You will see it all in the ultimate week-long North Island holiday; volcanoes, beautiful beaches, glow-worm caves, Lord of the Rings locations, bubbling mud pools and rich forests whilst learning about our proud Maori culture. This tour explores all must see locations in the North Island including Auckland, the Coromandel, Waitomo, Rotorua, Taupo and the nation's capital, Wellington. Build your tour online by adding only the activities and experiences that suit you.
Upgrades, Extension and Epic add-ons
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Cathedral Cove Kayaking | Coromandel $115 (About £60)- This is what we consider one of the best kayaking trips in the country - paddle through amazing sea caves, explore volcanic islands in the marine reserve and enjoy a cappuccino at the exclusive Cathedral Cove beachfront cafe.
Glowworm Cave Tour | Waitomo $53 - (About £28) - The world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves are home to thousands of tiny glowworms. Learn about these curious creatures - completely unique to New Zealand - as well as the geology of this large cave network on a 45 minute guided boat tour.Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must-see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.
Black Water Rafting | Waitomo $147 -(About £77) - Waitomo is world famous for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. New Zealanders being New Zealanders, we could not just observe this spectacular natural phenomenon onboard a simple observation deck, so enter Black Water Rafting! This takes approximately three hours with one hour underground and involves a combination of walking and floating on an inner tube through a unique underground river system.
Lost World Caving | Waitomo $425 - (About £223) - Enjoy the best caving adventure tour on a four hour expedition that combines abseiling the breathtaking tomo, with climbing and tight rock squeezes! Abseil 100m into this unique and spectacular chasm alongside your instructor. The beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed.
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour | Rotorua $119 - (About £63) - Leaving from Rotorua, this half day tour lets you see, visit and explore the set from The Lord of the Rings. Your guide is an expert and will be able to tell you interesting stories, details and facts about the creation of the set, bringing the production to life. You will see the famous Hobbit Holes, Mill, Green Dragon Inn and more. Each of these sets were lovingly created for the film and you will see how the production team transformed farmland into one of the most famous sets in the world.
OGO | Rotorua $35 - $80 - (About £19 - £42) - Dive into a giant inflatable ball and roll down Mt Ngongotaha with OGO Rotorua, where the fun will have you laughing uncontrollably. Visitors are rewarded with spectacular views over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island as they Superman-dive into the OGO ride of their choice. Slip and slide with 40 litres of water (warm in the winter, cool in the summer) down the world’s longest H2OGO Sidewinder track, or race one another down the two-double straight H2OGO tracks or try out their latest creation the DRYGO.
River Sledging | Rotorua $109 - (About £58) - Sledging is otherwise known as river boarding which means navigating down river rapids on a specially designed body board! You are in charge of your own vessel - propelled by the flippers on your feet, our guides are there to encourage and motivate you and help where necessary, awesome fun. No experience necessary.
White Water Rafting | Rotorua $99 - (About £52) - The Kaituna River is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall, the 7 metre Tutea falls. This trip is a fantastic introduction to white water rafting for those who have never or barely rafted before. A unique mix of history, culture and adrenalin overload.
Forest Ziplining | Rotorua $149 - (About £78) - New Zealand zipline adventure activity is the experience of a lifetime. It’s a magnificent environment we’ll take you to – a long forgotten ancient forest just like the whole of New Zealand once was. But we have a very fun way of moving through it – a low impact mode of transport to get you high in the ancient canopy!
Bungy | Water Touch | Taupo $180 - (About £95) - Located in the stunning volcanic Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jump sites and also boasts NZ’s highest water touch bungy! (Water touching is optional)
Lake Taupo Sailing - Fearless | Taupo $44 - (About £24) - Be Fearless! Join us for a sail on Fearless, Great Lake Taupo’s only 48’ ketch offering small groups, of up to 14 people, pure sailing magic. Experience the beauty and thrill of a scenic journey out to the infamous Maori rock carvings taking in the popular Te Kopua and Acacia Bays en route. The trip includes a swimming stop in summer or winter if your brave, and be sure to bring your camera to capture some of the most breathtaking views around. Come and join us on Fearless for a trip to remember.
Skydive | Taupo $279 - $359 - (About £147 - £188) - With expert tandem skydive instructors; you’ll jump out of an aircraft from up to 15,000ft and into an incredible free-fall over the worlds most stunning drop zone, surrounded by snow tipped peaks and the clean, fresh blue of lake Taupo, you’ll slow from a 200KM/H descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing.
