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Northern Explorer: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

8 Days
On request

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.
8 Days
On request

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Day 1

Auckland to Bay of Islands

James Cook named our first stop the Bay of Islands. Well, you know what to expect! Seeing over 140 islands might take a while, so hop on the optional 'Rock the Boat' island tour to take in as much as you can.

Day 2

Paihia, Bay of Islands

What's it going to be today? Stick to the water and opt in for a kayak adventure at Haruru Falls or set your sights high and go skydiving. Either way, you'll be winning! We're having a fave Kiwi fave for dinner tonight - just the ticket after all of that excitement.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3

Paihia, Bay of Islands to Auckland

Tear yourself away from the beautiful Bay of Islands. We'll make two pit stops: first at the pretty Whangarei Falls, then at Mt Eden for a view of the city from the top of a volcano. Pretty cool, huh?

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Auckland to Rotorua (Marae stay) via Waitomo

On our way to Rotorua we'll swing by the Waitomo Caves. Take on the optionals and go exploring this otherworldly attraction. Why not try Black Water Rafting, explore the Ruakuri Cave or go see the glowworms. They're all awesome, trust us. Maori legends and mythology have been passed down for thousands of years. You have one night in a meeting house to soak in as much as you can! After learning some Haka moves and checking out the ladies' Poi dance, it's time to tuck into a traditional Kiwi dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5


While you're in Rotorua, you could head to the spa for a massage, jump into Tolkien's dreams at the Hobbiton movie set, take on the highest commercially-rafted waterfall in the world or roll down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball (all optional). When in New Zealand!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

Crank the heat up to the max - today we're off to check out the geothermal activity in Rotorua on an included tour. Enjoy a traditional Hangi lunch-- a meal cooked in an underground oven pit. Then, after taking a look at some the Kiwi birds, we'll make tracks to the epic Huka Falls (you'll hear the rumble of the falls before you see them). Finally, we'll swing by beautiful Lake Taupo before settling in at our accommodation near Tongariro National Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Tongariro National Park

Known as one of the best one-day hikes in the world, you'll get the chance to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing today (optional and weather dependent). With three volcanic peaks dominating the horizon and terrain that'll make you feel like you're on Mars, this hike is so worth the sore legs the next day. Look at you adventuring like a pro!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

Tongariro National Park to Wellington

Next up: Wellington. Get your bearings on an orientation tour, then go exploring. Our top tips? The incredible Te Papa Museum and the pretty botanical gardens. Don't miss the nightlife here either. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, what better way to end the trip than with a night out?

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


Auckland to Wellington;

2020: Feb 2, 10, 13, 17; Mar 3, 8, 30

Wellington to Auckland;

2020: Jan 25; Feb 5; Mar 3


  • 6  nights multi share accommodation in a mix of hotels, motels, lodges & hostels
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Transportation in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with WIFI internet
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Meals as indicated


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


Prices are "from" per person based on multi share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Multi share accommodation is single sex, mixed gender couples travelling together should not expect to share. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or twin/double travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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

1 Feb 2022
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