• Four Topdeckers in Hobbiton

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…

Heads up! This trip is a lil shorter (just one day) than our 2024-2025 departures. 

On this trip, you’ll get two in one – your Trip Leader is also your Driver.  

On night 5 we’ll be staying in a traditional marae, where all accommodation is shared (no single supplement available). 

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 or double), 1 night in a traditional Maori marae (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.

- Skydiving in the Bay of Islands: from $299

- Hole in the Rock cruise: from $120

- Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach tour: from $145

- Visit Ruakuri Cave: from $70

- Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $109

- Visit the Hobbiton movie set: from $150

- Canopy tour: from $169

- Zorbing in Rotorua: from $145

- Whitewater rafting in Rotorua: from $119

- Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a local guide (June to September): from $295

- Quad biking in Tongariro National Park: from $155

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

Average rating based on 5 reviews
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  • 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.

  • victoria br September 2023

    The scenery and the activities were amazing. Ahu deserves a raise for his ability to make sure that everyone got to complete the activities that they wanted to. He juggled things around to keep everyone happy and make sure that everyone got the most out of their trip. The funny commentary and good music was a bonus. In the future though, there were communication errors between Topdeck as a company and the information Ahu was provided, such as what time we needed to arrive back into Wellington which some passengers who needed to catch flights back immediately found stressful.

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