; a dramatic landscape of stunning contrasts created by extinguished lava flows and emerald lakes. It’s no surprise Tongariro is often described as one of New Zealand’s best one-day hikes.
Day 7: TAUPO > WELLINGTON
For the final day of our tour, we’ll cruise through the southern end of the North Island to the capital, Wellington. Here you can experience Mount Victoria (included) and then passengers have the opportunity to experience the national museum, Te Papa and get amongst the thriving craft beer scene.