Wandering New Zealand
*This experience runs on selected days – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Rooms are en-suite and twin where possible. If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex
5 days to take in the North Island
Visiting 1 country: New Zealand
Tena Koutou! To the home of volcanic activity, national parks, and cosmopolitan cities, the north island of New Zealand is the one stop shop for everything you could possibly want in a holiday. So, buckle your seat belt everyone because we are in for a ride!
Day 1: Auckland to Marae Stay
Today is as traditional as they come as we first visit the Waitomo Caves and then continue on to our Marae stay. You will hear about the legends and mythologies behind the Maoris and learn about their lifestyle. Learn the Haka dance moves, the ladies’ Poi dance, feast on a traditional meal, and understand the pride they have for their culture.
Day 2: Marae to Rotorua
Three options today; rest, relaxation, and reveling as we make our way to the town of Rotorua. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, then there is only one stop for you; Hobbiton. If you aren’t so much, you can enjoy rafting over the waterfalls or head to the spa for a massage. All completely up to you!
Day 3: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park
Rotorua is known for their bubbling mud pools. But for you adrenaline junkies out there, you can bungee leap off the ledge as we pass by Lake Taupo. Fun fact: It is the largest lake in New Zealand and it is known to have been formed during the Ice Age.
Now that we have had quite a bit of an adventure today, we will sit down for a tasty treat that seems to stir controversy between New Zealand and Australia; the pavlova.
Day 4: Tongariro National Park
Today, we shall be doing what people consider the hike of all hikes at the Tongariro National Park which is home to two active volcanoes.
So, don’t piss off the Maori gods! The other option is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, it is not for the faint of hearts though so prepare yourself, you can walk from around 20 mins to 8 hours. All about nature today, but when you’re done make your way to the spa and warm your feet at a lodge overlooking Mt. Doom.
Day 5: Tongariro to Wellington
Today we hit the streets of Wellington. I know I know, why are we going to skyscrapers and streets when we can stay in nature? Well, I’m pretty sure you want to hit up city nightlife spots. So, after Te Papa museum, you are free to hit up bars, restaurants, and clubs oh my! And well if you haven’t noticed already, New Zealanders love their rugby and a good pint, so why not join in? Bid farewell to your new friends and make even more!
Less than 1 week
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL, INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE
- Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
- Haka & Poi class
- Visit Huka Falls
- Visit Te Papa Museum
- Visit Lake Taupo
3 nights in hotels & lodges, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae
You will use a variety of multi-share accommodation, which may include hotels, hostels, motels, cabins, an overnight boat and even a traditional Maori marae! The number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. To keep costs down accommodation is based on a four-share, same sex basis.
If you are travelling with a friend and require twin or double accommodation, this is available at a small extra charge and can be requested at the time of booking.
4 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available.
Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the Road Crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay.
If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. However, please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
- 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- 3 nights in hotels & lodges, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae
- Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
- Awesome Topdeck Crew
What’s not included
- International flights
- Extra meals & drinks
TransportModern air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-fi
Meet at 8am in Auckland
Approximately 5.30pm in Wellington
Please note that this experience has a maximum age limit of 40
On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money. None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by us, nor do they form part of your contract with us for your trip. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.
Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
Please note that optional activities and prices are subject to change.
New Zealand – Tongariro National Park
Guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing € 105
New Zealand – Taupo
Bungy € 100
Extreme Swing € 85
Tandem Skydive (15000ft) € 205
New Zealand – Rotorua
White Water Rafting € 50
Zorbing from € 25
Canopy Tour € 85
Hobbiton Tour € 70
Mud Bath & Spa from € 45
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow travelers if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.