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North Island New Zealand Tour - Sweet North

Complete your New Zealand Hiking Adventure.

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5 Days
North
Island
Starts

Auckland

Finishes

Auckland

Activity level
Price

NZD$3499 AUD$3499 USD$2599 GBP£1999 CAD$3399 +tax

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North Island New Zealand Tour - Sweet North

4.6 Out of 5 (from 17 reviews)
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The North Island is home to more than three quarters of our population and is the focal point for Māori culture and history. Its rich stories and legends are woven into a landscape that bubbles with geothermal activity, vastly different from the neighbouring South Island, it’s well worth spending some time here exploring the heart of New Zealand. Plus, you’ll get a chance to tick off a hike on the Tongariro Crossing from your bucket list – if it’s not on there already, it should be!

This trip is designed to be the perfect addition to any of our South Island trips.

“We absolutely loved the Sweet North itinerary, we fully appreciated the incredible attention to detail, the work that went on behind the scenes and the guiding was superb. Coupled with a great group of fellow travellers made it all such good fun. We could never have put together such a fabulous trip on our own!”

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Sweet North Day-by-Day Itinerary
Day 1
Waiheke Island
Coast Walk, Winery

Includes

Lunch
Dinner

Activities

WineTasting
BoatCruise
Walking

Accommodation

Auckland
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Day 1 – Arrive Auckland and Cruise to Waiheke Island

Welcome to the North Island and New Zealand’s beating cultural heart. A vibrant and diverse landscape made up of active geothermal areas, dormant volcanoes, pristine beaches, immense forests and subterranean wonders. After meeting your guides and fellow travellers in Auckland, we’ll board a ferry to Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf, just a short boat ride away, but a world apart from the hustle and bustle of our largest city. After a refreshing day relaxing and exploring, we’ll return to Auckland for our first night of the trip.

Waiheke Island Winery

We’ll jump on the local passenger ferry bound for the beautiful Waiheke Island, a firm favourite amongst locals, and a short 45-minute ferry ride from the centre of Auckland. Watch the cityscape melt away behind you and catch glimpses of small offshore islands dotted around the gulf, before Waiheke comes into view. We’ll spend the day on the island exploring the beaches, taking short walks and visiting one of their famous vineyards for sample of the local wine, before returning to Auckland for the night.

Day 2
Rotorua
Mud pools and Geysers

Includes

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Activities

Sightseeing

Accommodation

Rotorua
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Day 2 – Rotorua’s Thermal Wonderland & Māori Feast

We leave the big city this morning and make our way down to Rotorua, a rich cultural hub and geothermal wonderland.  On the way we’ll stop to stretch our legs with some short walks and awesome photo opportunities. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a fascinating introduction to Māori culture, before being treated to a Māori feast cooked in the traditional way. We’ll spend the night here in Rotorua.

Rotorua

Set in a ‘land of lakes’, the bubbling mud pools, spewing geysers and rising steam give Rotorua an otherworldly quality. We’ll check out the famous Pohutu geyser; with consistent eruptions of up to 30 metres (100 feet), it’s the pride and joy of the Te Puia Thermal Valley. According to Māori culture and tradition, geysers like Pohutu are viewed as a gift from the gods. We’ll learn about the local history of the Ngati Wahiao tribe and enjoy a hangi (a traditional Māori feast) together this evening. Tonight, we’ll stay in comfortable accommodation on the shore of Lake Rotorua - it’s a great place for a quick dip at the end of the day!

Day 3
Lake Taupo
Kayaking and Hiking

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Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Activities

Kayaking
Walking

Accommodation

Taupo
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Day 3 – Lake Taupo Sea Kayak and Hike

Today you’ll experience some of the best sea kayaking and mountain biking that the aptly named Bay of Plenty has to offer. You might like to hone your existing skills or give something new a try, but either way there are options to suit everyone. We’ll be staying in Taupo for the next two nights and you’ll have time to explore and get settled before dinner.

