10 day trips from Auckland

by Elisa Parry

Live in Auckland and looking for a weekend adventure? Maybe you’re travelling in NZ and Auckland is your base for a week or so. Either way – it’s the perfect place to kick off a day of adventure. Here are 10 day trips you should add to your list of places to explore.

Rangitoto Island volcanic explorer tour and ferry

Take in the stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf on your ferry trip out to Rangitoto Island. Once you arrive on the Island, you will pass under the hand-carved waharoa (gateway). You will then journey through rugged lava crops and native bush while learning about the history and geology of the island as well as getting the chance to walk up the summit.

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Beach horse riding and wine tasting day tour

Horse riding on the beach is a bucket-list-worthy experience. On this experience, you’ll enjoy a magical ride along Pakiri Beach before enjoying lunch at a boutique Matakana vineyard. You’ll also get to try a wine tasting and have time to discover the unique art trail between the vines.

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Bay explorer full day Island and wildlife cruise

Enjoy a day exploring the wonderful wildlife in the Bay of Plenty. Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal wildlife including penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks and orca. You also have the option to go swimming, kayaking, or even stand up paddleboarding!

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Learn to surf day trip on the Tutukaka Coast

Imagine feeling the rush of surfing your first wave! Dive in and get ready for a full day surfing lesson on one of the incredible Tutukaka Coast beaches. Lunch is included, as you’ll be sure to work up an appetite after all that time in the water!

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Hells Gate Reserve walk with mud bath and sulphur spa for two

In the mood for a mud bath? This is the place to go! In this tour, you will explore Hells Gate Geothermal Park. After your guided tour you’ll have the chance to relax in a spa mud bath before cooling off under the spring waterfall.

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Guided jet board adventure tour

Firstly, what is jet boarding? It’s paddle boarding with a handy motor attached to take the hard work out of paddling and to give you more time to enjoy the ride. In this experience, you’ll have a one hour guided tour in one of the incredible Rotorua lakes.

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Guided kayak glow worm tour at Lake Karapiro

This is a truly special experience. Your tour leaves in the early evening, where you will paddle along the southern edge of Lake Karapiro and over the old submerged Horahora Village. You’ll paddle upstream through a natural canyon until night falls. Once it’s dark you will float silently back downstream guided by the glow worms on either side.

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Hobbiton movie set guided tour

This is a must for all Lord Of The Rings fans! You’ll get to explore the actual film set from the series. Wander through the Hobbit homes, visit the Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and take in the sights of The Shire.

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Zip line wine and dine coach tour on Waiheke Island

See the sights of Waiheke Island from above as you zip line through the trees. You’ll channel your inner Tarzan as you test your skills on three state of the art flying fox zip lines. This day trip also includes a guided bush walk, wine, olive oil and beer tastings, as well as lunch at the award-winning Stonyridge Vineyard.

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Kaituna River and Wairoa River white water rafting

Get set for two epic river adventures in one day! Are you brave enough to take on the world’s tallest commercially rafted waterfall? You’ll need to pack your sense of adventure (and courage) for this wild day out!

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