10-Day North Island Beetham Tour from Auckland (off-peak season)

  • Tour code: 078-5739
  • Available: Mon, Sat (May 6 - Sep 30)
  • Depart from: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights
From USD$595.95

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Highlights:

Visit Rotorua, NZD, Taupo, NZD, Tongariro National Park, NZD, Wellington, NZD, Raglan, NZD, Whakahoro, NZD, Hahei, NZD, Lake Aniwhenua, NZD, Thames, NZD, Waitomo Caves, NZD. You'll travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway and experience hot water beach, the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua, Lake Taupo and the snow capped peaks of National Park as well as the North Island's two largest cities.

Pricing Details

Adult:$595.95
Child:$507.05
  • We've chosen high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels. Quad-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).
  • Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won't.
  • Tours are not suited to children under 7 years. 7 - 17 year old's may travel if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The Age based on the time of commencing travel (not booking).

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Auckland - Hahei(150 km)
  • Day 2 Free day in Hahei
  • Day 3 Hahei - Raglan(134 km)
  • Day 4 Raglan - Rotorua(227 km)
  • Day 5 Rotorua - Lake Aniwhenua(48 km)
  • Day 6 Lake Aniwhenua - Whakahoro(148 km)
  • Day 7 Free Day in Whakahoro
  • Day 8 Whakahoro - Tongariro National Park(88 km)
  • Day 9 Tongariro National Park - Wellington(330 km)
  • Day 10 Wellington - Auckland(493 km)
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Day 1 Auckland - Hahei(150 km)

In the morning, we will depart Auckland and head south to the Coromandel Peninsula via the old colonial town of Thames. We will settle into our accommodation in Hahei before heading to Hot Water Beach.

Thames has all types of accommodation and a more diverse range of activities than any other region of the Coromandel – from hot pools, to overnight tramping, scenic flights to butterflies, hire a bike or take a gold mine tour. Check out the museums and enjoy the history – many of the buildings and some of the old hotels in Thames have been there since the incredible goldrush days.

Experience the many moods and stunning scenery of Hahei and Mercury Bay. Go scuba diving and explore the marine wildlife in the Hahei Marine Reserve or explore the wonderful coastline on a scenic boat trip or a guided sea kayak tour, dig your own spa pool at Hot Water Beach or enjoy a round of golf.

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    An underground river of hot water flows from the interior of the earth to surface in the Pacific Ocean at Hot Water Beach. Families, kids and couples can been seen digging their own spa pool in the sand to lie back in and relax while the steam from their hot pool envelops them. The beach also boasts some great surf, cruisy cafés and galleries.
Standard Hotel: Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront

Day 2 Free day in Hahei

Today, we will have the full day free to explore Hahei at our own leisure. In this laid-back environment, we can wake up early to watch the sunrise on the beach, take a scenic coastal walk or take an optional kayaking trip to Cathedral Cove. We will also be able to take a glass-bottom boat tour through the nearby marine reserve.

Experience the many moods and stunning scenery of Hahei and Mercury Bay. Go scuba diving and explore the marine wildlife in the Hahei Marine Reserve or explore the wonderful coastline on a scenic boat trip or a guided sea kayak tour, dig your own spa pool at Hot Water Beach or enjoy a round of golf.

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    Rated by New Zealand's leading tour companies as one of the best sea kayaking trips in the country, the "Cathedral Cove Classic" has got it all. The Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve opens up a sea kayaking paradise full of beaches, islands and rock gardens that are just waiting to be explored. Paddle through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back...
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$95; Child (5-15 yrs) N$95|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours
Standard Hotel: Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront

Day 3 Hahei - Raglan(134 km)

Today, we will leave Hahei early, traveling towards the mighty Waikato River. We will journey to world-renowned Raglan Beach to go cow-spotting and walk to Bridal Veil Falls. We will have the chance to relax on the beach and go surfing!

