Tour North 3

Tailor made tours are also available!


This tour incorporate all the activities of Tour 1 except kayaking the Wanganui River, but it has been extended to take in the picturesque East Coast with its many beautiful bays, and a 3 day walk around Lake Waikaremoana through untouched rainforests. A great tour for those of average fitness with a few more days to spend.

Day I
You will be met at the Central Backpackers in Auckland at a set time, organised by your Agent, and taken to Rotorua. Time to relax, meet the rest of the group and discuss the trip.

Day 2
Drive around the East Coast, stopping at points of interest and setting up camp at Te Araroa.

Day 3
Visit the East Cape Lighthouse and the Hot Pools at Te Puia. We stay at beautiful Tolaga Bay.

Day 4
We'll drive through the Urewera Forest to Lake Waikaramoana, get our packs ready and start the track around the Lake. We'll spend the night in a D.O.C. Hut.

Day 5
We will be walking beside the lake and through the forest admiring some of the mighty forest giants.

Day 6
Same as Day 5.

Day 7
If the weather is clear, we will be rewarded with magnificent views over the lake while we find our way down and finish the track. We stay the night at the motorcamp and we will really enjoy the hot showers, I am sure.

Day 8
We just relax by the lake and have a well earned rest.

Day 9
We drive through the forest on to the Marae (Maori Village) at Mokai. At night, we will be visiting the Natural Hot Pool, and with luck, study the stars!

Day 10
Off to the Mountains to walk the famous Tongariro Crossing. This truly is one of New Zealand's jewels, the different colours in the craters and lakes are just magnificent. This will take about 6 hours, then it is off to Waitomo, Tokowha's Home Base.

Day 11
If you still have any energy left over, there are a lot of activities to choose from at Waitomo Caves. At night we might sit down and reflect on the experiences that we have shared over the past days.