Sweet As North

5 day Adventure - from £549

Brace yourself for Maori culture, pure adrenalin and up-close encounters with wildlife on this epic 5-day adventure of New Zealand’s beautiful North Island.

Highlights:

  • Explore Tongariro National Park
  • Visit Lake Taupo
  • Haka performance
  • Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Geothermal activity in Rotorua
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland to Marae Stay

First up, a visit to Waitomo Caves, then it’s on to our Marae stay. Maori legends and mythology have been passed down orally for thousands of years. You have one night in this sacred meeting house, so pay attention. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks and the finesse of the ladies’ Poi dance, you’ll polish off a traditional Maori dinner and end the night feeling like a local.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Marae to Rotorua

Mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. If you’re starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud by rafting over the waterfalls, hit the spa for a massage, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien’s dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape (all optional).

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that’s not enough, you can bungy jump off a ledge as we pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it’s pretty big. It’s also time to meet the dessert that’s caused a battle between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Tongariro National Park

With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as the most epic hike in NZ, Tongariro NP is home to two active volcanoes that will hopefully keep a lid on things. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites if you don’t mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber (and walks from 20 mins to 8 hours). Hike, raft or mountain bike then hit the spa and warm your feet by the fire in an alpine lodge overlooking Mt Doom.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Tongariro to Wellington

From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we hit the nation’s capital, Wellington (no, it’s not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of the Te Papa museum, you’ll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and a well-earned spot as the sporting capital of NZ, you can’t go wrong with a craft beer and some local rugby action.

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Your guided tour includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Transport and sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and meals shown
  • Awesome driver / guide

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