• Delve Deep New Zealand North Island

Delve Deep: New Zealand North Island

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, we’ll be staying in a range of local accommodation – mixed-sex couples travelling together may be separated on some nights.

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 – Auckland

  5. Auckland – Waitomo – Marae Stay

  6. Marae – Rotorua

  7. Rotorua – Lake Taupo – Tongariro National Park

  8. Tongariro National Park

  9. Tongariro National Park – Wellington


What's included

Included experiences

  • - Visit Whangarei Falls
  • - Visit Mt Eden
  • - Visit Waitomo Caves
  • - Overnight stay in a traditional Maori marae and hangi dinner
  • - Visit Te Puia geothermal reserve
  • - Visit Lake Taupo and Huka Falls
  • - Orientation walk of Tongariro National Park with Trip Leader


- 7 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin to quad), 1 night in a traditional Maori marae (multi-share). Please note: on nights 7 and 8 (Tongariro) you may stay in larger rooms (up to quad-share) with travellers of the same gender. Mixed-sex couples travelling together may be separated on these nights. On night 5 we’ll be staying in a traditional marae, where all accommodation is shared (no single supplement available).


- Air-conditioned minicoach

Optional activities

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

- Kayaking at Haruru Falls: prices available locally

- Skydiving in the Bay of Islands: prices available locally

- Hole in the Rock cruise: prices available locally

- Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach tour: prices available locally

- Visit Ruakuri Cave: from $76

- Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $147

- Visit the Hobbiton movie set: from $124

- Canopy tour: from $159

- Visit the geothermal mud bath and spa: from $75

- Zorbing in Rotorua: from $45

- Whitewater rafting in Rotorua: from $90

- Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a local guide: from $195

- Quad biking in Tongariro National Park: from $155

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

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  • Anonymous October 2022

    The trip leader was great he was very helpful and tried his best to make it fun and had a really great mixture of people in my group. Loved the activities and spending time in all sorts of places in New Zealand.

  • Mitchell Ho October 2022

    The tour guide Phil was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable about all the locations we went to, great a fostering a community amongst travellers in the group and good taste in music! Even when the trip was effected by adverse events such as weather, Phil went above and beyond to ensure that trip went smoothly and that we were able to still experience all that New Zealand has to offer. I can not recommend doing this trip with Phil enough, he was vital to making this trip all it could be.

    If anything the trip itself could be a little longer, ideally spending more time in Rotorua and other locations so that activities can be rescheduled when the weather impacts plans.

  • Anonymous September 2022

    Super fun!! Possibly needed a few more days in Rotorua cause thats where a lot of the activities are!

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