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Combine Tours

Combine Tours

Adventure

15 Days  •  All-inclusive

$7999 nzd

By combining the Pioneer and Voyager tours you really will experience it all! From hiking amongst towering mountain peaks in Egmont and Tongariro National Parks, to snorkelling through masses of fish at the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve and everything in between - you’ll get to see it all! These tours are all-inclusive, we provide transport, meals, accommodation and activities, plus some great company and legendary kiwi hospitality, so there’s never a dull moment. If you want to experience the real New Zealand, then combining our tours is the best way to go about it!


Please note: By combining our tours you will have 2 free days in Auckland, where you can explore the city or partake in any number of activities! (see the itinerary below for our recommend options). We will book your accommodation for you and any activities that you wish, however we cannot provide meals or transport for your time in Auckland. The price of combining the tours includes your accommodation but everything else is extra for the two free days you are in the city, however we are on hand with plenty of recommendations for things to do and places to eat! Auckland has a great public transport system and taxis are readily available.

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Highlights

Professional photos included - Of your tour to take home

Explore – The black sands of Maori Bay and its year-round gannet colony

Enjoy – Swimming in the crystal-clear Kai Iwi Lakes and lazing on the white sand shores

Explore – The towering dunes of Opononi, sand-board down the slopes

Voyage – Through the 144 islands of the Bay of Islands

Enjoy – Tutukaka Coast and its pristine beaches and bush walks

Voyage – To the Poor Knights Islands Marine reserve and the world’s largest sea cave

Snorkel or Kayak – Through schooling fish and towering arches

Explore – The towering Whangarei Falls and surrounding native bush

Explore – The breath-taking Waitomo glow-worm caves

Hike – The Northern slopes of Mount Egmont

Hike – To the stunning Dawson Falls & Wilkie’s Pools on Mount Egmont’s Eastern face

Hike – The famous Tongariro Crossing, rated one of the best day walks in the world!

Mountain bike – Through Rotorua’s pristine Redwood forests

Hike – Around the clear waters of Rotorua’s Blue Lake

Explore – The dancing sands of Hamurana Springs

Hike – Mt Manganui for an incredible view of the coastline

Explore – Cathedral Cove by boat

Explore – Hot Water Beach and its hot water springs

 

day 1

Tour

We begin our adventure in central Auckland where you will meet your enthusiastic guides and your new travelling companions! Once we’re all sorted we’ll get underway and make the short drive toward the west coast, on the way you’ll get to know your guides and your fellow travellers. We’ll soon arrive at the stunning Muriwai Beach where we will explore the black sand beach and a permanent Australasian Gannet colony, giant seabirds that can grow a wingspan close to 2m across! If you’re lucky it may be breeding season or there may be chicks being raised at the colony, from there we also can check out the neighbouring beach, Maori Bay. We will then carry on north, stopping in at the picturesque Kai Iwi Lakes to catch some sun and jump in for a swim if you’re feeling like a dip! We will then make the short drive to our accommodation for the night, where there is an opportunity to do a guided night walk to see New Zealand’s iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi!

Stay: Kauri Coast - lunch and dinner included

day 2

Tour

This morning we will visit Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the Forest’, this impressive giant is New Zealand’s largest living Kauri tree, Tane Mahuta is a significant cultural icon to New Zealand and our indigenous Maori people. With a trunk girth of 13.7m (41ft) and a height of over 51m (152ft) it is a sight to behold! From here we will carry on north to Opononi to board a water taxi and explore the stunning, unspoiled golden sand beaches and throw ourselves down giant sand dunes on sand boards for those feeling adventurous! After we’ve had our fill we will travel to the world-famous Bay of Islands. 144 islands form this area and create an incredible natural seascape that cannot be missed, there is an opportunity to explore it yourselves with an evening cruise on the R. Tucker Thompson, a historic tall ship that operates from the beautiful town of Russell.

Stay: Paihia - all meals included

day 3

Tour

Today we spend our time exploring the bay of Islands on board a 50ft sailing catamaran, a relaxing day cruise where you will stop on some of the untouched island beaches and have a chance to explore with your pick of scenic walks. You will also have a chance to enjoy a swim or go for a snorkel, you may even get to swim with the resident pod of dolphins! The vessel has a permit to swim with the dolphins so if you see the dolphins during the day and the conditions allow you may well hop in for a swim with them. Today we also offer an alternative, if boating is not your thing or you would love to see Cape Reinga, one of New Zealand’s iconic northern points, you can take a scenic fly/drive tour to see it (details are on the next page). 

