Explore active volcanoes and geothermal areas, pristine forests, hot pools and underground caves. We will hike, bike, and Kayak and learn about our indigenous Maori culture.
You’ll be amazed by the variety of activities and stunning scenery as we share the iconic locations and best-kept secrets of the North Island. Experience unique volcanic terrain, white sandy beaches, Maori culture, geothermal areas, underground cave systems and arguably the best mountain day-hike in New Zealand.Plan Your Tour
Private guided tour 4 nights
Location: North Island
Accommodation: 4* or 5* quality Hotels, boutique B&Bs, Luxury Serviced Apartments, Premium Lodges
Next Departure: Departs Daily
LOCATION AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Day 1: Auckland
(Hiking on West coast beaches OR Tiritiri Matangi Island)
Day 2: Auckland – Waitomo – Matamata
(Glow-worm Eco Tour, Evening banquet at Hobbiton)
Day 3: Waikato – Taupo
(Blue Spring at Te Waihou, Thermal Safari Jet Boat ride and walk at Hidden Valley, Huka Falls, Wairakei Terraces)
Day 4: Taupo - Rotorua
(Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Private guided tour in Maori Village and Concert, Or: Helicopter flight to White Island Or: Private Dinner Cruise)
ALTERNATIVE: Alpine Crossing at Tongariro National Park Or: Road less travelled with Maori Expert
Day 5: Rotorua – Bay of Plenty – Auckland
(Mount Maunganui Kayak Adventure or Wairere Falls hike)
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland.
Go west to the Waitakere Ranges and wind through wild and stunning locations like Huia, Piha and Muriwai. Auckland’s west coast beaches are beautiful and Muriwai Beach is a perfect place for a cliff top hike. There are superb views of lagoons, dunes and the west coast surf. The Te Henga Walkway, between Bethells and Muriwai, is part of the Hillary Trail, which connects a number of existing tracks in the Waitakere Ranges.
Or: Catch the ferry from downtown Auckland and visit Tiritiri Matangi Island, join a guided tour to discover the thriving wildlife all around you. Keep a watchful eye out for stitchbirds, bellbirds, tiny North Island robins and spot the beautiful blue-grey colours of the kokako. Plus check out the little blue penguins’ nesting boxes on the walking track around Hobbs Beach.
Accommodation: Auckland or Waiheke Island
Travel south through the lush green rural farmland of the Waikato region. The rich and fertile pastoral land of the Waikato is one of New Zealand’s major dairy producing and horse breeding areas, and host to incalculable stands of exotic timber.
On an “Off the Beaten Track” eco-tour knowledgeable guides will escort you through beautiful native New Zealand forest and into untouched glow-worm caves. You move slowly through the caves, to enjoy, explore, and take in the surroundings, including the mesmerising glow worm displays. You’ll see the caves just as nature intended. There are no handrails, electric lights, concrete paths, or other modifications, and the tour involves climbing over boulders, up hills and wading through streams.
From Waitomo we drive further inland to Matamata. Famous for dairying and fine thoroughbred horses, it's easy to see why these green pastures and rolling hills were chosen to portray Hobbiton and The Shire. In the evening experience, the Hobbiton Movie Set as you have never seen it before with a guided tour through The Shire at dusk. You will be treated to a banquet in the Green Dragon and sample traditional Hobbit fayre!
Accommodation: Waitomo or Cambridge
Stop at the Te Waihou walkway and visit the internationally acclaimed Blue Spring and walk through areas of restoration and regenerative wetland and native plantings. Be amazed at the intensity of the clear blue-green water and catch a view of one of the many trout found here.
Experience the world's only river jet tour that allows you to step off of your jet boat and onto a fantastic geothermal wonderland. This adrenaline-pumping experience offers the thrill of blasting down Waikato River at 90km/h to spending an hour exploring Taupo's hidden valley Orakei Korako. It feels like another world with its array of brightly coloured terraces, bubbling mud, steaming geysers, hidden caves and silica terraces. Be among the select few who have been able to get up close to a slice of New Zealand scenery.
The Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, moves gracefully north from Lake Taupo between banks 100 metres apart. Just before the Huka Falls, it enters a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock. The previously placid waters roar and rumble at great speed along the ravine before bursting into space out over Huka Falls to crash into the turbulent pool 11 metres below.
Lake Taupo, the largest Lake in this country and also the world’s largest volcanic crater, created in one giant explosion nearly two thousand years ago it darkened the sky’s in Europe and China. In the evening soak in the hot thermal pools and clays of Wairakei Terraces.
Accommodation: Lake Taupo
Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland.
Take an eco-tour through the world's youngest geothermal system, 20 mins south of Rotorua. You will see Echo Crater, and Frying Pan Lake, the world's largest hot water spring. The mysterious and dramatic Inferno Crater and its beautiful blue hot lake will take your breath away.
Or: White Island is New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano. Take a scenic helicopter flight to the island and enjoy views of the crater before landing and taking a hike over the crater floor to view active steam vents.
Later on, immerse yourself in Maori culture by visiting Te Puia Arts and Crafts Centre and enjoy a private guided tour of the park. You will taste an exquisite Maori feast prepared in the traditional Hangi style and watch the Maori cultural performance featuring traditional storytelling and entertainment.
Or: Private Dinner Cruise: Experience an off the beaten track indulgence on stunning Lake Rotoiti under sail aboard the luxury sailing catamaran Tiua. Discover beautiful sandy coves, lake edge thermal hot springs, glow worm caves and cultural sites rich in history and legend. Enjoy a delicious BBQ meal, accompanied by a selection of fine New Zealand beverages. Truly a genuine, personal New Zealand experience.
ALTERNATIVE: The day’s activities can be changed and you can undertake a hike in the Tongariro National Park. The park encircles the volcanoes of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu and features some of New Zealand's most contrasting landscapes.
Or: Take a road less travelled with one of our Maori Experts and explore remote treks along the native bush in the National Park.
The Bay of Plenty region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and New Zealand's only active marine volcano. Tauranga is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty and one of the fastest growing population centres in the country.
Mount Maunganui, Mauao, is the iconic destination of our region. Kayaking around this ancient volcano is a great way to unwind and enjoy yourself. You also have a chance to encounter a variety of wildlife which includes dolphin, orca, penguins, and seals so make sure you bring your camera and be prepared to snap away.
The Wairere Falls track takes walkers through a beautiful, diverse range of natural scenery. Besides the spectacular 153 m high falls there is beautiful river falls and cascades, a fine grove of nīkau, pūriri and kohekohe, and an upper section of the rack takes you through tree ferns and totara in native forest.
We take you back to Auckland