Tongariro Alpine Crossing

North Island New Zealand Trip - 9 days (depart Auckland)

Trip name: Maui

 A special trip just for you, although we are more than happy to tailor-make any itinerary to suit you.

Auckland - Paihia Bay of Islands - Hahei beach - Coromandel Peninsula - Hobbiton - Lake Rotorua - Waitomo - Lake Taupo - Tongariro - National Park - Wellington.

Please note, this trip can commence from Wellington and finish in Auckland.

Included at no extra cost:

  • Lake Taupo famous Huka falls
  • Mount Eden Auckland stunning lookout
  • Famous Hot water beach Coromandel
  • Coromandel Cathedral Cove half day walk
  • Mount Victoria Wellington spectacular lookout
  • Te Papa “must see” National museum Wellington



Day 1: Overnight Auckland

Pick up from Auckland International airport. Sightseeing at your convenience, then to your accommodation.

Travelling distance & approximate time 30kms/19 miles: 45 minutes


Day 2: Overnight Paihia Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland late morning to Paihia, Bay of Islands, over 150 islands

Travelling distance & approximate time 238kms/148 miles: 4 hours.

Auckland, “City of Sails” is a sailor’s paradise, one in three locals have a boat. Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand is surrounded by two impressive harbours, Manakau and Waitemata and, 20 extinct volcanoes. Auckland is extremely multi-cultural, with many Maori, Asian and Pacific island people from Fiji, Samoa, Rarotonga and Tonga. Our Prime Minister lives here.

We depart Auckland for the beautiful Bay of Islands and the relaxed seaside village of Paihia, often called the gateway to the Bay.

Highlights include:

  • New Zealand's America’s Cup yachting campaign base
  • Visit the beautiful waterfront Viaduct, restaurants, bars
  • City sights New Zealand’s biggest city 1.5 million people
  • Stunning views Waitemata and Manukau harbours
  • 360 degree views from the top of Mount Eden, extinct volcano
  • Auckland, shopping is available along Queen street
  • Visit the historic Marae, Treaty of Waitangi meeting house
  • Beautiful Bay of Islands and the very scenic tranquil village of Paihia

Optional extra activity:

  • Bay of Islands boat cruise to “hole in the rock”, often see dolphins

Day 3: Overnight Hahei beach

Mid afternoon depart Paihia to Hahei beach, Coromandel Peninsula.
Please note, option to stay 1 or 2 extra nights Hahei beach, a truly beautiful location.

Travelling distance & approximate time: 398kms/248 miles: 6 hours.

Hahei is stunningly beautiful. Relax on white sandy beaches in the Coromandel Peninsula. Enjoy world famous scenery at Cathedral Cove by foot, boat, or kayak. We visit fun and famous Hot Water beach, dig out your very own spa pool and relax.


Day 4: Overnight Hahei beach

Free day Hahei and Hot Water beach Coromandel Peninsula.

A great opportunity to kayak in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations. Or, if you prefer, chill out on the beach or walk to stunning Cathedral Cove, where the New Zealand Tourism Board films promotional material to promote our beautiful country to the world.

Whiti Farm Park, close encounters of the animal kind.

It's a place of interest for many visitors, young and not so young. You can run and play or casually stroll around over eight acres of mature farm park like surroundings and enjoy a short bush walk. Meet, hand feed, cuddle, and interact with over 40 species of friendly farmyard and exotic animals, Fallow deer, Scottish highland cattle, Emus, Alpacas, Possums and lots more, see, in a fun, safe and clean environment. Bring a picnic lunch, your camera, and a sense of adventure to play and explore.

Highlights include:

  • Hot Water beach
  • Hahei beach and Cathedral Cove

Optional extra activities:

  • A - Whiti farm park experience
  • B - Kayaking to beautiful Cathedral Cove


Day 5: Overnight Lake Rotorua

Depart Ha Hei to Matamata, Hobbiton village and Lake Rotorua.

Travelling distance & approximate time 212kms/132 miles: 3 hours.

A very special experience next is your Hobbiton movie set and farm tour near Matamata, south of Hamilton. See the village where Sir Peter Jackson’s magical work comes to life. In Rotorua enjoy sightseeing around this very scenic town and lake, and centre in New Zealand for Maoridom. Wander at your leisure lakeside, we view the lovely historic museum building in beautiful landscaped grounds (great stop for coffee!) 35% of Rotorua’s population are Maori.