Bay of Islands during winter (1st May – 31st August)

During winter the full day sailing trip does not operate so instead we head out for a half day adventure to the famous hole in the rock off Cape Brett. Along the way you can search for dolphins, if you spot the resident pod you are able to jump in for a swim with them when the conditions allow! You voyage through the myriad of beautiful islands and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands. The alternative Cape Reinga fly/drive is still available year-round.

Stay: Paihia - all meals included

Day 3 option - Fly/drive Cape Reinga tour

Tour

Fly/drive Cape Reinga tour – add $260
This half day tour departs Paihia and consists of a 45-minute flight over the spectacular coastline, then lands only 20 minutes from the Cape where you will enjoy a 2½ tour that includes the Cape Reinga lighthouse where you can see the Tasman Sea crashing into the Pacific Ocean, a stop at Tapotupotu Bay, and then a visit to Te Paki stream and the giant sand dunes that surround it. From there you will enjoy the hour return flight that views some of the most spectacular scenery to be found in New Zealand including a birds-eye view of the Bay of Islands.

day 4

Tour

Today we will drive south to Tutukaka Coast, an area rated in the top 3 coastlines in the world by National Geographic! It is easy to see why, with beautiful white sand beaches, sheltered coves, rock pools and incredible surf beaches. We will spend the day exploring this wonderland starting with a walk out to the Tutukaka Lighthouse where you can experience 360 views that take in the harbour, coastline and offshore islands. We will then head to the iconic Matapouri Beach for a picnic lunch if the weather suits, before hiking over the hill to enjoy the hidden Mermaid pools, a series of sheltered rock pools that provide one of the best swimming spots in the country! After we’ve had our fill of sand and sun we will head to our accommodation for the night where we can sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Stay: Tutukaka - all meals included

day 5

Tour

Today you visit the world famous Poor Knights Islands, rated as one of the top ten dive destinations in the world, it is hard to describe the beauty of the islands. A marine reserve with an abundance of life both above and below water, the snorkelling is truly spectacular. When first get in the water you will notice dozens of fish schooling underneath the boat, by the time you leave the water you’ll have seen thousands more! If you don’t feel like getting wet you can enjoy the islands environment by kayak, paddle board or by simply relaxing on the boat. With rich Maori culture, the world’s largest sea cave and the tallest sea arch in the southern hemisphere along with dozens of others, the islands are a must see for anyone’s bucket list. On the way home, be sure to keep an eye out for the whales and dolphins that frequent the area! If being on the water isn’t for you, one of our guides stays on dry land for the day and can guide you to some of the beautiful coastline’s hidden wonders. There are also a number of spectacular walks in the area to enjoy.

Stay: Tutukaka - all meals included

Day 5 option - Scuba diving the Poor Knights

Tour

Certified diver – add $100 Try dive – add $130

You also have the opportunity to scuba dive the incredible waters of the Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve if you wish. If you are already a certified diver you can join one of the dive boats which heads out a little earlier and you will enjoy the same trip but with more time so you can fit two dives in! If you have never tried diving before but want to give it a go this is an option also, you can do a single ‘try dive’, an experience designed for people that have never dived before under the close supervision of a dive instructor. If you’ve always wanted to try diving but haven’t got around to it, this is the perfect opportunity! 

day 6

Tour

After a relaxing start to the day we will begin our journey south, our first stop is at the picturesque Whangarei falls, these impressive 26m falls flow all year round and can be accessed both at the top and bottom. As we continue heading south we veer off the main highway to take the scenic coast road as we head toward Auckland. We’ll stop in at Mangawhai Heads and enjoy the views of numerous offshore islands, there is also a stunning costal walk that can be done if the tide is right. After we depart Mangawhai we will carry on to Auckland for a mid-afternoon arrival. Plenty of time to find your hotels for the night or make it to the airport!

