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Stray JourneysStray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September)

Named for New Zealand aviator, Jean Batten, the 13 day Batten tour begins in Auckland, where one of Batten's planes hangs at the Auckland Internation Airport as a tribute to her ground-breaking career in flight. Travelling from Auckland you will experience all the highlights of the North Island, including the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington and everywhere in between. Take a wildlife cruise on the ocean, dig your own thermal pool at Hot Water Beach and enjoy an evening of Maori culture with a traditional Maori hangi!

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Auckland
 13 days/ 12 nights
 Backpacker Accommodation
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Included in this tour package

  • Accommodation: 12 nights, Backpacker Accommodation
  • Includes: Bay of Islands Wildlife Cruise
  • Includes: 4WD bush safari
  • Includes: Huka Falls
  • Includes: Cultural experience with traditional hangi meal
  • Includes: Hot Water Beach
  • Includes: Walk to Cathedral Cove
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Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

At a glance - Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September)

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Paihia

Day 2: Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga and Back. Accommodation: Haka Lodge Paihia

Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Accommodation: Nomads Auckland

Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Accommodation: Hahei Holiday Park

Day 5: Free day in Hahei. Accommodation: Hahei Holiday Park

Day 6: Hahei to Rotorua. Accommodation: YHA Rotorua

Day 7: Free day in Rotorua. Accommodation: YHA Rotorua

Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Accommodation: Kohutapu Lodge and Tribal Tours

Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro. Accommodation: Blue Duck Station

Day 10: Free Day in Whakahoro. Accommodation: Blue Duck Station

Day 11: Whakahoro to National Park. Accommodation: Pukenui Lodge

Day 12: National Park to Wellington. Accommodation: Nomads Capital

Day 13: Wellington north (via National Park) to Auckland.

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Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 1

Auckland to Paihia

Start your trip with an early departure from Auckland to head north to the stunning Bay of Islands. On the way you will learn about the rich early European and Maori history of the region. After stopping to see giant kauri trees en-route, you'll continue on to Paihia, where you have the afternoon free to explore this charming seaside town.

Your Accommodation: Haka Lodge Paihia

Check out this location! Haka Lodge in Paihia occupies the best spot in town with views over the waterfront, so you’re just a short walk to the marina for all the fantastic Bay of Islands attractions.

Haka Lodge Paihia

Day 2: Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga and Back

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 2

Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back

Today you travel to the northernmost point of the country, the spiritually significant Cape Reinga. Highlights of this day trip include a visit to 90 Mile Beach, dune surfing and seeing the clashing of two oceans! Sample some of the best fish and chips available on your way back to Paihia (own expense).

Your Accommodation: Haka Lodge Paihia

Check out this location! Haka Lodge in Paihia occupies the best spot in town with views over the waterfront, so you’re just a short walk to the marina for all the fantastic Bay of Islands attractions.

Haka Lodge Paihia

Day 3: Paihia to Auckland

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 3

Paihia to Auckland

This morning you will do the famous Hole in the Rock cruise and make an island stop in the bay. Keep a watchful eye out for dolphins and other marine life. You will depart in the afternoon to head back to Auckland, where you have the evening free in the city.

Your Accommodation: Nomads Auckland

This beautiful historic building is jam-packed with all the latest mod cons like a free to use Spa and Sauna, rooftop kitchen and sundeck. This hostel has some of the best facilities you will ever find in a backpackers hostel, from deluxe en-suite private rooms with TV, to elegantly appointed shared accommodation with crisp clean linen.

Nomads Auckland

Day 4: Auckland to Hahei

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 4

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.

Hahei Holiday Park

Day 5: Free day in Hahei

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 5

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.

Hahei Holiday Park

Day 6: Hahei to Rotorua

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 6

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 7: Free day in Rotorua

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 7

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 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 8

Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

The morning is free to try one of the many adventure activities on offer in Rotorua. 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, 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 9: Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 9

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 10: Free Day in Whakahoro

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 10

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 11: Whakahoro to National Park

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 11

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 12: National Park to Wellington

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 12

National Park to Wellington

Today you'll 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 13: Wellington north (via National Park) to Auckland

Stray Journeys 13 Day Batten Tour (Winter, May-September) - Day 13

Wellington to Auckland

Today is a very early departure out of Wellington - this is an express day via National Park to Auckland, arriving in the early evening. Why not stretch your legs with a walk along the Viaduct, where you can find a selection of popular restaurants and bars on the waterfront.

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