Highlights include:

  • Lake Rotorua and local sightseeing

Optional extra activities:

  • A - Hobbiton movie set and farm tour, sightseeing
  • B - Geothermal mud pools and Geysers experience
  • C - Tamaki Maori cultural experience Hangi/concert

Day 6: Overnight Lake Taupo

Depart Lake Rotorua to Lake Taupo via Waitomo

Travelling distance & approximate time 86kms/54 miles: 1.5 hours.

Taupo is our largest lake at 650 square kilometres/500 square miles, the same size as Singapore! It is also the cheapest location in New Zealand to skydive because it is not a commercial airport. We view the very impressive Huka falls where every 10 seconds enough water flows beneath you to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool! Huka lodge is where Queen Elizabeth once stayed. See the mighty Waikato river (our longest at 425 kilometres/350 miles). We visit world famous Waitomo glowworm caves for some awesome adventure (optional extra). We drive past the impressive Wairekei Geothermal power stations then onto beautiful lake Taupo. Their local McDonalds restaurant has a very cool vintage DC 3 plane next door so you can sit in the pilot’s seat and enjoy your burger.

Highlights include:

  • Lake Taupo
  • Wairekei Geothermal region
  • Huka falls and Waikato river

Optional extra activities:

  • A - Skydiving or Parasailing Lake Taupo
  • B - World famous Waitomo glow-worm caves


Day 7: Overnight Tongariro National Park

Depart Lake Taupo to Tongariro National Park.

Travelling distance & approximate time 72kms/46 miles: 1.25 hours.

This morning we will be up at dawn for an early departure to make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Tongariro National park. Today is your opportunity to experience what is rated now as one of the worlds’ best one day walks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Highlights include:

  • TongariroNational Park
  • Mount Ruapehu and Whakapapa New Zealand’s biggest skifield

Optional extra activity:

  • World famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, weather dependent, Department of Conservation approval required


Day 8: Overnight Wellington

Depart Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Travelling distance & approximate time 334kms/208 miles: 4.5 hours.

Waiouru National Army Military Museum optional extra attraction

We travel via rural villages of Ohakune, popular with skiers in winter. Taihape, gumboot throwing “capital of the world” onto rural villages of Hunterville and Bulls. We travel along the coastline with views of Kapiti island, a Nature reserve with many endangered species of our native wildlife. Arrive in Wellington late afternoon.


Day 9: Overnight Wellington

Free day Wellington

New Zealand’s capital city and often referred to as ‘Wellywood’ after the huge world-wide success of Sir Peter Jackson’s trilogy Lord of the Rings, and more recently ‘The Hobbit’. Stroll along the scenic harbourside, enjoy many cafes and along to Oriental bay with its beautiful golden sandy beach. Visit our National musuem. a real treasure, Te Papa.

Highlights include:

  • Beautiful Oriental bay
  • Te Papa National museum
  • Mount Victoria sightseeing
  • Parliament buildings and free tour

Optional extra activity:

  • Lord of the Rings and famous Weta workshops


Tour ends:

Options to return to Auckland by air, train, road, or continue your trip to the beautiful South Island.

Something in particular you want to experience? Please do not hesitate to ask, we will do everything possible to make it happen for you.

Whether you want a full on adrenalin packed adventure, a quiet slow paced and relaxing holiday, or a mix of both, we are happy to tailor make an itinerary especially to suit your needs.

We offer Maori cultural trips (including overnight) world-famous Lord of the Rings trips, Hobbiton, visit many beautiful National parks, World Heritage sites. See majestic glaciers, pristine lakes and rivers, remote golden sandy beaches, active volcanoes, enjoy our unique nature and wildlife. Visit world-class award-winning wineries, Experience fun activities, amazing attractions and much more.

Whatever the occasion, Real New Zealand Tours will ensure you enjoy a world-class experience.


Trip Price

North Island self-drive or private driver (fully guided) trips are available with accommodation (as requested) double occupancy. Single supplement accommodation is also available for single occupancy and is additional, 

Trip prices vary depending on the number of people travelling, the style of accommodation requested, the time of year (seasons) and transport options available. 

Please contact us for more information.

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