Raglan is both a surfing mecca and a dramatically scenic area of black sand coastline. Many people believe that Manu Bay on this coast has the longest, most accessible and consistent left-hand break in the world. This lively surf town has an interesting creative culture and a wonderful choice of cafés.

  • Always Visit
    We offer the best value beginner 3 hour surfing lessons available because you get the most optimal student to instructor class ratio,everyday,with no minimum numbers needed! Private 1on1 lessons for intermediate/advanced surfers on request.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$79; Child (Over 10 yrs) N$79; Participants must be physically fit, able to swim 100m and at least 10 yrs old.
Standard Hotel: An eco-lodge surrounded by native bush near the beach

Day 4 Raglan - Rotorua(227 km)

Today, we will travel to the rural town of Waitomo, where we will explore the area's famous cave system and see twinkling glowworms. Then, we will continue to Rotorua, where we will spend the afternoon touring Hobbiton from The Lord of the Rings movies.

Waitomo can be translated as the 'stream which flows into the hole in the ground'. This meaning is reflected through its fantastic geological history and landscape. Combine your experience with Ruakuri Cave, see glowworms up close and descend a spectacular spiral entrance. In Aranui Cave be mesmerised by ornate cave decorations also the underground Black Water Rafting.

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    Take time to let your eyes adapt and you will be rewarded with the soft glow of many of thousands of glowworms. There are enough to gently light up an entire cave and bring you to a sense of wonder. Later, our relaxed and gentle tour will treat you to the beautiful Cave of the Spirit. Walk through a lovely succession of chambers to find speleothems, fossil remains of extinct moa and cathedrals filled with natural light, softly falling to the floor.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$70; Child (0-14 yrs, Accompanied by parents) N$26; Child (0-14 yrs, For instance school trips) N$45
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    You'll encounter abseils (often in waterfalls), rock climbs, unique limestone formations and get up close to glowworms while exploring this fantastic cave system. See stalactites and stalagmites; columns and delicate straws. New Zealand’s famous glowworms make an appearance - see them up close & personal.
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    Imagine a huge underground chamber 100m long and 40m high - just bristling with stalactites; stalagmites; flowstone and all manner of wonderful natural creations. You gain access down a 60m shaft in two abseils.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$160; Child (Over 12 yrs, Any children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or mature adult known to the child who is aged 18 years and over) N$160|Duration: Approx. 4 Hours
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    This ripper of a trip combines the best elements of blackwater rafting with walking, climbing, swimming and tubing through distinctive sections of the spectacular TumuTumu Cave. See awesome cave formations as well as one of the best Glowworm displays in New Zealand. Allow 4 hours for this trip (with about two hours actually underground)
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$160; Child (Over 12 yrs, Any children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or mature adult known to the child who is aged 18 years and over) N$160|Duration: Approx. 4 Hours

Located in the Bay of Plenty region, Rotorua is New Zealand's 10th largest urban city. Tourists can visit the Government Gardens and the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. Other popular activities include mountain biking, boating, and fishing.

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    Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, from wandering the rambling paths of The Shire, to seeing the submerged Hobbit Holes that litter the rolling hillsides.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$95; Child (9-16 yrs) N$75|Duration: Approx. 2 Hours
Standard Hotel: Comfortable central city lodge

Day 5 Rotorua - Lake Aniwhenua(48 km)

We will have the morning free to partake in some of the activities available in Rotorua. Before we leave the area, we will drive to Lake Aniwhenua, where a local Maori guide will show us the area?s sacred archaeological site. In the evening, our hosts will teach us how to make a traditional Hangi, a feast cooked underground and give a demonstration on how to cook Maori fried bread. We can enjoy a sunset drink at the Taniwha Bar overlooking the lake while we learn about the local life and culture.

This beautiful lake is off the regular tourist track and is rich in Maori culture and beautiful scenery.

