5-Day North Island Woolly Sheep Chinese Guided Tour from Auckland

  • Tour code: 978-5770
  • Available: Tue (Nov 21 - Apr 17)
  • Depart from: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights
From USD$648.28

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Highlights:

Visit Matamata, NZD (Green Dragon Inn, NZD, Hobbiton Movie Set, NZD, Party Tree, NZD, The Old Mill, NZD), Raglan, NZD, Rotorua, NZD (Polynesian Spa, NZD, Tamaki Maori Village, NZD, Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, NZD, Whakarewarewa Forest, NZD, Hangi Feast, NZD), Taupo, NZD (Huka Falls, NZD, Lake Taupo, NZD), Tongariro National Park, NZD, Waitomo Caves, NZD, Whakahoro, NZD (Blue Duck Station, NZD).

Pricing Details

Adult:$648.28
Child:$615.84
  • Twin - shareaccommodation (male or female rooms) is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single private room (subject to availability).
  • 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 - Rotorua(194 km)
  • Day 2 Rotorua - Taupo(63 km)
  • Day 3 Taupo - Tongariro National Park - Whakahoro(134 km)
  • Day 4 Whakahoro - Waitomo - Raglan(255 km)
  • Day 5 Raglan - Auckland(106 km)
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Day 1 Auckland - Rotorua(194 km)

Haere mai (welcome)! Your Stray tour kicks off in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. From here we head south to Matamata, where you have the option to experience the place where the real Middle Earth story began, the Hobbiton Movie Set. Explore the hills, gardens and houses that were home to Frodo and Bilbo in Peter Jackson's epic trilogies. Those not interested in Hobbiton will continue on to Rotorua for free time to discover a city well - known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity. You also have the option to experience the world's one and only human powered aerodynamic racing pod, the Shweeb. In the afternoon, the group will venture out for an exhilarating mountain bike tour with a local Maori guide through the towering California Redwood trees of Whakawerawera Forest. In the evening, you have the option to visit Tamaki Maori Village or the Polynesian Spa. At the award - winning Tamaki Maori Village, you learn about Maori art, ancient rituals and traditions and experience a delicious hangi meal and interactive cultural performance. Alternatively, a relaxing soak in one of the many geothermal pools at the Polynesi an Spa is a wonderful way to finish a busy day of adventure.

Located near the Kaimai Ranges, Matamata is a rural town in New Zealand. Visitors may recognize Matamata's scenic beauty because it serves as the location for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film franchise.

  • Always Visit
    Hobbiton is the official location of The Lord of the Rings film franchise. Originally a family-run farm west of Hinuera, it is now a permanent tourist fixture dedicated to the characters and storytelling originally conceptualized by author J.R.R. Tokien.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$95; Child (9-16 yrs) N$95|Duration: Approx. 2 Hours
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    The Green Dragon Inn's circular blue door is instantly recognizable as a featured landmark in The Lord of the Rings film franchise. This quirky, famous pub hosts private tours and offers guests traditional Hobbit foods and beverages inspired by the movies.
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    This building was built for the Lord of the Rings movies, specifically the scenery around the Shire village of Hobbiton. After filming wrapped, much of the village was left standing.
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    The Party Tree is a large, beautiful tree famous for its appearance in The Lord of the Rings film franchise. This enormous tree is located in a scenic meadow at the south end of Hobbiton and is the location of one of Bilbo Baggins famous speeches.

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 Visit
    Known to locals simply as ‘The Redwoods’, the 55,000ha Whakarewarewa Forest is a playground for mountain bikers, walkers, hikers and horse riders set amongst magnificent stands of towering Californian Redwoords, lush native forest and exotic trees.
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    Experience the Maori culture firsthand at a traditional Hangi feast. Using the same method as their ancestors, food is cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Visitors can also enjoy a cultural performance with songs and "haka," a Maori warrior dance.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$120; Child (10-15 yrs) N$65; Child (5-9 yrs) N$25; Senior (Over 65 yrs) N$99|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours 30 Minutes
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    Experience the Maori culture firsthand at a traditional Hangi feast. Using the same method as their ancestors, food is cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Visitors can also enjoy a cultural performance with songs and "haka," a Maori warrior dance.
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    Since 1882, there has been a bath house on this site in Rotorua, NZ. Currently, the geothermal spa facility here provides a relaxing treatment that is said to especially help those with arthritis.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$29; Child N$29
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    Rotorua Shweeb is the world’s most efficient man powered machine, hanging in cycling pods from an overhead rail - challenge your friends or foes in a 600m race.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$37; Child N$37
Standard Hotel: Four Canoes Hotel or equivalent

Day 2 Rotorua - Taupo(63 km)

We start the day by visiting a bubbling mud pool in the Waiotapu area for an example of Rotorua's active geothermal wonders. Before we leave Rotorua, we will also stop at a secret spot in the native bush for a chance to swim in an all - natural geothermally heated creek. Carrying on to Taupo, we will stop at the thundering Huka Falls , NZ's most photographed natural attraction, on the way into town. Next, we head to the town centre on the shores of Australasia's largest freshwater lake, the Great Lake Taupo. You have the rest of the afternoon free for activities. The most popular activity here is to jump out of a plane and skydive over the lake, but you can also test your bravery with a bungy jump or a se rene sailing trip on the lake.

