Northern Discovery New Zealand

Northern NZ Discovery

Auckland Devonport New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Devonport New Zealand
Wai-O-Tapu Champagne Pool Rotorua New Zealand

Rotorua, New Zealand

Wai-O-Tapu Champagne Pool Rotorua New Zealand
kiwi New Zealand

Kiwi bird, New Zealand

kiwi New Zealand

Wellington Harbour, New Zealand

Cathedral Cove Coromandel

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

Cathedral Cove Coromandel

New Zealand

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10 Day Adventure

Accommodations

Amazing Views

Bus Tour

Flights/Airfare

Guided

Some Meals

Auckland to Wellington

Northern NZ Discovery

10 Day Guided Coach Tour - Auckland to Wellington

Be part of this stunning 10-day Small Group Tour from New Zealand’s biggest city to Wellington. Get to know the best and the brightest parts of New Zealand’s North Island with the Haka treatment! You’ll experience the incredible scenery, create magical memories and get to know the New Zealand culture from the inside out.

You’ll have the chance to swim, kayak, surf, rock climb, cave tube, white-water raft, bungy jump, skydive, hike, bike, luge, see kiwis, relax in hot pools, play golf, hot air balloon, eat and drink like a local, and more!

Departing: 09 & 16 Feb 2020
$5,172CAD
per person, based on double occupancy, departing Vancouver
  • Departing Vancouver: $5,172 per person
  • Departing Calgary/Edmonton: $5,164 per person
  • Departing Toronto/Ottawa: $5,474 per person
  • Departure dates: 09 & 16 Feb 2020
  • *Subject to availability
  • MUST BOOK BY: 31 Jul 2019
  • Included: Return airfare with Air Canada, comfortable and air-conditioned bus transport, 9 nights accommodation in mix of 3-4-star hotels, 5 breakfasts & 2 dinners including a traditional Māori hāngī meal, walk a stunning coastal track to Cathedral Cove (as seen in the Chronicles of Narnia movies)., watch a Māori cultural performance and check out a geothermal valley of bubbling mud pools, see endangered kiwi birds up close and personal, soak up a sunset cruise in the West Coast surf town of Raglan, brave the Redwoods Treewalk, hike through the forested gorge of Ruakuri, check out the Te Waihou Springs Walkway, stay in Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area and all taxes, fees & fuel surcharges.
  • This is a small group tour (Small groups of max. 16 people)
  • All taxes & fees included in above price.
Departing: 22 & 29 Mar 2020
$4,701CAD
per person, based on double occupancy, departing Vancouver
  • Departing Vancouver: $4,701 per person
  • Departing Calgary/Edmonton: $4,701 per person
  • Departing Toronto/Ottawa: $4,965 per person
  • Departure dates: 22 & 29 Mar 2020
  • *Subject to availability
  • MUST BOOK BY: 31 Jul 2019
  • Included: Return airfare with Air Canada, comfortable and air-conditioned bus transport, 9 nights accommodation in mix of 3-4-star hotels, 5 breakfasts & 2 dinners including a traditional Māori hāngī meal, walk a stunning coastal track to Cathedral Cove (as seen in the Chronicles of Narnia movies)., watch a Māori cultural performance and check out a geothermal valley of bubbling mud pools, see endangered kiwi birds up close and personal, soak up a sunset cruise in the West Coast surf town of Raglan, brave the Redwoods Treewalk, hike through the forested gorge of Ruakuri, check out the Te Waihou Springs Walkway, stay in Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area and all taxes, fees & fuel surcharges.
  • This is a small group tour (Small groups of max. 16 people)
  • All taxes & fees included in above price.

Get Ready for a Trip of a Lifetime

Details of Your Downunder Travel Adventure

Included in your Adventure

Bus Tour

Flights/Airfare

Hotel Accommodations

Itinerary

Guide

Some Meals

Taxes & Fees

Airport Transfers

Tour Guide

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Motor Sports

Travel Insurance

Where will you visit?

Rotorua
Thermal Pools
Cathedral Cove
Wellington
natural wonders
vineyards
Raglan
Auckland
Maori cultural show
Redwoods Treewalk
UNESCO World Heritage Area
Tongariro National Park
Botanic Gardens
Weta Studios
Te Papa
Mount Victoria
Lord of The Rings
Matamata
geothermal landscapes
Waitomo Caves
Bridal Veil Falls

Northern NZ Discovery

Itinerary

Auckland to Wellington

10 Day Adventure

DAY 01 - Arrive Auckland

Kia ora (hello!) and welcome to Aotearoa (New Zealand). Settle into your accommodation and be ready for the 6 pm pre-tour meeting. Here you will get to know your Tour Manager and be introduced to your new road trip friends. Afterwards, the evening is yours to enjoy.

Meal(s) included : None

DAY 02 - Auckland - Coromandel

Rise and shine! After a continental breakfast it’s time to board our comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and leave the big city behind. The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is truly spectacular – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline and the ocean gets clearer and more pristine before your eyes. Cameras ready – the views are magnificent. The Coromandel is home to famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub. If the tide times allow, we’ll grab our buckets and spades and get busy. We arrive in Whitianga with plenty of time for your guide to show you around. Sample the sandy beaches, take a surf lesson with the locals, or simply enjoy the vibes.

