• Delve Deep New Zealand North Island

Delve Deep: New Zealand North Island

Up to 15% off selected departures on this trip

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, 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 to Paihia, via Whangarei Falls

  3. Paihia, Bay of Islands

  4. Paihia to Auckland

  5. Auckland to Marae Stay, via Waitomo

  6. Marae to Rotorua

  7. Rotorua to Tongariro National Park, via Lake Taupo

  8. Tongariro National Park

  9. Tongariro National Park to 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

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