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Auckland Taupo

Snow Experiences

Snow Experiences

Geyserland and Ski

Start: Auckland
Finish: Auckland

Postcard perfect Coromandel beaches, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua geysers & 1 day lift pass to Mt Ruapehu; this pass is great if you want a snapshot of the North Island.

The first leg is to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula with its amazing beaches. Then on to Waitomo (wai meaning water, Tomo meaning cave) where you will get the chance to see glow-worms, stalactites, cave coral, fossilized oysters and other crazy stuff in the limestone caves formed from 40 million-year-old dead fish. From Waitomo you’ll head to Rotorua, recognized as the Maori cultural, and geothermal capital of New Zealand. You can partake in a traditional feast and marvel at the boiling mud and shooting geysers.

Our traditional hop-on-hop-off passes take you to the most epic ski fields in New Zealand.

NZ $769

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Day 1Auckland to Hot Water Beach

Departing Auckland we head south-east to the pristine beaches of the Coromandel and the world-famous Cathedral Cove (included). Here you have the option to kayak around this stunning coastline (optional activity) as well as the opportunity to visit Hot Water Beach (included); a unique surf beach where if you catch the tide right, you can dig a hole in the sand to create your own personal spa pool.

Accommodation

  • Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park (not included)

Included Experiences

  • Cathedral Cove walk
  • Hot Water Beach

Day 2Hot Water Beach to Waitomo

Leaving the gorgeous Coromandel behind we’ll venture into the enchanting Karangahake Gorge nestled among the Kaimai Ranges, for a hike (included) amongst the walkways and old mining tunnels. If that isn’t enough fun for one day, then never fear, next we’ll be heading over to Waitomo ('wai' meaning water, 'tomo' meaning hole) for a magical tour of the world-famous glow-worm caves. For those feeling a little more adventurous, you will have the opportunity to experience a Black Water Rafting trip.

Accommodation

  • Kiwi Paka (not included)

Included Experiences

  • Karangahake Gorge Walk

Day 3Waitomo to Rotorua

We start the day with a walk through the Ruakuri Reserve and say goodbye to those glowing little critters. Next, we'll pass through The Shire of Hobbiton where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the Hobbiton Movie Set (optional activity) before rolling on through to Rotorua; a mystical land of bubbling mud pools, rocketing geysers and natural hot springs. 

Accommodation

  • Tamaki Maori Village (not included)
  • Base Rotorua (not included)

Included Experiences

  • Ruakuri Bushwalk

Day 4Rotorua to Taupo

If you haven't had a chance yet to explore the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, we will check it out this morning before heading onto Great Lake Taupo. In Taupo there is lots to do, just tell us what you’re in the mood for and we’ll get you there. 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 the many optional activities.

Accommodation

  • Base Taupo (not included)

Day 5Ski Day

Taupo’s central location means it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from other world-class activities which we give you the option to experience on this free day. Head up the Sky Waka to experience Mount Ruapehu.

Accommodation

  • Base Taupo (not included)

Included Experiences

  • 1 Day Ski Lift Pass and Transfer

Day 6Taupo to Auckland (via Rotorua)

This morning we head north to Rotorua, renowned for its Maori heritage and thermal activity. After dropping off passengers in Rotorua who are spending a night or two here, we stop at the National Kiwi Hatchery, where you can get up close and personal with our national icon – the Kiwi bird. Next, we make our way to Matamata (aka Hobbiton). You can jump off here if you’re a Lord of the Rings nut. Then it’s onwards through the rolling countryside to Auckland, otherwise known as the ‘City of Sails’. 

Accommodation

  • Nomads Auckland (not included)

What's Included

  • 1 Day Lift Pass
  • Driver Guide
  • 1 day Mountain Transfer
  • Best price guarantee on activities

Faq's

  • 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.

  • What visas do I need?

    Luckily, many nationalities are able to visit New Zealand for less than 3 months without a visa. However, if you are not from one of these countries, obtaining your own visa is your own responsibility. We ask that you check out the Immigration New Zealand website before booking your Kiwi Experience trip.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    While not mandatory, travel insurance is recommended and should be taken out when travelling with us. As well as making sure your expensive stuff is covered, you should also get comprehensive travel insurance (covering you for all medical expenses you could incur while travelling).

  • 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.

  • 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.

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