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6 Day North Island Express Tour

Short on time, yet still interested in experiencing the North Island of New Zealand? Well this small group tour is for you.

Departing from Auckland, and finishing in Auckland, this tour explores the best of the North Island – from Coromandel, to Tongariro National Park and even down to the capital city of Wellington. 


  • Cathedral Cove walk on the stunning Coromandel Peninsula
  • Get a Taste For Life on a real NZ Working Farm
  • Hike New Zealand’s best one-day walk – the Tongariro Alpine Crossing 
  • Visit Wellington with time to see the Te Papa Museum

What's Included

  • Experienced tour guide
  • Accommodation transfers
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Meals: Breakfast (5), Dinner (4)
  • Cultural experience with traditional hangi meal
  • Interactive cultural performance and exclusive story telling
  • 4WD bush safari / eco-wilderness farm tour
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Weta Workshop Tour

Important Notes

  • Departure Time: 7am
  • Arriving late afternoon in Auckland

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PRICE: $1,065 NZD

Number of Days 6

Starts: Auckland Finishes: Auckland

Tour Type: Small Group Tour


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We depart Auckland and head south east, stopping for a walk to the famous Cathedral Cove- a ‘must see’ on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Afterwards we’ll drive to Hot Water Beach, a unique surf beach where you dig a hole in the sand and sit in your own personal spa pool (tide dependent). In the afternoon there will be time for a kayaking tour (own expense) before we feast on a delicious BBQ for dinner.


Comfortable beachside accommodation


Walk to Cathedral Cove, and kayaking tour (as add-on). Dig a hole at Hot Water Beach

Today we head for Rotorua to discover an area well-known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity. Here you will get the chance to do some great optional activities, such as a visit to Hobbiton. And in the evening we will be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you will discover Maori art, ancient rituals and traditions. Tonight we dine on a delicious hangi (Maori feast), enjoy an interactive cultural performance and the company of our Maori hosts. After dinner, relax in the mineral pools back at your accommodation. Includes breakfast and dinner.


Central city lodge


Cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, kapa haka (Maori song and dance) and interactive cultural performance. Optional add-ons are a visit to Hobbiton, white water rafting, Zorbing, the Luge

The day starts with a swim in a natural hot river before heading to Taupo to visit the spectacular Huka Falls. After that, it’s off to stay at the eco award-winning Blue Duck Station, a working sheep and beef farm, where you will take part in a farm safari and get the opportunity to see their conservation work in action in this spectacular place. During summer months there’s an option to go on a short kayak through the gorge at the base of the Kaiwhakauka Falls. Your dinner is all cooked using local produce. 


Blue Duck Station, country station lodge


Visit Huka falls, 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure

Today we head back to the Tongariro National Park to give you the chance to hike the Tongariro Crossing; rated as New Zealand’s best one-day walk. Alternatively other options include shorter walks around this volcanic region or visiting the Volcanic Centre Museum. Accommodation tonight is at the Alpine Lodge. Includes breakfast and dinner.


Alpine lodge


Tongariro Alpine Crossing and transfers, or Taranaki Falls walk and Tawhai Falls (Gollum's Pool)

Today, it’s off to Wellington – New Zealand’s capital city. Here you will see parliament buildings, including the iconic Beehive. There is plenty to do in Wellington like visiting Te Papa, the national museum and art gallery or the botanical gardens. 


Central city hostel


Experience New Zealand's capital city, Weta Workshop tour

Today is an express journey from Wellington to Auckland.  We stop along the way for photos and to have lunch in the township of a dual World Heritage area – National Park. Includes breakfast.


Scenic drive back to Auckland. 

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