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North Island Off-Grid

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The one that lets you experience the North Island like a local, for an authentic & unplugged discovery of heritage sites, surf towns & Maori culture

Duration
7 Days
Places
5 places

Visiting Auckland, Raglan, Rotorua, Blue Duck Station, Wellington

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 20 people

Transport Style

Coach, Ferry & Boat

Highlights

  • Master the waves with a surf lesson at the chilled surf town of Raglan
  • Take a Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour along the coast of Raglan
  • Take a sunset dinner cruise along the bay of Raglan
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

6 nights accommodation

2 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Special Stay - Marae, 2 nights in Special Stay - Blue Duck Station

This adventure is all about authentic experiences and natural beauty, which is why we've included 2 unforgettable Special Stays. From staying at a Māori marae in Rotorua to living off the land at the Blue Duck Station and farm, you'll be closer to New Zealand's spectacular scenery than ever before. When hanging in towns, we'll be staying in the heart of the action at cool hotels & hostels, like the Abel Tasman hotel in central Wellington.

7 Meals

1 Lunch, 2 Dinner, 4 Breakfast

We'll get 7 of your meals, you get the rest. You can expect an included breakfast most mornings, as well as authentic Māori hangi and a fresh farm to table meal at the Blue Duck Station. We'll also give you plenty of opportunities to try the best gourmet eats in NZ, with killer tips to find the perfect flat white, hokey-pokey icecream or pulled lamb pie.

Team

Trip Manager & Driver

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

Included in your trip is transport around New Zealand on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

12 included, 11 optional that you can add

Want to experience New Zealand's North Island like a local? This adventure brings you into New Zealand's wilderness, with unforgettable local experiences every single day. Take jet boat tours, learn to surf, hike up volcanoes, learn the ways of the  Māori tribe in Rotorua and stargaze to your heart's content - and that's a small sample of the adventures awaiting you. This is the North Island unplugged, and it's utterly unforgettable. 

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From staying at an authentic Maori marae in Rotorua to learning about wildlife conservation at Blue Duck Station in the Ruapehu District, this trip boasts an incredible 5 Special Stays to bring you even closer to New Zealand's unique beauty and heritage.

Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

Take a behind the scenes tour of the of a Kiwi conservation project at the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter

Rotorua

Master the waves with a surf lesson at the chilled surf town of Raglan

included

Raglan

Visit a Māori master pounamu (jade) carver in Rotorua & learn how to carve your own masterpiece

included

Rotorua

North Island Off-Grid

12 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Learn about Tikanga and Kawa, Māori customs and protocols of the marae, in Rotorua
  • Help prepare a Māori hangi feast while listening to traditional stories around the table
  • Learn Wairua and Ronga Māori /Romiromi, Māori spirituality and traditional healing practices, during your stay at the marae
  • Discover traditional Māori performing arts and learn a haka and a waiata at Ohinemutu marae, followed by a cultural performance
  • Take a behind the scenes tour of the of a Kiwi conservation project at the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter
  • Depart Ohinemutu with a traditional Poroporoaki, Māori farewell ceremony
  • Visit the New Zealand Kiwi Hatchery at Rainbow Springs near Rotorua and hear about their efforts to save New Zealand's adorable national bird
  • Take a lunch stop in the North Island's lakeside resort town of Taupo
  • Enjoy a fresh & sustainably-sourced farm-to-table feast at the spectacular Blue Duck Station
  • Explore the hiking trails at Blue Duck Station, along the banks of both the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers
  • Get a guided city tour of the captivating cultural hub of Wellington
  • Visit Te Papa Museum and learn about New Zealand's rich indigenous & colonial heritage

11 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Master the waves with a surf lesson at the chilled surf town of Raglan
  • Take a Stand-Up Paddle Board Tour along the coast of Raglan
  • Take a sunset dinner cruise along the bay of Raglan
  • Hike the unique volcanic landscape of Mt Tarawera, Rotorua NZ$149
  • Go white water rafting down the crashing Kaituna River
  • Explore native rainforest at dawn with breakfast and coffee followed by ziplining on a Contiki Exclusive Rotorua Rainforest Canopy tour (from Oct 2020)
  • Visit a Māori master pounamu (jade) carver in Rotorua & learn how to carve your own masterpiece
  • Take a half day horseriding adventure through pine forests and mountains near Blue Duck Station
  • Kayak from Whakahoro into Whanganui National Park and get picked up by jet boat later the same day
  • Take a Blue Duck Station ATV bush safari and hear about the amazing conservation work on this breathtaking landscape
  • Enjoy a unique Chef's Table 10-course fine dining experience under the night sky in Tongariro

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
Auckland
1
1 night
Raglan
2
2 nights
Rotorua
2
2 nights
Blue Duck Station
1
1 night
Wellington
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Australian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter Australia & New Zealand. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. See here for more info: https://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas
https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/visit
It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Australia & New Zealand trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Australia & New Zealand. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re journeying into the bush, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).

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