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Stray Journeys - 9 Day - Batten (Auck/Auck) (ANI9)

9 day - Batten (Auck/Auck) Fixed itinerary through New Zealand 


  •  Bay of Islands wildlife cruise
  •  Visit Hokianga and Tane Mahuta
  •  Sand Boarding 
  •  Cathedral Cove walk / Hot Water Beach
  •  Specially-developed Maori experience with traditional hangi, interactive show and story telling
  •  Huka Falls / Tongariro National Park (Alpine Crossing in Summer)
  •  Lake Taupo
  •  4WD eco -wilderness tour in Whanganui National Park
  •  Te Papa National Museum


Experienced tour guide, accommodation transfers, accommodation, meals as indicated, Maori welcome/guide in Opononi, Tane Mahuta visit, Hokianga ferry, sand boarding, wildlife boat trip spotting dolphins and other marine life, Russell Ferry, cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, interactive cultural performance and exclusive story telling, 4WD bush safari / eco-wilderness farm tour, Te Papa Museum. Breakfast (6), dinner (5).


Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.



  • Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Hahei.
  • Standard accommodation is 6-share in Whakahoro.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.



North Island Stray Journeys Itinerary


Start: Auckland

Finish: Auckland

Duration: 9 days/8 nights


Day 1:                       Auckland to Paihia


Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)!  Your journey kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland. Pick-ups 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. (D)


Accommodation included: Beachfront hostel

Activities included: Tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest, Waipu Cove

Optional activities: Waitangi Treaty Grounds


Day 2:            Paihia to Opononi


This morning we take a wildlife cruise in 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 for 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. (B,D)


Accommodation included: Homely Kiwi lodge

Activities included: Bay of Island’s wildlife boat trip

Optional activities: Footprints Waipoua twilight encounter, bone carving


Day 3:                        Opononi to Auckland


We start the morning with a ferry ride across the Hokianga Harbour to go 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. (B)


Accommodation included: Central city hostel

Activities included: Hokianga Ferry ride, sand boarding, visit Waipoua Forest (NZ’s largest Kauri trees), swim in the Kai Iwi Lakes


Day 4:            Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel)


We depart Auckland and head south east stopping for a walk to the famous Cathedral Cove.  Accessible only by foot or boat, you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and stunning views in this beautiful coastal spot. Cathedral Cove is a ‘must see’ on the Coromandel Peninsula.


Afterwards we’ll drive to Hot Water Beach, a unique surf beach where you dig a hole in the sand and sit in your own personal spa pool (tide dependent).  In the afternoon there will be time for a kayaking tour (own expense) before we feast on a delicious BBQ for dinner. (D)


Accommodation included: Comfortable beachside accommodation

Activities included: Walk to Cathedral Cove, dig a hole at Hot Water Beach

Optional activities: Cathedral Cove Kayaks


Day 5:            Hahei to Rotorua


Today we head for Rotorua, arriving around midday, to discover an area well-known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity.  Here you will get the chance to do some great optional activities, such as a visit to Hobbiton.


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. (B,D)

Accommodation included: Central city lodge

Activities included: Cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, Kapa Haka (Maori song and dance) and interactive cultural performance

Optional activities: Visit Hobbiton, white water rafting, Zorbing, the luge


Day 6:            Rotorua to Whakahoro


We start the day by visiting some bubbling mud pools before stopping at the powerful Huka Falls, NZ’s most photographed natural attraction. Our destination today the most remote parts of the North Island by road. We’re heading for the award winning Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, a 5,200 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 is all cooked using local produce. (B,D)


Accommodation included: Remote country station lodge

Activities included: Visit Huka Falls, 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure


Day 7:                        Whakahoro to National Park


Today we make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of 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 around this volcanic region or visit the Volcanic Centre Museum (own expense). (B,D)


Accommodation included: Alpine lodge

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


Day 8:            National Park to Wellington


We depart early to arrive into Wellington around midday. Get a taste of ‘Wellywood’ when you head out to the world famous Weta Workshop for an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the studio responsible for blockbuster films such as The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Avatar. 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, craft beer and café culture scenes. As New Zealand’s capital city, it is home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive government building. We recommend wandering down Oriental Parade, visiting Te Papa National Museum or the botanical gardens. (B)


Accommodation included: Central city hostel

Activities included: Weta Workshop tour


Day 9:            Wellington to 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 town, before heading back to Auckland for a late afternoon arrival. We hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! (B)



What’s Included

+ Experienced tour guide

+ Meals and touring as indicated

+ Multi-share accommodation (or upgrade to twin/double/single)


Activities Included

+ Tree hugging at Parry Kauri Forest

+ Swim at Waipu Cove

+ Bay of Islands wildlife cruise

+ Hokianga ferry ride and sand boarding

+ Visit Waipoua Forest and Tane Mahuta (NZ’s largest Kauri tree)

+ Swim at Kai Iwi Lakes

+ Walk to Cathedral Cove

+ Hot Water Beach

+ Maori cultural experience, including traditional hangi meal and interactive performance

+ Huka Falls

+ 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure

+ Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park

+ Weta Workshop tour


What to Bring

+ Sturdy walking shoes/boots

+ Bathers/towel

+ Hat & sunscreen

+ Motion sickness tablets

+ Water bottle

+ Toiletries

+ Warm clothing

+ Waterproof jacket

+ Insect repellent

+ Camera



  • ^Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Hahei.
  • *Standard accommodation is 6-share in Whakahoro.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.


***Upgrades are not available in January and February and on request only after this period***


The tour is scheduled to depart every Saturday from 4 October 2015 - April 16 and 1 Oct 16 - 29 April 17

When booking please provide your requested departure date.

Departure pick-up times will be approximately 7am. The exact time of pick up from your Auckland accommodation will be confirmed with you.