(15 years and under)
Bucket List Walking Tour Summary
The walking holiday of a lifetime! Explore the very best of the North Island’s diverse and visually spectacular regions in comfort and style. From the majestic mountains of Tongariro, to the lush forests of Waikaremoana, to the dramatic coastlines of Coromandel. Be awed by the scenery, and spoilt by delightful accommodation, meals and wine - It doesn’t get any better than this!
- Join a small group & expert NZ walking guide
- 12 days / 11 nights NZ Walking Tour (11 days walking, 1 rest day)
- 4-7 hours walking each day over varied terrain on formed trails
- Carry a daypack only
- Includes: most meals, snacks & wine; return Rotorua transport; 9 nights in 3-star lodge accommodation (mix of shared & ensuite facilities); 2 nights 4.5-star hotel accommodation; dinner in a top Rotorua restaurant; hot spring swims; experienced and caring guides
Bucket List Walk Full Itinerary
Day One: Arrive, Hike Waiomu Kauri Grove
Day Two: Coromandel Coastal Walkway
Day Three: Hike the Pinnacles
Day Four: Eastern Epic!
Day Five: Hike Whirinaki Forest
Day Six: Hike Panekire Bluffs
Day Seven: Hike to Lake Waikareiti
Day Eight: Lake Waikaremoana to Rotorua
Day Nine: Rest Day, travel to Tongariro
Day Ten: Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Day Eleven: Mt Ruapehu Hikes
Day Twelve: Hike Taranaki Falls, Lake Rotopounamu, Depart
Questions & Answers
Most of the walking trails on the Bucket List Walk are of easy to moderate difficulty, and range from well-formed paths to tracks broken with tree roots, rocks and mud. Some of the trails are harder, such as The Pinnacles and Tongariro Alpine Crossing walks, however there are easier options. On average you should be able to walk for 4-5 hours a day and carry a daypack with your lunch, water, raincoat and jersey.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding fitness.
A variety of boutique and character lodges & hotels, from 2-3 star, have been chosen for location & atmosphere. Rooms are twin-share with comfy beds & crisp linen. The Coromandel has a mixture of shared and ensuite bathrooms, the Waikaremoana lodge has shared bathrooms which are in good quantity and well distributed, while your 3 nights in Tongariro will be in an ensuite room. All the lodges are in stunning, picturesque settings.
In addition the trip includes 2 nights in a studio ensuite room at a 4.5 star Hotel in Rotorua.
You can see our scheduled departures on our Walk Calendar.
Can I bring a suitcase?
Yes! This is a lodge-based tour so we'll return to our walk lodges each night. You're welcome to bring a suitcase, we have plenty of space. All you'll carry on the trail is a day pack with your lunch, water, raincoat, hat, sunscreen and camera.
Do I need cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you're welcome to bring a small amount, if you wish, in case we make a spontaneous coffee or icecream pitstop!
Will I be with the same group for 12 days?
Our Bucket List walk consists of three of our regular tours, completed back-to-back. A Walking Legends hiking group can consist of Bucket List walkers, as well as single-tour guests who join the group just for one area. So depending on the makeup of the group, the cast of colourful characters sharing the trails with you can change from one region to the next. You may also have a different guide for each of the three regions – which is pretty cool because that way you get to really sample all the different kinds of hospitality and story-telling our unique guides offer.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes! We ask a $900 per person at the time of booking to secure your spot. The remaining balance is due one month before departure. Don't worry, we'll send you a friendly reminder in advance.
Should I bring something nice to wear in the evenings?
You’re on holiday after all, so why not!? Our lodge-based tours visit a local restaurant for an evening meal on one of the three nights, so it’s a good idea to have something nice to wear out to dinner. They’re not super formal occasions, so you could say the dress code is smart casual. Gents – no ties or dinner jackets required, but covered shoes are a good idea. Ladies – comfortable footwear and covered shoulders are advisable, but not enforced.
Evening meals on the Coromandel Explorer are served in a fully covered, semi-enclosed alfresco dining space. There are outdoor heaters, soft lighting, comfortable seats and full height rain screens but if we encounter windy weather, it’s best to bring an extra layer to wear to dinner, just in case.
I'm travelling solo, who will I be sharing a room with?
The accommodation on our tours is based on twin share. If you'd prefer to have your own room, please select the single supplement option in the online booking form. This will ensure you have a room to yourself. If you're happy to share, you will be placed in a twin room with another adventure-buddy of the same gender in separate beds.
I suffer from terrible car sickness, what are the roads like?
Good question! It depends what tour you are taking. In general, the roads we travel are well-maintained, bitumen-surfaced single carriageways.
The access road to Lake Waikaremoana has a 100 kilometre section of un-sealed, dusty gravel road with many sharp corners. If the road hasn’t been graded for a while there can be surface corrugations that make the trip bumpy. If you suffer from car sickness, please equip yourself with whatever remedies you prefer to use to alleviate the discomfort. The best time to purchase medicinal supplies is in Rotorua before we leave.
Short sections of road on the Coromandel Peninsula are unsealed, but the road surface is well-maintained and we take our time. If you prefer to sit in the front seat to help your car sickness, please do tell your guide! We will do whatever we can to make you more comfortable.
Life has other plans for me, can I get my deposit back?
We completely understand that sometimes the best laid plans go to waste. All is not lost! We can simply transfer you to another date of your choosing. There is no expiry date on transferring your deposit - you can use it anytime in the future!
If transferring just isn't going to work for you we'll refund your money. The amount we can refund is determined by when you cancel your booking. Click here for or our full terms and conditions, or email email@example.com.
I'm driving myself to the departure point, where can I park my car?
If you are self-driving, it's best to choose accommodation in Rotorua that is happy for you to leave your car in their parking lot while you are out on the trail with us. We will happily drop you back to your car when we return to Rotorua. If you're taking a different route please check with our reservations team - we will help you find the best solution. Just send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a specialty diet - can you cater for me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty diets, we appreciate as much advance notice as possible. If we don't receive adequate advanced notice, we may not be able to fully cater for dietary needs as we sometimes operate in an extremely isolated environment and it is not always possible to access specialty foods. Please ensure you advise us as early as possible if you have dietary requirements.