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Bucket List Walk     ( (j F, Y) )

'Once in a lifetime trip, everyone must do.'
'A wonderful experience! We enjoyed every minute of it.'
'The best experience!'
'Outstanding value for money. Accommodation first class.'
'I felt I was in very caring hands the whole way. I can't praise your guides enough!'
'Thoughtful hosts with comfortable beds. Loved the roses in my cabin!'
'Incredible and enchanting place.'
'Te Urewera was fantastic, such a remarkable place!'
'Well-planned itinerary! Very happy and satisfied.'
'A beautiful touch having nibbles and wine at the end of the day.'
'Excellent trip with lovely walks and time for swimming.'
'Our group made for such good company.'
'The trip was absolutely amazing! We saw so many beautiful sights.'
'We want to come back for another guided walk adventure!'
'Best sandwich of my life! Great fuel for getting up the hill.'
'The guides went the extra step to make our trip special.'
'Excellent day hikes, food and support.'
'Dedicated guides, always interested and ready to help.'
12 Days
100 - 120km
(62 - 74 miles)
Depart Rotorua or Matamata
NZD$3000 per child
(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 with 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: Old Coach Road, Ohakune

Day Twelve: Hike Taranaki Falls, Lake Rotopounamu, Depart

Questions & Answers


picnic waikareiti

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.



We'll stay in a variety of boutique and character lodges & hotels, mostly 3 star, which have been chosen for their amazing location & atmosphere. Rooms are twin-share with comfy beds & crisp linen. You'll have an ensuite room for each of the 11 nights of the trip. All our lodges are in stunning, picturesque settings.

The trip includes 2 nights in a studio room at a 4.5 star historic hotel in central Rotorua on nights 4 and 8 between each 'leg' of the journey.


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All dinners are included: 2-course Kiwi style meals, with plenty of fresh veges, salads, and dessert. We provide wine with pre-dinner nibbles; you can purchase extra drinks during dinner. Breakfasts have cooked and continental options, and packed lunches are made fresh daily. We also provide plenty of snacks on the trail. The trip also includes 2 breakfasts while you are staying at the Rotorua hotel, and dinner (excluding drinks) in one of Rotorua's top fine-dining restaurants.


Generally the Bucket List Walk departs once a fortnight on Monday's from November to April, however we may be able to run this trip on other start dates. Just contact us!

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

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:

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.

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