Trip Report


Trip Report

One week tour North Island of New Zealand, from Auckland to Wellington

I spent one week travelling in the Northern Island of New Zealand with the company GAdventures

by johannaAbout Me:Hi there, I'm Johanna, from Switzerland. I got into travelling when I was 19, when I went 6 mknths to Australie to learn English. Since then, I love discovering our beautiful world with friends, with a boyfriend or by myself. read more

New Zealand7 days / January 2017

Highs & Lows

The tour organized by GAdventure, always the best!


Itinerary Overview

I arrived in Auckland, two days before the beginning of the trip with GAdventure. For my first evening and the next day, I walked around the city of Auckland, by the pier, by Queen Street and though different parks. There was an open air cinema by the pier with different foodtrucks, that was really nice. Also, I absolutely wanted to visit Hobbitown, being a huge fan of The Lord of the Ring.  I booked a one day-tour to visit this cute village, which has been left exactly like it the movie. I really really enjoyed visiting this place. I also took the time to visit Auckland, which is a beautiful city.

After, that my tour with GAdventure began. We were a group of about 13 people from all over the world, that was really cool. We had a private bus and a tour guide for the entire week and all the hotels and other things were already booked by them. 

We started with a bike ride in the Canyon of Karangahake and then went to have a walk by the beach of Hahei and visited the town. Then, we went to the Tamaki Maori Village, we had a Maori show and dinner and slept in the village all together in a "Maori dormitory", they even have an outdoor jacuzzi which is really cool.

At the subsequent time, we headed to Rotorua, which is really famous for different outdoor activities and the hot springs. I personally did rafting and really enjoyed it, the rafting instructors were amazing and very respectful of the river according to Maori beliefs.

In due course, we drove to Tongariro National Park and did the hike "Tongariro Alpine Crossing" of 19.4 kilometers. However, be aware this is not a loop hike, so you should organize a taxi or a bus to drop you off at the start or/and to pick you up at the end. This hike is really amazing, with spectacular landscapes. For the fans of The Lord of the Ring, the path pass by the volcano that is the Mont Doom in the movie. 

Hereinafter, we went to the Whanganui River, where we canoed to a nice lodge, where we spent the night. The next day we did some jet boat on the same river and had a walk in the Whanganui National Park and to the "Bridge to where?". We had a friendly and cultivated local guide who explained us a lot about the history or this river. 

We finally arrived at our last destination; Wellington. I took a few days more by myself to visit the town and make another The Lord of the Ring tour, where I visited different places where some scenes of the movie have been shot.

  • 1 Night: Auckland
  • Day trip: Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tours
    Movie location
  • 1 Night: Hahei
  • 1 Night: Rotorua
  • 1 Night: Tongariro National Park
  • 1 Night: Whanganui River
  • 2 Nights: Wellington

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    Must do: go for dinner to a Maori village, to try their local food

  • Packing tips?

    Hiking shoes, windproof jacket

  • Transportation Tips?

    We had a private minibus for all the tour, really good!

  • Booking details?

    Everything was booked through GAdventure, which was really good!