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Haka ToursHaka Tours 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour

From Auckland to Wellington, spend 7 days with Haka Tours exploring New Zealand North Island. Visit the Coromandel Peninsula and its incredible beaches, travel to Rotorua and discover New Zealand's volcanic region, and chill out in Wellington, the world's coolest little capital! With a visit to a local Maori village and the amazing Wai-O-Tapu thermal reserve included on the tour, there are plenty more opportunities to have a go at a huge range of awesome optional activities!

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington
 7 days/ 6 nights
 Backpacker Accommodation
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand

At a glance - Haka Tours 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour

Day 1: Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula. Accommodation: Turtle Cove Backpacker Accommodation

Day 2: Cross country to Waitomo. Accommodation: Kiwi Paka Waitomo Accommodation

Day 3: After a morning of caving adventures head to Rotorua. Accommodation: YHA Rotorua

Day 4: Leave Rotorua behind as you head to Great Lake Taupo. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Taupo

Day 5: Chill out in Taupo for the day. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Taupo

Day 6: Continue heading south to the capital city of Wellington. Accommodation: YHA Wellington

Day 7: Say goodbye to your new Haka friends as this tour ends today.

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Haka Tours 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula

Haka Tours 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour - Day 1

Haka Tours 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour

You will see it all in the ultimate week-long North Island holiday with Haka Tours: volcanoes, beautiful beaches, bubbling mud pools and rich forests, whilst learning about New Zealand's proud Maori culture.

Auckland to Coromandel

Leaving the big smoke of Auckland behind you’ll hit the road heading south to the North Island’s best-kept secret, the Coromandel Peninsula. Beautiful remote beaches, dense rainforest and clear blue coastal waters make the Coromandel one of New Zealand’s favorite getaways. You’ll make your way to the world-famous Hot Water Beach where at low tide, you can dig a hole in the sand allowing the natural hot springs to bubble up creating your own personal hot tub – the perfect spot to relax after all that digging!  At Hot Water you’ll also carve your own tiki pendant from bone, a very special and unique Kiwi experience and souvenir to cherish.  As an optional extra you can also take to the water on a sea kayaking trip.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Cathedral Cove Classic Sea Kayak Tour

Considered one of the best sea kayaking trips in the country the “Cathedral Cove Classic” has got it all.  The Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve opens up a sea kayaking paradise full of beaches, islands and rock gardens that are just waiting to be explored.  Paddle through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back. To top it off you land at Cathedral Cove where you will be treated to the 'world famous' cappuccinos and hot chocolates on the beach! Cathedral Cove Sea Kayaking use very stable double sea kayaks and quality safety equipment. No experience is necessary and a qualified guide accompanies throughout and offers full instructions and assistance.

Your Accommodation: Turtle Cove Backpacker Accommodation

Turtle Cove in Whitianga offers clean and welcoming accommodation just a short walk to beautiful Coromandel beaches and the local amenities in town.

Turtle Cove Backpacker Accommodation

Day 2: Cross country to Waitomo

Haka Tours 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour - Day 2

Coromandel to Waitomo

Today you’ll step out to discover the beaches and bays along the east coast including the beautiful Cathedral Cove. This perfect beach with its massive rock arches and columns could have come directly from your imagination, but it’s real we promise! From the Coromandel  head west through beautiful green countryside, populated by cows and sheep more than humans, before making your way to Waitomo, home to a remarkable labyrinth of underground caves with resident glowworms.

Your Accommodation: Kiwi Paka Waitomo Accommodation

Kiwi Paka Waitomo is located within walking distance of the iconic glow worm caves and the great dining options located in this rural village.

