North Island Adventure Seeker
10 Day North Island Adventure Seeker
For people who have limited time in New Zealand, but still would like to experience the array of adventure activities that New Zealand offers and at the same time want to explore the diversity and beauty of this island, this is the perfect tour.
Activities range from skydiving in Taupo, hiking the world famous Tongariro Crossing in a Dual World Heritage Area, kayaking the pristine beaches of the Coromandel and more. You never thought a 10 day tour could make your life so much richer!
HighlightsCathedral Cove Kayaking Taupo Skydiving 12,000ft Tongariro Alpine Crossing Auckland Bridge Climb Waitomo Adventures Lost World Caving Parasailing Bay of Islands
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Day 1 : Auckland
Welcome to Auckland and New Zealand. On arrival you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your first night’s accommodation. Or if you’ve decided to pick up your rental vehicle immediately, you pick up your vehicle at the airport and drive to your accommodation.
Your detailed tour information pack will be given to you once you arrive at your accommodation.
Take the rest of the day to relax and explore the inner city. The city centre of Auckland is not too big, so you can easily walk around. Visit the Skytower to take in great views of the city, and stroll around the waterfront with its many nice bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a great meal.
Hotel : Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland
Motel : Abaco on Jervois
Day 2 : Auckland - Waitomo
Once you've collected your car first thing in the morning (in case you don't already have it), your adventure starts immediately with the Auckland Bridge Climb. Get over those fear of heights and enjoy unparalleled access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge. This is not just the most unique Auckland attraction - this is the only Bridge Climb in all of New Zealand.
In the afternoon you'll head south across the lush farmlands of the Waikato region to Waitomo, where your caving adventure for the next day awaits, the epic Tumu Tumu Toobing!
Motel : Caves motor Inn, Waitomo.
Driving distance : 192 km - Driving time : approximately 2 hrs 20 mins
Day 3 : Waitomo - National Park
This morning you're in for a ripper of a trip. Tumu Tumu toobing combines the best elements of blackwater rafting with walking, climbing, swimming and tubing through distinctive sections of the spectacular TumuTumu Cave.
After this fun and exhilarating adventure, you'll make your way down to National Park Village in the Dual World Heritage Area of Tongariro National Park.
Motel : Plateau Lodge.
Driving distance : 142 km - Driving time : approximately 1 hrs 45 mins
Day 4 : National Park - Taupo
Get your hiking boots ready on this early morning! Often described as New Zealand's greatest day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenging journey across a remarkable volcanic landscape. Lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-colored lakes and magnificent views combine to make this an unforgettable walking journey. Transportation to and from the track is arranged from your accommodation.
At the end of this incredible hike, it's a short drive to Taupo, mostly along the shores of Lake taupo.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel Taupo
Motel : Bella Vista Taupo.
Driving distance : 100 km - Driving time : approximately 1 hr 15 mins
Day 5 : Taupo - Rotorua
What we have in store for you this morning is the ultimate adrenaline rush, as you will be jumping out of a plane with Skydive Taupo at 12,000 ft altitude with the amazing backdrop of the volcanic plateau. You will be buzzing for days after this.
Once you've landed and if you can contain yourself from the excitement, the drive to Rotorua from Taupo is only about an hour, but there are many things to see en-route. So take the time to visit some of these unique places.
About 2kms north of Taupo, a must see are the impressive Huka Falls. This is where the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, enters a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock. The resulting sight is nothing but spectacular. More than 220,000 liters of water per second rushes by.
As you get closer to Rotorua, Wai-O-Tapu geothermal wonderland with its colorful hot springs, boiling mud pools and barren moon landscapes will leave you in awe. This is one of the most unique places you'll ever visit.
Hotel : Heritage Tuscany Villas Rotorua.
Motel : Rotorua Arista Motel.
Driving distance : 82 km - Driving time approximately 1 hour.
Day 6 : Rotorua - Coromandel Town (Coromandel Peninsula)
Your destination today is the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, with its pristine white sandy beaches and rugged mountainous interior.
