Itinerary Notes

Please note that most Yolo accommodation in New Zealand is multi-share. For more info, see our Trip Details.

When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1
Your flight must depart no earlier than: 12:00 a.m. on Day 10

Itinerary

Day 1Auckland

 

Arrive at any time.

Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

Jump right into your adventure by adding the 'Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience' extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1.

This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like the Hobbiton Movie Set or local wineries, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

 

1h19:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Optional Activities - Day 1

Maritime Museum Visit
Auckland1h-8h
20NZD per person

Tour the museum’s seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand’s relationship with the sea. Be inspired by the country's most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake, and his many accomplishments, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.

 
Waiheke Island Excursion
Waiheke Island3h-8h
45-130NZD per person

Take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island for a quick, fun getaway. Swim or kayak at white-sand beaches in the Hauraki Gulf. Tour the island's tracks and bush reserves, or sample your way through some of the island’s 19 boutique wineries (the island produces some of New Zealand’s finest reds). 

Accommodation

 
Nomads Auckland (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2Auckland/Bay of Islands

Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal).

Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night.

Please note: during the winter months (late April - early November) Goat Island snorkelling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time for the houseboat. As a result, there will be more time for activities on board the houseboat.

 
Private Vehicle
Auckland – Paihia4h250km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling
Goat Island30m

Grab a snorkel and mask and play Jacques Cousteau. See an array of marine life up close at this amazing snorkelling site and reserve that’s been protected for more than 30 years. Keep an eye out for blue maomaos, eagle and sting rays, octopi, kahawais, dolphins, and orcas!

 
Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion
Bay of Islands20h-24h

Board a houseboat for some marine fun and a memorable overnight excursion. Go kayaking, swimming, target shooting, shellfish gathering or dolphin spotting – the list is endless. Spend some quality R&R time on a nearby remote island after an active day. Leave your worries behind - all activities and meals on board are included, and the night is spent anchored at a secluded bay.

Accommodation

 
The Rock Boat (or similar)
Houseboat

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3Bay of Islands/Paihia

Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Opt to go on a dolphin watching tour. Disembark and explore Paihia before a Kiwi barbecue.

Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.

 
Free Time
PaihiaAfternoon

Spend free time in this seaside town any way you want - swim, trek or just relax on one of the golden-sand beaches.

Optional Activities - Day 3

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Visit
 
25-45NZD per person

Learn about the history of New Zealand on this visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. See the historic Treaty House where local Maori signed their accord with the British Crown in 1840, giving the Maori the rights of British subjects (a guided tour is highly recommended). Get a taste of Maori culture with performances of traditional songs and dances and, of course, the infamous Haka!

 
Ferry to Russell
Paihia1h-3h
7-12NZD per person

Head over to New Zealand’s first capital. Explore the town's many highlights, including the old Pompallier Mission, an early French Catholic missionary.

Accommodation

 
The Bay Adventurer (or similar)
Hostel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Paihia/Auckland

Enjoy a free morning to relax, or opt to swim with dolphins, go skydiving, or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. Travel back to Auckland.

 
Free Time
PaihiaMorning

Fill free time as you please with a range of options ranging from adrenaline-based activities to spending more time on or in the water.

 
Private Vehicle
Paihia – Auckland4h250km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities - Day 4

Skydiving
Paihia
329-365NZD per person

Go for this once-in-a-lifetime skydiving opportunity in New Zealand – the Bay of Islands is one of the best places to try it! Skydive over the bay from a range of heights (between 2743-4877m or 9,000-16,000ft).

 
Dolphin Watching Tour
Paihia
95-110NZD per person

Spend a morning out in the bay looking for wild dolphins. If circumstances are right (about 50/50), there may be an opportunity to swim with these amazing creatures. Bring your swimwear, towel, warm clothes, and snacks. Don't worry about a wetsuit, mask, snorkel or flippers – they're provided.

 
Waitangi Treaty Grounds Visit
 
25-45NZD per person

Learn about the history of New Zealand on this visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. See the historic Treaty House where local Maori signed their accord with the British Crown in 1840, giving the Maori the rights of British subjects (a guided tour is highly recommended). Get a taste of Maori culture with performances of traditional songs and dances and, of course, the infamous Haka!

 
Ferry to Russell
Paihia1h-3h
7-12NZD per person

Head over to New Zealand’s first capital. Explore the town's many highlights, including the old Pompallier Mission, an early French Catholic missionary.

 
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
 

You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

Accommodation

 
Nomads Auckland (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 5Auckland/Raglan

Visit a conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch. 

Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area. 

After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night. 

 
Private Vehicle
Auckland – Raglan3h160km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Sea Kayaking
Raglan1h30m-2h

Tour Raglan’s secluded bays and unique coastline by kayak. Paddle the inner harbour to get up close to wildlife, fish, and (fingers crossed) orcas. Discover the pancake rocks on the harbour's northern side.

Accommodation

 
Lava Lounge (or similar)
Hostel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6Raglan

Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to go mountain biking or rent a stand up paddle board.

Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as yoga, mountain biking or exploring the many trails in the area.

 
Hands-On: Surf Lessons
 

Learn how to catch a wave in this three-hour surf lesson. Start with instruction on dry land before heading into the surf. Take advantage of the large soft boards used in class (they help everyone stand up).

 
Free Time
RaglanAfternoon

Enjoy free time any way you want in this surfing town. Head to the beach to hang ten or relax with a cold drink and plan your next activities.