Breakfast and lunch included

Stay: Auckland

day 7

Tour

Today is your first free day in Auckland, the beautiful city is rated the third most liveable city in the world and it’s easy to see why people love it so much! Fun, safe and easy to get around there are numerous different things to see and do in Auckland along with a huge variety of world class restaurants to satisfy your taste-buds. If your worn out from the first part of your tour it’s the perfect time to relax and unwind, but if your full of energy and want to keep adventuring there are a number of activities to choose from!

These are our top picks:

  • Tiritiri Matangi Island: This beautiful Island is a wildlife reserve best known for its numerous endangered New Zealand bird species and scenery, catch a ferry from downtown Auckland and enjoy a guided walk once you arrive, or explore on your own! ($80 including ferry)

www.fullers.co.nz/tours/tiritiri-matangi-island-guided-walks/

  • Food and wine tasting tour of Waiheke Island ($150 including ferry)

www.fullers.co.nz/tours/taste-of-waiheke-tour/

  • Sky Tower: Standing at 328m tall, the Sky Tower is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere and is well worth a visit if you’re in Auckland, there are also numerous dining options in the tower so you can eat with a view! ($29)

www.skycityauckland.co.nz/attractions/sky-tower/

Stay: Auckland

day 8

Tour

Today you have one more free day in Auckland before we head south for the Pioneer portion of your tour, if you didn’t have a chance to explore the city already we recommend having a wander through the Viaduct and the Wynyard Quarter where there a number of things to see, do and eat. Being the weekend the city will be alive with activity and there are usually a number of markets, fairs or events to be enjoyed. Make the most of the city because tomorrow we’ll be leaving it behind!

Stay: Auckland

day 9

Tour

This first day we meet in the City of Sails where you will be introduced to your fellow travellers along with your two kiwi guides! Then we’ll hit the road and head south where you can admire the stunning New Zealand countryside and get to know your new travelling companions. Our first major stop will be the world-famous Waitomo caves, here we will explore some of the incredible glow worm caves, admiring the fascinating limestone formations and taking a serene boat journey that allows you to get up close and personal with the stunning glow worm colonies. If exploring the caves isn’t for you, then there are some stunning bush walks nearby to enjoy instead. After we exit the caves we will enjoy a late picnic style lunch and then carry on with our journey to Lonely Planet’s second highest rated region in the world, the beautiful Taranaki! Here we will settle in to our luxurious self-contained accommodation, relax and enjoy the beautiful west coast surroundings.

Stay: Taranaki - lunch and dinner included

day 10

Tour

Today we will be hiking the slopes of Mount Taranaki, this impressive giant is considered one of the most symmetrical mountains in the world, similar-to Japan’s Mount Fuji. We will enjoy a hike that starts in the lush rainforest before ascending into the alpine forests and tussock where on clear days we can enjoy breath taking views right up the West Coast and all the way over to Tongariro National Park, and Mounts Ruapehu and Nguarahoe. From here we will make our way around the around the North Face of the mountain before beginning our descent on a different trail to finish our loop walk back at the carpark. Along the way you will hear about some of our native flora and fauna, along with some history of the mountain and the Maori legend as to how Taranaki came to be. Afterwards we will relax at one of the local lakes where we can enjoy a picnic lunch and dive in for a swim if you’re feeling brave! After that we have some time to relax, and if you’re interested we will head down to one of the famous west coast beaches to enjoy the sunshine and hopefully a beautiful sunset! During summer, we may have a beach BBQ depending on the weather.

Stay: Taranaki - all meals included

day 11

Tour

After enjoying a cooked breakfast, we will drive to the Eastern face of Mount Taranaki, where there are number of beautiful short bush walks we can do that included Wilkie’s pools, the ‘Goblin forests’ and the majestic Dawson falls. We will have a picnic lunch either along the trail or in the picnic area near the Visitor Centre and then hit the the road again. As we travel we will follow the coast for a time before heading inland and winding alongside the impressive Whanganui River and passing through scenic gorges until we arrive at the New Zealand’s oldest National Park, Tongaririo. The Tongariro National Park is world renowned for its geological and historical significance, being one UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Tonight, we will stay in Whakapapa Village on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, where there a number of short walks that can be enjoyed by those wanting to stretch their legs.