Sea Kayak on Lake Taupo

Perched on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake and with views down towards the central plateau and active volcanoes, Taupo is a great spot to explore on the water. Our first adventure of the day starts on the shores of Lake Taupo, once an old volcanic crater, as we board two-person sea kayaks and get ready to paddle. You're welcome to give your arms a workout if you like or take things at a more relaxed pace as you glide across the crystal-clear waters of the lake. Explore the beautiful cave rock carvings created in the late 70’s by master carvers Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell and Jonathan Randell as a gift to Taupo. Our specialist kayak guides will share some of the history and Māori legends from the area, and even show you their favourite rock jumping spots if anyone fancies a quick swim.

Hike to Huka Falls

This afternoon we swap our paddles for walking boots with a scenic hike to the spectacular Huka Falls, following the meandering banks of the Waikato River. It’s an easy walk and along the way you'll enjoy stunning scenery including natural hot pools, forest and gullies, with the mighty falls awaiting you at the end of the trail.

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Day 4
Tongariro
Hiking

Includes

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Activities

Hiking

Accommodation

Taupo
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Day 4 – Hike The Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park and boasts dual World Heritage site status, acknowledged for both its cultural and natural significance. As we make our way across this moonlike landscape dotted with turquoise and emerald lakes, you’ll discover why the Tongariro Crossing is known as New Zealand’s “best day walk”.

Hike the Tongariro Crossing

We’ll make an early start this morning, taking on the 19.4kms of this famous volcanic crossing. Set high on the central plateau amongst three active volcanoes, the scenery is more akin to surrealist art than real life. With red rocks, deep emerald lakes, steam rising from craters, and the unmistakable cone-shaped mountains, it's as if you’ve stepped back in time or possibly onto another planet. It’s a good climb to the top on a well-formed track, and we’ll stop along the way to hear stories about the area from our local guides. Their knowledge of the area and affinity with the land really bring this place to life. We’ve got the whole day to appreciate our environment and enjoy this very special spot.

Day 5
Waitomo Caves
Rafting

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Breakfast
Lunch

Activities

Caving

Accommodation

Today we finish in Auckland
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Day 5 – Blackwater Rafting Waitomo Caves & Finish in Auckland

It may be the last day of your Sweet North trip, but it’ll be one to remember as we explore the hidden depths of Waitomo, marvelling at the limestone formations, crystal tapestries and thousands of glowworms that illuminate the cave system. We’ll then make our way back to Auckland where we’ll say our farewells. If you’re heading down to the South Island to join us on another trip, we’ll help with a smooth transition.

Blackwater Rafting Waitomo Caves

You’ll get geared up this morning for our last epic adventure together - complete with wetsuit, helmet, headlight and rubber inner tube, you’ll feel like a spelunker par excellence! Dropping down the natural spiral staircase into the famous Ruakuri Cave system, we’ll be treated to views of striking limestone formations as we hear the distant thunder of subterranean waterfalls. One of the highlights is lying back in your inner tube and looking up at a glittering galaxy of glowworms, appearing as if they were the night sky on the ceiling of the cave. There are dry options available if slipping into a wetsuit isn’t your thing.

Finish in Auckland

After emerging from underground, we’ll enjoy our last lunch together before hitting the road back to Auckland, allowing plenty of time to happily reminisce about the last five days. New friends and wonderful experiences have had their share in creating a raft of memories to last you all the way home and beyond.

We’re happy to drop you at the airport or at your Auckland accommodation. We recommend that you combine this trip with one of our South Island itineraries to enjoy the complete New Zealand experience. The Sweet North trip works particularly well in conjunction with the Short South, if you're short on time, or any of our longer South Island trips if you really want to leave no stone unturned.

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Sweet North Tour

5 Day North Island Tour – Auckland to Auckland. All inclusive. If the price below is not in your home currency, get an indication of what it converts to by using our currency converter below. Or ask us for trip prices in your home currency.
NZD$3499 AUD$3499 USD$2599 GBP£1999 CAD$3399

Combine this trip with any of our South Island trips to see both islands! We do have shorter trip options and solo travellers don’t pay more, unless you’d like an upgrade to a private room. PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample of our current itinerary. Keep in mind we are constantly fine-tuning and improving our trips based on feedback from our guests and guides, availability, etc. So your trip will be at least this good, but we reserve the right to make slight alterations without notice to make it even better!

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