North Island Super Explorer Ultimate Experience

A truly enjoyable and stunning North Island Super Explorer Ultimate Experience brings New Zealand’s unique destinations from the northern tip, to the middle earth, the magical glow worms and geothermal wonderland Rotorua before exploring the New Zealand’s capital Wellington. 

 

Travel north via the Hibiscus Coast to Matakana before continuing our journey to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an amazing day out exploring Auckland’s hidden Gem: Matakana, a world-class village with a small town charm, full of beautifully landscaped open spaces, river and boutique shops.

Sculptureum

The Sculptureum experience takes around 2-3 hours to complete and has something for everyone. One minute you’re admiring a Picasso and just around the corner you’ll stumble upon a piece by an unnamed artist. The collection is that of Auckland based Barristers Anthony and Sandra Grant who wanted to share their passion and give everyone the opportunity to experience art in a different environment than a typical gallery or museum. There is just over 2km of beautifully manicured paths and while summer is the most colourful time of year to experience Sculptureum, each season reveals something new to admire. 

 

Weather-permitting; we begin our premium wine tasting tour among the vines before moving into the winery. Inside the Winery, we continue our tasting of six premium wines accompanied with small bites. We then proceed to our overnight stay in Paihia, Bay of Islands. 

Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach

Discover the unique history, culture and landscape of New Zealand's Far North on a day trip to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. A trip to Bay of Islands is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Drive along the shores of Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Feel the sand between your toes as you help your driver guide dig for shellfish (conditions permitting).

 

Visit Cape Reinga and hear the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together. During your Cape Reinga tour you'll also experience another Kiwi icon: a lunch of delicious fish and chips at the historic Wagener Museum at Houhora. Upon return from Cape Reinga, overnight stay in Paihia.

Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise​

This is the most popular dolphin watching cruise in the Bay of Islands, and for good reason! Board your cruise in Paihia or Russell and take in the stunning views as we glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over and Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

Find a comfortable seat on the deck of the catamaran and settle in for your half-day scenic tour. This high-speed cruise allows you to experience multiple attractions in the Bay of Islands in a single trip, which tours on slower boats can’t manage. As you travel, enjoy in-depth commentary about the area’s geology, environment, Maori heritage, flora, and fauna from your guide. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise, and have your camera ready as we get you up close to the action.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Discover the story of New Zealand’s history and the story of two peoples coming together as one under the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, at this award-winning national attraction.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds offers an authentic and inspiring cultural experience that encompasses powerful Māori cultural performances in a beautifully carved meeting house, a contemporary award-winning museum and visitor centre, lush native forest and gardens, interactive carving studio, traditional Māori waka (canoe) and hāngi (traditional feast), entertaining guided tours and more, overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands. 

Take a walk through New Zealand’s history on an informative guided tour of the expansive Treaty Grounds with one of our friendly, experienced local guides. Discover the amazing stories, people and events that shaped the past, present and future of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Visit the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe, view the historic Treaty House and Meeting House, and stand on the spot where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was first signed in 1840. All tours include a personal audio device, allowing you to clearly follow the fascinating stories as they are told by your guide. 

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Our guided tour will take you through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral. Many of our current guides are descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. 

  • Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms

  • Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cave famous for its acoustics

  • Enjoy listening to stories about Maori culture from our local guides

  • Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original iconic New Zealand attraction

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

​​Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is where Peter Jackson filmed his famous Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Our tour starts by from Auckland city centre from where we pick you up from, then you’ll enjoy a two-hour scenic drive South of Auckland into Waikato, with a scenic stop or two for taking picturesque photos of New Zealand's lush countryside. 

Once we arrive, you spend 30-45 mins shopping in the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and grabbing a drink or a bite in the famous Shire’s Rest Cafe. Your guided tour starts on a Hobbiton tour bus with a drive through New Zealand's picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be. 