Stay: Tongariro National park - all meals included

day 12

Tour

Today is one of the most spectacular days on the tour, as we will be hiking the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This trail winds its way between two active volcanoes, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe (aka. Mount Doom), which create a dramatic and inspiring landscape. We begin by winding our way through tussock alongside an alpine stream, before reaching the Soda spring and its waterfall, from here we will climb the devil’s staircase, following ancient lava flows as we climb to the saddle between the two grand volcanoes. Once we reach the highest point of the walk at the Red Crater, aptly named for the volcanic red soil that makes up the crater, on clear days you will be treated to a jaw-dropping view of the Emerald and Blue Crater lakes that the crossing is famous for. After enjoying lunch next to one of these picturesque lakes we will wind our way down the far side of the crossing, whilst being treated to views of thermal vents in the mountainside and Lake Taupo off in the distance. Once we complete the hike we will make the short drive to Taupo where we will enjoy the beautiful lakefront town and a soak in natural thermal hot pools.

Stay: Taupo - all meals included.

Day 12 - Tongariro Alpine Crossing during winter

Tour

Tongariro Alpine Crossing during winter

Tongariro Alpine Crossing during winter – add $160 (1st May – 30th September)

While the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a beautiful walk, during winter it becomes more challenging as we commonly encounter snow and ice during these times. As such we often opt for a lower altitude walk such as Tama Lakes if the conditions do not allow us to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing without specialist equipment. However, it is definitely still an option! If you wish to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter you can do it with a local specialist guide, they will provide all the equipment and instruction you need to safely to the walk in the conditions. Just remember that walking through snow and ice can be much more tiring so you will need a good level of fitness to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in winter.

day 13

Tour

We will have a relaxing start to the day, with time to walk to the lakefront and enjoy the scenery or take sunrise photos if you’re an early starter! From here we will travel to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park, which showcases some of New Zealand’s most stunning geothermal features and has been rated one of the 20 most surreal places in the world by TripAdvisor. Over the millennia thermal vents in the ground have created a range of natural phenomenon including mud pools, geysers, silica terraces and geothermal lakes that range from fluorescent green and yellow to orange to clear blue. We will then drive to Rotorua, renowned for its geothermal activity and rich Maori culture. This afternoon we mountain bike through the towering Redwoods in Whakarewarewa Forest, this is designed for all ability levels so you don’t have to be an expert on a bike. However, if mountain biking is not for you, as an alternative you can to kayak the Blue lake, or we can check in to our accommodations nice and early so if you just want to relax on the lakeside or enjoy a swim or a short walk you’re more than welcome to do so. (sentence removed)

Stay: Rotorua - all meals included

day 14

Tour

After breakfast, we will make the short trip to the stunning blue waters of the Hamurana Springs, a phenomenon created from crisp, clear spring water bubbling up from deep within the ground into crevasses or underneath the sand. From here we travel to the coast! We will make a short climb up Mount Manganui to get a beautiful view up and down the East Coast, showcasing some of New Zealand’s most famous beaches. We will then travel north to the white sands of Waihi Beach, where if the conditions are right there is a stunning coastal walk over to Orokawa Bay, only accessible by walking track or boat, this untouched beach is bordered by native Pohutukawa trees and is the picture-perfect definition of a New Zealand beach. We will then continue out on the Coromandel Peninsula to Onemana Bay, where we will spend the night listening to the waves lapping on the beach.

Stay: Onemana/Whangamata - all meals included

day 15

Tour

While today may be the final day of the tour we still have plenty of fun to fit in before we get you back to Auckland! We start by heading to the world-famous Cathedral Cove, if the weather suits we will jump on a boat that tours this spectacular coastline, showcasing the incredible geological formations, caves, stunning beaches and marine life. If sea conditions are rough, not to worry! We’ll take the short hike over the hill down to Cathedral Cove, enjoying the pristine coastal views along the way. Next, we will make the short drive to the famous Hot Water Beach, a spectacular white sand beach where at the right tide natural geothermal springs allow you to dig your very own spa pool in the sand! (We may explore Hot Water Beach first and then Cathedral Cove depending on the tides). After enjoying your fill of new Zealand’s incredible beaches, we will make our way back to Auckland where you can continue your adventures or travel home if you’re not here for long.

Breakfast and lunch included

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