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Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours: Hot Rocks - Auckland/Wellington to Auckland/Wellington

*HIGHLY RECOMMENDED* - This is the full North Island loop that mixes the dramatic thermal wonders of the North Island with fantastic beaches and towering forests. You get to enjoy one of the best one day walks in the World and the winterless Bay of Islands.

What makes these tours unique:

1. MORE NATIONAL PARKS....

We have a license with the department of conservation that enables us to visit, and stay in, places other tours can't access.  We ensure our tours give you time to experience New Zealand's best national parks too, including Paparoa, Abel Tasman, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Tongariro and Fiordland.

2. MORE CHANCES TO GENUINELY GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK...

There are a number of World famous highlights on any trip to New Zealand - Milford Sound, Queentown, Rotorua to name a few and we make sure to experience the best these spots have to offer.  However, what makes our trips totally unique is exploring the lesser known spots that other tour groups don't visit.  Whether its a secret glow-worm walk at night, a lush rainforest-fringed pool for a dip, a bike ride along deserted roads hugging the coast or a local cafe that serves quite possibly the best muffins in New Zealand we have found the best secret spots - we know you will love them just try not to tell too many others!

3. MORE ACCOMMODATION BY LAKES, MOUNTAINS AND OCEANS...

Rather than wake up in a hostel dorm we wake up to amazing views, fresh air and away from the crowds.  By staying in these carefully selected sites you get to experience amazing sunrises, spectacular sunsets, campfires, sleeping to the sound of the ocean, morning dips, lakeside dining to name a few.  There are camping and cabin accommodation options (so something for everyone) and we do occassionally use hostels (3 on the entire 28 day trip) to give you access to the bustling city centres.

4. MORE EXPERIENCE = BETTER TRAVEL OPTIONS...  

Flying Kiwi is the original New Zealand tour company.  We are the experts with over 25 year experience in conducting tours of the highest quality and thousands of very, very satisfied customers.  You can be guaranteed that our team will provide a professional and enjoyable experience of a lifetime.

5. MORE TASTY AND HEALTHY MEALS...

Our trips involve a great deal of activity and we appreciate the importance of good food.  We usually offer breakfast, lunch and dinner which saves you time and money.   With an average meal out in NZ costing around $25 you'll save a fortune compared to other tour companies. 

6. MORE CYCLE OPTIONS...

With bikes on board you have the chance to cycle as much, or as little, as you want.  We cover a huge range of rides along the coast, by lakes, through mountain landscapes, downhill, uphill and even across hill - there is something for everyone and every fitness level.

7. MORE HIKES AND ACTIVITY OPTIONS (+LOADS OF FREE STUFF)...

We offer more hikes and activity options that any other tour company.  That gives you more choice everyday to try the hikes you fancy and the activities you have always wanted to try.  Everything is optional and there are always free alternatives.  We also include a number of the activities free of charge such as hot pools, Wai-O-Tapu thermals, gondola ride, wine tasting, scenic ferry crossing (both directions) and more.

8. MORE PEACE OF MIND WITH GUARANTEED DEPARTURES...

Once you are booked you are going.  Unlike other tour companies all our trips have guaranteed departures.  This gives you complete peace of mind and enables you to plan and look forward to your trip - trips do fill fast though so get in quick.

9. MORE FLEXIBILITY...

Our tours are designed to fit around you.  We aren't a traditional tour - you choose the activities you want to do, you choose the style of accommodation you want and you can even take extended breaks along the way - Flying Kiwi is the perfect combination of independant travel and touring convenience.

10. MORE VALUE FOR MONEY...

Quite simply our trips are unbeatable.  With transport, accommodation, most meals and use of sports equipment included you won't find a better value tour.  Our tours add up to around $125 per day which is a great measure to compare with other options (don't forget a meal out in NZ averages around $25 for starters and bike hire starts at approx $35 per day).

Activities to try are:
-Superb cycle rides (for all levels)
-Excellent hikes (for all levels)
-Dolphin swimming
-Sailing
-Sea kayaking
-Sandboarding
-Tongariro Crossing
-Skydiving
-Bungy jumping
-White and black water rafting
-Ogo
-Surfing

 

ITINERARY:

+ You can take extended breaks at any of the points on the tour
+ Most nights you can upgrade to cabins for a small fee and a taste of rural luxury
 

This itinerary shows a 10 day trip starting from Auckland and heading south first. You can also start your loop in Auckland heading north first (9 days – starting day 7) or Wellington (9 days – starting day 5).

