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The Jill Pass

If you are looking for an adventure around all the North Island, this is the one for you! Great if you have a week or more in New Zealand and want to see the highlights of the North Island whilst starting and finishing in Auckland.
Also perfect if you want to take your time.
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Auckland City
Age Restrictions
Stray operates an adventurous product and is not suitable for children under the age of 5 years old. Children aged 5 -16 years of age may travel if accompanied with an adult and must be restrained with a seatbelt or an approved childseat. They are entitl
The Jill Pass Itinerary

1. Travel Day: Auckland to Hahei Beach (The Coromandel).
Depart Auckland from 7.30 am. Onwards we head south travelling to the Coromandel Peninsula via the old colonial town of Thames. You have the afternoon free for activities. Tonight there is the group option of a classic Kiwi BBQ for dinner.

Accommodation: Campsite right on the stunning beach.
Optional paid activities: Kayak around beautiful bays to Cathedral Cove.
Free activities: Walk to Cathedral Cove, dig your own hot pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach (tide dependent), relax on the beach.

2. Travel Day: Hahei to Raglan.
Depart Hahei at 7.30am. Head on to the world-renowned Raglan surf beach, with cow spotting and a walk to Bridal Veil Falls on the way. Chill out or go hard in this funky surf and arts town.

Accommodation: An eco-lodge surrounded by native bush near the beach.
Optional paid activities: Learn to surf and then relax on a sunset cruise in the harbour for $99 (save $39) with a $12 group meal of the freshest fish and chips.
Free activities: Waterfall walk, bush walk around Mt Karioi, relax on the beach, glowworms in the bush, West Coast sunset, Inspiration Point.

3. Travel Day: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Mourea.
Depart at 8am. Head to the rural town of Waitomo, with time to explore its famous caves and glowworms. We then head across to the Bay Of Plenty for our unique and special cultural overnight stay. This is an immersion into our indigenous Maori culture and so much more than a show. We learn about Maori traditions, history and culture and become fully interactive with Kapa Haka (Maori song and dance). An unforgettable, genuine and educational night!

Accommodation: Unique Stray stay in the Wharenui (Maori meeting house).
Optional paid activities: Waitomo must-do caving options – Haggas Honking Holes, Lost World, Tumu Tumu Toobing, or a glowworm tour. Cultural night is an all-inclusive price of $80 including afternoon tea, dinner, interactive performance, storytelling, bed and breakfast.
Free activities: Walk around Ruakuri Reserve, Waitomo Valley Caves walk.

4. Travel Day: Mourea (via Rotorua) to Lake Aniwhenua.
Depart the marae at 8am and head to Rotorua for a free morning to discover its distinctive smell (geothermal areas), culture and adventure. At 12.30pm we do hostel pickups in Rotorua, moving onto Rainbow mountain to meet our local Maori guide, we then head deep into the Kaingaroa to the foothills of the Te Urewera National Park to experience stories, history and culture not yet touched by commercialization that dates back to the first known person to discover NZ (Kupe)
Accommodation: Lakefront lodge
Optional paid activities: Guided Tour with a local Maori, traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and overnight bush experience (see STRAY ADVENTURES)
Free activities: Karakia (maori blessing), relaxing by the lake, walks, explore the lake by dingy

5. Travel Day: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro.
We depart at 7am and head to Taupo, see Huka Falls and have time to experience skydiving for the brave! Around 10am we shall head around the lake to the most remote part of the North Island. Our destination is Blue Duck Station, a 5,200 acre high country station that is both a working farm and an environmental conservation leader. Once you arrive, there are plenty of activities for you to partake in. Spend the evening sitting around, listening to tales from this unique region.

Accommodation: Country station lodge.
Optional paid activities: Skydiving (Taupo) An eco-warrior 4WD tour, horse trek (like a real cowboy), or a fully guided kayak tour, hunting for pests
Free activities: Walk around the truly amazing property at Whakahoro and just take in the lush scenery, walk to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall, enjoy your host’s fantastic hospitality and stories on the local wildlife and history.

6. Travel Day: Whakahoro to National Park.
We depart at 7am and head to the active volcanoes and dual World Heritage Site of ‘Tongariro National Park’. Today you get a chance to do what is rated as one of the world’s best one day walks: the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. In the evening, reward yourself at the bar or just relax in the spa where we stay.

Accommodation: Beautiful alpine lodge.
Optional paid activities: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing (there is a $35 concession/ transport fee to do this hike).
Free activities: Taranaki Falls walk, visit the Volcano Centre, jump in the spa pool at your accommodation.

7. Travel Day: National Park to Wellington.
Depart at 9am. We head to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city via Ohakune, Taihape and Bulls. You have the afternoon to cruise or explore windy Wellington.

Accommodation: Central hostel.
Optional paid activities: Check out some of the great cafes and bars. Do a Lord of the Rings tour or to visit the Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary.
Free activities: Walk ‘Oriental Parade’, head up Mt Victoria for fantastic views, and visit ‘Te Papa’ - our national museum, Parliament tour.

8. Travel Day: Wellington north (via National Park) to Auckland.
Depart at 6:40am. This is an express day via National Park to Auckland. You can hop off anywhere along the way.

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