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Sun and Steam
For 18 - 35 Young Professionals, Singles and Students


Vacation Overview

Clear your schedule for New Zealand NOW – from Auckland to Waitomo and everything in between. Cross the Harbour Bridge, create your own kayaking adventure, swim with the dolphins and see the ‘Hole in the Rock’ while fast boating through the islands! Glimpse real glowworms while black water rafting the Waitomo Caves. Plus, for you culture vultures, trek through the native Kauri Forest and take in the Tribal Lands of Nga Puhi Maori.

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Vacation Itinerary

Vacation Day 1 - Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland & check into the Mercure Hotel Auckland. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore! Meet your fellow travelers & Tour Manager this evening.

Vacation Day 2 - Auckland to Paihia
This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way. With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old. The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds. Your Tour Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands. Tonight, get to know the other travellers, Tour Manager and Driver over a typical ‘Kiwi’ dinner – fish 'n' chips – where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group. Hotel (B, D)

Vacation Day 3 - Paihia
With a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins. Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages. We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region. Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 4 - Waitomo Paihia to Auckland
With our beach fix complete, it’s time to say goodbye to the paradise of Paihia & head back to the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland! On arrival, your expert Tour Manager will get you in the know with all the details you need to know (and more) on the country’s largest city. In the city, it’s time for new views,’ll get the guaranteed best views of Auckland with an included trip up the iconic Sky Tower. As the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building, standing at 328m with views up to 80km into the distance including the Hauraki Gulf & Manukau harbour & volcanic landscape, mean you’re right where you need to be. Take in the views, walk on the glass platform (if you’re game) & frame up some shots as you soak up the scene. Back at ground level, Auckland by night goes off, so with that in mind we’ve gotten you a VIP pass at one of our favourite nightspots so you can start the night out right. Later, you could keep it moving – try K Road for some alternative vibes, Ponsonby hot spots like The Ponsonby Social Club, Chapel Bar or the Long Room for some cool beats & equally cool people, or Parnell for a taste of the true Auckland by night. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 5 - Auckland to Waitomo
Today we drive through the lush farmlands of Waikato – an area that produces many of New Zealand’s best rugby players for the All Blacks. On the way we'll stop off for an included visit at Otorohanga's Kiwi House to check out New Zealand's national bird. This shy creature only comes out at night - the nocturnal enclosures at the Kiwi House mean you're guaranteed to see one. If you're lucky you'll also get to spot a tuatara - a true 'living fossil' reptile that pre-dates the dinosaurs! Next up is Waitomo and the Waitomo Caves. Famous for their incredible limestone formations and glowworms, the caves are a stunning subterranean world. You’ll see the Glowworm Grotto, where the cave roof is covered with twinkling insects. For adventure, you can head deeper into the caves in an optional activity and see them either on foot or by tubing down an underground river. Tonight, it’s a true Kiwi BBQ dinner and a visit to a typical country pub. Kick back with your friends and some of the locals. Maybe try out the local beer – it’s good! Lodge (B, D)

Vacation Day 6 - Waitomo to Rotorua
This morning, we stop at the Agrodome farm show for an interactive introduction into farming and agriculture, which is New Zealand’s main industry. You’ll see sheep-shearing and watch an impressive sheepdog demo. These dogs are highly-trained and skilled at controlling livestock. For some crazy ‘Kiwi ingenuity’, try our zorbing optional. It’s an activity where you get inside a huge plastic ball and roll down a 200m hill, either by yourself or with a friend. Later, we pull into Rotorua, famous for its spurting geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and ‘interesting’ sulfur smell. Rotorua is an important hub of Maori culture. To recognise this, we have an optional authentic cultural experience, complete with a fantastic Maori hāngi dinner and traditional dance concert. Some of the foods you can try from the hāngi are sweet potato and chicken cooked on hot rocks in an underground pit – just as they have been for centuries. Listen to stories, songs and chants while learning about ancient Maori mythology and beliefs. Hotel (B, D)

Vacation Day 7 - Rotorua
This morning, get an insider look at New Zealand’s unique Maori culture & history as we tour Rotorua’s famous Ohinemutu Village with our expert local guide. You’ll learn all about the history of the Maori people, their customs & traditions, plus have the opportunity to ask questions & learn as much as possible about this amazing spot – it’s the perfect way to get in the know. With the rest of the day free to explore the way you want, you can advantage of the city's awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa treatment or massage. Our tip: With so much buzz around the amazing thermal mud treatments found here, we love picking up some products to take home as a gift (or for ourselves!). There are loads of other ways to spend your time too if adrenalin is more your thing, like getting views of the city from a gondola, then speeding down a hill on a luge, or getting a splash as you raft the Kaituna River – the options for things to keep you busy in Rotorua are endless. Or, if chilling out is more of what you’re into, then or hit up a café for a flat white coffee or make tracks to the shops for a spending spree. Tonight's your last night on tour so make it one to remember! Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 8 - Rotorua to Auckland
Jump on board a transfer coach this morning and cruise back through the Waikato countryside to Auckland. <em>Please note: This transfer from Rotorua to Auckland is not operated by 18-35trips, but by a third party operator. Hotel (B)

