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9 Day North Island Explorer Tour

This nine day tour departing from Auckland will allow you to experience the very best of the North Island. Leave no corner of the North Island unturned with plenty of time to take in all of the highlights. 

You'll explore the Winterless North, Cathedral Cove, the central plateau, New Zealand's capital city and more. Read on to find out more about this incredible North Island adventure.  


  • Wildlife cruise in the Bay Of Islands
  • Hike to Cathedral Cove in Coromandel
  • Cultural Night and experience Rotorua
  • Experience life on a Working Sheep Farm
  • Get a Taste For Life on a Working Farm
  • Hike the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Visit the Te Papa Museum for some culture in Wellington

What's Included

  • Experienced tour guide
  • Accommodation transfers
  • Accommodation (price is based on quad share. Single/twin/double room upgrade options available)
  • Meals: Breakfast (6), Dinner (5)
  • Maori welcome/guide in Opononi
  • Tane Mahuta visit
  • Hokianga ferry
  • Sand boarding
  • Wildlife boat trip spotting dolphins and other marine life
  • Russell Ferry
  • Cultural experience with traditional hangi meal
  • Interactive cultural performance and exclusive story telling
  • 4WD bush safari / eco-wilderness farm tour
  • Te Papa Museum
  • Summer Departures: October 2017 - April 2017

Important Notes

  • Departure Time / Location: 7am pick-up at your accommodation
  • Finish Time: Late afternoon arrival in Auckland

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PRICE: $1,425 NZD

Number of Days 9

Starts: Auckland Finishes: Auckland

Tour Type: Small Group Tour


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The tour starts bright and early from Auckland to head north to Paihia with stops on the way to see giant kauri trees and to hike to a beautiful waterfall. Snorkel off the beach with the marine life at Goat Island followed by a trip to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds (own expense). After settling into our accommodation, the evening is yours to relax. (D)


Hostel near the beach.


Tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest, snorkel Goat Island

This morning we take a wildlife cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life. There’s no better way to see it than by boat, keep an eye out for wild dolphins.

In the afternoon it’s off to Opononi and Hokianga, where we will be greeted by a local Maori guide and receive a traditional welcome to the area. See huge sand dunes and take part in an optional twilight tour where you’ll visit the largest Kauri tree in the world, Tane Mahuta “God of the Forest” for some pretty amazing photo opportunities (own expense). Includes breakfast and dinner.


Comfortable Kiwi lodge


Bay of Island’s wild life boat trip, see sand dunes

It’s across the Hokianga Harbour to go sand boarding today down the massive dunes before you start to make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest littered with 1000 year old trees. You’ll visit the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in the crystal clear waters draped with beautiful white sand before departing for the big smoke – Auckland – arriving late afternoon. 


Central city hostel


Sand Boarding, swim in the Kai Iwi Lakes, visit Waipoura Forest, Hokianga Ferry Ride, Tane Mahuta (NZ largest Kauri).

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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March 2018

The North Island is incredible and will 100% be back to do the South Island. PlanitNZ made it all so simple and highly recommend them. Thank you for all of your help and for such an amazing experience.

Trip Date: February 2018

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