Standard Hotel: Scenic lakefront lodge
Dinner: Included

Day 6 Lake Aniwhenua - Whakahoro(148 km)

After breakfast, we will travel to Taupo to see Huka Falls and go skydiving if we are brave! In the afternoon, we will make our way to the Blue Duck Station, a 7,200 acre farm that is also a leader in environmental conservation, where we will spend the night.

Located at the center of the North Islands, Taupo resides along the shores of New Zealand's largest lake. In recent years, the town has become a popular venue for outdoor sporting events like sailing, cross country, biking, and more.

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    Experience the natural beauty of Haku Falls, a set of cascading waterfalls that drain into Taupo Lake, the largest lake in New Zealand. Located on the Waikato River, visitors can walk trails, jetboat, or admire views from various observation points.

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    Tours stop here for the night and it's a great opportunity to enjoy some of the optional activities (horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and bush safaris to name but a few). You'll get to experience a unique slice of Kiwi farming culture and hospitality wrapped up within dramatic natural landscapes.
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    Have a go at clay bird shooting from Whio Lodge, under instruction from one of our qualified sharp shooters. A great way to end a busy day in the bush and especially good fun with a group, it’s not as hard as you think!
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    Goats are in abundance on the station and hunting them with a guide is the perfect introduction to larger game for the inexperienced hunter or young fella who wants to learn stalking and bush skills. We offer guided hunts for visitors but repeat guests to our lodges are welcome to hunt without a guide by prearrangement and provided they have a valid New Zealand gun licence.
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    Kayak from Whakahoro into Whanganui National Park and get picked up by jet boat later the same day. Alternatively head out on our bush safari and do a short kayak (weather permitting!) at the base of the Kaiwhakauka falls.
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    Blue Duck Station has over 5000 acres of tracked land superb for backcountry horse trekking. The scenery varies from native bush canopy to pine tree forests, ridge top tracks and mountain views. There is at least a week's horse riding to do without going over the same track twice!
    Duration: Approx. 4 Hours
Standard Hotel: Country station lodge

Day 7 Free Day in Whakahoro

Today, we will have a free day to explore amazing, secluded Whakahoro in-depth. There are plenty of farming and conservation-based activities, allowing us to immerse ourselves in an authentic New Zealand station experience.

  • Always Visit
    Tours stop here for the night and it's a great opportunity to enjoy some of the optional activities (horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and bush safaris to name but a few). You'll get to experience a unique slice of Kiwi farming culture and hospitality wrapped up within dramatic natural landscapes.
Standard Hotel: Country station lodge

Day 8 Whakahoro - Tongariro National Park(88 km)

At 6:00am, we will make our way to Tongariro National Park to explore a landscape marked by active volcanoes. We will walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, getting to see some epic scenery and the chance to walk along the base of the mountain that served as Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies.

An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tongariro National Park is the 4th oldest national park in the world. In addition to traditional outdoor recreational activities, visitors can visit sacred Maori religious sites and bird watch while surrounded by three active, volcanic mountains.

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    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is heralded as the best one-day trek available in New Zealand, while others say it's among the top ten single-day treks in the world. Lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-coloured lakes and magnificent views combine to make this an unforgettable 19.4-kilometer walking journey.
Standard Hotel: Alpine lodge

Day 9 Tongariro National Park - Wellington(330 km)

Today, we will head to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. We will have the afternoon available to explore the local shops and cafes along Cuba Street, explore the wonders of Te Papa or stroll along the waterfront.

As the capital of New Zealand, Wellington is a populous urban center that offers tourists an array of activities and attractions. Visitors can enjoy museums, architecture, theatre, and the arts, as well as music festivals, world class cuisine, and more.

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    The little stretch of shops, cafes, and bars along a brick road known as Cuba Street is one of the most prominent streets in Wellington.
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    Established in 1992, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa is the national museum and art gallery in the country. The museum exhibitions emphasize both New Zealand's cultural history as well as its innovation for the future.
Standard Hotel: Central city hostel

Day 10 Wellington - Auckland(493 km)

Early in the morning, we will depart from Wellington to return to Auckland, where the tour will come to an end.

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