Take your time and relax with a glass of wine or on our sunny remote beaches and opt for a walk through dense rainforests, near our stunning local hideaways.
Want to experience a real farm stay and discover off the beaten track locations or experience the immense power of an active volcanic area and learn about our unique heritage? Then this is the tour for you. It combines the highlights of the North with some of our remote hidden treasures in the countryside.Plan Your Tour
Private guided tour itinerary - 9 nights
Day 1: Auckland arrival (Relaxing day, discover the city of sails)
Day 2: Auckland - Waiheke Island (Ferry to Island, eco zip lining, dinner sailing cruise)
Day 3: Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula (Water gardens, white sandy beaches)
Day 4: Coromandel - Bay of Plenty/Rotorua (Te Puia, Maori show and village, walk geothermal areas)
Day 5: Rotorua - Napier/Hawkes Bay (Huka Falls, art deco city and area /winery tour)
Day 6: Hawkes Bay - Waiarapa - Wellington (Capital city, Te Papa museum)
Day 7: Wellington – Rangitikei Valley (Farm-stay, soft river rafting though canon)
Day 8: Rangitikei Valley - Taupo (Volcanoes, National Park)
Day 9: Taupo - Waitomo Caves (Glow-worms caves tour)
Day 10: Waitomo – Auckland
Prices: We recommend the following guidelines for customized tour packages, excluding international flights:
4* (3* internationally) to 5*: From around NZ$ $400 - $1150+ per person per day. The customized package will include accommodation, airport transfers and other transportation within New Zealand, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip. Please enquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final accommodation choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.
You will be met on arrival at Auckland International Airport by your Aroha NZ Tours Representative, and transferred to your accommodation in our luxurious vehicle. Here you can spend the day in the inner city and near the America’s Cup Village and visit the nearby Viaduct Basin and its many lively bars and restaurants. Walk onto Queen Street and explore the new Britomart, a vibrant shopping, entertainment and business precinct in the heart of downtown Auckland. Surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, it’s a neighbourhood of buzzing restaurants and bars, world-class fashion boutiques and interesting art spaces.
Waiheke Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf, about 18 km from Auckland. It is the most accessible offshore island in the Gulf, There are plenty of beautiful beaches, vineyards, walking trails, historic and cultural sights of interest. Take an Eco Zip Adventures with state-of-the-art flying fox zip lines and an eco-immersive forest walk on breath-taking Waiheke Island, for nature lovers of all ages. You'll enjoy the full Waiheke experience with a complimentary pick up from the island ferry and a range of drop-off locations afterwards. On return spend the late afternoon in the Inner City and near the America’s Cup Village and visit the nearby Viaduct Basin and its many lively bars and restaurants. Auckland is known as the City of Sails! Immerse yourself in Auckland’s harbour setting with dinner on the water. Soak up the city atmosphere from the peace of the harbour waters. Glide past the city as it lights up and watch the sun set over the inner harbour. If you are still not tired then visit the nearby Viaduct Basin and its many lively bars.
Driving distance 3.5h
Start off your private guided tour! Your tour today takes you to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations and when you visit it you will see why. A binocular’s view across the gulf from Auckland, it is everything that a big city isn't. First, we pass through the historic gold mining town of Thames. From Thames, your drive takes you out along the beautiful winding coastline of the western side of the peninsula to Tapu. We take you further to the top of beautiful Coromandel Peninsula and the same named township. There we can take you on a 1-hour train ride on a world-class narrow-gauge mountain railway. Fabulous golden and white sand beaches with magnificent coastal scenery, a rugged forest cloaked interior waiting to be explored, are just some of the natural attractions that have people returning to the Coromandel time after time. On arrival in Hahei, you will have the opportunity to explore the picturesque Beach with its white sand and stunning shoreline to Cathedral Cove and its marine reserve. A fantastic view from the lookout point will give you spectacular photo opportunities and a fabulous view of the coastline. The Coromandel is the home of many artists and craftspeople. Pop into their studios – you’re welcome to visit – and pick up a unique piece of art or pottery to take home with you. Highly recommended (Optional) Take a sea Kayak trip along this stunning coastline to Cathedral Cove or explore the sea caves and sheer volcanic cliffs. Trips cover what we believe to be the most spectacular stretch of coast on the Coromandel Peninsula, if not New Zealand. Kayaking is backpacking on the sea. No rush, no noise, just you and nature at its best.
