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Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2018-19

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highlights
  • Haka & Poi class
  • Overnight stay in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Visit Huka Falls
  • Visit Parry Kauri Park
The Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2018-19 tour starts in Auckland and ends in Wellington. The Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2018-19 is an Explorer tour that takes 8 days taking you from Auckland to Wellington and 6 other destinations in Oceania. The Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2018-19 includes trip leader, accommodation, meals, transport and some activities. Please see the Includes section for details.

Photos can barely do this place justice. See the stunning New Zealand landscape in super HD as you travel through the Bay of Islands, get close to the geothermal activity in Rotorua and wander through the volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park. From massages to bungy jumping, you can pick the pace of this trip.
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:
-Visit Parry Kauri Park

Optional activities:
-Rock The Boat trip
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. Opt in to 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
-Visit Waitangi Treaty House
-Parasailing
Departing Bay of Islands, we’ll make two pit stops: first at the gorgeous Whangarei waterfalls and next to check the view from the top of Mt Eden.

Meals:
-Breakfast
First up, we’ll meet some new trip mates and pay a visit to Waitomo Caves, then it’s on to our Marae stay. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive. 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
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 by rafting over the waterfalls, head to the spa for a massage, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien’s dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape (all optional).

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Hobbiton tour
-Whitewater rafting
-Te Puia Maori Thermal Grounds
-Hells Gate Mud Baths
-Canopy tours
-Experience Ogo
-Mountain biking
-Day spas & massage
Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that's not enough, you can bungy jump off a ledge 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:
-Visit Huka Falls
-Visit Lake Taupo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Taupo bungy jump
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 optional 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
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 maybe some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North island trip buddies?

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

Meals:
-Breakfast
what’s included
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • 6 nights in hotels & lodges, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Topdeck Crew
  • 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) 2018-19 tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 18-39 yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Auckland, New Zealand/Wellington, New Zealand
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A deposit of 88 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 23 January 2018 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2018-19 tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2018-19 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.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Northern Explorer (ex. Auckland) 2018-19 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.
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