Specials Trip Finder Brochures Menu

Northern Explorer: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 961

This eight day journey takes you from Auckland to Wellington. In Rotorua, you’ll have the rare chance to stay overnight at a Maori Marae – a truly unique and unforgettable experience.


The Adventure Capital of the World. A Slice of Heaven. Middle Earth.

New Zealand has been all these things and continues to amaze visitors with stunning scenery, fascinating culture and exhilarating outdoor adventures. Spend 7 days exploring the best of the NorthIsland on this trip, designed specifically for 18 to 39 year olds.

Visit the Bay of Islands, where some of New Zealand’s most important historical events took place, including the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. See the spectacular giant sand dunes of Te Paki, or Puketi Forest, home to enormous Kauri trees. Perhaps hop a catamaran to go visit the famous Hole in the Rock.

Spend a day exploring the bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers of Rotorua. Hire a bike, go whitewater rafting, or take a dip in a thermal spa. Then stay in a traditional Maori Marae for an unforgettable New Zealand experience. Continue your active adventure in Tongarino National Park, where you can hike, bike, or even ski when it’s in season. Your last stop is Wellington, the national capital, base camp for the Lord of the Rings production team and home to many of New Zealand’s top cultural attractions.


 

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 961

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Auckland to Bay of Islands

Kia Ora and welcome to your Northern Explorer trip with Topdeck! Your NZ journey unfolds in Auckland, or Tamaki-Makau-Rau as it's known in Maori, meaning 'the maiden with a thousand lovers'. It earned its name because it was coveted by many tribes, and let's face it, what's not to love! Crossing Auckland's scenic harbour and heading north, your first stop is at Parry Kauri Park to marvel at the magnificent Kauri tree, NZ's oldest and largest tree species dating back to Jurassic times. Then it's onto the seaside town of Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands - 144 islands, secluded bays, and an abundance of marine life - this is the picture perfect New Zealand you've been dreaming about. Settle into your hotel and make the most of this evening at your own pace - relax by the pool, head into town for a meal and most importantly, get to know your new tour buddies!

**Upgrade to overnight 'Rock the Boat' option
If you're keen to experience everything the bay has to offer, this cruise aboard New Zealand's largest houseboat is not to be missed. With a laid-back atmosphere and cozy bar, a fun night of laughs, music and good company is always on offer. If you consider yourself a shark, there's even a pool table competition! Spot satellites and shooting stars with the experienced crew, who'll take any chance to use their laser pointers to impress you with their knowledge of New Zealand's southern skies. As for hopeless nautical romantics, you can expect amazing views, golden sunsets and an open log fire - the vessel is lit up with candles too!

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Tanoa Paihia Hotel

More Info

Location View map
  • Tanoa Paihia Hotel



    Paihia is a holiday paradise, with the stunning Bay of Islands on its doorstep. Accommodation at the Tanoa Paihia Hotel is well located for guests to enjoy this beautiful area. It is just a 5 minute walk from Paihia town centre with its shops and ...

    Paihia is a holiday paradise, with the stunning Bay of Islands on its doorstep. Accommodation at the Tanoa Paihia Hotel is well located for guests to enjoy this beautiful area. It is just a 5 minute walk from Paihia town centre with its shops and restaurants, and the wharf. Just a 3 hour drive north of Auckland, Paihia is a well-known jewel' in New Zealand's Bay of Islands and the departure point for a variety of visitor excursions and attractions.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa/Jacuzzi
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tennis Court
    • Tour Desk

    More Details

Day 2

Pahia, Bay of Islands

Today is yours to explore the fascinating Bay of Islands and there's a whole host of optional activities on offer. Adventure lovers can catamaran along the inner bay looking for dolphins, kayak through mangrove forests to Haruru Falls, or take a ride along 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga and board down the Te Paki sand dunes. History buffs can take a step back in time and learn about the fascinating past of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House. There's also time to visit Russell, the oldest settlement in New Zealand, or hike to the Haruru Falls through native bush. Tonight swap stories about our day in the bay over a delicious Kiwi favourite - fish and chips!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3

Bay of Islands to Rotorua (Marae Stay)

This morning, start your journey south. If the weather's nice, you'll enjoy a scenic walk to view Whangarei Falls before its back to Auckland, the jewel of the North Island, where you will take a break for lunch. Afterwards, you'll meet some more excited Topdeck travellers and together, continue to the heartbeat of Maori culture in Aotearoa - Rotorua. This steamy thermal playground is renowned for its natural and cultural beauty and a distinct welcoming aroma in the air - breathe in that sulphuric goodness! Tonight you'll be staying in a traditional Maori Marae where you are welcomed on arrival in their time-honoured style; this stay is an opportunity to experience the real side of Maori Culture, as it is today. After a hearty traditional family style dinner, your Whanau host will enlighten you through some Maori history and legend before you are treated to an exclusive cultural performance by the Te Arawa people. Also, interact and learn facets of the cultural performance including the actions of various Haka and Poi. The Haka that you learn is not a traditional one (as this would break tribal protocol) instead it is one that was written specifically for Topdeck. All of this traditional Maori entertainment, education and performance by a local Kapa Haka group exclusively for you - this certainly is the real deal! Later, doze off to sleep eye to eye as you check out all of the carvings inside the Marae up close and personal.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Taheke Marae