Weta Workshop | Wellington $30 - (About £16) - Join the Weta Workshop crew on an exclusive Weta Cave Workshop Tour: a unique behind-the-scenes look at how Weta Workshop helps craft some of the world’s biggest films. Get up close with movie props, costumes and armour, and learn the secrets behind the movie magic!
1. Auckland to Coromandel: Start off exploring our biggest city before venturing to one of NZ's most spectacular locations - the Coromandel.
2. Coromandel to Waitomo: Explore some of the most stunning spots of the North Island.
3. Waitomo to Rotorua: Explore a huge underground cave system lit by glowworms and see an unmissable cultural performance.
4. Rotorua to Murupara: Adrenaline-pumping activities in Rotorua before heading off to Kohutapu Lodge for a tribal tour and cultural evening experience.
5. Murupara to Taup?: Explore New Zealand’s biggest lake.
6. Taupo: Challenge yourself or unwind in style – it's your day to explore or pick an add-on activity.
7. Taup? to Wellington: Head south on the Desert Road towards Wellington – the coolest little capital in the world.
Where does this tour start?
This tour starts at 8am at our Haka accommodation - (location may vary - we'll confirm the location in your final tour letter 3-4 weeks before your tour.)
Where does this tour end?
For tours that start Auckland: Wellington YHA, 292 Wakefield St, Wellington CBD. For tours that start Wellington: the tour will end at one of our accommodation venues, to be confirmed in your final tour letter 3-4 weeks before the tour.
I'm travelling alone, can I join this tour?
Yes! Around 70% of our guests are solo so you can absolutely join this, or any other of our tours.
What are the best activities for this tour?
Everyone has their own favourites, but in general we find that these are the most popular:
How many additional activities would you recommend booking for this tour?
We would suggest no more than one activity per location. If there is time, you can always book more activities whilst on tour.
What is the accommodation standard?
We stay at the very best lodges, hostels and motels available including our own Lodges. 4 - 6 bed dorm share accommodation is included in the base price and you can upgrade to a private room.
Can I extend this tour?
Yes! You can add a 3 day trip to the Bay of Islands. Swim at some of Northland’s most beautiful beaches, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to learn about New Zealand history, and see Tane Mahuta - an ancient kauri tree (the largest in the country!). Also available are optional dolphin watching and Cape Reinga excursions. Interested to extend? Just email email@example.com and we can help.
Are Tour Managers always available on tour?
Due to strict New Zealand driving laws, it’s mandatory that our awesome Tour Managers take regular days off to recharge so they can continue to show you an amazing and safe trip around New Zealand. Your Tour Manager will let you know which days these are ahead of time.
>Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
> Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
>Passport (required) (With photocopies)
> Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
> Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
Credit and debit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere in New Zealand. You can usually withdraw money from shops where EFTPOS is available. ATMs are common across New Zealand, but may be limited in remote areas but your guides will advise you when to withdraw extra cash.
Tipping is not expected but appreciated.
Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in New Zealand as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.
2. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Over public holidays in Australia and New Zealand (such as Christmas, New Years Day, Easter, and Anzac Day) there may be some limitations of services and disruptions to schedules. In general our tours still operate effectively over public holidays, but there may be closures of optional activities and restaurants, and slight itinerary adjustments in order to provide all tour inclusions.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, therefore, on occasions there may be some alternations. While we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Given the unpredictable nature of weather and travel, we are sometimes forced to make late itinerary changes due to unexpected heavy rain and/or storms and road closures. In the event of this occurring, itinerary changes may need to be implemented after commencement of you trip. In this event, your Tour guides have full authority to change the itinerary and/or order of activities and substitute alternative destinations and activities as necessary. No refunds are available due to itinerary changes and missed activities caused by extreme weather conditions and/or road closures.
CLIMBING & CLOTHING:
New Zealand has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress however there are a few practical considerations. New Zealand has a temperate climate but be prepared for colder temperatures even in summer months. The sunshine in New Zealand is harsh and a sunhat and sunglasses are a must.
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation or simply refill with tap water (your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination). When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact GoKo Travels or your Tour leader on the numbers provided in the contact selection of this document (bottom).
If you are unable to get in touch with your with us via the details given on our website, please refer to our emergency contact details.
You do not need to pre-booked an airport transfer, as your tour leader will collect you from outside the airport and will take you to your Starting Point hotel.
Passports and Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity) and entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas.
Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.
