Sweet as North

Brace yourself for bucket loads of Maori culture, pure adrenalin & up-close encounters with wildlife on this epic 5 day adventure of New Zealand's beautiful North Island. Experience an overnight stay on a traditional Maori Marae, explore the sulphuric town of Rotorua and discover what stunning sights can be found in famous Tongariro National Park as we bunk down for two nights in a true alpine retreat. As they say in Kiwi, ‘sweet as bro!’
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Price:
R8 110
DETAILS
Starting fromR8 110
Package Validity

Tour operates on selected departures between: 23 NOV 2017 - 26 MAR 2018

Duration5 days
Destination

New Zealand

Starts inAuckand
Ends inWellington
Age GroupThis is a group tour for ages 18 - 39 years

Description


- 4 nights accommodation
- Selected meals as per itinerary
- Assistance of a Trip leader & driver
- Touring by air-conditioned coach
- Touring & sightseeing of all sites as per itinerary

Day 1

Auckland to Marae Stay

First up, a visit to Waitomo Caves, then it’s on to our Marae stay. Maori legends and mythology have been passed down orally for thousands of years. You have one night in this sacred meeting house, so pay attention. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks and the finesse of the ladies’ Poi dance, you’ll polish off a traditional maori dinner and end the night feeling like a local. You lucky thing, you.

Included today:
-Maori Marae cultural talks
-Haka & Poi class

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Marae to Rotorua

Mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. If you’re starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud by rafting over the waterfalls, head to the spa for a massage, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien’s dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape (all optional).

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Hobbiton tour
-Whitewater rafting
-Te Puia Maori Thermal Grounds
-Hells Gate Mud Baths
-Canopy tours
-Experience Ogo
-Mountain biking
-Day spas & massage

Day 3

Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that's not enough, you can bungy jump off a ledge as we pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it's pretty big. It's also time to meet the dessert that's caused a battle between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova.

Included today:
-Visit Huka Falls
-Visit Lake Taupo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Taupo bungy jump

Day 4

Tongariro National Park

With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as the most epic hike in NZ, Tongariro NP is home to two active volcanoes that will hopefully keep a lid on things. The optional Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber (and walks from 20 mins to eight hours). Hike, raft or mountain bike then hit the spa and warm your feet by the fire in an alpine lodge overlooking Mt Doom.

Included today:
-Short walks

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Tongariro Crossing hikes
-Winter skiing
-Mountain biking

Day 5

Tongariro to Wellington

From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we hit the nation's capital, Wellington (no, it's not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of the Te Papa museum, you'll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and a well-earned spot as the sporting capital of NZ, you can't go wrong with a craft beer and some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North Island trip mates?

Included today:
-Visit Te Papa Museum
-Wellington city tour including Mt Victoria

Meals:
-Breakfast