Meal(s) included : Breakfast

DAY 03 - Coromandel - Raglan Harbour

Today’s road trip to the arty surf mecca of Raglan will give you a first glimpse of the North Island’s rolling tree-lined hills and valleys. Your Haka guide has some great sights to show you en route, including the 55-metre high Bridal Veil Falls. If you have always wanted to try surfing, or if you’re dying to get back on your board, Raglan is the perfect destination both for beginners and experienced surfers. Its world famous surf breaks are unmissable and your Haka guide will take care of everything you need to get in the water – whether it’s your first or fiftieth time. Not keen on surfing? There’s plenty to enjoy in this laid-back township. With an awesome blend of cafes, bars, surf shops and galleries, the streets here ooze character and creativity. Relax on the beach and leave any lingering jet-lag behind, or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan’s walking trails. For dinner tonight, tuck into New Zealand’s unofficial dish – fish and chips (or fush and chups, as it tends to sound in a Kiwi accent). And what better way to enjoy a tasty meal than on a sunset cruise of Raglan Harbour?

Meal(s) included : Dinner

DAY 04 - Raglan - Rotorua

Our first stop of the day is the Waitomo Caves famous for its glow worms. There are a number of ways to enjoy these twinkling cave-dwellers up close.  For those who prefer to stay above ground, we highly recommend exploring the tree-studded gorges and limestone arches of the nearby Ruakuri Forest Walk; definitely a favourite amongst the Haka guides. This afternoon we’ll make our way to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity and Māori culture.

Meal(s) included : None

DAY 05 - Rotorua

Rotorua has it all: natural beauty, unique geothermal landscapes, iconic Lord of The Rings destinations, and heaps of adventure activities. We stay here a full day to make the very most of it. This area is world-renowned for its geothermal activity, with neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, violent geysers, and bubbling mud pools galore. A visit to the picturesque Hobbiton movie set is a must-do activity for many. Even if you haven’t seen the films, it’s impossible not to be charmed by this gorgeous hobbit village set amongst the lush green hills of Matamata. For a truly epic brush with nature, fly high through through the lush ancient forest canopy on a zipline tour complete with swing bridges crossings and treetop platforms. What better way to get to know the native plants and birds –many of which unique to New Zealand? This evening we are welcomed to a Māori village for an unmissable cultural experience featuring combat demonstrations and – of course – the breathtaking haka. This experience extends beyond the performance – you’ll have the chance to see magnificent geothermal activity and get to spot kiwi birds.

Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 06 - Rotorua - Kuirau Park

Rotorua is a spectacular whitewater rafting destination, and with expert guidance it can be experienced by first-timers and pro-paddlers alike. For the ultimate thrill this morning you can raft the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world – the 7-metre Tutea Falls, on the Kaituna River. If that’s not your cup of tea, spend the morning exploring Rotorua’s many attractions such as the ultra-relaxing Polynesian Spa, or perhaps the naturally-impressive Kuirau Park full of steaming, hissing, and boiling geothermal pools. There are also some fantastic cafes and bakeries in the area. Why not grab a sweet treat for the road – a ginger slice is as Kiwi as it gets! From Rotorua it’s a quick drive to Taupō; a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. It’s a short drive but we’ll take our time, checking out bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls en route. We finish our day nestled in the Tongariro National Park, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights, home to one of the 10 best one-day walks in the world – the Tongariro Crossing.

Meal(s) included : Breakfast

DAY 07 - National Park

Decision time – is today the day you brave the Tongariro Crossing? Considered one of the world’s top 10 best one-day walks, this 19.4km mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows, craters and rich green bush. Not for the faint-hearted – it’s a challenging day! But every step of the way the views are spectacular. Our Haka guides highly recommend this activity, it’s definitely a highlight. If 19.4km is a little too far for you, there are plenty of shorter walks and hikes to enjoy. However you choose to spend today in this UNESCO World Heritage Area, we guarantee you won’t forget it.

Meal(s) included : Breakfast

DAY 08 - National Park - Wellington

Today we head to the coolest little capital city in the world, the hip and happening Wellington. Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbour, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness and personality of a much smaller town. After a quick afternoon orientation from your guide, head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in town. This evening, the city lights are yours to enjoy. Discover why Wellington is celebrated for its foodie culture – you are truly spoilt for dining choices tonight. Wellington is also widely regarded as the craft beer capital of New Zealand. Want to test this for yourself? Talk to your Haka guide to find the hidden gems.

Meal(s) included : Breakfast

DAY 09 - Wellington

Soak up the atmosphere of vibrant Wellington. Famous for being a bit on the windy side, be prepared to ditch the hairspray and go with the flow. As always, your guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays through central Wellington to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament Buildings. You will also stop by Weta Studios, most famous for its creative contribution to all things Lord of the Rings. Take an optional tour to see prop-makers in action and learn about the immersive world of filmmaking. Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading-edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people. The museum is free for all. If being outdoors is more your thing, head off to Kapiti Island for an optional nature tour. Here you can see endangered birds up close and learn more about New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna. 

Meal(s) included : None

DAY 10 - Wellington

Today is the final day of your amazing New Zealand tour – so prepare to bid farewell to all your new friends before you head onward... why not stay in New Zealand longer?  Or perhaps add on Australia?

Meal(s) included : None

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Weather

New Zealand’s climate is the opposite of our climate and altogether a lovely destination to visit year-round. Summer is between December and February, autumn is between March and May, winter is between June and August and spring is September to November. Snow can appear throughout June to October, yet most of the snow calls in mountainous regions.

Safety

New Zealand is generally a very safe destination. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems. Take necessary travel precautions; bring sun block and sun glasses with you, have copies on-hand of your important documents.

Vaccinations

WHO recommends travellers be up to date with Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, meningitis, polio, measles,  mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap(tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

Currency & Customs

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar, which more or less at-par to the Canadian Dollar. Tipping is not customary in the country; however, hotels, tour guides/ground operators and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill and if you feel your service provider went above and beyond, it is recommended to tip about 10%.

Electricity

The electrical current for New Zealand (and Australia) is 220-240 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.

Language

The main spoken language in New Zealand is English. As well, the Māori language of the indigenous residents of New Zealand is also recognized as a national language.

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