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Sweet As North

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Trip Overview

On this short but sweet as trip, you'll stay overnight in a traditional Maori marae, make your way through Middle Earth and hike the picturesque Tongariro National Park - with plenty of waterfalls, lakes, mud pools and volcanoes to feast your eyes on along the way. Feeling brave? Why not get your adrenalin pumping with an extreme sport or two? When in New Zealand...

Worth noting…
A Sector trip is part of a larger journey, meaning your new friends might continue on or after you leave, or you might be joining a trip already in progress. This trip is a sector of the Kiwi Encounter.

This is a sector of the 17 Day Kiwi Encounter trip.


Trip Itinerary

  1. Auckland to Rotorua


    Welcome to New Zealand, bro! Say kia ora to your new Topdecker family before we hit the road. En route to Rotorua we’ll swing by the Waitomo Caves - a glowworm-studded labyrinth of underground caves and rivers. This place is like something out of a sci-fi movie! Choose to explore on foot, by boat or brave the cold on a unique blackwater rafting experience (trust us, it’s awesome). Later, we’ll learn some Haka moves and watch a Poi dance before tucking into a delicious dinner at a traditional marae (Maori meeting ground).

    • Included Today
      • Visit Waitomo Caves
      • Overnight stay in a traditional Maori marae
    • Meals
      • Dinner
    • Optional extras
      • Waitomo Glowworm Caves: from $53.00
      • Ruakuri Cave: from $76.00
      • Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $147.00
  2. Rotorua

  3. Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

  4. Tongariro National Park

  5. Tongariro to Wellington


What's included

Included Experiences

  • Visit Waitomo Caves
  • Overnight stay in a traditional Maori marae
  • Traditional Hangi lunch
  • Visit Lake Taupo and Huka Falls


-3 nights in hotels, 1 night in a traditional Maori marae


Modern air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi

Optional activities

-Waitomo Glowworm Caves: from $53.00

-Ruakuri Cave: from $76.00

-Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $147.00

-Visit the Hobbiton movie set: from $124.00

-Canopy tour in Rotorua: from $159.00

-Visit a mud bath and spa: from 75.00

-Zorbing in Rotorua: from $45.00

-Whitewater rafting in Rotorua: from $90.00

-Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing: from $195.00

-Quad biking in Tongariro National Park: from $155.00


Hobbitton Optional Activity


Take a step into Tolkein’s dreams as we explore the Hobbiton movie set and learn how this fantasy world came to life on selected New Zealand Explorer trips. This ultimate bucket-list experience can now be booked online – check out all the deets below!

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