 

Day 1: Depart Auckland at 10am. The beautiful Coromandel Peninsula waits – Home to some of the finest beaches in NZ! Marvel at the gorgeous views on a beautiful coastal walk. Visit the unique and famous Hot Water Beach to dig, then relax, in your own thermal pool! Soak up the breath-taking scenery and cameras ready for spectacular sunsets at our beachside camp. Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: stunning coastal walk with views over the Pacific – distances vary 

bike rides: coastal cycle rides with significant downhill sections to our beachside camp 

optional activities: sea kayaking around hidden bays 

meals: dinner 

 

Day 2: Head south into the heart of the North Island and be amazed by the natural wonderland that is Rotorua. Experience the only native forest zipline canopy tour in New Zealand or the thrills of OGO, Luge and Agroventures. Take in the geothermal wonders with walks or enjoy a relaxing mud bath and spa. For cyclists there is the chance to enjoy world class mountain biking or cycle the NZ cycle trail. Our lakeside camp enjoys stunning views in the shadow of dramatic Mount Tarawera. 

hikes: options to stroll through towering, ancient forests & walks around unique thermal landscapes 

bike rides: great day for cyclists – choose from road rides, excellent mountain biking & sections of the 

New Zealand Cycle Trail 

optional activities: OGO, Agroventures, Luge, thermal mud pools, zipline canopy tour 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 3: Leave camp for Wai-O-Tapu geothermal Wonderland (included free) before continuing on to the impressive Huka Falls. We then head to Taupo, nestled next to one of the largest crater lakes in the World with some great hiking and cycling opportunities. Taupo is also a great place for adventure with heaps of optional activities to choose from. Tonight we enjoy a camp near Tongariro National Park. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: walks of various distances past dramatic waterfalls and around Lake Taupo 

bike rides: explore more sections of the legendary NZ Cycle Trail 

optional activities: skydive, bungy, giant swing, kayaking Lake Taupo

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 4: Experience one of NZ’s great walks, The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, rated as the best one day walk in the World . This dual listed World heritage area is set to inspire with towering mountains, turquoise lakes, sparkling rivers, lush rainforests and lunar landscapes. For those that don’t fancy the hike, relax or cycle in this beautiful area with an awe-inspiring mountain backdrop. We then head south to our wonderful stunning beach camp – home to amazing coastal sunsets. Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: Tongariro Alpine Crossing 

bike rides: Turangi river track 

optional activities: white water rafting 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 5: After a short journey to Wellington arriving by 9am you’ll have 2 hours to enjoy the capital city. Take time to see such great attractions as the celebrated Te Papa museum, the gorgeous Botanical Gardens or simply savour the unique culture of New Zealand’s capital. Wellington has a wonderful harbour, cafe culture and a thriving central district so there is plenty to suit all tastes. Leaving at 11am we travel up the scenic Kapiti Coast into the heart of the North Island. This is a wonderful region for beautiful river walks and cycle options. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: Turangi river track 

bike rides: Turangi river track 

meals: breakfast 

 

Day 6: Early departure to the limestone wonderland of Waitomo Caves. The glow-worm (Arachnocampa luminosa) is unique to our shores and thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light through this network of caves. The black water rafting is a totally unique experience – sitting in your rubber ring, your experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you through a maze of underground caves and streams whose ceilings are coated in glow-worms that produce a radiant light to lead you through. There are a range of options to explore the caves, from walks to rafting, dependent upon your adrenalin levels. We take time to enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking farmland before heading to Auckland and a taste of big city life “kiwi style”. Auckland nightlife is second to none and it’s a great chance to join your group for a taste of the harbour bars and restaurants Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the country’s largest city so we will be staying in a great hostel with various room options giving you the best access to explore. This is payable locally and we have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board (prices from $30). If you would prefer a private room ($49 - subject to availability) please contact us prior to your trip.

hikes: farmland hikes or great cave walk through the glow worm caves 

bike rides: farmland cycle 

optional activities: black water rafting, glow- worm cave tour 

meals: breakfast & lunch 

 

