New Zealand: Best of the North Island

Resort: New Zealand: Best of the North Island
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: New Zealand
Price From: £447.30

Over View

Now’s the time to explore New Zealand on your terms with this tour that’s affordable for young travellers. New Zealands North Island may be the smaller of the two, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in adventure. Over this ten-day tour, you’ll hop in a sea kayak to explore a secluded harbour, learn about the Maori culture from the source, and stay overnight on a houseboat. There’s no better way to live, breathe, and paddle the New Zealand experience.

Itineraries

Day 1
Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Its time to make some memories! Join your CEO and group for a night out in Auckland. Dinner, drinks, ice cream? Youll mix and match these depending on the mood of the group to enjoy a wonderful evening. So what are you waiting for? Grab dinner somewhere tasty, or head to Giapo ice cream parlourcontributor to Planeterra for a sweet snack, or wander downtown to check out craft beer bars like Little Creatures and Habana Joe’s. The options seem endless, so regardless of where the night takes you just make sure to snap loads of pictures because theres no doubt youll want to remember this experience.

Day 2
AucklandRaglan

Begin your journey along backroads to a remote eel farm (this might sound strange, but lifes more fun when you embrace the bizarre) where you will learn about sustainable aquaculture and the conservations farms methods regarding traditionally farmed marine life.

After, get on the water for some sea kayaking; exploring remote parts of the harbour before indulging in a picnic lunch. With full stomachs and a relaxed atmosphere the group will head to our lodge just a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night.

Day 3
Raglan

Wake up amid the adventurous in the picturesque North Island town of Raglan. This laid-back place may well be New Zealands perfect surf town and youll get to enjoy an included surf lesson to get you out in the waves.

The afternoon is yours for the taking; head on a hike around the Wainui Reserve, grab a kayak or stand up paddle board and traverse the harbour, or embrace the Indigenous art scene and shop from place to place finding the perfect memento for your trip. Your only job today is to get out, relax, and have fun!

Day 4
RaglanRotorua

Another day another chance to explore! Today the group will begin journeying to Rotorua with a stop along the way in Waitomo. Here you can choose to go caving in the famous Waitomo caves, where you will see glow worms light up the caves ceiling just like stars in the night sky (sounds like a pretty unforgettable experience to us.)

Next stop is Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity (think hot springs galore) and culture. Once the group arrives here you will visit a local village for an engaging cultural experience to help you better understand the Maori way of life.

Day 5
RotoruaTaupo

Travelling to Taupo on a clear day is nothing short of breathtaking. From the shores of the lake to the snow capped peaks of Tongariro National Park in the distance, there will be no shortage of photo opportunities. Then, once again, the day is yours so take advantage of the adrenaline capital of the North Island and book some fun activities with your fellow adrenaline junkie friends. Get sprayed with water as you whitewater raft, soak in serenity in thermally heated pools, or stroll downtown in search of something tasty to try. The day is yours and you can spend it as adventurous or as relaxing as youd like. The group will continue on to spend the night near the shores of Lake Taupo.

Day 6
TaupoWellington

Hit the road to the nations capital at the southern end of the North Island. Take in the ever-changing scenery, swap travel stories with your group, and simply reflect on your journey. The group will arrive early enough to visit the National Museum, Te Papa home to displays of historical Maori artifacts and modern exhibits. Then the choice is yours, so take that cable car ride to the hills overlooking the city, or make that stroll along the Oriental Parade happen because you’re here now and you might as well take advantage of everything around you. The group will finish the day off with an optional night out on the town together in the central business district.

Day 7
Wellington

Depart at any time.

Alas, your trip has come to an end. However, who says you have to go home? Why not add on another tour so you can keep exploring this stunning part of the world. After all, does anyone ever regret extending a vacation?

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