13-Day North Island Batten Tour from Auckland (off-peak season)

  • Tour code: 478-5722
  • Available: Sat (5/4 - 9/7)
  • Depart from: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 13 Days 12 Nights
From USD$915.88

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Highlights:

Visit Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Tongariro National Park, Wellington, Cape Reinga, Whakahoro. Start your tour from Auckland and take in all the highlights of the North Island from Paihia to Wellington.

Pricing Details

Adult:$915.88
Child:$778.65
  • 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 - Paihia(201 km)
  • Day 2 Paihia - Cape Reinga - Paihia(426 km)
  • Day 3 Paihia - Auckland(184 km)
  • Day 4 Auckland - Hahei(109 km)
  • Day 5 Free day in Hahei
  • Day 6 Hahei - Rotorua(149 km)
  • Day 7 Rotorua
  • Day 8 Rotorua - Lake Aniwhenua(40 km)
  • Day 9 Lake Aniwhenua - Whakahoro(148 km)
  • Day 10 Free Day in Whakahoro
  • Day 11 Whakahoro - Tongariro National Park - Raetihi(88 km)
  • Day 12 Raetihi - Tongariro National Park - Wellington(330 km)
  • Day 13 Wellington - Auckland(493 km)
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Day 1 Auckland - Paihia(201 km)

Depart from Auckland, we will head northbound for the relaxed seaside town of Paihia, gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands. On the way we'll learn about the rich early European and Maori history of the region. After stopping to see giant kauri trees en-route, we will continue on to Paihia, where we will have our free afternoon to explore this charming seaside town.

The main tourist destination in the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a seaside town with beautiful beaches. Visitors can explore the city center's many shops, cafes, and restaurants, take a ferry to nearby Russell, or enjoy swimming, fishing, and more.

  • Always Visit
    The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise.
Standard Hotel: Hostel along from the beach

Day 2 Paihia - Cape Reinga - Paihia(426 km)

Today, we will travel to Cape Reinga, the northernmost point in New Zealand. One of the highlights of the day will be our visit to 90 Mile Beach and the chance to sample some delicious fish and chips on the way back to Paihia.

Touted as one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, Cape Reigna is located at the northwestern tip of the Northland region. A popular destination attracting over 120,000 tourists annually, visitors can enjoy scenic views, activities, restaurants, and more.

Standard Hotel: Hostel along from the beach

Day 3 Paihia - Auckland(184 km)

This morning, we will take the famous Hole in the Rock cruise and stop on an island in the bay. We should keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. In the afternoon, we will make our way back to Auckland, where we will be able to spend the evening free in the city.

Commonly referred to as the City of Sails, Auckland is a populous urban area in New Zealand. An isthmus (narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas) Auckland's harbors offer beautiful views and a wide range of water activities.

Standard Hotel: Central city hostel

Day 4 Auckland - Hahei(109 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.

  • Always Visit
    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: Hahei Holiday Resort - Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront or similar

Day 5 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: Hahei Holiday Resort - Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront or similar

Day 6 Hahei - Rotorua(149 km)

We will leave Hahei early travelling through to Paeroa, where we'll stop for breakfast. Then we will be taken through the Waikato region, known for its many dairy farms, rolling hills and the mighty Waikato River. This afternoon we'll have free time to explore the sights and smells of Rotorua.

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.

Standard Hotel: Comfortable central city hostel

Day 7 Rotorua

Today we will have a full free day in Rotorua to discover an area rich in Maori heritage. There are plenty of exciting local activities such as whitewater rafting, ziplining through native bush, zorbing or a guided jet boat adventure up to bath in a hot waterfall. Alternatively, we can also take a guided tour through the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set.

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.

  • Always Available
    It offers a range of unique experiences and is always striving to be innovative and can guarantee that a ride with us is "Always Original". It is safe, great value and fun for the whole family.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$25; Adult (second time in same day) N$19; Child (Over 6 yrs, Children under 6yrs are not permitted on the tour) N$25; Child (second time in same day) N$19; 3 person in 1 ball
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    Snake through steep native bush clad canyons and over 14 awesome rapids & 3 waterfalls including world-renowned 7 metre Tutea Falls, the Highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall in the World! Blended with touches of Maori culture, this trip offers it all, for both white water rafting enthusiasts and first timers.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$95; Child (Over 13 yrs) N$95|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours
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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: YHA Rotorua - Comfortable central city lodge or similar

Day 8 Rotorua - Lake Aniwhenua(40 km)

Today we will head to the remote area of Lake Aniwhenua. A local Maori guide will share the area's history and lead us to visit the area's sacred archaeological sites. Tonight, your hosts will teach you how to prepare a traditional 'Hangi' (a feast cooked underground) and introduce us a fun stick game to challenge your hand-eye coordination. For those visiting during school term, you will learn about a local community program.

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

Standard Hotel: Kohutapu Lodge - Scenic lakefront lodge or similar
Breakfast: Included

Day 9 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.

  • Always Visit
    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.

A small (now mostly empty) settlement located on the junction of the Retaruke and Whanganui rivers.

  • 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: Blue Duck Station or similar
Breakfast: Included

Day 10 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.

A small (now mostly empty) settlement located on the junction of the Retaruke and Whanganui rivers.

  • 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: Blue Duck Station - Country station lodge or similar

Day 11 Whakahoro - Tongariro National Park - Raetihi(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. In the evening, we can enjoy in the spa pool in the hotel or relax with a celebratory drink by the fire.

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.

  • Always Available
    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: Snowy Waters Lodge - Historic residence with mountain views or similar

Day 12 Raetihi - 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 Museum 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.

  • Always Visit
    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.
  • Always Visit
    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: Nomads Capital - Central city hostel or similar

Day 13 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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