Small Group Tour
Small Group Tour
Want to check out the best of the North Island? This is the trip for you! Fantastic scenery frames the epic activities such as rafting, hiking, skydiving, caving and surfing. With accommodation and some activities included (see below), our all-inclusive tours are hassle-free, authentic experiences for those short on time. This 6 day North Island tour is the ultimate for the adventurous traveller visiting River Valley Lodge, Taupo, Rotorua, Waitomo and Raglan.
This tour departs at 7:45 am from Wellington Nomads (TBC) where your accommodation has been booked for the night before departure. Breakfast starts from 7:00 am at the hostel before departure.
Today we journey up the North Island to the ultimate adventure lodge - River Valley, situated amongst towering cliffs and bush-clad hills. River Valley Lodge offers grade five rafting on the Rangitikei River, scenic horse riding and an amazing dinner with homegrown produce. Spend the evening enjoying the delicious roast dinner and relaxing by the open fire.
After breakfast at River Valley Lodge, we head north towards the Tongariro National Park for a picnic lunch and a two-hour walk through native bush and waterfalls. This afternoon we travel around the “great lake” towards the adventure capital of the North: Taupo. The lake itself (actually an extinct volcano crater) is a sight to behold from the shoreline, but the more adventurous might want to take the opportunity to experience optional activities such as sail across the lake on a yacht to the Māori rock carvings, or even get a birds-eye view by skydiving above it.
This morning there is time in Taupo for morning activities such as Bungy, Jet boating and exploring the thermal features of great Lake Taupo. We pay a visit to Huka Falls, a jaw-dropping waterfall on the Waikato River before travelling north on the thermal explorer highway to Rotorua. Your Driver Guide will take you on a tour to see the sights of this unique city, New Zealand’s geothermal capital and the heartland of Maori Culture. It’s a mystical land of bubbling mud pools, rocketing geysers and natural hot springs. This evening, experience the Tamaki Maori Village where you will be immersed in the traditions and cultural values of the Māori people. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua-area from a local Māori guide before feasting on some top kai (food) from the hāngi pit. Afterwards, gather around a blazing bonfire where you will enjoy Māori myths and legends before relaxing in a private forest spa pool and retiring for the night in a traditional carved whare moi (sleeping house).
After breakfast at the Tamaki Maori Village to conclude your cultural experience, we head into Rotorua. There is time for optional activities (which are not included) Te Puia, luging at SkyLine, Zorb, or a visit to the Redwoods Forest. Then, we head off across rolling green farmland towards the King Country, home to New Zealand’s largest cave network; Waitomo. You’ll have a chance to check out the amazing caves and their famous glowworm residents, by joining a guided walking tour or by putting on a wetsuit and experiencing the incredible Black Water Rafting.
After breakfast at our exclusive accommodation, we’re off to one of New Zealand’s most famous surf breaks at Raglan on the wild west coast. Along the way, we’ll stop off for a walk to visit the very impressive 55m high Bridal Veil Falls. Raglan is both a surfing mecca and a dramatically scenic area of black sand coastline. Many people believe that Manu Bay on this coast has the longest, most accessible and consistent left-hand break in the world. This afternoon is your chance to try out the world-class surf or explore the awesome coastline.
Perhaps an early morning surf as you’ll have a few hours to enjoy Raglan this morning before our journey to Auckland. New Zealand’s biggest city has lots to offer and we arrive in the early afternoon so you can make the most of your time in the City of Sails. Tonight, join us for a taste of Auckland nightlife and celebrate the end of the tour.
Our Small Group Tours offer a fixed itinerary, with a few bucket list items included. There are plenty of additional activities you can add on to your experience as you travel.
Good tour for people that feel good in a group but also for individualists!
Usually I travel on my own and it was a first time I was traveling with an organized tour and I must say that it was a really good choice.
Step out of your comfort zone and do things I would have never considered
Small Groups allow you to become more of a travelling family and easier to make memories with the whole group
I’m a solo traveller... will I meet other solo travellers?
Absolutely! The majority of our passengers are travelling solo. Kiwi Experience is a social experience guaranteed to leave with new friends from across the globe.
Am I too old/young for Kiwi Experience?
We welcome the young, and the young at heart aboard our buses, there is no upper limit! There is however a lower limit; you’ll need to be 18 at the time of travel.
How much luggage am I allowed to bring?
Passengers are allowed one 23kg suitcase/backpack and one day bag, as there are strict weight restrictions on our buses.
How much should I budget for each day?
We recommend you budget between $70 - $100 per day to cover food and super fun times. From time to time, it may be worth putting a little more aside to pay for the really crazy stuff like skydiving.
What are your COVID-19 Health and Safety measures?
Now that New Zealand has moved to Level 2, bus travel is permitted. We will ensure that we adhere strictly to government guidelines for tourism operators to minimise risk to our travellers, staff and operators.
What this will mean:
Start Auckland | Finish Wellington Accommodation, activities and breakfast included
Start Auckland | Finish Wellington
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