11.30 am at Park Regis Hotel Auckland
After the 7th day
Optional tours and activities.
Things to Bring
Sturdy shoes, bathers, appropriate cloths, towel & toiletries, water bottle & camera.
- Stunning Bay of Islands
- 'Rock the Boat' upgrade option
- Auckland city tour
- Stay overnight on a Maori marae
- Guided tour of Whakarewarewa Village and Thermal Reserve
- Traditional kiwi lamb-roast dinner
- Explore Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo
- Wellington city tour
- 6 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)
- 3 nights in hotels/motels, 2 nights in an alpine resort
- 1 night in a traditional Maori marae
- Escorted services of a fully trained Topdeck Trip Leader and Driver
Modern air-conditioned vehicle
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Day 1:Bay of Islands
Kia Ora! We head north from Auckland to our hotel in seaside Paihia, nestled among the Bay of Islands. An optional‘Rock the Boat’ Overnight upgrade could see you sailing among the 144 islands, stargazing from deck and sharing laughs at the cosy bar.
Day 2:Bay of Islands
A free day to explore this fascinating area. Optional activities include a catamaran cruise to spot dolphins, a kayak trip through mangrove forests and even sand-boarding down the Te Paki sand dunes. We can also learn about Kiwi history at Waitangi Treaty House or hike to Haruru Falls through native bush. Not bad!
Back to Auckland today before heading to the heart of Maori culture, Rotorua. Tonight we’ll stay in a traditional Maori Marae (sacred meeting house) for an evening of history and legend. Unforgettable.
A day to explore geothermal Rotorua– notice the distinct smell! Maybe hire a mountain bike, go white-water rafting, visit the famous thermal spa pools or splash out for a massage. Tonight we can check out the nightlife.
Day 5:Tongariro National Park
First up is Whakarewarewa Village and Thermal Reserve for a guided tour. Later we visit raging Huka Falls, massive Lake Taupo, and the Taupo bungy over the Waikato River (jump optional!). We then head to our alpine retreat in the striking volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park. Tonight enjoy a traditional lamb roast.
Day 6:Tongariro National Park
Hike one of the many trails, hire a mountain bike or even ski (during winter) on our free day in Tongariro National Park, a.k.a Mordor of‘Lord of the Rings’ fame! Later we can relax in the sauna or spa pool at our accommodation.
First stop, an included wine tasting to try some of the region's world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. Then we leave South Island for North Island by ferry through the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Sadly our trip ends here in Wellington. But with its funky galleries, designer shops, top museums, a scenic cable car, great restaurants and stylish bars, discover why Wellington is known as NZ's coolest city.
Departure Point: Park Regis Hotel Auckland
8 Customs Street, East Auckland
Departure Time: 11.30am
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Topdeck | 7 Day Northern Explorer Southbound | Auckland to Wellington
Feel the natural paradise of New Zealand whilst also enjoying the attractions it has to offer. Get your heart racing with a mix extreme sports and beautiful natural landscapes.
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