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Stray JourneysStray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September)

Named for George Beetham, the first man to explore Mount Ruapheu, while documenting the existence of the hot lake on the southern glaciers great ice plateau, the 10 day Stray Journeys Beetham tour follows in George's footsteps as you discover the rugged volcanic landscapes of New Zealand North Island. Hike through Tongariro National park, visit the steaming, bubbling mud pools of Rotorua and dig your own personal hot pool in the warm sands of Hot Water Beach. Round out an amazing trip with visits to Auckland and Wellington to get your fix of vibrant city life and you've got one awesome New Zealand road trip!

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Auckland
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Backpacker Accommodation
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Maori culture, New Zealand
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

At a glance - Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September)

Day 1: Auckland to Hahei. Accommodation: Hahei Holiday Park

Day 2: Explore Hahei. Accommodation: Hahei Holiday Park

Day 3: Hahei to Rotorua. Accommodation: YHA Rotorua

Day 4: Free day in Rotorua. Accommodation: YHA Rotorua

Day 5: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Accommodation: Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours

Day 6: Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro. Accommodation: Blue Duck Station

Day 7: Free day in Whakahoro. Accommodation: Blue Duck Station

Day 8: Whakahoro to National Park. Accommodation: Pukenui Lodge

Day 9: National Park to Wellington. Accommodation: Nomads Capital

Day 10: Wellington to Auckland.

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Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Auckland to Hahei

Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 1

Auckland to Hahei

Depart Auckland in the morning and head south to the Coromandel Peninsula via the old colonial town of Thames. Settle into your accommodation in Hahei before heading to Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own natural spa pool in the sand (tidal dependent).

Your Accommodation: Hahei Holiday Park

Hahei Holiday Resort has everything you need to enjoy a real Kiwi beach holiday. Enjoy the classic camping experience but with the luxury of comfy beds in your beachside cabin.

Meals included: Dinner

Hahei Holiday Park

Day 2: Explore Hahei

Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 2

Free Day In Hahei

Today you have a full free day to embrace the laid back Coromandel lifestyle. Get up early to catch the sunrise on the beach, then take a scenic coastal walk or opt to kayak to stunning Cathedral Cove. You can also take a glass bottom boat tour through the nearby marine reserve.

Your Accommodation: Hahei Holiday Park

Hahei Holiday Resort has everything you need to enjoy a real Kiwi beach holiday. Enjoy the classic camping experience but with the luxury of comfy beds in your beachside cabin.

Meals included: Dinner

Hahei Holiday Park

Day 3: Hahei to Rotorua

Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 3

Hahei to Rotorua (Winter)

You leave Hahei early travelling through to Paeroa, home of New Zealand's oldest and largest soft drink company - L&P, where you will stop for breakfast. The drive today will take you through the Waikato region, known for its many dairy farms, rolling hills and the mighty Waikato River (the largest river in New Zealand) This afternoon you'll have free time to explore the sights and smells of Rotorua.

Your Accommodation: YHA Rotorua

YHA Rotorua is a purpose built backpacker hostel offering backpacker accommodation right beside Kuirau Park, Rotorua’s free geothermal attraction, and only two minutes walk from shops, cafes, restaurants and beautiful Lake Rotorua.

YHA Rotorua

Day 4: Free day in Rotorua

Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 4

Full day in Rotorua

Often labelled the adventure capital of the North Island, you have a full free day in Rotorua to discover an area rich in Maori heritage, adventure activities and bubbling geothermal wonders. There are plenty of exciting local activities to get the adrenaline pumping such as whitewater rafting, ziplining through native bush, zorbing or a truly unique guided jetboat tour up to bath in a hot waterfall. Alternatively, you can sign up for a guided tour through the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set. The choice is yours!

Your Accommodation: YHA Rotorua

YHA Rotorua is a purpose built backpacker hostel offering backpacker accommodation right beside Kuirau Park, Rotorua’s free geothermal attraction, and only two minutes walk from shops, cafes, restaurants and beautiful Lake Rotorua.

YHA Rotorua

Day 5: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 5

Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

The morning is free for you to try one of the many adventure activities on offer in Rotorua. You'll depart Rotorua at midday and drive into the remote area of Lake Aniwhenua. You will meet a local Maori guide who will take you to visit the area’s sacred sites and a local Marae for a traditional welcome and afternoon tea. Tonight, you feast on a ground cooked hangi dinner at your lakeside accommodation.

Your Accommodation: Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours

Surrounded by lush farmlands and forestry, Kohutapu Lodge overlooks the pristine Lake Aniwhenua - teeming with Rainbow and Brown trout.

Meals included: Dinner

Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours

Day 6: Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro

Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 6

Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro

After breakfast depart and head to Taupo to see Huka Falls, and for the brave you have time for skydiving! In the afternoon, you make your way to Blue Duck Station, an award-winning 7,200 acre high country farm that is both a working station and an environmental conservation leader. Settle in and spend the evening learning a little more about what makes this unique destination one of Stray's top rated stops.

Your Accommodation: Blue Duck Station

Located in the Ruapehu District on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers, and surrounded by Whanganui National Park, Blue Duck Station is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Note: Standard accommodation is six share.

Meals included: Breakfast

Blue Duck Station

Day 7: Free day in Whakahoro

Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 7

Free Day in Whakahoro

Today you have a free day to explore this truly amazing and secluded location in depth. There are plenty of farming and conservation-based activities for you to immerse yourself in an authentic New Zealand station experience.

Your Accommodation: Blue Duck Station

Located in the Ruapehu District on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers, and surrounded by Whanganui National Park, Blue Duck Station is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Note: Standard accommodation is six share.

Blue Duck Station

Day 8: Whakahoro to National Park

Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 8

Whakahoro to National Park

Depart at 6am and head to the active volcanoes of the nearby dual World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park. Today you get a chance to do what is rated as one of the world's best one day walks: the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Be prepared for some epic scenery as you walk around the base of "Mt Doom" from the Lord of the Rings films.

Your Accommodation: Pukenui Lodge

Pukenui Lodge is located on State Highway 4 at the very heart of the National Park Village and has one of the best views of the Whakapapa ski fields.

Pukenui Lodge

Day 9: National Park to Wellington

Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 9

National Park to Wellington

Today you head to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, via Ohakune, Taihape and Bulls. You have the afternoon to cruise around the shops and cafes along popular Cuba Street, explore the New Zealand wonders found in Te Papa or stroll along the waterfront.

Your Accommodation: Nomads Capital

Nomads Wellington, is a Qualmark 5-star rated hostel, so you know that you will be staying in top quality budget accommodation. Ideally located in Wellington's central bohemian quarter, with comfy communal areas to meet other backpackers.

Nomads Capital

Day 10: Wellington to Auckland

Stray Journeys 10 Day Beetham Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 10

Wellington to Auckland via National Park

Today is a very early departure out of Wellington - this is an express day via National Park to Auckland, where your trip comes to an end when you arrive in the early evening. We hope you had a blast on your Stray Journey!

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