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The photos, the stories, the FOMO! You can’t beat New Zealand’s North Island in summer time!
The ‘Vibe of the North’ is our most popular tour ever, and you’re about to see why! From digging a natural bath at ‘Hot Water Beach’, to doing ‘bombs’ off the rocks into the crystal clear river in Coroglen, even an unbeatable Taranaki vineyard wine tasting overlooking the West Coast of NZ, you’re about to experience a Kiwi summer the way the locals do!
Throw in a visit to Hobbiton, optional bungee and skydiving, and a HEAP of other activities, and you’ve got yourself the real ‘Vibe of the North’!
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Day 1: The beautiful Coromandel
Welcome on board! A nice early start sees us leave the ‘big smoke’ of Auckland and head to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Here, you’ll see why this region is a favourite for Kiwis on their summer holidays and why it’s constantly regarded as one of the most stunning parts of the world.
After a quick goldmine tour in historic Thames, we’ll visit the famous Cathedral Cove beach (as seen in multiple Hollywood feature films), before grabbing a shovel and digging a hole at the unreal Hot Water Beach.
After an epic day of sun, sand and surf, it’s time to head to our accommodation in Whitianga, where we’ll have some kai (food) - a classic Kiwi BBQ. From there, the night is yours!
Included: Goldmine tour, Hot Water Beach hot pools, lunch, dinner.
Day 2: Famous Mount Maunganui
With a coach-load of new friends, it’s time to head south. From Whitianga, we’ll head to famous Mount Maunganui. On the way, we’ll stop in the popular beach/surfing town of Whangamata to stretch the legs and explore this idyllic beachside town.
At Mount Maunganui, we show you freedom. The afternoon and evening is completely free for you to enjoy as you wish and, while it’s your choice, we’ll also recommend some awesome activities to help you have an unforgettable night of one of New Zealand's most popular summer destinations.
Included: Breakfast, Mt Maunganui Walk (optional)
Day 3: NZ's Adventure Capital!
More than likely hungover, it’s time to pack up the coach and head to New Zealand’s tourism Mecca - Rotorua. On the way to this geothermal wonderland we'll get lost in the magical world of Hobbiton where you can wonder the enchanting movie set of the Shire. Tonight is your chance to immerse yourself in traditional Maori culture with an optional Tamaki Maori Village experience.
Optional paid activities: Hobbiton ($84 approx.), Tamaki Maori Village ($130 approx. plus dinner included!)
Day 4: Another Night In Rotorua
With far more to do than you can fit in just one day, we’re staying an extra night in Rotorua tonight and you know what? We’ve decided to give you the entire day free!
With plenty of optional paid activities on offer all around the city, there’ll be plenty to keep you and your new mates busy. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie and want to tackle the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall, or if zip-lining through the forest canopy sounds more like you, we’ll be sure to offer you all the best experiences based on what you’re looking for.
Included: Breakfast, light lunch, dinner
Optional paid activities: White water rafting ($95 approx.), Forest Zip-lining & Canopy Tour ($149 approx.), Gondola + Luge ($40 approx.), OGO/Zorb ($80 approx.), 4x4 Buggie Self Drive ($85 approx.), Horse Trek ($40 approx.) plus many more...
Day 5: South to Lake Taupo!
OK, after two nights in Rotorua we’re off! This time to stunning Lake Taupo, but not before stopping in at the breathtaking Huka Falls. Here, 200,000 litres per second of crystal clear water flows from the great lake into the start of New Zealand’s longest river - the Waikato River.
Once in Taupo, optional paid activities like bungy jumping, skydiving, sailing or jet boat riding are on offer, or simply ask your tour guide who'll point you towards some of Taupo's lesser known gems or the many free activities available.
That night, our awesome accomodation puts on a spread and drinks for us! After that, well... Time to see what the Taupo nightlife has to offer.
Included: Breakfast, dinner + drink
Optional paid activities: Bungy jumping ($180 approx.), Skydiving ($279 approx.), Parasailing ($119 approx.), Sailing ($49 approx.)
Day 6: Head to the Capital
Feeling dusty after last night? Don’t worry, we’re going to get a few miles under our belt today. Heading south from Taupo, we’ll stop in at the home of New Zealand’s army base to stretch our legs and have some lunch.
From there, we trek on to the nation’s capital - Wellington!
Once in ‘Welly’, we’ll grab some dinner and hit the streets of this incredible city on a local pub crawl. Doesn’t sound like your cup of tea? No problemo! The night is yours to explore what is often referred to as NZ’s coolest city.
Included: Breakfast, NZ Army Museum, Lunch, Pub Crawl
Optional paid activities: Brewery Tour ($25 approx.)
Day 7: Wellington Part 2
After breakfast, the day is yours! Get lost in Wellington.
Visit a local cafe, take photos of the local street art, head along to New Zealand’s famous national museum - Te Papa (it’s FREE!), hell - spend the whole day hitting the bars if you want! As long as you’re on the bus tomorrow morning, today is completely up to you.
Optional paid activities: Lord of The Rings Tour ($95 approx.)
Day 8: North to Taranaki
After a couple of ‘sweet as’ days in Wellington, it’s time to start the trek back up north. After a few hours on the coach, we’ll arrive into New Zealand's best kept secret, the beautiful Taranaki region, where the first thing you'll notice is the picturesque Mt Egmont looming over the countryside. Making our way up Surf Highway 45 we'll make base in the small city of New Plymouth.
This afternoon we’ll all take a trip to a local vineyard where we'll see what Taranaki has to offer with a wine tasting. From here feel free to stretch the legs at Pukekura Park, or head into New Plymouth’s town center to explore the great food, contemporary culture, cafes and more.
This afternoon take advantage of the hostels sweet as sun deck and get stuck into any bottles of wine you purchased at the wine tasting.
Included: Breakfast, Vineyard Wine Tasting, Pukekura Park
Day 9: Raglan-Bound!
Saying goodbye to the stunning Taranaki, we continue our adventure north to the world famous Glowworm Caves of Waitomo. Here you can take a tour into the awe-inspiring subterranean world which you just have to see to believe, with thousands of glow-worms lighting your way. If money's on your mind, don't worry; take advantage of the free Ruakuri bush walk, taking you through stunning native bush, limestone outcrops and natural caves. You won't be disappointed!
From there it’s up to the popular surf town of Raglan, but not before making a quick stop in at the stunning Bridal Veil Falls. Once in Raglan, we'll explore this laid back beach town where you'll find the best fish n chips in NZ. Being our last night we are going to have a big one where we'll party at Raglan's famous 'Sunday Sesh'!
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Ruakuri Walk access, Bridal Veil Falls, Dinner.
Optional paid activities: Ruakuri Cave Tour ($79 approx.)
Day 10: Back to the big smoke
Just because today is the last day of the tour, it doesn’t mean we’re slowing down.
Raglan is home to some of New Zealand's best surf breaks, and those of you keen to 'give it a crack' will get the chance to, thanks to the awesome surf school at our accommodation.
Fallen in LOVE with Raglan? Don't want to leave? Great, those 'Vibrators' that would prefer to stay a few extra days can do so at a discounted rate thanks to our epic accommodation provider.
After lunch, the rest of us will head north to Auckland where we say our farewells… #sadface. Until next time, that is!
Optional paid activities: Surf Lessons ($85 approx.), Surf Board Hire ($35 approx.), Kayaking ($79 approx.)
"I've been on tours with other companies around the world, and these guys are absolutely the best! They bring such an infectious 'vibe' (corny, I know) to each tour and you can't help but have fun each day!"