We've organized an amazing kayaking trip to Cathedral Cove in the afternoon, no doubt one of the best in the country. This trip will show you stretches of coast line no other travellers get to see.
Before your kayaking trip , dig your own spa at the nearby Hot Water Beach. And on your way to Coromandel town, your final destination for the day, stop in Whitianga to enjoy some great seafood.
We also recommend you visit New Chums Beach between Whitianga and Coromandel town, which was voted one of the best 10 beaches in the world!
Motel : Anchor Lodge
Driving distance : 273 km - Driving time approximately : 3 hrs 54 mins
Day 7 : Coromandel - Paihia
Your drive this morning will take you along the Firth of Thames. It's a delightful drive along the waterfront and once you arrive in Thames, you've completed the Coromandel loop. From here you'll head back in the direction of Auckland. You'll cross the harbour bridge going north. Northland is a region with a abundance of marine life, subtropical climate and pristine beaches, but is also a region with historical significance.
Upon your arrival in Paihia, the Hole in the Rock dolphin cruise is scheduled in the afternoon
Hotel : Copthorne Hotel Bay of Islands.
Motel : Pahia Bayview.
Driving distance : 394 km - Driving time approximately : 5 hrs 15 mins
Day 8 : Paihia
A rest day from driving today, but you'll be flying instead! What better view of the Bay of Islands could you get from above. Enjoy breathtaking views at 12,000ft, so sit back, relax and be stunned how peaceful and quiet it is.
The afternoon is a free afternoon at your leisure.
There is also a lot of history here with the Waitangi Treaty grounds nearby, and the picturesque historical town of Russell is only a few minutes drive away.
Hotel : Copthorne Hotel Bay of Islands.
Motel : Pahia Bayview.
Day 9 : Paihia - Cape Reinga
A trip to the top of the North would not be complete if Cape Reinga was left out. An area of incredible spectacular coastal scenery, this really feels like the edge of the world. Cape Reinga offers the ultimate northern New Zealand experience. See two oceans collide and discover the place of leaping, and where Maori spirits begin their final journey.
Along the way stop at the rugged Ninety Mile Beach, and further north at the large sand dunes for a slide down some dunes.
A visit to the lighthouse is obviously a must, but for a better experience without the crowds, take the turn-off for Spirits Bay about 20kms before Cape Reinga, and another turn-off for Tapotupotu Bay about 3 kilometers before you reach the lighthouse. The beaches there are absolutely stunning and pristine. From Tapotupotu Bay there is a 3 hour return hike to the lighthouse with the best coastal scenery Northland has to offer. It gradually climbs up the cliffs and brings you back down to secluded beaches a few times before reaching the lighthouse.
Driving distance : 212 km - Driving time : approximately : 2 hrs 55 mins
Day 10 : Cape Reinga - Auckland
On your way back to Auckland today you have the option to stay closer to either the West Coast, also known as the Kauri coast. or the East Coast On the western side you'll find the giant Kauri trees on your way. A little further south is Hokianga harbouar with its massive sand dunes.
On the eastern side you can divert your journey off the main highway to visit the beautiful Tutukaka Coast. The Tutukaka Coast is home to the Poor Knights Islands, world renowned for it's world class diving and marine life. Just north of Matapouri, a beautiful walk brings you to Whale Bay. Sandy bay is another beautiful spot and has great surfing.
Driving distance : 422 km Driving time : approximately 5 hrs 30 mins
- Complimentary airport transfers
- Detailed tour pack upon arrival ot accommodation.
- 10 day car rental with unlimited daily kilometers
- Standard insurance with zero excess reduction option.
- 9 Nights Accommodation.
- Auckland Bridge Climb.
- Cathedral Cove Kayaking.
- Transfers to/from Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
- Waitomo Adventures Lost Window
- Taupo Skydiving 12,000ft.
- Parasailing Bay of Islands
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 45 days or more before the start of the tour, the cancellation fee will be equivalent to the deposit paid
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 30 to 45 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 25% of the contract price
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 to 30 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 50% of the contract price
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 days or less before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 100% of the contract price
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