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The Best 7-Day Tours of the North Island

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Tour the North Island in 7 Days

Want to enjoy a week in the North Island without the hassle of figuring out where to go and how to get there? Choose one of the North Island tour companies! There’s an amazing selection of tours taking travellers around the North Island in seven days. Whether you want to do some adventure activities, take things slow or join a tour with travellers your own age, there’s sure to be a North Island tour to suit. Check out some of our top picks in this guide to the best 7-day tours of the North Island!

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Best 7-Day Tours of the South Island.

6 Tips for Planning a 7-Day Trip to the North Island

  • Allow around nine or 10 days for your entire trip to New Zealand to allow for your travel time to and from your tour’s starting point, as well as time to get over the jet lag and explore your arrival town/city
  • Check if your chosen tour company has a Facebook group! That way, you’ll be able to connect travellers who will be on your tour before departure
  • Compare tour companies on websites like Tourradar to make sure you find the best option for you. Another advantage is that comparison websites have standard cancellation policies, unlike booking directly with tour companies
  • Be sure to pack light: don’t be that guy that everyone has to make room for! Check out our tips in 15 Essentials to Pack for New Zealand
  • Decide on a couple of optional activities you will want to do prior to arriving in New Zealand so you are able to budget for your tour properly
  • Allow room in your budget for food! Not all tours include every meal. See How Expensive is New Zealand? for typical food prices in New Zealand.

Check out 15 Tips to Make the Most of Your Bus Trip for more tips.

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Wild Kiwi

Wild Kiwi – Northern Voyager

Get the convenience of starting and ending your tour in Auckland, while still seeing the main highlights of the country with Wild Kiwi. Their Northern Voyager tour takes young travellers in luxury Mercedes vehicles, stopping off at the cool surf town of Raglan, the Waitomo Caves, the adventure capital of the North Island Taupo, geothermal Rotorua, the beach-lined Coromandel and back to Auckland. You’ll be staying in shared rooms in hostels and lodges and all breakfasts included.

About Wild Kiwi’s Tours

Age Range: 18-35-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 18
Accommodation: Hostels and lodges
Meals: All breakfasts and one dinner

Destinations on the 7-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Raglan
  • Taupo
  • Rotorua
  • Coromandel

Find out more about this tour by comparing Wild Kiwi on Tourradar.

Haka Tours

Haka Tours – North Island Adventure Tour

Zig-zag your way through the North Island between Auckland and Wellington on this adventure tours with Haka Tours. The tour features highlights like exploring the Waitomo glowworm caves, white water rafting down the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, hiking the volcanic landscape of the Tongariro Crossing, and exploring Wellington city. The tour is catered to 18-39-year-olds, with shared hostel/lodge accommodation included, as well as daily breakfasts.

About Haka Tours’ Tours

Age Range: 18-39-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 16
Accommodation: Hostels and lodges
Meals: All breakfasts and one dinner

Destinations on the 7-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Coromandel
  • Rotorua
  • Murupara
  • Taupo
  • Wellington

Find out more about this tour on the Haka Tours website.

Trafalgar

Trafalgar – Iconic North

A tour for all ages, Trafalgar‘s Iconic North tour takes passengers to the North Island’s bustling hubs of Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua and Wellington. This tour is slower-paced compared to others featured on this list, allowing you more time to explore each destination at leisure and join your tour guide for city sightseeing tours. Accommodation is included, featuring upmarket hotels, while all breakfasts and a few other meals are also part of the tour.

About Trafalgar’s Tours

Age Range: 5-99-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 48
Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: All breakfasts, one lunch and three dinners

Destinations on the 7-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Tauranga
  • Rotorua
  • Wellington

Find out more about this tour by comparing Trafalgar on Tourradar.

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G Adventures – Best of the North Island

Experience the North Island through active adventures and cultural experiences with G Adventures. Their Best of the North Island tour starts in Auckland and ends in Wellington, taking young travellers to kayak in the Auckland Harbour, surf in Raglan, experience the Maori culture in Rotorua, see the glowworms in Waitomo and much more. Tours include shared rooms in hostels and lodges, as well as all breakfasts and some other meals.

About G Adventures’ Tours

Age Range: 18-39-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 20
Accommodation: Hostels and lodges
Meals: All breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner

Destinations on the 7-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Raglan
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo
  • Wellington

Find out more about this tour by comparing G Adventures on Tourradar.

Contiki

Contiki – Sun & Steam

Hit the road with other young travellers on the Sun & Steam tour with Contiki! Contiki offers an alternative itinerary of the North Island, getting you to explore the ancient kauri forest and beautiful beaches of Northland and the Bay of Islands, before making your way to the geothermal hotspot of Rotorua. You’ll be staying in shared rooms in hostels with your tour mates, as well as enjoy breakfast included each morning and a couple of dinners.

About Contiki’s Tours

Age Range: 18-35-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 12
Accommodation: Hostels
Meals: All breakfasts and two dinners

Destinations on the 7-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Paihia
  • Rotorua

Find out more about this tour by comparing Contiki on Tourradar.

Thrifty Tours

Thrifty Tours – Northern Combo

Head to Paihia and the Bay of Islands, explore the picturesque harbour city of Auckland, and top it all off with a cultural and geothermal experience in Rotorua! This is all part of the Northern Combo tour with Thrifty Tours! The tour, which is open to young and old, conveniently starts and ends in Auckland. The trip lasts six days, giving you more time to explore Auckland at the beginning or end of your trip. Tours include stays in three-star hotels in a twin share and breakfasts. A few activities are also included in the trip.

About Thrifty Tours’ Tours

Age Range: 1-100-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 50
Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: Five breakfasts

Destinations on the 6-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Paihia
  • Waitomo
  • Rotorua

Find out more about this tour by comparing Thrifty Tours on Tourradar.

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