In five days we explore everything the central North Island has to offer. A carefully crafted student tour from our expert tourism guide Jimmy Elliott, will showcase the best of the North Island.
The tour includes a list of outstanding activities from river rafting, luge rides to caving and sight seeing. Five days will fly by in no time! This is a thrilling adventure tour designed for those with a passion for adventure.
Explore the full itinerary below for a day by day account of destinations and activities.
Depart Whanganui at 8.30am and travel north through to the National Park Village. We have a short break here to refresh before continuing through New Zealand’s oldest national park taking in the exceptional views. We arrive in Turangi for our first outstanding activity of the tour, as we join the guys at Tongariro River Rafting, where you take on 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids on the Tongariro River with an expert guide at the helm, guiding your boat (please note, safety is paramount and you will be taught how to raft, and all safety equipment is supplied).
After we get some lunch, we follow the shoreline of Lake Taupo right into the heart of the North Island. We arrive at the bustling lakeside resort of Taupo with some free time to take a swim in the lake or look around the town. For those more daring, you can choose to get the adrenaline pumping at Taupō Bungy and Swing (own expense).
We all meet back at our accommodation for the night and enjoy the first group dinner together.
Accomodation: YHA Hostel
After breakfast, we pack up the bus and head north to the most-visited natural attraction in New Zealand, Huka Falls. After taking some great pictures we are back on the road and head to Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. This is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colorful and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of geothermal activity. Before entering the park, we are treated to a display from the unique Lady Knox geyser. See and learn about the magnificent workings of the Lady Knox geyser while it reaches up to heights of 10-20 meters.
It is then into Rotorua, renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. We get some lunch and then head out to Whakarewarewa Forest. Known to locals as ‘The Redwoods’, the 5600ha is a beautiful forest with magnificent stands of towering native and exotic trees. Here, you have the chance to stroll through the area or if you like you can walk high amongst the giant trees on the award-winning tree top walk (own expense).
We then do a City highlights tour before heading to Skyline Rotorua for some fun and laughter! Ride the Gondola to the top of the Adventure Centre and take in the best panoramic views in the region, before your chance to experience the thrilling Luge ride. The part go-cart, part toboggan is gravity fueled with full rider control over speed and direction using a unique braking and steering system.
The final visit today is the fabulous Te Puia, another geothermal wonderland, featuring dramatic bubbling mud pools, traditional Māori carvers and weavers and Kiwi birds. We have a cultural show followed by a guided tour which gives you a rare glimpse into how Māori people lived prior to European settlement.
It's then to our great accommodation for the night for the famous Take It Easy Tours BBQ dinner, before soaking the night away in the free hot mineral thermal pools if you choose.
Accommodation: Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park
After another scrumptious breakfast we board the bus and travel into the Waikato region to the world famous Hobbiton village. Here we experience the real Middle-earth as we are fully guided around the 12-acre movie set, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
After lunch we head to one of New Zealand’s premier summer destinations, the Coromandel Peninsula. Renowned for its natural beauty, green pastures, misty rainforests, and pristine golden beaches, the Coromandel is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways, making it an ideal place to escape and explore.
We arrive mid-afternoon at the unique Hot Water Beach where we stay tonight at the great holiday park. After we check in, you are free to swim and enjoy the golden sand beach before our classic Fish & Chips dinner.
Afterwards, you will have the chance to head down to the beach for low tide where you can dig yourself your own private hot pool using the hot water bubbling through the golden sand. Rated as one of the world's most renowned beaches - digging your own natural spa is one experience to remember!
Accommodation: Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
This morning you are in for a real treat as you have the chance to explore the beautiful coastline and the sensational Cathedral Cove. You can choose to walk the coastal track or join an amazing guided Kayak tour (own expense) where you paddle through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back. The tour offers great photo opportunities and is topped off with cappuccinos, hot chocolates, and cookies at Cathedral Cove!
Back on the bus we will stop for lunch on route to yet another world-famous destination. Waitomo is home to the glowworm studded Waitomo Caves where we will experience their abundance of glow worms, extensive underground river system and stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. We finish off by taking a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.
Then a short drive to yet another great holiday park where you have time to enjoy short bush walks before our final group dinner of the tour.
Accommodation: Waitomo Top 10 Holiday Park
A relaxed start to the day before we make our way south down SH4. We will stop for lunch and photo opportunities along the way and look to arrive back at Whanganui around 4pm.
After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. This has meant he can still pick up the microphone to inform travellers and encourage friendly banter while on tour.
Jimmy has a wealth of experience and uses this to ensure all trips with Take It Easy Tours are well organised, informative, diverse and a whole heap of fun.
We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. It just puts your mind at ease. Remember to make sure you are covered for and loss of personal possessions, sickness, accidents or travel delays. Feel free to ask us for any tips to make this quick and easy for you.
Please just let us know in advance and we will sort everything for you. Chefs are used to all sorts now when it comes to diet so as long as we know - we’ll have you covered.
Cancellation charges do apply so again we recommend travel insurance. Our cancellation policy is clearly outlined for each tour so make sure you cast your eye over it and please feel free to ask any questions.
Our buses are quality touring coaches that are very comfortable and fully air conditioned. They range in size from 19-28 seats ensuring that we can easily access all those secret spots off the beaten track. All vehicles are regularly serviced as your safety is our priority.
Coaches and luggage trailers are always locked and secure but we recommended you take any valuables with you when staying overnight.
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