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Vacations Prices

Starts Auckland / Ends Auckland

Start DateEnd DatePriceDeparture
06 May 2018 11 May 2018 $985 Definite
07 Jun 2018 12 Jun 2018 $985 Definite
23 Jun 2018 28 Jun 2018 $985 Definite
09 Jul 2018 14 Jul 2018 $975 Definite
17 Jul 2018 22 Jul 2018 $975 Definite
27 Sep 2018 02 Oct 2018 $975 Definite

Start DateEnd DatePriceDeparture
25 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 $975 Definite
02 Aug 2018 07 Aug 2018 $975 Definite
10 Aug 2018 15 Aug 2018 $975 Definite
26 Aug 2018 31 Aug 2018 $975 Definite
03 Sep 2018 08 Sep 2018 $975 Definite
11 Sep 2018 16 Sep 2018 $975 Definite

Start DateEnd DatePriceDeparture
03 Oct 2018 08 Oct 2018 $1,049 Definite
11 Oct 2018 16 Oct 2018 $1,049  
19 Oct 2018 24 Oct 2018 $1,049  
27 Oct 2018 01 Nov 2018 $1,049  
04 Nov 2018 09 Nov 2018 $1,049 Definite
12 Nov 2018 17 Nov 2018 $1,049 Definite
20 Nov 2018 25 Nov 2018 $1,079 Definite
28 Nov 2018 03 Dec 2018 $1,079 Definite
06 Dec 2018 11 Dec 2018 $1,079 Definite
10 Dec 2018 15 Dec 2018 $1,079  
14 Dec 2018 19 Dec 2018 $1,079 Definite
18 Dec 2018 23 Dec 2018 $1,079 Definite
22 Dec 2018 27 Dec 2018 $1,079 Definite
26 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2018 $1,079 Definite
30 Dec 2018 04 Jan 2019 $1,079 Definite
03 Jan 2019 08 Jan 2019 $1,079 Definite
07 Jan 2019 12 Jan 2019 $1,079 Definite
15 Jan 2019 20 Jan 2019 $1,079 Definite
19 Jan 2019 24 Jan 2019 $1,079 Definite
23 Jan 2019 28 Jan 2019 $1,079 Definite
31 Jan 2019 05 Feb 2019 $1,079 Definite
08 Feb 2019 13 Feb 2019 $1,079  
12 Feb 2019 17 Feb 2019 $1,079 Definite
16 Feb 2019 21 Feb 2019 $1,079 Definite
04 Mar 2019 09 Mar 2019 $1,079 Definite
05 Apr 2019 10 Apr 2019 $1,055 Definite
07 May 2019 12 May 2019 $1,055 Definite
08 Jun 2019 13 Jun 2019 $1,055 Definite
16 Jun 2019 21 Jun 2019 $1,055  
24 Jun 2019 29 Jun 2019 $1,055 Definite
02 Jul 2019 07 Jul 2019 $1,049 Definite
10 Jul 2019 15 Jul 2019 $1,049 Definit

Start DateEnd DatePriceDeparture
18 Jul 2019 23 Jul 2019 $1,049  
26 Jul 2019 31 Jul 2019 $1,049  
03 Aug 2019 08 Aug 2019 $1,049 Definite
11 Aug 2019 16 Aug 2019 $1,049  
27 Aug 2019 01 Sep 2019 $1,049  
04 Sep 2019 09 Sep 2019 $1,049  
12 Sep 2019 17 Sep 2019 $1,049 Definite
20 Sep 2019 25 Sep 2019 $1,049 Definite

*Prices not guaranted until time of booking

*Single Room available (extra cost)
All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.


  • 6 nights multi-share accommodation: 5 nights in hotels, 1 nights in a lodge
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges


  • Experienced & Professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities


  • 9 meals:
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners


    • See the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's Cup
  • Cross Auckland's Harbour Bridge
  • Walk through native Kauri Forest
  • Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toilets
  • Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinner
  • See the impressive city skyline & Sky Tower
  • Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky Tower
  • VIP entry to one of Auckland's hottest nightspots
  • Enjoy a traditional Kiwi BBQ or pub dinner (seasonal)
  • Guided tour of the 'Sulfur City', Rotorua
  • Traditional Maori hāngi dinner & dance performance
  • Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village


















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A $200 Non-Refundable Deposit is Required to Book.
Full payment is due 45 days prior to vacation departure.
(If paying within 45 days full payment is required).

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