For the most up to date information on visa requirements, we recommend you contact the New Zealand embassy in your country or visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz
** Note: Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.
GoKo Travels doesn't currently have the facilities to book your external/international flights. Therefore, you will have to prearrange your own flights to the required destination. We are always looking to improve our services, therefore, are planning to implement this solution as soon as possible.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your Tour leader/ local representative, who will take note of your insurance details and emergency contact number. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability of luggage, cancellation, curtailment and loss and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. Some prefer to spend all their money on alcohol, whille other prefer souvenirs. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier.
The currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD).For the latest exchange rate refer to https://www.xe.com
Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in New Zealand and can be used to purchase small and large items. When purchasing products or services with a foreign credit card you may be charged additional fees by your credit card company for foreign purchases.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work so check with your bank before you travel. A travel card is recommended to save you money on transaction fees and they are normally accepted at all ATMS
We also recommend a combination of local currency (preferably smaller bills, 5's, 10's and 20's), and credit cards for best practice. Currency exchange is best obtained prior to travel or at the airport, however, currency exchange is easy to find in New Zealand in the gateway cities and most banks do provide this service.
We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra GBP£300 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved.
6 nights in high-end hostel accommodation, 1 night shared cultural experience - dorm share.
Sharing a Dorm
Our included accommodation is 4 or 6 dorm share with your fellow tour guests (though during super busy times you may be in a slightly bigger dorm for a few nights). Some rooms have an ensuite bathroom and others will have shared facilities. Most tour members love the dorms as it gives you an extra chance to bond with the other people in your group.
Female-Only Dorm Rooms
We ask for tour groups to be put together in dorm accommodation, so you are sharing with people you are familiar with. You are able to request female-only dorms, but this may mean sharing with other girls outside of your tour group. We cannot guarantee availability for every location on tour, so if this is a big concern to you we'd suggest upgrading to a private room. If you have any other request related to accommodation, don’t hesitate to contact us – our team will make every effort to meet your needs.
Upgrading to a Private Room
If you wish to upgrade your accommodation to a private room, you can choose from either a double (one large bed) or twin (two single beds). If you will share the room with someone else you only need to book one upgrade and split the price between you both.
Due to the layout of the lodges and hostels we stay at, you may not have an ensuite bathroom for the majority of locations. While we do try our best to secure ensuite rooms for all guests, we cannot guarantee it.
Included in this tour are 5 continental breakfasts and 2 dinners – including a traditional M?ori h?ng?, cooked in an underground oven.
Our guides know the best places in each town and city for different budgets and tastes, and they will point these out on the way into each location.
The tour group, along with your guide, will often head out to a local pub for a beer and a meal. Meals can range from NZ$15 upwards.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with GoKo Travels you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally, meals are included in the trip price, therefore, it is your responsibly to let us know if you have any food allergies at time of booking, so we can make arrangements accordingly.
Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking. If you do not inform us before departure date, it may be difficult to source special dietary requests.
You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements beforehand.
The below dietary can be easily catered for:.
Dairy Free (soy available )
Please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the above.
You will need to purchase any alcohol and other drinks separately unless otherwise highlighted in the itinerary.
All transport is included in this trip, unless transport is required when you opt in for an "Extra Add On".
As you may well know, adventures always carry an element of danger. Our GoKo trips are not just package holidays, they are immersive experiences that go off the beaten path and push can you beyond your comfort zone. That’s what makes them awesome, and that’s why we take safety very seriously.
Different countries have their own infrastructures, laws, regulations, transport systems, cultures, political situations, climates and ecosystems so the nature of an adventure means it carries genuine risks. With this is mind, we are dedicated to ensuring all reasonable precautions are made to provide trips that are safe.
We closely monitor all the countries we travel to, keeping in regular contact with our operators and suppliers for their local knowledge and expertise.
If you have any concerns about travelling to a particular country, most governments provide their own travel advice. Here are some useful links regarding foreign travel: UK citizens; US citizens; Canadian citizens; Australian citizens; New Zealand citizens. If you are not from one of the follow countries, please visit your official government advice page.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safekeeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities, have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our guides to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).
All GoKo travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our tour leader / local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, GoKo Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. Information should be gathered round necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure.
We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements.
For legal reasons, our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group guides or local representatives straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/ local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
If for whatever reasons, you wish to contact GoKo directly regarding changes to your scheduled trip or make a complaint while you are already on your trip, or need to contact us in cases of an emergency, please use the following details below:
Emergency Contact Number: +44 7305027666