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8 Days | Immerse yourself in the beauty of the North Island

4.4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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This is natural beauty on the biggest scale – soaring volcanoes, vast lakes and never-ending caves. Spend eight incredible days exploring the best of New Zealand’s North Island with the guidance of a passionate local leader. On a journey from Auckland to Wellington, sip local wine on Waiheke Island, explore the mythical world of Hobbiton, marvel at the geothermal delights of Rotorua, relax on the shores of Lake Taupo, explore the volcanic landscapes of Tongariro and sail across Wellington Harbor. This is an adventure that surprises at every turn.

Trip overview

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Start
Auckland, New Zealand
Finish
Wellington, New Zealand
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
New Zealand
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
PHPN
This trip generates 18.82 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Sip your way around Waiheke Island off the shores of Auckland during an Exclusive Experience, visiting three cellar doors to learn about their production methods and sample some seriously excellent wine.
  • Discover a magical underground world during a tour of the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, then experience the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, from bubbling hot springs to geysers and mud pools.
  • Enjoy a fascinating Exclusive Experience as you take a trip to Middle-earth and tour Hobbiton, where the iconic Lord of the Rings movies were shot.
  • Be amazed by Tongariro National Park as you spend the day exploring its volcanic landscapes, then retire to your chateau-style Feature Stay where you can sit back and soak in views of Tongariro’s dazzling peaks.
  • Get a special look at New Zealand’s trendy capital city, Wellington, during an Exclusive Experience on board a private catamaran, cruising around its delightful harbour.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Forest & Bird. Donations help them give nature a voice - protecting wildlife and wild places in Aotearoa New Zealand by advocating for conservation on the ground and at a government level. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip is new to our range this year. Despite rigorous planning and research, new itineraries can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a welcome surprise, but every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that is what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
  • There are walking opportunities throughout this trip. We recommend you bring good quality walking shoes if you're keen to enjoy a hike - or two!

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 July 2023 to 30 June 2024.

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Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Catamaran, Ferry

Accommodation

Resort (3 nights), Hotel (4 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Auckland - Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Waiheke Island - Day Trip by Ferry
  • Waiheke Island - Winery Visits with Wine Tasting & Lunch
  • Hobbiton - Visit to the Lord of the Rings Movie Set
  • Hobbiton - Drink at the Green Dragon
  • Waitomo - Ruakuri Glow Worm Cave Visit
  • Rotorua - Visit to Te Puia Geothermal Area with Local Guide & Hangi Lunch
  • Rotorua - Ahua Gallery & Kiwi Conservation Centre
  • Rotorua - Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Tongariro National Park - Taranaki Falls
  • Wellington - Evening Cruise on Wellington Harbour
Add on activities
  • Rotorua - Polynesian Spa - from - NZD40
  • Rotorua - Redwoods Treetop Walkway - NZD39
  • Taupo - Lake Taupo Sailing Adventure - NZD69

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.
2. PHPN241205 will not overnight in Taupo, but feature an additional overnight in Tongariro. The activities will remain the same.
3. PHPN241031, PHPN241121 and PHPN241219 will stay at the Skotel Alpine Resort in Whakapapa Village, instead of the Powderhorn Chaeau Ohakune.
4. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.

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Reviews

4.4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Gavin · Traveled March 2024
This holiday is perfect for exploring the North Island of New Zealand. The itinerary is busy, but not too busy, and there aren't any days where the travel is onerous. It's a beautiful, interesting place and this tour lets you experience that to the fullest.
Review submitted 25 Mar 2024

Alexander · Traveled February 2024
It was a nice tour of a small group with many interesting destinations, activities and meals included. Our guide Wayne was really good in making a good team from our group and looking after each member. I would highly recommend this tour if you want to see more of the North Island in about a week.
Review submitted 17 Mar 2024

Sue · Traveled January 2024
This was an excellent mix of activities, quality food and accommodation with good local guides at each attraction. Wine tasting day was a highlight due to quality of the local guide.
Review submitted 02 Feb 2024

Julia · Traveled January 2024
Awesome tour! Rhys as the group leader was the best!-organized, fun, native New Zealander with lots of insight. Really good food, hotels, and transportation. Always felt well taken care of with the right mix of organized activities and time to ourselves. Trip of a lifetime!
Review submitted 08 Feb 2024

Melinda · Traveled January 2024
I really enjoyed the Premium tour of New Zealand exploring the North Island. We had 6 people on our tour which made for a great time being able to meet and spend time with everyone. Summer is an amazing tour guide and a new great friend. Highly recommend Intrepid Travel to all my friends interested in a tour vacation. Thank you for the great time!
Review submitted 22 Jan 2024
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