Redwoods Daytime Treewalk

This award-winning, eco-tourism walk is 700 metres long, spans across 28 suspension bridges, 27 platforms and takes about 40 minutes to complete. With the height of the walkway ranging between 9-20 metres, you are presented with a unique, birds’ eye perspective of the forest below and treetops above. This award-winning, eco-tourism walk is suitable for families and accessible for all who can walk unaided.

  • Immersive 40-minute nature discovery Daytime Treewalk

  • Discover 118-year-old giant redwood trees

  • Unique birds’ eye perspective of forest floor and treetops above

  • Tranquil and serene experience that caters to all fitness levels

  • Extraordinary views of New Zealand silver ferns and exotic forest

  • Visit our evergreen forest all year round

Hell's Gate

More than just a place of myth and legend, this land has the power to heal and excite anyone who meets it, just as it's done for centuries. Come and discover New Zealand's most unique geothermal experience!

 

Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk
Take a guided or self-guided tour of New Zealand’s most active geothermal reserve, walking amongst erupting waters, an active mud volcano, and land coral. Experience getting your hands and feet dirty in our healing mud pool or try your hand at Māori carving. You’ll soon discover the legends and myths behind Hell’s Gate.

Hell's Gate Excite Experience
Combine all three of Hell’s Gate’s most popular experiences with this package. Take part in the guided or self-guided interactive geothermal walk, before indulging in our geothermal mud baths and sulphur spas. It’s a Rotorua experience you’ll never forget. Includes a geothermal walk which takes between one and one and a half hours, as well as Māori carving. Then bathe in our world-famous mud baths and soak in the sulphur spas and cool plunge pool.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland - The place we love to share with our visitors

 

Lady Knox Geyser

Come and see the history and beauty of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15am every day. Presented by our fantastic staff in a natural amphitheatre. Lady Knox Geyser provides a unique opportunity to see an eruption to heights of 10 to 20 metres.  

Geothermal Park

Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand, extending over 18-sq. km.

Mud Pool

Visit the Mud Pool to complete your experience at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. The largest mud pool in New Zealand, it was originally the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920’s.  

 

 

Huka Falls

​​At Huka Falls you can witness the phenomenon of natural hydro power with more than 220,000 litres of water per sec barreling over 11meter high waterfall. The previously placid waters roar and rumble at great speed along the ravine before bursting out over Huka Falls to crash into the turbulent pool 11 metres below. A foot bridge right at the top of the falls puts you in a prime position to get up close and witness the powerful display of water blasting by -. If you'd like to see the power and fury of the falls up close, try a jet boat ride or river cruise.

Lake Taupō

The beautiful Lake Taupō is about the size of Singapore – more of an inland sea really. Taupō was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. 

 

Taupō is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience.

Wellington - Beehive Parliament Building & Te Papa National Museum

Visit Wellington's most iconic building is The Beehive, site of New Zealand's parliament. Designed by British architect Sir Basil Spence and built between 1964 and 1979, the building with its distinctive shape is the city's most love-it-or-hate-it piece of architecture. This visit may include a guided tour of the parliament building subject to availability.

 

Visit New Zealand's national museum is an immersive journey into the natural forces that formed the country, the culture of the Maori people who first settled here, and the social history of both Maori and Europeans who have shaped the nation since then. 

 

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (more commonly called "Te Papa" by locals) has a wealth of exhibits to explore, from the Earthquake House that simulates the experience of being in an earthquake, to the much more sedate Arts Te Papa collection, with 11 galleries of artworks focused on New Zealand and Pacific Island artists.

Zealandia Eco-sanctuary, Mt. Victoria & Wellington Cable Car

Dedicated to exhibiting New Zealand's conservation efforts and its unique nature and wildlife, ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary is a 225-hectare urban eco-sanctuary only two kilometers from the city center. Here, many of the country's native birds-including endangered species such as the stitchbird, saddleback, and takahe-can be heard and seen, as well as more than 100 kiwi (which can be spotted on guided night tours) and New Zealand's famed reptile, the tuatara.