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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    Described as one of the top 20 most surreal places in the world, the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is a colorful and spectacular volcanic area where guests can walk along geothermal features and experience natural phenomena unlike any other.
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    Kerosene Creek, a geothermally heated stream where you can bathe and relax. Hot water from a natural spring under the earth bubbles up into the cool waters of the creek, creating pleasantly warm waters. Swimmers have piled up small smooth rocks to create little hot pools beside the 2m waterfall.
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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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    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

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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    Lake Taupo is a beautiful, immense lake located in the center of the North Islands of New Zealand. Visitors can view fascinating Māori rock carvings over 10 meters in height at Mine Bay on Lake Taupo by boat or kayak.
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    The North Island's most popular bungy jump is a real blast. Our unique cantilever platform projects out from the cliff-top, above the inviting waters of the Waikato River below. Whether you choose to bungy solo or tandem, our highly trained crew pride themselves in providing you with an exhilarating and safe bungy experience.
    Admission (Optional): Adult $149; Adult (Tandem Bungy) $298; Adult (Solo Extreme Swing) $109; Adult (Tandem Extreme Swing) $218; Adult (Bungy & Extreme Swing Combo) $218; Solo Bungy, at least 10 years of age and weigh a minimum of 45kgs (Bungy) and 30kgs (Swing). Those 16 years and under require parental consent. Maximum weight is 180kgs
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    Join the Lake Taupo cruise to the extraordinary 14-meter high Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. Sailing Taupo’s beautiful bays, Sail Barbary’s two electric yachts offer the perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure at an awesome price. Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$44; Adult (5:00pm summer only) N$49; Child (0-15 yrs) N$25; Child (0-15 yrs, 5:00pm summer only) N$29; 10:30 am or 2:00pm|Duration: Approx. 2 Hours 30 Minutes
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    With our expert tandem skydive instructors you’ll jump out of our aircraft from up to 15,000ft and into an incredible free-fall over the worlds most stunning drop zone, surrounded by snow tipped peaks and the clean, fresh blue of lake Taupo, you’ll slow from a 200KM/H descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing.
    Admission (Optional): Adult N$279; Adult (15,000 feet (4,575m)) N$359; Adult (GoPro, 12,000 feet) N$458; Adult (GoPro, 15,000 feet) N$519; Adult (Freefall, 12,000 feet) N$498; Adult (Freefall, 15,000 feet) N$559; Adult (Full Monty, 12,000 feet) N$588; Adult (Full Monty, 15,000 feet) N$659; 12,000 feet(3,650m), NOT over 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.5 stone
Standard Hotel: Bella Vista Motel or equivalent
Breakfast: Included

Day 3 Taupo - Tongariro National Park - Whakahoro(134 km)

This morning we depart early driving through to the UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park. There's time for a break to capture National Park's dramatic volcanic scenery and to enjoy a short 20min return walk to Tawhai Falls, better known as "Gollum's Pool" from The Lord of Rings films. Our destination today is regularly ranked by passengers as one of our overnight stops and you'll soon see why. Located in one of the most rem ote parts of the North Island, Blue Duck Station is a sprawling 7,200 acre high country farm that is both a working station and an environmental conservation leader. Once you arrive, the hosts will provide an educational talk about life and the mission of Blue Duck Station, followed by a working dog demonstration and farm tour of this amazing property. Dinner and dessert are included tonight.

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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    Tawhai Falls is a 13 metre high waterfall located in Tongariro National Park. An easy walk takes just 10-15 minutes to reach the waterfall's lookout with natural stone Trolls (exactly as described in the 'Hobbit'). Tawhai Falls is also the filming location of Gollum’s pool where Faramir and his archers are watching Gollum fish.

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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.
Standard Hotel: Remote country station lodge (Quad - share, Single/Private upgrades do not apply )
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 4 Whakahoro - Waitomo - Raglan(255 km)

Today, we head north west for the coast. Our first stop is Waitomo, a small rural town where the main attraction is in fact underground. Don't miss out on the opportunity for a seriously cool caving adventure that will have you wading, climbing, abseiling and tubing through Waitomo's magnificent cave network. If you want something a little more relaxing, there is a gentler guided tour option to view the twinkling glow - worms in their underground habitat. Our overnight destination tonight is the world - renowned surf town of Raglan, famous for its perfect surf breaks and stunning black sand beaches. We arrive in time to catch a private sunset cruise around Raglan Harbour and witness the incredible West Coast sunset. On board our boat, we'll enjoy a clas sic Kiwi dinner of fresh fish and chips as we watch the sun melt into the Tasman Sea (included).

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

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.

Standard Hotel: Palm Beach Motel or equivalent
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 5 Raglan - Auckland(106 km)

There's no better place to learn to surf than Raglan, and you have the option to take a beginner's surf lesson with the local experts. I f you don't fancy a splash in the waves, the morning is yours to relax and enjoy the beach. After we leave Raglan we will go on a little adventure to Bri dal Veil Falls, where a short walk through beautiful native bush leads to an impressive cascading waterfall. On the way north, there's time to stop for ice cream before we arrive in Auckland in the afternoon. We will stop at the Auckland Airport to drop off or the city centre.

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.

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    Waireinga Falls is the Maori name of Bridal Veil Falls, located along the Pakoka River in New Zealand. This magnificent plunge waterfall is 180 feet (55 meters) high and over time has caused a large pool to form at its base.
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    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.

*Return time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions.

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