Meals included: Breakfast

Kiwi Paka Waitomo Accommodation

Day 3: After a morning of caving adventures head to Rotorua

Haka Tours 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour - Day 3

Waitomo to Rotorua

Make the most of your time in Waitomo and experience a caving adventure underneath the glittering light of blue glowworms.  There is a range of ways to experience the caves, so regardless of your thirst for adventure you’ll find a trip to suit.  One of the most popular options is black water rafting, you’ll don a wetsuit, jump in your vessel (inner tube) and float through the caverns of this underground maze.  A more adrenalin packed adventure sees you abseiling into the caverns, ziplining and climbing waterfalls.  For those looking for a dry option you can walk through a massive cavern before boarding a small boat for a scenic cruise like no other.  After lunch you head to Rotorua, affectionately known as Rotovegas by locals.  As well as being a mecca for Maori culture it’s also home to a huge range of adventure activities, from your standard white water rafting to the weird and wacky Zorbing.  An evening of traditional Maori culture and heritage is another tour highlight.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Lost World Caving Tour

Abseil (rappel) 100m slowly into the Lost World, secured by your guide who abseils alongside. After the approximately 30 minute decent, you embark on your journey back to the surface though another spectacular dry cavern.  The abseil is at least twice the height of any other cave at Waitomo and the beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed. Descend slowly bouncing and turning as the mist filtered light gives unreal qualities to the strange plants and formations.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - The Zorb

The Zorb is a home-grown kiwi invention and is another perfect example of adrenaline seeking at its best. Climb into a ZORB globe and slip slide and spin your way down the track. You are sent on your trip down the hill rolling head over heels, heels over head as the ground and sky go whizzing past in a beautiful mosaic of blue and green while your body is subjected to the soft and relaxing feeling of weightlessness and g-force.  If you’re an adventurer, a thrill seeker or a challenger, then this ride is for you!

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Black Water Rafting - The Black Labyrinth

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company has been guiding adventurous visitors through Ruakuri Cave since 1987.  They’ve found the very best underground location for their unique style of adventure which will see you black water tubing, clambering, jumping and serenely floating through the subterranean waterways of Ruakuri Cave. Over three hours you'll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls, gaze up at limestone ceilings awash with glowworms and lazily float through the dark Ruakuri river.  At the end of your caving adventure you’ll emerge into the daylight of the Waitomo forest.

 

Your Accommodation: YHA Rotorua

YHA Rotorua has a spacious, modern kitchen and outdoor deck and BBQ for cooking up a great dinner for your group. With a range of bedding configurations to suit most groups this is a great base for exploring the region.

Meals included: Breakfast

YHA Rotorua

Day 4: Leave Rotorua behind as you head to Great Lake Taupo

Haka Tours 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour - Day 4

Rotorua to Taupo

If you’re up for it your day will start with an optional white water rafting or sledging adventure on the Kaituna River, famous for its 7 metre waterfall drop!  If this doesn’t sound like you, there is plenty more going on in Rotorua to suit every style, including a range of hot springs and baths to rest your weary bones.  Alternatively you could head over to Matamata and tour the Hobbiton film set from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies, step into the Green Dragon and sample some of the Hobbiton brews while you’re there.  The group will regroup and ride up the Rotorua cable car for great views of the area, as an optional extra why not add on a luge so you can race your friends to the bottom.  Rotorua is exceptional for its geothermal activity, with fluorescent coloured lakes, steaming rivers and geysers galore.  On the way to Taupo you’ll stop and see for yourself some of these natural wonders and well as gaining an understanding of where the rotten egg smell has been emanating from and no - it’s not your guide.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Kaituna White Water Sledging

There is something for everyone on this excursion; beautiful scenery, play holes and awesome rapids to negotiate your way through as you are in charge of your own vessel propelled by the flippers on your feet. The guides are there to encourage and motivate you and help where necessary, awesome family fun. No experience necessary.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Kaituna White Water Rafting

The Kaituna River is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - 7m Tutea Falls. On your Kaituna white water rafting trip you’ll pass through steep bush canyons and raft over 13 awesome drops. Blended with a touch of culture, this trip offers it all- with the best gear and guides coupled with a unique mix of history, culture, and adrenaline overload – it’s a must.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Hobbiton Tour

Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films in a fascinating  2 hour guided tour. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the twelve acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth.

Your Accommodation: Haka Lodge Taupo

Haka Lodge Taupo offers a variety of up-market dormitory rooms for those travelling on a budget, and a wide range of private rooms for those who like their own space on the road. You never know who you might get chatting to in the large comfortable lounge, sunny outdoor patio, and newly renovated modern kitchen.

