New Zealand's North Island Adventure (Northbound)

8 Days | Adventure awaits in New Zealand’s North Island

3.3 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
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Wherever you lay your eyes in New Zealand’s North Island, there’s something remarkable to look at. Spend eight unforgettable days soaking up sunshine and hopping between beaches, lakes, villages and cities. A local leader will show you the best bits of this spectacular island as you jump off from trendy Wellington, marvel at the sight of Lake Taupo, learn about local culture in a Maori village, take in the geothermal wonders of Rotorua and chill out on the beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula before wrapping up in lively Auckland. Of all New Zealand’s assets, its people top the list, so embrace a warm welcome from the locals as you explore their beautiful backyard.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Accommodation on this trip is in mixed-gender multi-share dormitory style hostels with shared facilities. We are aware of a system functionality limitation incorrectly indicating "twin-share" when you manage your booking on our website.

Trip overview

Map of New Zealand's North Island Adventure (Northbound) including New Zealand
Start
Wellington, New Zealand
Finish
Auckland, New Zealand
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
New Zealand
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 6 - Max 16
Trip code
PHRO
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Kick off your adventure in Wellington, New Zealand’s cool little capital city. Your local leader will introduce you to the city’s creative endeavours and local hangouts.
  • Chill out next to New Zealand’s largest lake in Taupo. Whether you fancy bungy-jumping, sky diving, kayaking or relaxing, Taupo has something for you.
  • Head to a Maori village where profits from your visit are fed back into the community, learn the haka and Maori weaving before tucking into a traditional hangi dinner
  • Experience the geothermal delights of Rotorua, watch New Zealand’s largest geyser erupt and observe adorable kiwis in a nocturnal house at a conservation centre.
  • A little piece of paradise awaits on the Coromandel Peninsula – dig your own natural hot tub on Hot Water Beach and check out the much-photographed Cathedral Cove.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip is operated and run by Haka Tours, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Haka customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Haka Tours to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time in New Zealand.
  • Accommodation on this trip is in mixed-gender multi-share dormitory style hostels with shared facilities. Dorms generally consist of 4-8 beds (private rooms are available on request).

Itinerary

Map of New Zealand's North Island Adventure (Northbound) including New Zealand

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Multi-share hostel with shared facilities (7 nights)

Activities
  • Wellington - Mount Victoria Lookout
  • Tongariro National Park - Scenic Drive
  • Murupara - Learn to Weave Flax
  • Murupara - Hangi Dinner
  • Murupara - Village Tour with Maori Elder
  • Murupara - Learn the Haka
  • Rotorua - Visit Te Puia Maori Village
  • Rotorua - Pohutu Geyser
  • Coromandel Peninsula - Cathedral Cove
  • Rotorua - Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Coromandel Peninsula - Hot Water Beach
Add on activities
  • Wellington - Weta Workshop Cave Tour - NZD49
  • Taupo - Skydive - from - NZD660
  • Taupo - Water Touch Bungy - NZD235
  • Taupo - Tongariro Crossing Return Shuttle to/from Trail Head (Nov-Apr only) - NZD130
  • Taupo - Lake Taupo Sailing Adventure - NZD69
  • Rotorua - River Sledging - NZD135
  • Rotorua - Mt Tarawera Crater Hike - NZD195
  • Rotorua - Guided Glowworm Kayak, Hot Pools & Dinner - NZD265
  • Rotorua - Forest Ziplining Canopy Tour - from - (3.5hrs) - NZD249
  • Rotorua - Whitewater Rafting - NZD135
  • Coromandel Peninsula - Cathedral Cove Kayaking - NZD145

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Wellington on Day 1 at 8am. You will depart the city immediately after the welcome meeting. This trip ends on Day 8 in Auckland and you are free to leave at any time.
2. Accommodation on this trip is in multi-share hostels. Multishare typically includes 4-8 beds. You may be required to share with group members of a different gender, couples and non-Intrepid travellers outside of your group. People travelling together may occasionally be separated due to rooming configurations.
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. If you are a single traveller this will give you a single room, if you are travelling as a couple a double room will be allocated to you. The single supplement excludes Day 3 (Murupara) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. This trip requires a minimum number of booked customers to guarantee the departure. Your Booking Agent will advise at time of booking if the departure has met minimum numbers. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be advised no later than 56 days out from departure (prior to full payment due). We recommend arranging flights and related travel services once your departure is guaranteed. In the event that your departure is cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met, a full refund will be provided of monies paid.
5. This trip is operated and run by Haka Tours, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Haka customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Haka Tours to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time in New Zealand.
6. We recommend booking optional activities in advance. Please contact your booking agent if there are any you would like to add to your trip.

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Reviews

3.3 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
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Marian & Ed · Traveled December 2023
This trip was exactly as advertised. Our tour guide Harry was excellent- he made sure everyone had a great time. He was a great driver, made sure we stopped during the long drives. Harry answered all questions, had a lively personality & was the best guide! Would definitely recommend!
Review submitted 19 Dec 2023

Lachlan · Traveled February 2023
The trip in the north island of New Zealand was awesome. The scenery is spectacular and there is definitely lots of fun activities. Definitely recommend this trip as a great taster of the north island.
Review submitted 10 Mar 2023

Christina · Traveled February 2023
The entire experience of my tour was stressful and I would not recommend booking a tour with this company to anyone. One of the two New Zealand tours was cancelled 2 weeks before we left due to incompetence of the companies involved even though we booked 6 months in advance. Our tour guide was rude and unprofessional. The communication of changes and issues was extremely poor. I would elaborate more and give examples of the issues but 50 words is insufficient, I'd need several pages. This has put me off ever booking onto a tour ever again with any company just in case it was as bad as this one.
Review submitted 01 Mar 2023

Kaetlyn · Traveled December 2022
Amazing experience with good tour guides.
Review submitted 20 Dec 2022
New Zealand's North Island Adventure (Northbound)
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