More Info

Location View map
Day 4

Rotorua

Say goodbye to the Marae after breakfast and the rest of the day is yours to explore, and there are countless options on offer in this beautiful area. Relax in the famous thermal spa pools, or indulge in a rejuvenating massage. If you're looking for adventure, there's also mountain biking, white water rafting, the original OGO Zorb or tackle some unique activities on offer in this fascinating destination. Another option is The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, an absolute must-do for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans. This fascinating tour takes you through the real middle-earth as you view the set through Frodo's eyes - exactly as it appeared in the films! Get lost among the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree whilst admiring the picturesque landscape on this privately owned, working New Zealand farm. A little slice of luxury tonight as we settle into Rotorua's largest hotel, set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua and just a short stroll from the vibrant city centre.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Accommodation

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstarstar

    Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua



    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy ...

    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy Events Centre. Sudima Lake Rotorua offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across Lake Rotorua.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Laundry facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

    More Details

Day 5

Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

New Zealander's love sport almost to the point that Rugby Union is said to be like a religion. We get a rundown on the game and even take part in a game of "touch rugby" with a visit to the well trained, muscle built Rugby students at the NZ Sports Academy. You are sent off in true NZ fashion with a Haka before departing Rotorua. Travelling south you divert from the highway to explore the uniquely different landscape, an active geothermal area located in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. A visit here would not be complete without taking the short detour to see (and hear) the gurgling, bubbling Mud Pool. Next up, it's onwards to the raging waters of Huka Falls before reaching Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Hanging above the free flowing Waikato River, the Taupo Bungy is a must for those game enough to take the plunge! After some time to enjoy Taupo, journey toward the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park. The three mountains at the heart of the park - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu - have cultural and religious significance for the Maori people. Here, bunk down for the next two nights in a true alpine retreat nestled on the edge of Whakapapa Village. You'll have the opportunity to relax in the sauna and spa or unwind with a drink in the Terrace Bar by the fire. You'll top the night off with a hearty country style meal, but leave room for desert -- you'll be introduced to a Kiwi favourite tonight, the Pavlova!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Skotel Alpine Resort Mount Ruapehu

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Skotel Alpine Resort Mount Ruapehu



    Skotel, New Zealand's highest hotel, is nestled in the tussock at the upper end of the village. It is the centre of activity, both summer and winter, when visiting the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. There are 25 comfortable hotel rooms all with magnificent full ...

    Skotel, New Zealand's highest hotel, is nestled in the tussock at the upper end of the village. It is the centre of activity, both summer and winter, when visiting the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. There are 25 comfortable hotel rooms all with magnificent full views overlooking the plains, or with the backdrop of Mount Ngauruhoe or Mount Ruapehu.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Games Room
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

    More Details

Day 6

Tongariro National Park

With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as one of the best full day hikes in NZ, the "Tongariro Crossing" is yours to take on today if you choose. Two active volcanoes, old lava flows, an active vent, emerald lakes and amazing views combine to make this an enjoyable and memorable trip into a most interesting area of the park (8 hour hike -- transfers at own expense, seasonal and subject to weather conditions). Around the Village there are also a number of many shorter walking tracks for you to experience the grandeur of Tongariro National Park. If hiking is not your thing, there are a variety of other optional activities available including, Mountain Biking, and even Skiing in winter (check with your crew for the best deals). After a full day spent exploring, head back for another relaxing night at the mountain lodge -- perfect!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Tongariro National Park to Wellington

Leave the tranquil setting of Tongariro behind this morning on your way towards the New Zealand capital, Wellington. Wellington's been crowned the '4th coolest city' in the world to visit and you're about to find out why. Before arriving at your accommodation, get an overview of the city and surrounds from the top of Mt Victoria lookout. After checking into your accommodation, why not Visit Te Papa - the NZ National Museum - with six brilliant levels of interactive history, art and all round awesomeness! For all you cool city cats, there's the funky designer shops and contemporary art galleries by day, stylish cocktail bars and award-winning restaurants by night -- it's this combination that make Wellington the most vibrant city in NZ!

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Auckland to Wellington;

2017:  Apr 8, 16, 28; May 11, 20; Jun 1, 12, 23; Jul 6, 16, 27; Aug 9, 19, 30; Sep 14, 23; Oct 5, 20, 24, 28; Nov 10, 24, 29; Dec 3, 16 
2018: Jan 4, 7, 20, 28; Feb 8, 12, 24; Mar 5, 16, 19

Wellington to Auckland;

2017:  Apr 23; May 7, 16, 28; Jun 9, 19, 30; Jul 11, 23; Aug 5, 15, 26; Sep 8, 17, 29; Oct 18, 22; Nov 4, 18, 23, 27; Dec10, 23
2018: Jan 1, 14, 22; Feb 2, 6, 18, 27; Mar 10, 13, 26

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6  nights multi share accommodation in a mix of hotels, motels, lodges & hostels
  • Transportation in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with WIFI internet
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

These tours available to guests between the ages of 18 – 39 years only

TB TOPDECKAUC17SGCAD: ANGKAW
19 Mar 2018
Trip Finder

What our travelers say

Goway Toolkit


Need help planning your holiday? Our toolkit is a great place to get started.