DATE: 12th to 18th December | Epic North Island Experience - Central/ Western (7-Day Trip)
DAY 1 || AUCKLAND - HAMILTON GARDENS - HOBBITON - ROTORUA
After meeting in Auckland CBD, we head out to our first stop: Hamilton Gardens - Waikato’s most visited attraction to peruse its amazingly themed gardens! From there, we move to Hobbiton to enjoy a guided tour of the set of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies before checking in at our accommodation. Tonight, we get to know our trip mates with a super fun dinner pizza night!
Includes: accommodation at YHA Rotorua (or similar), Hamilton Gardens visit, Hobbiton movie set tour entrance ticket and pizza dinner.
DAY 2 || ROTORUA
Today, we explore a bit more of the wonderful Rotorua with a sightseeing tour visiting the lake, Government Gardens, Redwood Forest, Blue and Green Lakes and more. We will also visit the Central Rotorua Shopping Mall. We then head out to the Polynesian Spa, where you can enjoy the relaxing geothermal bathing experience in hot spring pools. Afterwards, we come back to our hotel to enjoy a pasta dinner night.
Includes: accommodation at YHA Rotorua (or similar), sightseeing tour, Polynesian Spa Pavilion pool entrance and pasta dinner.
DAY 3 || ROTORUA
We encounter one of the biggest must-do attractions in Rotorua today, the Skyline Gondola and luge rides. Here we experience breath-taking views of Lake Rotorua, the city, and the steaming geothermal vistas on a gentle scenic ride. Afterwards, we visit the Kuirau Park. At night, we have dinner at Tamaki, a cultural gem of New Zealand, before coming back to our hotel.
Includes: accommodation at YHA Rotorua (or similar), Skyline Rotorua Gondola ride & 2 Luge rides, Kuirau Park visit and Tamaki Maori Cultural experience including dinner.
DAY 4 || ROTORUA - TAUPO
This morning we leave our hotel to visit the Wai-o-Tapu thermal wonderland, to learn about the uniquely sculpted geothermal and volcanic elements on the park as well as the Lady Knox Geyser, which shoots up hot thermal water 10-20 meters into the sky. Afterwards, we visit the Huka Falls on the Waikato River, a magnificent spot for pictures from its many lookout points. We enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Taupo city before heading to a wonderful SPA complex. We check-in at our hotel in Taupo and have dinner together after a long day of fun!
Includes: accommodation at YHA Taupo (or similar), Huka Falls visit, Taupo city lunch, SPA complex entrance and dinner.
DAY 5 || TAUPO - TONGARIRO - NATIONAL PARK
Today, we start our journey on Tongariro National Park and visit the Whakapapa Visitor Centre then we take part of the thrilling experience of the Sky Waka: 2,300 metres above sea level, with the most rewarding view at the top of the rocky structures around. We will have a great picnic lunch at the top of the mountain with amazing views !! After a great day of exploring nature, we will head back to our hostel we will enjoy a BBQ Dinner.
Includes: accommodation at Piper’s Lodge National Park (or similar), Whakapapa Visitor Centre visit, SkyWaka and BBQ dinner.
DAY 6 || NATIONAL PARK - WAITOMO
After breakfast, we start our journey to Waitomo, where our first stop is without a doubt Waitomo’s Glowworm Caves, one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions. Here we embark on a boat ride through a glow-worm grotto, surrounded by tiny living lights along the way. After this magical experience, we go to Roselands for a delicious BBQ lunch. The next stop for us today is the Otorohanga Kiwi House, where we can meet and learn about New Zealand’s most iconic wildlife, including the adorable kiwi birds. Back at our hotel, we enjoy a Pizza dinner before turning in for the night.
Includes: accommodation Top 10 Waitomo (or similar), Breakfast, Waitomo Glowworm cave tour ticket, Roselands lunch, Otorohanga Kiwi House visit and pizza dinner.
DAY 7 || WAITOMO - RAGLAN - AUCKLAND
We start the last day of our trip at Raglan, surfing capital of New Zealand with its beautiful black sand beaches and perfect waves. This place offers a great range of outdoor activities in nature such as climbing, caving, and walking tracks. Around midday, we enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to Auckland where we end our trip. Thank you for joining us on this adventure!
Includes: Raglan visit and picnic lunch.
- All transport from/to Auckland
- Tour manager and supervision
- 6x Nights quality student accommodation
- 6x Quality balanced continental breakfasts
- 6x Quality nutritious dinners
- 2x Great restaurant lunches
- 2x Variety picnic lunches
- Hamilton Gardens visit
- Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour
- Rotorua Sightseeing
- Polynesian SPA Pavilion Pools entrance
- Skyline Gondola and 2x Ludge
- Kuirau Park visit
- Tamaki Maori Experience and dinner - complete
- Taupo Sightseeing
- Wai-o-Tapu Experience
- SPA Complex entrance fee
- Tongariro National Park visit
- SkyWaka Gondola ride
- Waitomo Glow Worms Cave entrance
- Kiwi House
- Raglan Beach visit
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