10 Day North Island Great Walks Package

NZ$4059 Per Adult

10 Day North Island Great Walks Package

Walk the classic walks of the North Island with this all inclusive North Island Great Walks self drive holiday package…

North Island Classic Walks Package Includes:

  • 10 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
  • Car hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0-18 months old)
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Waitomo Caves Combo (Waitomo Glowworm Cave and Ruakuri Cave)
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing Guided Day Walk
  • Entry to Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
  • Lake Waikaremoana Guided Four Day Walk

Day 1 Arrive Auckland

Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport, explore the city, then make your way to your accommodation.

Stay 1 night in Auckland City.

Day 2 Hobbiton > Hamilton

Driving time Auckland to Matamata 159 km / 98 miles , 2 hours

Make your way to Matamata and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set to experience the real Middle Earth. The bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Trilogies. The tour includes a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. A guide will show you around the 12 acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Film Set was created.

Driving time Matamata to Hamilton 57 km / 35 miles , 1 hour

Follow up Hobbiton tour make your way to Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city, situated on the banks of the Waikato River. With several iconic attractions including the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Raglan’s surf coast and Te Aroha Mineral Pools.

Stay 1 night in Hamilton.

Day 3 Waitomo Caves> Taupo

Driving time Hamilton to Waitomo Caves 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour

Explore Waitomo Caves in morning, where you will enjoy the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves Combo Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato area series of unique caves that will take your great away. Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flows into delicate shale-like formations. Nearby, at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thousands of tiny glowworms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night.

Driving time Waitomo Caves to Taupo 150 km / 93 miles, 2 hours

After visiting the Waitomo Caves travel onwards to Taupo.

Stay 2 nights in Taupo.

Day 4 Taupo > Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Included in New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks the well known Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a must do day walk. After getting picked up from your accommodation in Taupo travel to the start of the trail at Mangatepopo Valley. This walk takes you up and over the Mt Tongariro & Mt Ngauruhoe saddle, and past the South Crater and the Red Crater summit with great photo opportunities. Descending to the Emerald Lakes for lunch, refreshment and a well earned break. Continue on up and over Mt Tongariro then it’s down hill from there. A great walk in both summer and winter. Moderate fitness levels required.

Return to Taupo in the afternoon.

Day 5 Rotorua

Driving time Taupo to Rotorua 80 km / 50 miles, 1.5 hours

Take the leisurely drive from Taupo to Rotorua.

Stroll through Hells Gate, a steaming thermal reserve, see bubbling mud pools, steaming creators, hot springs and even try Maori weaving and wood carving!

Explore Rotorua in the afternoon or add on one of the must do activities.

Stay 1 night in Rotorua.

Day 6 Rotorua > Lake Waikairemoana

Today you will be picked up from Rotorua and drive through small villages and dense rainforest into the heart of Te Urewera National Park. This is the first day of the Guided Lake Waikaremoana Walk – one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks. Today you will walk 10.5 km (approx 4 hrs) through native bush, along the shoreline before arriving at the Waiharuru Hut. This 4 day walk does require a good fitness level where you are able to walk for 4-6 hours per day.

*Accommodation for the 3 nights while walking is in a 2 Star Lodge.

Stay 3 nights in 2 Star Lodge Accommodation.

Day 7 Lake Waikaremoana Walk

Day two involves some challenging walking, but you will be rewarded with some great views. You’ll be following the lake’s western arm. After lunch take a short boat ride to the Korokoro Falls, before continuing on to the Waiopaoa Hut for the evening. 18.3 km reduced with boat ride (approx 7 hrs).

Day 8 Lake Waikaremoana

Today climb 600 m up the Panekire Bluffs, with breathtaking views. Continuing on through native bush onto Panekire Hut for the night and a glass of wine on the verandah. 7.6 km (approx 4.5 hrs)

Day 9 Lake Waikaremoana > Rotorua

Day four and the final day, watch the sunrise on the beautiful East Coast one of the first places in the world to see the sun. Continue on along the Panekire Ridge, with awesome views and great photo opportunities. Mark the end of this great 4 day walk with a BBQ before travelling back to Rotorua.

Stay 1 night in Rotorua.

Day 10 Auckland

Driving time Rotorua to Auckland 230 km / 140 miles, 3.5 hours

Travel back at your leisure to Auckland, explore the city or enjoy your last evening in Auckland with an evening sail and dining cruise aboard a America’s Cup yacht on the harbour, or cruise the expansive Hauraki Gulf to view whales and dolphins.

Stay 1 night in Auckland City.

Day 11 Depart Auckland

Drop your rental car off at Auckland Airport and depart Auckland.