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Sweet as North: Trip for 18 - 39 year olds

5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 769

This short-but-sweet trip showcases several highlights of New Zealand’s North Island. You’ll explore the underground glowworm caverns of the Waitomo Caves, discover Maori cultural traditions in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, and hike the Mars-like landscape of Tongariro National Park.

This 5-day New Zealand vacation takes you across the North Island from Auckland to Wellington. It features budget accommodations, shared tours, and is a perfect adventure for 18 to 30-somethings.

Your adventure across New Zealand begins in the nation’s largest city, Auckland, where you’ll enjoy the sight of the beautiful twin harbours before joining up with your fellow travellers. Head south and stop at Waitomo Caves to explore an underground world of caverns illuminated by glowworms. You can even go on a blackwater raft adventure on an underground river! Reach Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s centres for Maori culture, where you’ll learn some Haka moves, feast on a traditional Hangi lunch, and tour the geothermal pools and geysers that define the landscape. On a free day, you’ll also have a chance to visit the nearby Hobbiton Movie Set, a must-do for fans of The Lord of the Rings.

Continue your journey south and stop by beautiful Lake Taupo before you enter Tongariro National Park, where you’ll hike the Mars-like landscape of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is situated between three volcanic peaks. On the final day of your journey, you’ll reach the capital Wellington, where you can learn about the nation’s history as the Te Papa Museum, see the beautiful flowers of the botanical gardens, or go behind the scenes of The Lord of the Rings at Weta Workshop.

Your journey ends in Wellington, by why not add on a few days and extend the adventure?


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.
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 769

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Auckland to Rotorua

Welcome to New Zealand, bro! Say kia ora to your new Topdecker family before we hit the road. En route to Rotorua, we'll swing by the Waitomo Caves - a glowworm-studded labyrinth of underground caves and rivers. This place is like something out of a sci-fi movie! Choose to explore on foot, by boat, or brave the cold on a unique blackwater rafting experience (trust us, it's awesome). Later, we'll learn some Haka moves and watch a Poi dance before tucking into a delicious dinner at a traditional marae (Maori meeting ground).

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2


Are you ready for all the optional extras your free day has to offer? If you're a Lord of the Rings fan, don't miss the Hobbiton movie set (think: alllll the Middle Earth vibes). Or, you could always head to the geothermal reserve for a healing mud spa. And for the thrill-seekers? Try a spot of Zorbing (aka rolling downhill in a giant inflatable ball). When in New Zealand...

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

Crank the heat up to the max - today we're off to check out the area's famous geothermal activity on an included tour. This experience comes complete with a traditional Hangi lunch - a meal of roasted meat and veggies slowly cooked in an underground oven pit. After catching a glimpse of a Kiwi bird or two, we'll make tracks to Huka Falls (you'll hear the rumble before you see them). Finally, we'll swing by beautiful Lake Taupo before settling in at our accommodation near Tongariro National Park. Phew! What. A. Day.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Tongariro National Park

Known as one of the best one-day hikes in the world, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing sure lives up to its reputation - and you'll get the chance to complete it today (weather dependent). With three volcanic peaks dominating the horizon and terrain that'll make you feel like you're on Mars, this hike is 100% worth the sore legs the next day. Not in the mood for a walk? No worries. There's an optional quad biking experience we can hook you up with instead.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Tongariro to Wellington

On our final day together, we'll hit up Wellington. Get your bearings as we head to Mt Victoria for a 360-degree city, harbor, and ocean views. After that, you're free to do as you please. Our top tips? The fascinating Te Papa Museum and the pretty botanical gardens - and don't miss the nightlife here, either. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, there's no better place for a farewell night out!

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


From Auckland

2020: Sep 19; Oct 2, 23; Nov 3, 5, 26, 30; Dec 4, 9, 30
2021: Jan 3, 8, 12, 29; Feb 2, 4, 15; Mar 8, 21

From Wellington

2020: Jul 8, 21: Aug 11, 24; Sep 14, 27; Oct 18, 31; Nov 21; Dec 4, 25
2021: Jan 7, 28; Feb 10; Mar 3,15


  • 3 nights in hotels, 1 night in a traditional Maori marae
  • 4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi
  • Visit Waitomo Caves
  • Overnight stay in a traditional Maori marae
  • Traditional Hangi lunch
  • Visit Lake Taupo and Huka Falls


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


This tour is available for travelers aged 18 – 39 years old only

Multishare accommodation is on a single gender basis.  Males share with males, females share with females.  Couples travelling together should not expect to share a room.  Options are available to upgrade to double/twin share accommodation


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.

21 Mar 2021
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