New Zealand - Best of the North Island Adventure Tour (18-39)

This trip across the North Island jams as many thrills as possible into seven electrifying, activity-packed days. Sea kayak, learn to surf New Zealand's world-famous waves, experience Maori culture directly from the Maori themselves, and much more.

Conservation Farm, Sea Kayaking, Surf Lesson, Maori Cultural Experience, Visit Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park Alpine Crossing (seasonal), Te Papa Museum.

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Arrive in Auckland

Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the accommodation and explore the city. ​The adventure begins tonight, make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Some activities and sightseeing options available are:

Explore Waiheke Island Island Kayaking Adventure America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach


PLEASE NOTE: This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in booking extras or exploring the city and other nearby attractions it is highly recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

Accommodation: Nomads Travellers Lodge - 1 night (or something similar)

Eco Farm | Coastal Kayak | Raglan

Drive the southern scenic route through the rolling hills of the Waikato, visit a special conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch. Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area.

Tour Raglan’s secluded bays and unique coastline by kayak. Paddle the inner harbour to get up close to wildlife, fish, and (fingers crossed) orcas. Discover the pancake rocks on the harbour's northern side. before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and artsy little town of Raglan for the night.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Lava Lounge - 2 nights (or something similar)


Surf Lessons
Head down to the beach, we have arranged for you to learn how to catch a wave in this three-hour surf lesson. Start with instruction on dry land before heading into the surf. Take advantage of the large soft boards used in class (they help everyone stand up).

Relax -  Free Time
Enjoy free time any way you want in this surfing town. Head to the beach to hang ten or relax with a cold drink and plan your next activities.

Optional Activities
Bone Carving Hiking Raglan Mountain Biking 
Stand Up Paddle Lesson  Yoga Raglan Style More Surfing

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Waitomo Caves / Rotorua

Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, opt to visit the Waitomo Caves region, famous for their Glow-Worms. For the adventurous, there is the option of trying the New Zealand sport of ‘Black Water Rafting’.

Immerse yourself in a Maori cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori Village. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), and learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua from a local Maori guide. Discover the abundant Geothermal Energy surrounding the village that’s used for cooking, heating, and communal bath houses.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation Four Canoes Travellers Lodge - 1 night (or similar)

Tongariro National Park

Join the guide today for a full days walking on the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, regarded as one of the best day walks in the world. The track is extremely well built and even a novice hiker will enjoy the gradual ascent up to the top of Mt Tongariro. Your guide will set a pace that lets you stop and admire the views of the Red Crater, Emerald Lakes and steaming vents that make this hike so iconic. It will all be worth it when you celebrate at dinner with a bottle of fine New Zealand wine. Those who prefer a more restful day can find plenty to do at the village: Soda Springs walk, Taranaki Falls walk, or simply drink coffee and view the great exhibits at the Park Visitor Centre.

Note: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is self-guided and will be without a CEO. The trail is clearly marked. Please note that during winter months (June-October), this is an optional hike. There is an extra cost of approximately $135NZD for winter equipment and guide if you opt to do this activity.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Skotel Alpine Resort (or similar)

WELLINGTON - Our cool little Capital

Rest your legs this morning as we drive south through rolling hill country to the capital city of Wellington. The rest of the afternoon is yours, so take your time as you stroll along the fabulous waterfront and through the busy streets of this buzzing wee city. Absorb some of New Zealand’s history in the national museum - Te Papa, explore the waterfront or simply get lost admiring the heritage houses along one of the many improbably steep streets. Nowhere is very far in Wellington. You are spoilt for choice for places to dine this evening, so take your pick.

Suggested outings in and around Wellington.

National Museum - Te Papa Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve  Wellington Cable Car
Carter Observatory 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Nomads Wellington (or similar)

Homeward Bound

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

We know you will enjoy this New Zealand Adventure Tour and our promise to you is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Depart 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time).