• Four Topdeckers exploring the charming Hobbiton, as seen in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Delve Deep: New Zealand North Island

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Trip Overview

TRIP VIBE = iconic sights and in-depth adventures with a local Trip Leader. Eye-popping landscapes. Jaw-dropping activities. And local know-how by the bucketload. This trip isn't about seeing the North Island - it's about experiencing it. In all its spectacular, quirky, historic glory. Expect: towering volcanoes, roaring waterfalls, magical caves and out-of-this-world views. The adventure starts HERE.

Worth noting…
On this trip, you’ll get two in one – your Trip Leader is also your Driver. All optionals are weather-dependent.

Tales From Topdeckers

Trip itinerary

  1. Auckland (North Island, New Zealand)


    Kia ora! Welcome to Auckland: home to over 50 volcanos, this city sure is a blast (sorry not sorry). First up: meet the fellow explorers you’ll be sharing the adventure with. Then: we’ll dig into our first group dinner. Ready to delve deep into the North Island’s mind-blowing landscapes and richer-than-rich culture? See you bright and early!

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  2. Auckland – Whangarei Falls – Paihia (Bay of Islands)

  3. Paihia

  4. Paihia – Matakana – Waitomo

  5. Waitomo – Rotorua

  6. Rotorua – Kohutapu

  7. Kohutapu – Tongariro National Park

  8. Tongariro National Park

  9. Tongariro National Park – Wellington

  10. Wellington


What's included

Included experiences

  • - Visit Whangarei Falls
  • - Visit Waitangi Treaty Ground
  • - Orientation walk around Pahia with Trip Leader
  • - Visit Waitomo Caves
  • - Orientation walk around Rotorua with Trip Leader
  • - Orientation tour, marae visit, workshops and hangi dinner at Kohutapu Lodge
  • - Visit Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools
  • - Visit Lake Taupo and Huka Falls
  • - Orientation walk of Tongariro National Park with Trip Leader
  • - Orientation walk around Wellington with Trip Leader
  • - Craft beer tasting with dinner


- 8 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin or double), 1 night in a lodge (multi-share)


- Air-conditioned minicoach

Optional activities

- FYI: these are optional activities available locally. Things might change – prices are here to give you a rough idea.

- Tour of Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach: from $170

- Bay of Islands sundown cruise: from $90

- Hole in the Rock cruise: from $150

- Visit Ruakuri Cave: from $70

- Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $179

- Visit the Hobbiton movie set: from $150

- Ziplining canopy tour: from $179

- Whitewater rafting in Rotorua: from $139

- Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a local guide (October to April): from $395

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

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  • Courtney Di February 2024

    During the trip I was always laughing, had a lot of new experiences and met some amazing people

  • Cheryll S October 2023
  • Mikaela September 2023

    This trip is a fantastic insight into Aotearoa's North Island, with a good range of places visited. We were able to learn a lot about NZ and Maori history and culture, especially thanks to our guide Ahu.

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