Accommodation: East Coast Coromandel Peninsula
Driving distance 3
Today we leave the Coromandel and head to the geothermal Capital of Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, the premier Maori cultural centre in New Zealand - a place of gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers. The Māori tradition lives on at Te Whakarewarewa, our Māori culture, and our National Carving and Weaving Schools of New Zealand. The environment alone is of enormous geological significance, with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud to the world famous 30-metre (100-foot) Pohutu geyser, erupting up to 20 times each day. The Kiwi Conservation Centre is a valuable part of a national Kiwi breeding programme. Here you can see our New Zealand native flightless bird and national icon in a specially lit purpose-built nocturnal house, with expert guides and information at hand. Following on from this you take another journey through a world of unique thermal formations at Wai-o-tapu thermal wonderland. View the fascinating 'Champagne Pool' and experience the panorama of vividly colourful hot and cold pools, steaming fumaroles and hot boiling mud pools. Highly recommended: (Optional) Helicopter flight and landing on White Island. In the afternoon we can arrange a helicopter flight and landing on an active volcano “White Island”! Situated 50 kilometres offshore, this active island volcano constantly emits a cloud of steam and periodically erupts to a greater extent expelling volcanic ash several thousand metres into the atmosphere. (This is the most active volcano in New Zealand) The main vent is below sea level and protected by crater walls. You can walk right inside its main crater just above sea level with a minimum of physical effort and without undue risk. This allows you to experience at first-hand nature's immense power as gas and steam burst up from far below the Earth's crust. An adventure tour you will not forget for a long time.
Accommodation: Lake Rotorua
Driving distance 3h
We continue through the Waikato region, one of New Zealand's greenest places, and richest agricultural regions. You will pass land with lush grass for raising cattle, thoroughbred horses and vast stands of exotic timber. Today we are heading to Napier via Lake Taupo, the largest Lake in this country. On the way we stop at the Huka Falls - these spectacular falls roar through a 15m wide chasm before plunging a further 11m. Napier today is known for the inner city’s Art Deco Architecture, which was created after a devastating earthquake in 1931. Napier has 140 original Art Deco buildings and the care and protection of these buildings are managed by the Art Deco Trust. You will find many examples on Emerson, Tennyson and Hastings streets, including the Daily Telegraph building and Municipal Theatre. One of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings, the Louis Hay-designed National Tobacco Company offices, is in Bridge Street, Ahuriri. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon exploring a region that hosts some of the finest wine growing areas in the world. Hawke’s Bay has been making wine for over 100 years, making it New Zealand’s oldest wine region. Over 80 percent of the country’s plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes are grown here, earning the region an established reputation for producing high-quality red wines. No doubt you will be tempted to sample just some of the world-renowned New Zealand wine brands exported from the Hawkes Bay each year. Highly recommended: (Optional) 4WD Safari to Gannet Colonies. Cape Kidnappers, a half hour drive from the cities of Hastings and Napier, is a craggy peninsula named to commemorate an incident during Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage. Maori traders seized Cook’s Tahitian cabin boy who they thought was being held against his will. When Cook’s men fired on the Maori canoe, the cabin boy escaped and returned to the ship. Visitors can get within a few feet of the world’s largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony which is at the top of the Cape’s sheer and barren cliffs.
Accommodation: Hawkes Bay
Driving distance 4.5h
Departing Hawkes Bay, your tour takes you through the Norwegian and Danish settlements of Norsewood and Dannevirke into the rural regions of the Manawatu. Drive to Martinborough and the winery region of Wairarapa. The Wairarapa is a region of big skies, wide valleys and small towns, full of character. Home of Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) and also making headlines at the moment is James Cameron (Titanic and Avatar) who is making his new home there. Visit Greytown, a Victorian country village with metropolitan panache plus great food and coffee, before encroaching on New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. The capital city is nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour and has a vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot. Get your city bearings and some of Wellington’s best views at the Mount Victoria Lookout. The city is home to Te Papa, the national museum, which tells the story of New Zealand’s history through bold and interactive exhibits. In Wellington, you’ll discover an amazing range of cafes, art galleries, theatres, attractions and a humming nightlife. From your stay ride the historic Wellington Cable Car to the Botanic Gardens. Or head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia, boutique shopping and some of the best coffee in town. Your B&B is located in the heart of the City, and this evening you can walk to some of the best restaurants in Wellington.
