Volcanic Venture

4 Days / 3 Nights
From NZ$1,485 per person Per Person Twin Share
Per Person Twin Share

Trace the wonders of the North Island's volcanic plateau, from boiling mud, soaring geysers, to active volcanoes and geothermal steam fields.

Highlights

  • Tongariro National Park
  • Orakei Korako thermal area
  • Steaming mud pools
  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Huka Falls
  • Glowworm Caves

Departure Dates

Daily departures

Day 1:  Auckland - Rotorua
Travel south through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride under a galaxy of glowworms.  Continue east to Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history.  Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert.

Day 2:  Rotorua - Taupo
Today you take a scenic drive to Maungakakaramea 'mountain of coloured earth'.  Visit New Zealand's largest mud volcano, speed down the Waikato River by jet boat, plus discover hidden Orakei Korako cave and thermal valley.  Visit the steam fields of Wairakei and the thunderous Huka Falls on your way to Taupo.

Day 3:  Taupo - Tongariro National Park
Journey from Taupo to National Park Village.  You may like to consider staying an extra day at National Park to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's best one day hike.

Day 4:  Tongariro National Park - Auckland or Wellington
The morning is free to explore one of the many short walks available.  In the afternoon board the Northern Explorer train for travel to either Auckland or Wellington (advise when booking), arriving in the evening.  Please note the train does not operate daily and we may change the order of this tour so that you get to experience it.  On Wednesdays the train will be replaced by an Intercity Coach.

  • Transport & accommodation
  • Orakei Korako Thermal area
  • Maori Hangi (feast)
  • Northern Explorer Train Journey
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour

 

  • Stay an extra day at National Park to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Breakfasts and extra nights can be added

Description & Highlights

Trace the wonders of the North Island's volcanic plateau, from boiling mud, soaring geysers, to active volcanoes and geothermal steam fields.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Auckland - Rotorua
Travel south through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride under a galaxy of glowworms.  Continue east to Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history.  Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert.

Day 2:  Rotorua - Taupo
Today you take a scenic drive to Maungakakaramea 'mountain of coloured earth'.  Visit New Zealand's largest mud volcano, speed down the Waikato River by jet boat, plus discover hidden Orakei Korako cave and thermal valley.  Visit the steam fields of Wairakei and the thunderous Huka Falls on your way to Taupo.

Day 3:  Taupo - Tongariro National Park
Journey from Taupo to National Park Village.  You may like to consider staying an extra day at National Park to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's best one day hike.

Day 4:  Tongariro National Park - Auckland or Wellington
The morning is free to explore one of the many short walks available.  In the afternoon board the Northern Explorer train for travel to either Auckland or Wellington (advise when booking), arriving in the evening.  Please note the train does not operate daily and we may change the order of this tour so that you get to experience it.  On Wednesdays the train will be replaced by an Intercity Coach.

Included In Package

  • Transport & accommodation
  • Orakei Korako Thermal area
  • Maori Hangi (feast)
  • Northern Explorer Train Journey
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour

 

Optional Extras

  • Stay an extra day at National Park to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Breakfasts and extra nights can be added
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