Stray New Zealand: Whio

This 10-day small-group adventure tour is guaranteed to take you further off the beaten track around the wonders of New Zealand's North Island. Departing from Auckland, you will visit Hahei and its famously beautiful beaches, Rotorua a world famous Geothermal hotspot, and you'll have the chance hike the volcanic Tongariro Crossing and marvel at the dormant volcanoes and emerald crater lakes. You’ll overnight on a high country station and in a restored lodge with Mountain views before paying a visit the capital city of Wellington where you have some free time to explore Te Papa (National Museum) before returning back up to Auckland.

Duration 10 days
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What's included :
  • 1x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 9 nights
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 9-Night accommodation and transfers
  • Maori cultural live performance including a traditional hangi meal and story telling
  • Goods and Services Tax included
  • Entry/Admission - Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest
  • Entry/Admission - Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
What's excluded :
  • Food and drinks, other than the meals specified under inclusions
  • Extra optional activities
  • Entry/Admission - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Day 1: Auckland to Hahei

Stop At: Hot Water Beach, Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato Region, North Island
Dig a hot pool at Hot Water Beach
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Hahei Holiday Resort

Day 2: Free Day in Hahei

Stop At: Cathedral Cove Walk, 65 Grange Rd S, Hahei 3591 New Zealand
Hike to the world famous Cathedral Cove
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hahei, Hahei, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato Region, North Island
Spend the day at Hahei Beach
Duration: 5 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Hahei Holiday Resort

Day 3: Hahei to Rotorua

Stop At: Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Road The Redwoods, Rotorua 3046 New Zealand
Walk amongst the California Redwoods planted over 100 years ago
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Central Rotorua Accommodation

Day 4: Free Day in Rotorua

Pass By: Rotorua, Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island
There are so many optional activities to do in Rotorua. Visit Hobbiton, go White Water Rafting, visit the Thermal Pools and explore Eat Street for all the tasty treats!

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Central Rotorua Accommodation

Day 5: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

Stop At: Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, 3836 Galatea Road, Galatea 3079, New Zealand
Kohutapu Lodge is owned by a local Maori family who are passionate about showcasing their Maori tribal heritage. You'll see sacred Maori rock carvings, play traditional stick games and watch the preparation of a ground cooked 'hangi', before tasting it for yourself! Prepare your tastebuds - this will probably be the best meal you eat in New Zealand, or maybe even in your lifetime!

Exclusive experience includes:

1 night’s accommodation at the serene lakeside Kohutapu Lodge
Full traditional hangi buffet dinner & dessert
Continental breakfast
Guided tour to sacred Maori rock carvings
Introduction to the Murupara area, its people, history and challenges.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Dinner: Traditional Hangi Dinner and Dessert
Accommodation included: Kohutapu Lodge

Day 6: Lake Aniwhenua to Blue Duck Station

Stop At: Huka Falls Rd, Taupo, Hinuera New Zealand
See the mighty Huka Falls
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Whakahoro, Retaruke 3990, New Zealand
Today we head to Blue Suck Station, a sprawling 7,200-acre high country farm that is both a working station and an eco-conservation pioneer dedicated to protecting the native environment for its namesake, the rare blue duck. On arrival, we will settle in to learn a little about daily life at Blue Duck, the station’s interesting settlement history and their sustainability efforts before cooking some dinner and chilling out around the bonfire.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Blue Duck Station Lodge

Day 7: Free Day in Blue Duck Station

Stop At: Whakahoro, Retaruke 3990, New Zealand
Good news - You have a full free day to explore this ruggedly charming destination. For entertainment, you have the option to go horseback riding over rolling green hills, or jump on a 4WD and travel through native bush to the ‘Top of the World’ where you can see the three peaks of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe. If you’d prefer to explore on foot, hike to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall and see if you can spot a rare blue duck in the flesh. Whatever you decide, we have no doubt this will be the start of your love affair with this lush kiwi paradise.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Blue Duck Station Lodge

Day 8: Blue Duck Station to Raetihi

Stop At: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Off State Highway 48 Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park New Zealand
Limber up! Today you get the chance to tick off one of the most popular hikes in New Zealand, the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Considered one of the world’s top one-day walks, this 19km hike takes you across a rocky plateau with dramatic volcanic peaks, craters and turquoise lakes that you (and your Instagram feed) will remember for a lifetime. The Crossing is open to walk year-round (alpine gear and guide are required in winter), but it is subject to the weather conditions. If the weather prevents you from doing the Crossing, there are other awesome short-walks in the area. Tonight, unwind after a big day in a cosy historic lodge in Raetihi – complete with a pamper room, spa bath and mountain views.
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Historic restored lodge with mountain views

Day 9: Raetihi to Wellington

Stop At: Wellington, Wellington, Greater Wellington, North Island
Onwards to Wellington, the ‘coolest little capital in the world’! Wellington packs a lot of character into its downtown district, with funky restaurants and bars along Cuba Street and Courtenay Place. Fill your afternoon by browsing through the exhibits at Te Papa National Museum, grab a craft beer at an edgy brewery, climb to the top of Mt Victoria for panoramic views or take a stroll along the waterfront and Oriental Parade. Oh and, most importantly for those who seek 24/7 caffeination, you’ll be glad to know that Wellington’s coffee culture and cafe scene is considered one of the best in NZ.
Duration: 12 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Central Wellington Hostel

Day 10: Last Day of Tour in Wellington

Stop At: Wellington, Wellington, Greater Wellington, North Island
Today your adventure comes to an end. We hope you had a blast!

If you have some time at the end of your trip, why not stay a few extra days in Wellington and explore the capital city.
Duration: 8 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :
The Body Shop, 225 Cnr of Darby &, Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Departure Time :
7:20 AM
Return Detail :
Wellington, New Zealand
Hotel Pickup :
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Tour pricing is based on quad share (except at Whakahoro which is 6 share). Twin or Single tour packages are available, however these upgrades do not apply to Hahei where accommodation is quad share.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
  • Travel Insurance: Not included with this tour. It is strongly recommend that passengers have their own insurance to cover against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings and inability to travel on the confirmed departure date
  • Luggage is limited to one bag or suitcase per person (maximum weight of 15kgs), plus one day pack to carry onboard with your valuables. The carriage of any excess of oversized luggage is at Stray's discretion and must be approved prior to travel.
  • Itinerary Disclaimer: Itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however the operator retains the right to alter the route or itinerary if required. On occasion changes are made to improve the product or due to changes made by partners / suppliers. If a product, service or activity detailed in our itinerary is changed, a suitable alternative will be offered where possible. Components of our trip are weather dependent and the Operator cannot be held liable if some components are not available on the day of travel.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.



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Organised by Stray Limited

Activity ID: V-13949P1

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