9-Day North Island Batten Tour from Auckland

  • Tour code: 778-5720
  • Available: Sat (Oct 7, 2017 - Apr 28, 2018)
  • Depart from: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
From USD$961.10

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

Pricing Details

  • 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(211 km)
  • Day 2 Paihia - Opononi(86 km)
  • Day 3 Opononi - Auckland(225 km)
  • Day 4 Auckland - Hahei(92 km)
  • Day 5 Hahei - Rotorua(149 km)
  • Day 6 Rotorua - Whakahoro(211 km)
  • Day 7 Whakahoro - Tongariro National Park(88 km)
  • Day 8 Tongariro National Park - Wellington(330 km)
  • Day 9 Wellington - Auckland(493 km)
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Day 1 Auckland - Paihia(211 km)

Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to New Zealand! Our journey begins in Auckland, the country's largest city. After guests have been picked up, we will drive north to the seaside town of Paihia. On the way, we will stop to see some might trees, native kauri, hike to a beautiful waterfall, enjoy lunch and stop for a swim at scenic Waipu Cove. After that, we will visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds at our own expense before settling in our lodging and enjoying the rest of the night.

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    At Waipu Caves explore 300 metres of sacred underground passageways. The main cave is 175 metres long and encloses one of the longest stalagmites in New Zealand (eight feet high and six feet in diameter!). Impressive limestone formations and a galaxy of glow worms are also present.

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    The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is where Māori chiefs first signed the New Zealand's founding documents. Take a guided tour to guided tour to learn about the historic importance of the site and enjoy scenic views, cultural performances and more.
Standard Hotel: Beachfront hostel
Dinner: Included

Day 2 Paihia - Opononi(86 km)

In the morning, we will take a wildlife cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands all bursting with marine life. In the afternoon, we will travel to Hokianga Harbour, where we will see huge sand dunes. In the evening, we will have the option of taking part in a Maori-guided twilight encounter in Waipoua Forest to learn about local Maori legends and the spirits that inhabit the forest. We will also visit the largest kauri tree in the world, Tane Mahuta, known as the "god of the forest."

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.

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    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.

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    Hokianga Harbour is unique in many ways, not least for the stunning 150m high sand dunes which frame the north side of the entrance to the harbour. Further up it is Rawene, New Zealand's third oldest European settlement and the home of historic Clendon house. The recently completed mangrove walk makes a great stroll.
Standard Hotel: Comfortable Kiwi lodge
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included (Some delicious seafood and a BBQ dinner)

Day 3 Opononi - Auckland(225 km)

We will begin the day with a ferry ride across Hokianga Harbour to go sand boarding down massive dunes (dependent on weather). Then, we will make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest before visiting the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes to swim in the region's crystal-clear waters.

Waipoua Forest is best known for its enormous and beautiful kauri trees. Declared as a sanctuary in 1952, the forest is known to harbor the two largest living kauri trees: Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere.

These three trout-filled freshwater lakes nestle together near the coast. The largest, Taharoa, has blue water fringed with sandy patches. Lake Waikere is popular with water-skiers, while Lake Kai Iwi is relatively untouched.

Standard Hotel: Central city hostel
Breakfast: Included

Day 4 Auckland - Hahei(92 km)

Today, we will depart from Auckland, heading south to walk around famous Caathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot or boat, this place holds some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery and stunning coastal views. Afterwards, we will continue to Hot Water Beach. In the afternoon, we will have time to go kayaking before we feast on a delicious BBQ dinner.

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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    Cathedral Cove is a naturally formed archway deserves photographic attention. A gigantic arched cavern passes through a white rock headland to join two secluded coves. The cathedral-like arch gives the whole area an air of grandeur. The beach is sandy with shady pohutukawa trees along the foreshore - a perfect place for a picnic and a swim.
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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: Comfortable beachside accommodation
Dinner: Included

Day 5 Hahei - Rotorua(149 km)

Today, we will travel to Rotorua, arriving around midday, to explore this area known for its Maori heritage and geothermal activity. We will get the chance to partake in many activities in the area, including a visit to Hobbiton. In the evening, we will feel welcomed into authentic Tamaki Village, where we will learn all about Maori culture, feast on a delicious meal and partake in an interactive cultural performance.

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 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$130; Child (10-15 yrs) N$75; Child (5-9 yrs) N$35|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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    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
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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
Standard Hotel: Central city lodge
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 6 Rotorua - Whakahoro(211 km)

We will begin the day by visiting some bubbling mud pools before stopping at powerful Huka Falls, New Zealand's most photographed natural attraction. Today, we will head to one of the most parts of the North Island by visiting Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, a 7,200 acre country farm that is both a working sheep and beef station as well as a leading site in environmental conservation leader. This afternoon, we will get the opportunity to take part in a 4WD Bush Safari adventure to explore the vast land, learning about the local history and the farm's conservation efforts. We will enjoy a dinner cooked with all local produce.

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.

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.
Standard Hotel: Alpine lodge
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 7 Whakahoro - Tongariro National Park(88 km)

Today we will make our way to Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we will have the chance to walk along the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, trekking through dramatic natural scenery and past volcanic peaks, vast craters and stunning turquoise lakes. Alternatively, we can go to the Volcanic Centre Museum at our own expense.

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
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 8 Tongariro National Park - Wellington(330 km)

Early in the morning, we will drive to Wellington, arriving around midday. This modest city is known as the "coolest little capital in the world," according to Lonely Planet. It's a great place to check out the lively arts scene, go shopping, sip coffee in a local café or try some craft beers. The city is also home to the New Zealand Parliament and the iconic Beehive Government Building. This afternoon, we will have the options of touring the world famous Weta Workshop, marvel at the wonders of the Te Papa National Museum or wander along the Oriental Parade.

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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    Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning design studio and physical manufacturing facility servicing the world's entertainment and creative industries.
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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
Breakfast: Included

Day 9 Wellington - Auckland(493 km)

Today, we will return to Auckland, stopping along the way to take photos and enjoy lunch in the National Park Village. When we reach Auckland in the late afternoon, the tour will come to an end. We hope you had an unforgettable time!





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