TOURS & BUS PASSES / 10 Day North Island Winter Express Tour

10 Day North Island Winter Express Tour

The North Island is a great place to explore over the Winter Months, as you'll get to experience the snow in Tongariro National Park, but also the warmer weather and beaches of Raglan. This 10 day tour explores the best corners of the North Island. 

You'll travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway and experience Raglan's beaches, the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua, Lake Taupo: a crater lake caused by the biggest eruption New Zealand has ever seen, and the snow capped peaks of National Park as well as the North Island's two largest cities. 


  • Hot Water Beach - dig your own hot tub in the sand!
  • Walk to Cathedral Cove - considered one of New Zealand's most beautiful beaches. 
  • Maori cultural experience with traditional meal and story telling
  • Bubbling hot pools in Rotorua
  • Mighty Huka Falls
  • Great Lake Taupo
  • Bush safari at unique eco-wilderness stop in Whanganui National Park
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Te Papa National Museum in Wellington

What's Included

All transport: You'll travel in our comfortable mid-sized coaches around New Zealand.

Experienced tour guide: Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Accommodation: 9 nights’ dorm-share accommodation in a variety of quality backpacker hostels, wilderness lodges and cabins. Upgrades to twin (NZD $195pp) and single (NZD $395) rooms are available.

Top rated activities:

- Lake Aniwhenua: Kohutapu experience – guided tour of sacred Maori rock carvings, introduction to the Murupara area, Hangi and Maori bread cooking demonstration, delicious ground cooked hangi feast, dessert and continental breakfast. 
- Whakahoro: Eco-Warrior 4WD farm tour

Important Notes

  • Departure Time: 7am
  • Finish Time: Arriving in the late afternoon/early evening in Auckland

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Number of Days 10

Starts: Auckland Finishes: Auckland

Tour Type: Small Group Tour


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Depart Auckland in the morning and head south to the Coromandel Peninsula via the old colonial town of Thames. We’ll settle into our accommodation in Hahei before heading to Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own natural spa pool in the sand (tidal dependent).


Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront 


Hot Water Beach visit 

Today you have a full free day to embrace the laid back Coromandel lifestyle. Get up early to catch the sunrise on the beach, then take a scenic coastal walk or opt to kayak to stunning Cathedral Cove. You can also take a glass bottom boat tour through the nearby marine reserve.


Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront 


Free activities: Walk to Cathedral Cove, sunrise on the beach

Optional Paid activities: Kayaking, glass bottom boat tour

We leave Hahei early to travel towards the mighty Waikato River. Our destination is the world-renowned Raglan surf beach, with cow spotting and a walk to Bridal Veil Falls on the way. Chill out on the beach or go hard surfing the waves in this funky surf and arts town. 


An eco-lodge surrounded by native bush near the beach 


Free activities: Waterfall walk, relax on the beach, spot glowworms in the bush, West Coast sunset, Inspiration Point.

Optional paid activities: Learn to surf

Head to the rural town of Waitomo this morning for the chance to explore its famous cave systems and see the twinkling glowworms. We then carry on towards our overnight stop Rotorua, where you can spend the afternoon touring the Hobbiton Movie Set or checking out this popular tourist town. 


Comfortable central city lodge


Free activities: Walk around Ruakuri Reserve, Waitomo Valley Caves walk. 

Optional paid activities: Waitomo ‘must do’ caving options, Hobbiton Movie Set tour.

The morning is free to try one of the many adventure activities on offer in Rotorua. We depart Rotorua at midday and drive into the remote area of Lake Aniwhenua. We will meet a local Maori guide who will take us to visit the area’s sacred sites and a local Marae for a traditional welcome and afternoon tea. Tonight, we feast on a ground cooked hangi dinner at our lakeside accommodation.


Scenic lakefront lodge 


Included activities: Kohutapu Experience – guided tour of sacred Maori rock carvings, Marae experience, afternoon tea, delicious ground cooked hangi feast and buffet breakfast. 

Other optional paid activities: White water rafting, zorbing, ziplining 

We depart at 7.00am and head to Taupo, see Huka Falls and have time to experience skydiving if you’re brave! Our destination is Blue Duck Station, a 7,200 acre high country station that is both a working farm and an environmental conservation leader.  


Country station lodge.


Free Activities: Huka Falls, walk around the stunning Whakahoro Station.

Paid Activities: Bungy Jump in Taupo, Skydive, jet boat ride. 

Consider yourself lucky as you're getting another traditional NZ experience, that most people would miss out on completely. You have a free day to explore this truly amazing and secluded location. Start with a tour of the property; then immerse yourself in farm life with any of the activities on offer.


Country station lodge


Included: Eco-Warrior 4WD farm tour.

Optional paid activities: Horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and goat hunting.

Up early today to head to Tongariro National Park. You have a chance to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – one of the world’s best day walks. 


Alpine Lodge. 


Free Activities: Taranaki Falls walk, visit the Volcanic Centre, Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s pool).

Paid Activities: New Zealand's best one-day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. 

Depart 9am. We head to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, via Ohakune, Taihape and Bulls. Wellington is a fantastic city with a great cafe scene, a beautiful waterfront location and is home to the highly recommended National Museum - Te Papa. You have the afternoon to cruise around or explore.



Central hostel


Optional paid activities: Check out some of the great cafes and bars.

Free activities: Walk ‘Oriental Parade,’ head up Mt Victoria for fantastic views, and visit Te Papa - our national museum.

Depart 6.40am. This is an express day via National Park to Auckland, arriving back in New Zealand’s largest city in the late afternoon. We hope you had a blast on your adventure! 

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