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Stray Journeys - 9 Day - Batten (Auck/Auck) (ANI9)

9 day - Batten (Auck/Auck) Fixed itinerary through New Zealand 


  •  Bay of Islands wildlife cruise
  •  Visit Hokianga and Tane Mahuta
  •  Sand Boarding 
  •  Cathedral Cove walk / Hot Water Beach
  •  Specially-developed Maori experience with traditional hangi, interactive show and story telling
  •  Huka Falls / Tongariro National Park (Alpine Crossing in Summer)
  •  Lake Taupo
  •  4WD eco -wilderness tour in Whanganui National Park
  •  Te Papa National Museum


Experienced tour guide, accommodation transfers, accommodation, meals as indicated, Maori welcome/guide in Opononi, Tane Mahuta visit, Hokianga ferry, sand boarding, wildlife boat trip spotting dolphins and other marine life, Russell Ferry, cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, interactive cultural performance and exclusive story telling, 4WD bush safari / eco-wilderness farm tour, Te Papa Museum. Breakfast (6), dinner (5).


Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.



  • Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Hahei.
  • Standard accommodation is 6-share in Whakahoro.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.


Stray Journeys

Batten (ANI9)

Start: Auckland

Finish: Auckland

Travel Days: 9


Day 1:                        Auckland to Paihia

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)!  Your Stray journey kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, known by those who live here as the ‘city of sails’ because of its location between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours, making it a boaters and yachters paradise. 

Pick-ups start at your accommodation bright and early, before we head north to the seaside town of Paihia. We stop en-route to hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native Kauri, enjoy a hike to a beautiful waterfall and snorkel off the beach and spot amazing marine life in Goat Island. This is followed by a trip to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds (own expense), before settling into our accommodation where you’ll have the evening free to relax.

Accommodation included: Haka Lodge: hostel a minute walk from the beach

Activities included: Tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest, snorkel Goat Island


Day 2:            Paihia to Opononi

This morning we take a wildlife cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life. There’s no better way to see it than by boat, keep an eye out for wild dolphins.

In the afternoon it’s off to Opononi and Hokianga, where we will be greeted by a local Maori guide and receive a traditional welcome to the area. See huge sand dunes and take part in an optional twilight tour where you’ll visit the largest Kauri tree in the world, Tane Mahuta “God of the Forest” for some pretty amazing photo opportunities (own expense). Includes breakfast and dinner

Accommodation included: Copthorne Hotel

Activities included: Bay of Island’s wild life boat trip, see sand dunes


Day 3:                        Opononi to Auckland

We start the morning with a ferry ride across the Hokianga Harbour to go sand boarding down massive dunes (weather dependant); before we start to make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest, where we will briefly stop to view Tane Mahuta (NZ largest Kauri tree) during the day.  We visit the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in the beautiful crystal clear waters surrounded by white sandy beach, before returning to the big smoke (Auckland) for a late afternoon arrival.

Accommodation included: Nomads Auckland (Central city hostel)

Activities included: Sand boarding, swim in the Kai Iwi lakes, visit Waipoua Forest, Hokianga Ferry Ride, Tane Mahuta (NZ largest Kauri)


Day 4:            Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel)

We depart Auckland and head south east stopping for a walk to the famous Cathedral Cove.  Accessible only by foot or boat, you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s most spectacular coastal scenery and stunning views in this beautiful coastal spot. Cathedral Cove is a ‘must see’ on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Afterwards we’ll drive to Hot Water Beach, a unique surf beach where you dig a hole in the sand and sit in your own personal spa pool (tide dependent).  In the afternoon there may be time for a kayaking tour (weather dependent/own expense) before we feast on a delicious BBQ for dinner. Includes dinner

Accommodation included: Hahei Holiday Resort

Activities included: Walk to Cathedral Cove, dig a hole at Hot Water Beach


Day 5:            Hahei to Rotorua

Today we head for Rotorua, arriving around midday, to discover an area well-known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity.  Here you will get the chance to do some great optional activities like a visit to Hobbiton, white water rafting, zorbing or the luge (own expense).

This evening you will be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you will discover Maori art, ancient rituals and traditions.  Tonight we dine on a delicious hangi (Maori feast), enjoy an interactive cultural performance and the company of our Maori hosts. After dinner, relax in the underground hot pools back at your accommodation.  Includes breakfast and dinner
Accommodation included: Four Canoes, Rotorua

Activities included: Cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, kapa haka (Maori song and dance) and interactive cultural performance


Day 6:            Rotorua to Whakahoro

We start the day by visiting some bubbling mud pools before travelling to the powerful Huka Falls. Huka mean’s ‘foam’ in Maori and appropriately describes the gushing rapids that squeeze through a narrow gorge and burst over a 20 metre drop.

Our destination today is one of the most remote parts of the North Island. We’re heading for the award winning Blue Duck Station, in Whakahoro, a 5,200 acre high country farm that is both a working sheep and beef station and an environmental conservation leader. This afternoon you get the opportunity to take part in a 4WD farm adventure, where you’ll explore this vast land and the New Zealand native bush, discover the remains of an unbelievable local history, and learn about the farms conservation efforts.  Your dinner is all cooked using local produce.  Includes breakfast and dinner

Accommodation included: Blue Duck Station: country station lodge

Activities included: Visit Huka falls, 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure


Day 7:                        Whakahoro to National Park

Today we make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Tongariro National Park’, where you’ll get the chance to do what is rated one of the world’s best one day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Trek through dramatic natural scenery, past volcanic peaks, vast craters and stunning turquoise lakes on one of the most spectacular treks in New Zealand. Alternatively you can go on one the shorter walks around this volcanic region or visit the Volcanic Centre Museum (own expense).  Includes breakfast and dinner

Accommodation included: The Park Hotel, Ruapehu

Activities included: Tongariro Alpine Crossing and transfers, or Taranaki Falls walk and Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s Pool)


Day 8:            National Park to Wellington

Today we make our way to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Wellington is a cool place to just hang out and check out the arts, shopping and café culture scene; is home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive building. We recommend wandering down Oriental Parade, visiting Te Papa National Museum or the botanical gardens. Includes breakfast

Accommodation included: Nomads Capital (Central Hostel)


Day 9:            Wellington to Auckland

Today is an express day, via National Park back to New Zealand’s largest city Auckland.  We stop along the way for photo opportunities and have lunch in National Park town, before heading back to Auckland for a late afternoon arrival. We hope you had a blast on your Stray journey! Includes breakfast


What’s Included

+ Experienced tour guide

+ Meals and touring as indicated

+ Multi-share accommodation (or upgrade to twin/double)

+ Activities as per your itinerary


What to Bring

+ Sturdy walking shoes/boots

+ Bathers/towel

+ Hat & sunscreen

+ Motion sickness tablets

+ Water bottle

+ Toiletries

+ Warm clothing

+ Waterproof jacket

+ Insect repellent

+ Camera



  • Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Hahei.
  • Standard accommodation is 6-share in Whakahoro.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.

***Upgrades are not available in January and February and on request only after this period***


The tour is scheduled to depart every Saturday from 4 October 2015 - April 16 and 1 Oct 16 - 29 April 17

When booking please provide your requested departure date.

Departure pick-up times will be approximately 7am. The exact time of pick up from your Auckland accommodation will be confirmed with you.