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Sweet As North tour

Sweet As North

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
From: $ 889 $ 178 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Haka & Poi class
  • Visit Huka Falls
  • Visit Te Papa Museum
  • Visit Lake Taupo
  • Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Haka & Poi class
  • Visit Huka Falls
  • Visit Te Papa Museum
  • Visit Lake Taupo
  • Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Haka & Poi class
  • Huka Falls
  • Lake Taupo
  • Te Papa Museum
  • Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Haka & Poi class
  • Huka Falls
  • Lake Taupo
  • Te Papa Museum

Short Description

Mix with Maoris, make your way through Middle Earth and hike through picturesque national parks on the way to Wellington. Along the way you’ll get to see postcard-perfect waterfalls, lakes, mud pools and volcanoes. For the brave there’s all kinds of extreme sports to get that adrenaline going.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Singles Travel

Destinations

New Zealand

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 3 nights in hotels & lodges, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Topdeck Crew

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Itinerary

Day 1

First up, a visit to Waitomo Caves, then it’s on to our Marae stay. Maori legends and mythology have been passed down orally for thousands of years. You have one night in this sacred meeting house, so pay attention. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks and the finesse of the ladies’ Poi dance, you’ll polish off a traditional maori dinner and end the night feeling like a local. You lucky thing, you.

Included today:
-Maori Marae cultural talks
-Haka & Poi class

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. If you’re starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud by rafting over the waterfalls, head to the spa for a massage, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien’s dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape (all optional).

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Hobbiton tour
-Whitewater rafting
-Te Puia Maori Thermal Grounds
-Hells Gate Mud Baths
-Canopy tours
-Experience Ogo
-Mountain biking
-Day spas & massage

Day 3

Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that's not enough, you can bungy jump off a ledge as we pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it's pretty big. It's also time to meet the dessert that's caused a battle between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova.

Included today:
-Visit Huka Falls
-Visit Lake Taupo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Taupo bungy jump

Day 4

With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as the most epic hike in NZ, Tongariro NP is home to two active volcanoes that will hopefully keep a lid on things. The optional Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber (and walks from 20 mins to eight hours). Hike, raft or mountain bike then hit the spa and warm your feet by the fire in an alpine lodge overlooking Mt Doom.

Included today:
-Short walks

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Tongariro Crossing hikes
-Winter skiing
-Mountain biking

Day 5

From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we hit the nation's capital, Wellington (no, it's not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of the Te Papa museum, you'll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and a well-earned spot as the sporting capital of NZ, you can't go wrong with a craft beer and some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North Island trip mates?

Included today:
-Visit Te Papa Museum
-Wellington city tour including Mt Victoria

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 1

Kia Ora and welcome to your Sweet as North trip with Topdeck! We kick off today by absorbing the awesomeness of the Te Papa National Museum before a quick chance to see some of the funky designer shops and art galleries scattered along city streets. When you’re all cultured out, tackle the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park (yes, that means walking on two active volcanoes). In the evening, kick up your heels at the spa and enjoy a drink by the fire before tucking into a traditional hearty meal, Kiwi style – pavlova included, of course!

Included today:
- Visit Te Papa Museum

Meals:
- Dinner

Day 2

Today, take on the optional Tongariro Crossing for a taste of one of the best full day hikes in New Zealand, aka walking across two active volcanoes, a cold mountain spring, lava flows, an active crater and emerald lakes – while taking in some oh-so-gorgeous views. If you’re keen for a shorter walk, the grandeur of the park is sure to leave you breathless. For adrenaline junkies, there’s mountain biking or even skiing in the winter. The choice is yours. After, cue another relaxing evening at the mountain lodge. Pure bliss.

Included today:
- Short walks

Meals:
- Breakfast

Optional activities:
- Tongariro Crossing hikes
- Winter skiing
- Mountain biking

Day 3

Choose to take the plunge today at the Taupo Bungy Jump over the Waikato River before we head towards the raging waters of Huka Falls and the Insta-worthy beauty of Lake Taupo. In the evening, relax with a hearty family style dinner and some insight into Maori culture in a traditional Maori Marae, before getting up close and personal with a unique Haka and Poi traditional dance class.

Included today:
- Visit Huka Falls
- Visit Lake Taupo
- Maori Marae cultural talks
- Haka & Poi dance class

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Dinner

Optional activities:
- Taupo bungy jump

Day 4

Today is all yours to explore this insanely gorgeous area – opt to indulge in a rejuvenating massage or go for it with a sesh of whitewater rafting. Or, you can jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien’s works and get lost among the Hobbit holes exactly as they appeared in the films (optional).

Meals:
- Breakfast

Optional activities:
- Hobbiton Tour
- Whitewater rafting
- Te Puia Maori thermal grounds
- Hells Gate Mud Baths
- Canopy tours
- Experience Ogo
- Mountain biking
- Day spa & massage

Day 5

Roll past the lush green hills of the Waikato and King Country today as we end our trip in Auckland. Before we wrap it up, pay an optional visit to Waitomo Caves, then get ready to swap numbers with your new-found friends and start planning the next adventure.