Proceed to visit Mount Victoria  - Topping out at 196 meters high, this peak offers fantastic views over the cityscape, although it can be extremely windy on top. A narrow winding road, signposted "Lookout," runs up from Oriental Bay to the Byrd Memorial below the viewing platform. From the terrace on the summit there is a magnificent panorama of the broad city, the harbor, and Cook Strait in one direction and Kelburn Park with the university buildings in the other.

Finish your day visiting Wellington's historic cable car that has been climbing up the hill to the Kelburn Lookout, next door to the Botanic Gardens, since 1912. This fun five-minute journey is a scenic (and much more relaxed) alternative to puffing your way up Wellington's steep hill from Lambton Quay in the waterfront central district.

 

Weta Cave Workshop Tour & Spend time in Wellington City Centre

Fans of the classic Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies won't want to miss out on Wellington's connection to Peter Jackson's successful trilogies. Wellington is home to the director's famous Weta Workshop, where many of the props and special effects for these blockbuster movies were made. The best way to experience this movie attraction is aboard a Weta Cave Workshop Tour. These professionally-led tours provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how these movies were made, along with other hits, including Avatar and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. You'll also see up close some of the models used to portray various characters and film sets. Included with the tour is round-trip transportation from downtown Wellington, a tour guide, a chance to chat with workshop staff, and an introductory documentary. A great souvenir shop is located on-site.

After you finish your amazing North Island Super Explorer Ultimate Discovery Experience, we make our way through the scenic roads back to Auckland city or you can choose to fly back to Auckland at an additional cost.

North Island Super Explorer - Ultimate Discovery Experience

Tour Highlights [Day 1]

  • Pick up from Auckland

  • Private Transportation

  • Snacks & Water

  • Stops for Scenic Photos

  • Admission to Sculptureum​

  • Self-Guided Experience visiting 3 sculpture filled gardens

  • Self-Guided Experience visiting 6 indoor art galleries

  • Wine Tasting at Boutique Vineyards

  • Overnight Stay in Paihia

Tour Highlights [Day 2]

  • Pick up from Paihia

  • Guided Experience to Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach

  • Includes Fish & Chips Lunch

  • Sandboarding at Te Paki Stream

  • Overnight Stay in Paihia

Tour Highlights [Day 3]

  • Pick up from Paihia

  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise​

  • Guided Experience at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

  • Overnight Stay in Auckland

Tour Highlights [Day 4]

  • Pick up from Auckland

  • Guided Experience at Glowworm Cave

  • Guided Experience at the Hobbiton Movie Set

  • Free Beer or Ginger Beer or Cider in Green Dragon Inn

  • Overnight Stay in Rotorua

Tour Highlights [Day 5]

  • Pick up from Rotorua

  • Redwoods Daytime Treewalk

  • Hell's Gate Excite Experience

  • Geothermal Walk, Geothermal Mud Baths and Sulphur Spas

  • Overnight Stay in Rotorua

Tour Highlights [Day 6]

  • Pick up from Rotorua

  • Self-Guided Experience at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Lady Knox Geyser, Champagne Pool

  • Huka Falls

  • Lake Taupo

  • Overnight Stay in Wellington

Tour Highlights [Day 7]

  • Pick up from Wellington

  • Beehive Parliament Building

  • Te Papa National Museum

  • Relax at Wellington's Waterfront

  • Overnight Stay in Wellington

Tour Highlights [Day 8]

  • Pick up from Wellington

  • Zealandia Eco Sanctuary

  • Mt. Victoria Lookout

  • Wellington Cable Car & Kelburn Lookout

  • Leisure time to spend in City Centre

  • Overnight Stay in Wellington

Tour Highlights [Day 9]

  • Pick up from Wellington

  • Weta Cave Workshop Tour

  • Leisure time to spend in City Centre

  • Overnight Stay in Wellington

Tour Highlights [Day 10]

  • Pick up from Wellington

  • Scenic drive from Wellington back to Auckland

  • Return to Auckland

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