Accommodation: Wellington City
Driving distance 3h
Your tour returns you north via the west coast to the Waikanae region. This area has adopted the name “Gold Coast”, as here you can enjoy locally made gourmet cheeses, visit orchards and walk the beautiful sandy beaches. We drive deep into farming country to the remote Mokai Valley, where the picturesque Rangitikei River meats the rugged Ruahine Ranges. Not far from your accommodation, we take you to the edges of the crystal clear waters of the Rangitikei River set amongst the beautiful native flora and fauna, which provides a stunning backdrop that, can be variably appreciated. Your accommodation host provides a typical New Zealand farm environment. He will be happy to show you around the farm where you will experience an upfront encounter with the many farm animals on the property, visit a working sheep farm or dairy farm nearby. In the evening unwind and relax with a home cooked dinner at this magical place. Just before you settle back in your retreat, take a soak in a hot pool, which overlooks this remote valley. By midday, we have arranged a Soft Rafting trip through a deep gorge. You depart from Tarata, rafting through gentle rapids, crystal clear waters, vertical gorges and unbelievable scenery of the Rangitikei River. Raft under the bungy bridge and visit a secret waterfall. Stop for a picnic lunch and swim. Float quietly through Middle Earth, scenes from the movie Lord of the Rings. Or for thrill seekers; Visit the nearby Gravity Canon and experience the extreme ride on a flying fox, take an 80m plunge with the highest New Zealand bungy jump off a bridge, or try the 50m giant swing.
Accommodation: Rangitikai Valley
Driving distance 2.5h
Today your tour takes you through what is regarded as the volcanic loop to view New Zealand's most accessible active volcano, magnificent Mt. Ruapehu. Take a short walk around the pristine native forest of Tongariro National Park and experience the desolate landscape which was used as a backdrop for just some of the legendary middle earth film scenes for the movie “Lord of the Rings”. Experience a walk over lava stone fields that lead you almost to the top of the volcano. The magnificent views across the valleys to snow-capped peaks will create the perfect setting for a great photo opportunity. Your tour then continues to Lake Taupo which is the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo is also the world’s largest volcanic crater, created in one giant explosion. The ash cloud floated all over the world - ice samples from as far apart as Antarctica and Alaska have determined the explosion to have occurred in 186AD. The effects of the ash were even recorded in China and Rome. You can gather your own free volcanic souvenir from the shoreline in the form of very light pumice stones (great for cleaning off rough skin) which were spewed out in that eruption. Just about everywhere you look in the Lake Taupo region, you'll see a volcano. The area is regarded as one of the best trout fishing spots in the world and is also well known for hunting excursions and extreme adventure activities. Highly recommended: (Optional) White water rafting. Take a half-day Tongariro River journey which is one of the best rafting adventures in New Zealand. The rapids are grade three, which makes this an ideal adventure for expert or first-time rafters alike. In 2 1/2 hours, you navigate over 60 roller coaster rapids with an expert guide at the helm. A large part of the top section of this trip can only be accessed by raft or kayak so you’ll see plenty of spectacular unspoilt wilderness.
Accommodation: Lake Taupo
Driving distance 2h
Departing from Taupo, your journey takes you north 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. One of the major attractions of the Waikato/King Country region is the famous Waitomo Caves (translation: 'where the water disappears into a hole in the ground'). The caves are perhaps one of the finest natural attractions in the country, with their vast unique caverns and eerie stalactite and stalagmite formations home to the thousands and thousands of glow-worms forming magnificent constellations. Enjoy a short shuttle ride to the cave while your experienced guide reveals the rich history of Waitomo. Then, take a short walk through breathtaking New Zealand native bush to the cave entrance. There, your guide lights the candles setting the scene for an intimate cave experience, where you will see glow-worms and cave formations up close and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave (also known to local Maori as Te Anaroa Cave). The solar-powered lights are kept low so you can appreciate the magnificent glow worm displays at their best, only inches away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand's lost treasures, the ancient Moa. The soothing sound of Footwhistle cave stream flows in the darkness below. Formation lights are especially turned on to cast a warm glow over stunning cave formations. The guide tells the stories of the insect life that live here - titiwai, the glow-worm, and tuna, the eel. After enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, you'll be seated in Footwhistle's Cathedral to see it lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch. Although the display only lasts a few seconds, your memories of the Footwhistle Cave will last a lifetime. Highly recommended: (Optional) Cave tubing experience. Drift through the beautiful cave on an inner tyre tube and float under the most amazing displays of glowworms! Jump off a waterfall, ZOOM down a hydro slide and for those of you who are keen to get their 'cave crawl on' - crawl up to the hidden waterfall which for many of our customers is the highlight of their trip.
Driving distance 2.5
Today is the last day of your tour and we return to Auckland. End of your private guided tour!