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North Island 7 Day Adventure Tour

This 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour combines epic North Island scenery, Maori culture, adventure and of course mountains from Lord of the Rings (Mt Doom).

You’ll see and experience volcanoes, natural mud baths, native forests and white sand beaches. Our expert guides will get you from one destination to the next, providing background information along the way and guided tours of each of this tour’s destinations. This all-inclusive tour is perfect for your New Zealand trip of a lifetime. 


  • Dig your own hot tub at the fantastic Hot Water Beach
  • Coastal walk around Cathedral Cove Cultural
  • Experience and dinner at a ‘marae’ in Rotorua
  • Free entry to Wai-O-Tapu thermal reserve
  • Relax in natural thermal pools in Taupo

What's Included

  • Transport, Breakfast and Accommodation (max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Passionate Kiwi Guide
  • Maori Cultural experience in the Coromandel and Rotorua
  • Traditional Maori ‘Hangi’ (food cooked using heated rocks buried in an underground oven)
  • Carve your own ‘Tiki’ pendant from bone
  • Small Groups - Max 16
  • Guided tour of every location. 

Important Notes

  • Departure Time / Location: 8am at Haka Lodge Auckland
  • Finish Time: Arriving at around 5pm in Wellington YHA

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PRICE: $1,349 NZD

Number of Days 7

Starts: Auckland Finishes: Wellington

Tour Type: Small Group Tour


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On our first day, our meeting time is at 8am where we will have prepared a continental breakfast at the reception of YHA International. Today you'll meet your guide and the rest of your group, and we'll highlight everything you need to know during your trip.

Our tour begins in the country's largest city - Auckland. You'll learn a bit more about the city as your tour guide takes you on an orientation tour depending on the season and weather of that day. After this, we are headed off to Coromandel - one of New Zealand's favorite getaways. It's home to spectacular remote beaches, deep forests and clear blue waters. Today you'll also have the opportunity to carve a kiwi pendant from a bone.

A great way to end our first day is to visit the world-famous Hot Water beach where you can dig your own jacuzzi as you dig a hole in the sand where natural hot springs bubble up. Perfect!


Turtle Cove Backpackers. 


Included: Hot Water Beach, carve your own pendant 

Optional Paid: Sea kayaking

Today we will check out the cliffs down by Cathedral Cove, you might recognize them form the Chronicles of Narnia. It's a beautiful place with perfect beaches and massive rock arches, a very famous spot in the Coromandel. After that we will head west through green hills dotted the hundreds of sheep, making our way to Waitomo. 


Waitomo Kiwipaka


Included: Cathedral Cove

Today we'll check out the world famous glowworm cave in Waitomo! You can either explore the caves through black water rafting or a more leisurely boat ride. 

Inside the cave, you'll see a sky filled with blue stars as you turn you headlamp off. If you have the thirst for adventure, you can choose to abseil down into the caverns, tube, zipline and climb waterfalls. There are many different ways to explore the caves, one to suit every level of adventure.

We'll head to Rotorua after lunch, this town is best known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. It is dubbed as the "Vegas of New Zealand." Rotorua has exciting and endless activities to offer for everyone. You can also experience the adrenaline rush with Zorb. It's a favourite activity and a kiwi invention that involves rolling down a hill inside a giant air cushioned ball. Tonight, we'll experience the traditional Maori heritage and witness the Maori cultural performance.


YHA Treks


Included: Maori cultural evening

Optional Paid: Black water rafting, ZORB

Unique natural wonders can be found in Rotorua and it is exceptionally known for its geothermal activity. Enjoy the wonders of nature by witnessing neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, active volcanoes and geysers galore.

We can start our day by choosing white water rafting or sledging on the Kaituna River which includes a 7 metre waterfall. However if you prefer to stay dry, there are many other scenic views to discover around town.


Are you a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy? Now is the chance to visit Matamata and tour the Hobbiton film set! Be a hobbit for a day! Have fun reenacting scenes from the movies with group or just enjoy sipping the pub's famous ginger beer. You can also get a glimpse of our national icon the Kiwi bird in the Otorohonga Kiwi House.

After having unch in town, we may take a trip up to Rotorua gondola using a cable car to witness breath-taking panoramic view of Rotorua and the chance to ride down on the luge (like go-karts with no engine).

Extraordinary geyserland and thermal parks can be appreciated when we stop at Orakei Korako or Waiotapu while heading to Taupo. Walk around and check out all the unique geothermal activity in the area.




Included: Wai-o-Tapu

Optional Paid: White water rafting, Hobbiton tour

The birth of Lake Taupo was sensational and happened about 5000 years ago when the world's largest volcanic eruption occurred. As big as the size of Singapore, this fresh water lake is an incredible sight.

Jumpstart your morning with a skydive! You can conquer your fear as you are 12,000 ft above the ground! Have a look down at the lake where you can see both the west and east coast of North Island. Skydiving is undeniably an ultimate must-try activity and many travelers have the courage to do it. Will you?

You can also choose to experience one of the world's most beautiful walks - the Tongariro Crossing. It roughly takes 7-8 hours, transportation is included and during winter a guide is provided. This is a definitely a highlight of the tour and we recommend you to be fit and healthy.

After a long day, it is time to relax in a naturally-heated thermal rock pools in a local park.




Included: Soak in a natural hot spring

Optional Paid: Bungy jump, skydive, jet boat ride, Tongariro Crossing

On this day, we leave early as this is the longest journey of our tour. Take pictures of the magnificent Mt Ruapehu, Mt. Tongariro and Mt. Ngauruhoe (known as Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings). We then join the Desert Road where you can see a mountain range on the right and Kaimanawas on the left. If you are lucky enough, you can catch a glimpse of wild horses in the Kaimanawas.

Upon request, our next stop is at Mokai Gravity Canyon where you can experience extreme adventure. Feel the rush as you try New Zealand's second largest bungy, flying fox or canyon swing.

As we go along the journey we pass through the towns of Bulls and Levin. Nothing is more fun than having a BBQ along the Kapiti Coast. We then reach Wellington by early evening. You have freedom either to dine in the Courtney District or cook together as a group in our accommodation.


YHA Wellington City


Optional Paid Activities: Gravity Canyon

After breakfast, we begin our tour of Wellington. Wellington is a spectacular city, situated on a harbour and surrounded by green towering hills. Extending just two kilometres in diameter, the capital is a truly 'walking city’.

The orientation tour includes a drive around the bays, a visit to Weta Studios, up to the lookout point at Mount Victoria and then through central Wellington, up the cable car, through the Botanic Gardens and to the Parliament Buildings.

Our tour officially ends this evening around 5pm.



Included: Guided tour of Wellington, Te Papa Museum

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April 2016

The North Island 7 days tour was great! I'll never forget the stunning New Zealand's landscape! Our guide was always ready to make our experience unforgettable and exploit the time we had in the best way possible. Travelling with a small group of people means you can really feel part of the group from the beginning and make new friends easily. I liked very much the possibility to choose among different activities.

I definitely recommend future travellers to use Planit NZ for their New Zealand adventure.

Trip Date: November 2015

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Una Dunne
April 2017

Super trip of the North Island and all its glories. Our guide Grant was very relaxed and well organised. He made us feel very involved even though we were the older lemons in the group.
The whole experience made us feel like young ones again!!
I would recommend this trip to all ages.

Trip Date: February 2017

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