Check Availability

Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2017-18

From US$ 772
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
highlights
  • Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Haka & Poi class
  • Huka Falls
  • Lake Taupo
The Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2017-18 tour starts in Auckland and ends in Wellington. The Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2017-18 is a Explorer tour that takes 7 days taking you from Auckland to Wellington and 2 other destinations. The Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2017-18 includes trip leader, accommodation, meals, transport and some activities. Please see the Includes section for details.

The 7 day Northern Explorer is a Topdeck trip of New Zealand's North Island between Auckland and Wellington. See the stunning Bay of Islands, explore Auckland and Wellington, hike in Tongariro National Park (aka Mordor), tour Maori-influenced Rotorua and even spend the night on a Maori marae. Eat New Zealand lamb, soak in Rotorua's hot springs and bungy jump near Lake Taupo on this unforgettable Topdeck NZ adventure!
Day 1 Auckland to Bay of Islands

Steal away from 'the maiden with a thousand lovers' (aka Auckland) and become a tree-hugging hippie as you wrap your arms around NZ's botanical elder, the Kauri tree. James Cook named our next stop the 'Bay of Islands'. Well, you know what to expect. Seeing all 144 islands might take a while, so grab the optional 'Rock the Boat' island tour for 24 solid hours cruising and snorkeling the archipelago. Instagram your first Pacific sunset then get your mind blown by the southern night sky. You could get used to this.

**Pre-book your Rock the Boat trip to secure a spot as spaces fill up quickly. All meals, epic company and good times included.

Included today:
-Parry Kauri Park

Optional activities:
-Rock The Boat trip

Day 2 Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is big on numbers: 144 islands, 90 miles of beach in one stretch, and 100-metre high Te Paki sand dunes ready for some serious sand boarding action. Get a dose of Kiwi history at the Waitangi Treaty house or in Russell-NZ's first capital then grab a kayak and paddle under the Haruru Falls. We're having fish and chips for dinner so good thing you did all that exercise.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Cape Reinga
-Hole in the Rock
-Dolphin sailing
-Kayak Hururu Falls
-Waitangi Treaty House
-Parasailing

Day 3 Auckland

Departing Bay of Islands, we'll make two pit stops: first at the gorgeous Whangarei waterfalls and next to pick up some extra travel pals in Auckland. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive as we bunker down at a traditional Marae homestay. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks and the finesse of the ladies' Poi dance, you'll polish off a traditional maori dinner and end the night feeling like a local. You lucky thing, you.

Included today:
-Maori Marae cultural talks
-Haka & Poi class

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 4 Tongariro National Park

Mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. If you're starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud rafting over the waterfalls, discover the Disneyland of mountain biking, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien's dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Hobbiton tour
-Whitewater rafting
-Te Puia Maori Thermal Grounds
-Hells Gate Mud Baths
-Canopy tours
-OGO Rotorua
-Mountain biking
-Day spas & massage

Day 5 Tongariro National Park to Wellington

Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that's not enough, you can jump off a bridge as we pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it's pretty big. It's also time to meet the dessert that's caused a battle between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova.

Included today:
-Huka Falls
-Lake Taupo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Taupo bungy jump

Day 6 Tongariro National Park

With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as the most epic hike in NZ, Tongariro NP is home to two active volcanoes that will hopefully keep a lid on things. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber (and walks from 20 mins to 8 hours). Hike, raft or mountain bike then hit the spa and warm your feet by the fire in an alpine lodge overlooking Mt Doom.

Included today:
-Short walks

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Tongariro Alpine Crossing
-Winter skiing
-Mountain biking

Day 7 Tongariro National Park to Wellington

From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we hit the nation's capital, Wellington (no, it's not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of the Te Papa museum, you'll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and a well-earned spot as the sporting capital of NZ, you can't go wrong with a craft beer and some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North island trip buddies?

Included today:
-Te Papa Museum
-Wellington city tour including Mt Victoria

Meals:
-Breakfast

what’s included
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • 6 nights in hotels & lodges, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver
  • Other services as per the itinerary
what’s excluded
    International Flights
  • Any international flights to Auckland and from Wellington are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2017-18 tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Tour Type Group Tour
Duration 7 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Auckland, New Zealand
image description
Get a PDF file with detailed trip information: Download Trip Notes for Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2017-18
Good to know Travel Insurance

The Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2017-18 tour requires that you have a travel insurance covering emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Payment

Bookmundi only requires a deposit of 80 USD to confirm this tour. For any departures before 21 January 2017 full payment is required.

Visa

For this Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2017-18 tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Availability
  • Best price guarantee
  • {{formatTopDate(data.start_date)}} from {{startLocation}}
  • {{formatTopDate(data.end_date)}} in {{endLocation}}
  • Only {{(data.spaces > 10 ?'10+':data.spaces)}} seat{{data.spaces >1?'s':''}} left Sold Out
  • From {{symbol}} {{formatNumber(getTopPrice(data.prices,true,true))}}/pers {{symbol}} {{formatNumber(getTopPrice(data.prices,false,true))}} Save {{symbol}} {{formatNumber(getTopPrice(data.prices,false,true) - getTopPrice(data.prices,true,true))}}
{{1 == 2? 'OR': 'DG'}} -{{getTopDiscount(getTopPrice(data.prices,true,true),(getTopPrice(data.prices,false,true)))}}%
Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2017-18 tour. You can cancel the tour up to 43 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 43 days of departure.
other information
Topdeck / Product Category: Explorer
image description
{{(chatView=='product' || chatView=='viewoffers')?activeuser:getFirstName(activeuser)}}
{{productTitle}}
View Offer

Hello! from, {{activeuser}}

Replies will be sent directly to your email address, if offline.

  • Confused?
  • Queries?
  • Or just feeling alone?

Communicate with {{getFirstName(activeuser)}}

  • Replies will be sent to your own email address, from where you can continue the conversation.
  • 1. Your enquiry is sent directly to the company.
  • 2. They will reply to your own email, from where you can continue the conversation.

Communicate with Communicate with {{activeuser}}

  • 1. Your enquiry is sent directly to the company.
  • 2. They will reply to your own email, from where you can continue the conversation.
No conversations yet :(
img description img description
{{getFirstName(activeuser)}}
seen

{{(duplex.offer_mode==1 && messages.length==1 && iamagency==1)?'Messaging this user is blocked momentarily':settings.bolcked_message}}
{{qResponse.message}}
{{errorMessage}}
  • {{files.file_name}}
No conversations yet :(
person
{{agReviews.agency.name}}
{{agReviews.ratings.rating>4?'Excellent':agReviews.ratings.rating>3?'Very Good':agReviews.ratings.rating>2?'Average':agReviews.ratings.rating>2?'Poor':'Very poor'}}
{{review.product_review_title}}
For {{review.productt.trip_title}}
{{review.name}} From {{review.country}} At
“{{review.comments_agency?review.comments_agency:review.product_review}}”
Back to top