Meals included: Breakfast

Haka Lodge Taupo

Day 5: Chill out in Taupo for the day

Haka Tours 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour - Day 5

Explore Taupo

Don’t be alarmed but that beautiful lake you’re looking at - Lake Taupo is actually a giant volcanic crater created 70,000 years ago in one of the biggest eruptions in history.   That was a long time ago and now Taupo is a peaceful holiday destination, except for the screams of tourists throwing themselves out of planes and off bungy ledges. There are heaps of other activities on offer such as quad biking, cruising the lake to see Maori rock carvings, hiking along the shores, mountain biking and even the chance to soak in some of the local geothermal pools. There is definitely an activity for everyone in Taupo and your guide will certainly have plenty of tips and suggestions.  For an epic adventure and something to cross of your bucket list, why not tackle the Tongariro Crossing, considered to be one of the greatest one day hikes in the world.  This 19.4km alpine crossing may be a calf burner but it’s worth every minute for the great views and volcanic landscape. Turquoise and green volcanic lakes greet you at the top, along with vistas that stretch on for miles to the coast. If you’re up for the challenge, you can even scramble up Mt. Ngauruhoe, which depicted Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Taupo Bungy

The North Island's most popular bungy jump is a real blast. The unique cantilever platform projects out from the cliff-top, above the inviting waters of the Waikato River below.
Whether you choose to bungy solo or tandem, the highly trained crew pride themselves in providing you with an exhilarating and safe bungy experience.  If you want to add even more thrills to your jump, why not try a water touch? Taupo Bungy specialise in getting people wet, whether you'd rather a hand touch or full body submersion, the team will endeavour to deliver a refreshing adventure.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Tongariro Crossing

Today you will be provided with a return shuttle to the famous Tongariro Crossing; New Zealand's best 1 day walk. Taking your through the Tongariro National Park and World Heritage Area, dominated by three majestic volcanoes, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu.  During your 19 km hike you'll follow a well formed track leading up the saddle between Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro. The landscape on Tongariro is peppered with the different coloured and shaped craters, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, and brightly coloured emerald lakes. Total walking time is 7 - 8 hours, so a medium to high level of fitness is required.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Skydive Taupo 15000 ft jump

With your expert tandem skydive instructor, you'll jump out of Skydive Taupo's pink aircraft from 15,000 feet and into an incredible freefall over the world's most stunning drop zone. Surrounded by snow tipped peaks and the clean, fresh blue of Lake Taupo, you'll slow from a 200km/h descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing. Skydive Taupo have a great range of tandem skydiving options to choose from, and they'll even pick you up in their own Skydive Taupo limousine to get you smiling early.

Your Accommodation: Haka Lodge Taupo

Haka Lodge Taupo offers a variety of up-market dormitory rooms for those travelling on a budget, and a wide range of private rooms for those who like their own space on the road. You never know who you might get chatting to in the large comfortable lounge, sunny outdoor patio, and newly renovated modern kitchen.

Meals included: Breakfast

Haka Lodge Taupo

Day 6: Continue heading south to the capital city of Wellington

Haka Tours 7 Day North Island Adventure Tour - Day 6

Taupo to Wellington

Today you’ll cross the Central Plateau on your way south.  On the Desert Road you’ll get spectacular views of Tongariro National Park’s volcanoes, including Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe.  Your tour also stops at Mokai Gravity Canyon, an extreme adventure park which offers New Zealand’s second largest bungy and the world’s most extreme Flying Fox.  As an optional extra you can pair up with a new buddy and fly down the canyon together!  When you arrive in Wellington you can relax as your guide in the know sorts out the plan for an exciting night on the town.

Your Accommodation: YHA Wellington

Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington is one of the most centrally located hostels in Wellington and ideal for everything that Wellington has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

YHA Wellington

Day 7: Say goodbye to your new Haka friends as this tour ends today

Wellington Tour Ends

Your tour ends in Wellington this morning so make sure you've swapped photos and contact details with your new friends.

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