Optional Activities - Day 6

Hiking 
Raglan
Free

Lace up your hiking boots and head out on local tracks for scenic views. Try walks around Mt Karioi, Te Toto Gorge, or Wainui Reserve. 

 
Stand Up Paddle Lesson
Raglan
79NZD per person

Enjoy fantastic scenery and a great workout while stand up paddle boarding in the Raglan harbour.

 
Karioi Loop Walk
Whale Bay1h30m-2h
Free

Enjoy a pleasant forest walk on the flanks of extinct volcano Mt Karioi. Start and finish at our location in Whale Bay. Be ready to get a little muddy if it’s been raining – it’s all part of the adventure. 

Accommodation

 
Lava Lounge (or similar)
Hostel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Raglan/Rotorua

Opt to go caving in world famous Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture.

Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, opt to visit the Waitomo caves, famous for their glow-worms. For the adventurous, there is the option of ‘black water rafting’.

Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village.

 
Private Vehicle
Raglan – Rotorua4h260km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Maori Cultural Experience
Rotorua1h-1h30m

Immerse yourself in a Maori cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), and learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua-area from a local Maori guide. Discover the abundant geothermal energy surrounding the village that’s used for cooking, heating, and communal bath houses.

Optional Activities - Day 7

Waitomo Cave Excursion
Waitomo Caves
68NZD per person

Enjoy a peaceful boat ride through caverns covered with magical glowworms that are unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in underground caves calved by rivers and time. Take in more than 120 years of cultural and natural history on this unique excursion.

 
Waitomo TumuTumu Toobing (Black Water Rafting)
Waitomo3h-5h
152NZD per person

Float down a river on this subterranean inner tube adventure.

 
Waitomo Lost World Cave Abseil
Waitomo Caves
288NZD per person

Feel like the hero of your own action movie on this tour that involves a 100m (328 ft) abseil (rappel) into the Lost World with a guide at your side. Be awed by the beauty of an iconic cavern that’s covered in glittering glow-worms. After a 30-min descent, embark on a journey back to the surface through a spectacular dry cavern. Relish in your accomplishments (and added confidence) afterwards with some good food and drink.

 
Waitomo Haggas Honking Holes
Waitomo
220NZD per person

Get your fix of adrenaline and fun on this underground action adventure. Do a series of abseils, rock climbs, crawls, and cruises as you explore the fabulous Waitomo caves in an action-packed 4 hrs. See stalactites, stalagmites, and glow-worms up close. 

 
Waitomo Valley Walk
Waitomo
Free

Explore Waitomo Valley’s amazing rugged landscape by foot on this one-way walk - the CEO will see you off at the start. Check out a small cave on your way, and then follow the trail through the forest back to Waitomo Village. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and take a rain jacket and water.

Accommodation

 
Four Canoes (or similar)
Hostel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 8Rotorua/Tongariro National Park

Travel around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic UNESCO World Heritage-listed national parks in the area. Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek (seasonal).

Start early to walk the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect all your supplies before the hike – the transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and pick up everyone at the end. 

After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna is available to help ease tired muscles.

Please note that the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is self-guided and will be without a CEO. The trail is clearly marked. Please note that during winter months (June-October), this is an optional hike. There is an extra cost of approximately $135NZD for winter equipment and guide if you opt to do this activity.

 
Private Vehicle
Rotorua – Tongariro National Park3h180km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek
Tongariro Crossing5h-6h30m19-20km

Enjoy spectacular views and otherworldly landscapes on this challenging and rewarding 19.4km (12 mi) trek across a volcanic range. This trek has been called one of the best day hikes in the world. Get prepared before you head out – go through a safety checklist and be sure to buy supplies, food, and water ahead of time. Dress accordingly – elements change constantly. 

Note: if the weather is too bad to trek, there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. If you do not wish to do the Tongariro Crossing, other activities can be arranged.

Optional Activities - Day 8

Scenic flight
Tongariro National Park15m-30m
120-245NZD per person

Bypass the Tongariro Crossing if you’re not up for it. Take to the skies and experience a scenic flight over the mountains – if it’s a clear day. Magic! 

 
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro National Park6km
Free

Opt to do the Taranaki Falls walk if the Tongariro Crossing is cancelled, or if you are not feeling up to the challenge. Take in great views of this 20m (66ft) waterfall and surrounding water-worn gorges on this low alpine loop trail. Start and finish at our accommodation.

 
Tongariro Winter Crossing
Tongariro National Park
35-135NZD per person

Accommodation

 
Skotel Alpine Resort (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9Tongariro National Park/Wellington

Hit the nation's capital and visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Check out some of the area's great bars and cafés.

Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa. 

Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town.

 
Private Vehicle
Tongariro National Park – Wellington5h400km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Te Papa Museum Visit
Wellington30m-6h

Visit this must-see museum, home to displays of historical Maori artifacts and modern exhibits. See how the museum is constructed on shock absorbers to withstand New Zealand’s many earthquakes – find the stairwell just outside the entrance and descend into the foundations of the building.

 
Big Night Out: 
 

Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.

Accommodation

 
Nomads Capital (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 10Wellington

Depart at any time.

Depart at any time. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra.

What is the Auckland Express Extra? Depart 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked a transfer that is NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected.

 
Departure Day
 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast

 

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