10 Day Batten Tour

10 Day Batten Tour

Start your tour from Auckland and take in all the highlights of the North Island from Paihia to Wellington, returning to Auckland. Soak up the sunshine, spot dolphins in the Bay of Islands, dig your own spa bath at Hot Water Beach and learn about Maori culture at the Tamaki Maori Village.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Small Group Tours
From: Auckland
Departures: Dec 2018 to Apr 2019
Price: From (NZD) $1795 per person
Tour Operator: Stray Journeys
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: ANI10


9 nights accommodation in Lodges, cabins and comfortable hostels, except at Blue Duck Station & Hahei which is shared accommodation.
8 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 6 dinners (D)
Tree hugging at Parry Kauri Forest, Northland
Swim at Waipu Cove, Northland
Hole in the Rock cruise, Paihia
Hokianga ferry ride and sand boarding, Hokianga
Visit Waipoua Forest and Tane Mahuta (NZ’s largest kauri tree), Hokianga
Swim at Kai Iwi Lakes, Northland
Walk to Cathedral Cove, Hahei
Kai cooking demonstration, Hahei
Hot Water Beach, Hahei
Maori cultural experience, including traditional hangi meal and interactive performance, Rotorua
4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure, Blue Duck Station
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Auckland to Paihia

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your journey kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Pickups 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 stop for lunch and a swim at scenic Waipu Cove. This is followed by a trip to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds (own expense), before settling into our accommodation where you’ll have a group meal and the evening free to relax in Paihia.

Accommodation included: Hostel near the beach (D)
Activities included: Tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest, Waipu Cove
Optional activities: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Day 2
Paihia - Hokianga

This morning we take a scenic cruise around the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life, and there’s no better way to see it than by boat. Keep a watchful eye out and you may see wild dolphins!

In the afternoon it’s off to the Hokianga Harbour, where we will see the huge sand dunes. Tonight you have the option to take part in a Maori-guided twilight encounter, where you’ll visit the Waipoua Forest, learn about Maori legends and the spiritual inhabitants of the forest, and visit the largest kauri tree in the world, the “God of the Forest” Tane Mahuta (own expense). Finish the day with a Kiwi classic for dinner, traditional fish and chips.

Accommodation included: Waterside lodge (B,D)
Activities included: Hole in the Rock cruise
Optional activities: Footprints Waipoua twilight encounter, bone carving

Day 3
Hokianga - Auckland

We start the morning with a ferry ride across the Hokianga Harbour to experience the thrill of sand boarding down massive dunes (weather dependant) before we start to make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest. Here we will have the opportunity to visit NZ’s largest kauri trees. We visit the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in the beautiful crystal-clear waters surrounded by a pure white sandy beach, before returning to the ‘big smoke’ for a late afternoon arrival.

Accommodation included: Central city hostel (B)
Activities included: Hokianga Ferry ride, sand boarding, visit Waipoua Forest (NZ’s largest kauri trees), swim in the Kai Iwi Lakes

Day 4
Auckland - Hahei

We depart Auckland and head south east to the pristine sands of Hahei Beach, from which you can access the famous Cathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot, boat or kayak, you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and stunning sea views in this beautiful coastal spot. Cathedral Cove is a definite ‘must see’ on the Coromandel Peninsula.

After an afternoon of seaside exploration, we gather as a group for an entertaining hands-on cooking demonstration to prepare some delicious ‘kai’ (Maori for ‘food’) together for dinner.

Accommodation included: Comfortable beachside accommodation (D)
Activities included: Walk to Cathedral Cove, Kai cooking demonstration
Optional activities: Cathedral Cove Kayaks

Day 5
Hahei - Rotorua

Today we start by driving to Hot Water Beach, a unique surf beach where you can dig a hole in the sand to create in your own personal spa pool (tide dependent). After the beach, we’ll make our way towards Rotorua, stopping on the way to drop off those who want to visit the hobbit holes at the world-famous Hobbiton Movie Set. For those who choose to head straight to Rotorua, we’ll stop before we get to town to stretch our legs with an easy walk to watch white water rafters navigate the waterfalls of the Kaituna River.

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.

Accommodation included: Central city lodge, 2 nights (B,D)
Activities included: Dig your own spa pool at Hot Water Beach (tide dependent), Kaituna waterfall walk, Tamaki cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, Kapa Haka (Maori song and dance) and interactive cultural performance
Optional activities: Visit Hobbiton

Day 6
Rotorua Sightseeing

You have a full free day in Rotorua to discover an area well-known for its Maori heritage, adventure activities and geothermal wonders. Here you have plenty of great optional activities to choose from, such as a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, white water rafting, ziplining through native bush, mountain biking and much more. A great option to finish the day is to spend the evening soaking in the hot pools at the luxurious Polynesian Spa. (B)

Optional activities: Visit Hobbiton, white water rafting, Zorbing, the luge, ziplining, mountain biking, Polynesian Spa

Day 7
Rotorua - National Park

It’s a very early start this morning so we can make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tongariro National Park, where you’ll get the chance to do what is rated as one of the world’s best one-day walks, 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 within this volcanic region or visit the Volcanic Centre Museum.

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

Day 8
National Park - Blue Duck Station

After your big day of hiking, you get a chance to sleep in because we won’t depart until mid-morning. Our destination today is one of the most remote parts of the North Island accessible by road. We’re heading for the award winning Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, a 7,200-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 Bush Safari and 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 farm’s conservation efforts. Your dinner tonight is cooked using local produce.

Accommodation included: Remote country station lodge (B,D)
Activities included: 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure

Day 9
Blue Duck Station - Wellington

We depart early to arrive into Wellington around midday. Wellington is known as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ thanks to Lonely Planet, and it’s a great place to check out the lively arts, shopping and craft beer and café culture scene. As New Zealand’s capital city, it is home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive government building. This afternoon, you have the option to tour the world famous Weta Workshop, marvel at the natural and cultural wonders of Te Papa National Museum or wander along the waterfront Oriental Parade.

Accommodation included: Central city hostel (B)
Optional activities: Weta Workshop Tour, Te Papa National Museum, craft beer sampling

Day 10
Wellington - 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 village, before heading back to Auckland for a late afternoon arrival. We hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! (B)

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10 Day Batten Tour
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Tour Code: ANI10
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Departures: Dec 2018 to Apr 2019

Start your tour from Auckland and take in all the highlights of the North Island from Paihia to Wellington, returning to Auckland. Soak up the sunshin... Read More

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