Day 7: We leave the City of Sails (Auckland) at 10am heading north to the golden beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands. On route we take time for a break, and a quick swim for those that are keen, at beautiful Uretiti beach. It’s a great place to relax and make use of the free sports gear we have on board – frisbees, body boards and soccer balls. We head to the historically significant town of Paihia, the main gateway for the Bay of Islands before a mangrove walk to the thundering Haruru waterfalls. Our campsite is nestled next to the river and we will be spending 2 nights here giving you time to explore the best of the Bay. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: mangrove walk to Haruru Falls 

bike rides: scenic cycle ride to camp 

optional activities: Waitangi Treaty house (Maori culture) 

meals: dinner 

 

Day 8: Experience a full day exploring the Bay of Islands and its turquoise waters. This subtropical region is known for its great beaches and history and with 144 islands to explore we have got some great options to get out and view the best of them. Whether its dolphin swimming , sailing or fishing this is a heaven for water activities. Alternatively there are plenty of walk and cycle options around the region. Relax and enjoy a second night at the same great riverside camp. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: scenic viewpoint or coastal walkway 

bike rides: coastal and farmland options 

optional activities: sailing, fishing, Cape Reinga day trip, diving, hole in the rock fast boat, dolphin swimming 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 9: Today we cross the top of the north to the giant sand dunes of Opononi for beach fun and optional sand boarding (boat crossing included). After time on the dunes we head to Waipoua Forest, home to the giant Kauri trees and a variety of scenic short walks and bike rides. We end the day heading down the Hibiscus Coast to our beachside camp at Orewa. Enjoy a tasty evening meal with a sea view before a spot of star gazing in the crystal clear skies. Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: short walks through giant Kauri forests 

bike rides: cycle coastal estuary or forest landscapes 

optional activities: sand boarding, hot pools & slides 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 10: Take a beachside morning stroll and enjoy breakfast with a view before we hit the road back to Auckland. We head through scenic landscapes before crossing the harbour bridge back into Auckland arriving 10am.

meals: breakfast 

 

Have more time? 

Extend your trip by connecting with our south island, 

Summer Blast or Southern Light tours. 

- contact one of our friendly team with any questions. 

 

TOUR STARTING AUCKLAND - (HEADING NORTH FIRST)

2016 departures:

1, 10, 19, 28 FEB

8, 17, 26 MAR

4 APR 

MAY > SEPT - winter

16, 25 OCT

3, 12, 21, 30 NOV

9, 18, 27 DEC

 

2017 departures:

5, 14, 23 JAN

1, 10, 19, 28 FEB

9, 18, 27 MAR

5 APR 

+ THESE TRIPS ARE NOW FULL BUT ALTERNATIVE ROUTE & DEPARTURE OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE - Please contact us for further details

TOUR STARTING AUCKLAND - (HEADING SOUTH FIRST)

2016 departures:

4, 13, 22 FEB

2, 11, 20 MAR
7 APR

MAY > SEPT - winter

19, 28 OCT

6, 15, 24 NOV
3, 12, 21, 30 DEC

 

2017 departures:

8,17, 26 JAN

4, 13, 22 FEB
3, 12, 21 MAR
8 APR

 

+ THESE TRIPS ARE NOW FULL BUT ALTERNATIVE ROUTE & DEPARTURE OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE - Please contact us for further details

TOUR STARTING WELLINGTON

2016 departures:

8, 17, 26 FEB

6, 15, 24 MAR

2 APR

MAY > SEPT - winter

23 OCT

1, 10, 19, 28 NOV

7, 16, 25 DEC

 

2017 departures:

3, 12, 21, 30 JAN

8, 17, 26 FEB

7, 16, 25 MAR

3 APR

+ THESE TRIPS ARE NOW FULL BUT ALTERNATIVE ROUTE & DEPARTURE OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE - Please contact us for further details

Optional hires: You can hire any of the following equipement from us for the duration of your trip or bring your own gear. We charge a small handling fee for those who bring their own bikes but there are no charges for your own tent etc.

Cycle hire for entire trip $135

Bring your own bike $55 

Single tent upgrade $60 

Sleeping bag hire $50

Tour extensions: If you have a few days after your trip why not extend it with one of these great trips:

Summer Blast Tour - Explore the four corners of the Mainland on this complete South Island round trip. From the golden beaches of Abel Tasman to the blue ice of Fox Glacier you will get to immerse yourself and experience some of the finest natural wonders in the World. Most popular departure spots are Christchurch and Picton.  

Southern Light Tour - If you dont have time for a full South Island tour but are keen to revel in a brilliant action packed adventure then check this one out. Starting in either Picton or Christchurch we enjoy the highlights of the South and wrap things up in the adrenalin capital - Queenstown!