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Northern Explorer: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,138

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.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,138

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Day 1

Auckland to Bay of Islands

Steal away from 'the maiden with a thousand lovers' (aka Auckland) and become a tree-hugging hippie as you wrap your arms around NZ's botanical elder, the Kauri tree. James Cook named your next stop the 'Bay of Islands'. Well, you know what to expect. Seeing all 144 islands might take a while, so grab the optional 'Rock the Boat' island tour for 24 solid hours cruising and snorkeling the archipelago. Instagram your first Pacific sunset then get your mind blown by the southern night sky. You could get used to this.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Bounty Motel

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    Bounty Motel



    Bounty Motel Paihia is located within 100 meters from the famous Paihia Beach. The motel in Paihia, offers self-contained accommodation where some hotel rooms have access to a shared patio or a garden with outdoor seating. Most rooms have great sea views with Free Wi-Fi. ...

    Bounty Motel Paihia is located within 100 meters from the famous Paihia Beach. The motel in Paihia, offers self-contained accommodation where some hotel rooms have access to a shared patio or a garden with outdoor seating. Most rooms have great sea views with Free Wi-Fi. There is also BBQ facilities that are available upon request. Since it is located in the heart of Paihia, Bounty Motel Paihia is a 3 minute walk to Paihia Wharf, and a 4 minute drive to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Kerikeri Airport is a just 25-minute drive away. Every room comes with a kitchenette or kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator. The refurbished apartments all includes a lounge or a seating area with a 32-inch flat-screen TV. The tour desk can book dolphin cruises and trips to the famous Hole in the Rock. Bounty Motel also offers a guest laundry and luggage storage facilities. Free parking is available on site.

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Day 2

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is big on numbers: 144 islands, 90 miles of beach in one stretch, and 100-metre high Te Paki sand dunes ready for some serious sand boarding action. Opt in to get a dose of Kiwi history at the Waitangi Treaty house or in Russell-NZ's first capital then grab a kayak and paddle under the Haruru Falls. You are having fish and chips for dinner so good thing you did all that exercise.

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Day 3

Bay of Islands to Auckland

Departing Bay of Islands make two pit stops: first at the gorgeous Whangarei waterfalls and next to check the view from the top of Mt Eden.

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Duration1 Night
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Best Western President Hotel Auckland

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    Best Western President Hotel Auckland



    President Hotel Auckland is located right in the city centre on Victoria Street between Queen Street (main shopping area) and Albert Street/Sky City Casino. This 15-story hotel has 100 fully air-conditioned studio rooms, 1 bedroom suites, 2 bedroom family units and apartments. Hotel facilities include ...

    President Hotel Auckland is located right in the city centre on Victoria Street between Queen Street (main shopping area) and Albert Street/Sky City Casino. This 15-story hotel has 100 fully air-conditioned studio rooms, 1 bedroom suites, 2 bedroom family units and apartments. Hotel facilities include restaurant, room service, function and meeting rooms, guest laundry, and hair salon.

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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking

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Day 4

Auckland to Rotorua (Marae stay)

First up meet some new trip mates and pay a visit to Waitomo Caves, then it's on to your Marae stay. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks and the finesse of the ladies' Poi dance, you'll polish off a traditional maori dinner and end the night feeling like a local. You lucky thing, you.

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Duration1 Night
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Taheke Marae

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Day 5

Rotorua

Mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. If you're starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud by rafting over the waterfalls, head to the spa for a massage, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien's dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape (all optional).

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Duration1 Night
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Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

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    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.

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

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Day 6

Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that's not enough, you can bungy jump off a ledge as you pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it's pretty big. It's also time to meet the dessert that's caused a battle between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova.

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Duration2 Nights
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Skotel Alpine Resort Mount Ruapehu

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    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

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Day 7

Tongariro National Park

With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as the most epic hike in NZ, Tongariro NP is home to two active volcanoes that will hopefully keep a lid on things. The optional Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber (and walks from 20 mins to 8 hours). Hike, raft or mountain bike then hit the spa and warm your feet by the fire in an alpine lodge overlooking Mt Doom.

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Day 8

Tongariro National Park to Wellington

From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today you hit the nation's capital, Wellington (no, it's not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of the Te Papa museum, you'll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and a well-earned spot as the sporting capital of NZ, you can't go wrong with a craft beer and maybe some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North island trip buddies?

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DEPARTURES:

Auckland to Wellington;

2018: Jun 7, 19; Jul 16, 28; Aug 19; 24; Sep 5; Oct 1, 5, 14; Nov 4, 10, 14, 22; Dec 20
2019: Jan 2, 28; Feb 4, 10, 14; Mar 8, 21

Wellington to Auckland;

2018: May 3, 30; Jun 11; Jul 8, 20; Aug 16, 28; Sep 23, 27; Oct 6, 27; No\v 1, 4,14; Dec 12, 25
2019: Jan 20, 27; Feb 2, 6, 28; Mar 7, 13, 17

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 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

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