Meals:
- Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Waitomo Caves

Day 1

Maori legends and mythology have been passed down orally for thousands of years. You have one night in this sacred meeting house, so pay attention. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks and the finesse of the ladies' Poi dance, you'll polish off a traditional maori dinner and end
the night feeling like a local. You lucky thing, you.

Included today:
-Maori Marae cultural talks
-Haka & Poi class

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. If you're starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud rafting over the waterfalls, discover the Disneyland of mountain biking, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien's dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Hobbiton tour
-Whitewater rafting
-Te Puia Maori Thermal Grounds
-Hells Gate Mud Baths
-Canopy tours
-OGO Rotorua
-Mountain biking
-Day spas & massage

Day 3

Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that's not enough, you can jump off a bridge as we pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it's pretty big. It's also time to meet the dessert that's caused a battle between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova.

Included today:
-Huka Falls
-Lake Taupo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Taupo bungy jump

Day 4

With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as the most epic hike in NZ, Tongariro NP is home to two active volcanoes that will hopefully keep a lid on things. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber (and walks from 20 mins to 8 hours). Hike, raft or mountain bike then hit the spa and warm your feet by the fire in an alpine lodge overlooking Mt Doom.

Included today:
-Short walks

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Tongariro Crossing hikes
-Winter skiing
-Mountain biking

Day 5

From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we hit the nation's capital, Wellington (no, it's not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of the Te Papa museum, you'll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and a well-earned spot as the sporting capital of NZ, you can't go wrong with a craft beer and some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North Island trip mates?

Included today:
-Te Papa Museum
-Wellington city tour including Mt Victoria

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 1

Kia Ora and welcome to your Sweet as North trip with Topdeck! We kick off today by absorbing the awesomeness of the Te Papa National Museum before hitting funky designer shops and art galleries scattered along city streets. When you’re all cultured out, tackle the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park (yes, that means walking on two active volcanoes). In the evening, kick up your heels at the spa and enjoy a drink by the fire before tucking into a traditional hearty meal, Kiwi style – pavlova included, of course!

Included today:
- Te Papa Museum

Meals:
- Dinner

Day 2

Today, take on the Tongariro Crossing for a taste of one of the best full day hikes in New Zealand, aka walking across two active volcanoes, a cold mountain spring, lava flows, an active crater, emerald lakes, and oh-so-gorgeous views. Phew! Sounds like a game show. If you’re keen for a shorter walk, the grandeur of the park is sure to leave you breathless. For adrenaline junkies, there’s mountain biking or even skiing in the winter. The choice is yours. After, cue another relaxing evening at the mountain lodge. Pure bliss.

Included today:
- Short walks

Meals:
- Breakfast

Optional activities:
- Tongariro Crossing hikes
- Winter skiing
- Mountain biking

Day 3

Choose to take the plunge today at the Taupo Bungy Jump over the Waikato River before we head towards the raging waters of Huka Falls and the Insta-worthy beauty of Lake Taupo. Next, get muddy at the bubbling Mud Pool before getting even muddier at a game of touch rugby with the students at the NZ Sports Academy. In the evening, relax with a hearty family style dinner and some insight into Maori culture in a traditional Maori Marae, before getting up close and personal with a unique Haka & Poi traditional dance class.

Included today:
- Rugby lesson with NZ Sports Academy
- Huka Falls
- Lake Taupo
- Maori Marae cultural talks
- Haka & Poi dance class

Meals:
- Breakfast
- Dinner

Optional activities:
- Taupo bungy jump

Day 4

Today is all yours to explore the insanely gorgeous area - take a dip in the thermal pools, indulge in a rejuvenating massage or go for it with a sesh of mountain biking or whitewater rafting. Or you can jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien's works and get lost among the Hobbit holes exactly as they appeared in the films.

Meals:
- Breakfast

Optional activities:
- Hobbiton Tour
- Whitewater rafting
- Te Puia Maori thermal grounds
- Hells Gate Mud Baths
- Canopy tours
- OGO zorbing
- Mountain biking
- Day spa and massage

Day 5

Roll past the lush green hills of the Waikato and King Country today as we end our trip in Auckland. Before we wrap it up, get ready to swap numbers with your new-found friends and start planning the next adventure.

Meals:
- Breakfast

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Extremely knowledgeable

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Winter Spirit around Europe!

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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Accomodations

You will use a variety of multi-share accommodation, which may include hotels, hostels, motels, cabins, an overnight boat and even a traditional Maori marae! The number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. To keep costs down accommodation is based on a four-share, same sex basis.

The 'More Inclusions' section of this document details what type of accommodation is used for our overnight stops.

If you are travelling with a friend and require twin or double accommodation, this is available at a small extra charge and can be requested at the time of booking.

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' sectio n of this document.

Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available.

Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the Topdeck Road Crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

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