Kiwi Experience Northern Round Up Bus Pass From $755 NZD
Combine the freedom of independent travel with the social atmosphere of a guided tour as you journey through New Zealand with Kiwi Experience’s hop-on hop-off style bus pass. You’re sure to only witness the best this beautiful and diverse country has to offer.
Discover the heart of New Zealand’s North Island with Kiwi Experience on the Northern Round Up. You’ll visit the gorgeous beaches of the Cathedral Cove, the cultural hub of Rotorua, the Central Volcanic Plateau (home of Mount Doom), and the lush Horowhenua farmland. You’re in for an epic trip when you combine this with some incredible activities like skydiving from up to 15000 ft, sailing to Lake Taupo’s Māori rock carvings, black water rafting to see the glow worms of Waitomo, and many more.
See below for an example itinerary of the epic Kiwi Experience Northern Round Up 9 day bus pass.
With Kiwi Experience Hop on hop off bus pass, you can spend as long as you like travelling and can adjust your schedule as you go. When you book the Northern Round Up pass, you just need a minimum of 9 days to travel. We recommend starting in Auckland, however this is flexible.
Day 2: Auckland to Hot Water Beach
Departing Auckland, head to the pristine beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula. Spend the afternoon walking the breathtaking coast or hop on a kayak (optional extra) to explore the stunning Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach – a unique beach named after the hot waters below the sand. Dig up your own spa pool in the sand, grab some fish and chips for dinner and hang out with new friends.
Day 3: Hot Water Beach to Waitomo
Venture into the Kaimai Ranges for a hike through old gold mining tunnels. Learn about the interesting history before heading over to Waitomo for the evening, visit the magical glow-worm caves as you go. This extensive underground river system will blow your mind, with epic stalagmite and stalactite formations and an abundance of glow worms. Waitomo is also a cultural hub, rich in Māori history, myths, and legends. Brave the underground rapids and join a thrilling Black Water Rafting Trip (optional extra).
Day 4: Waitomo to Rotorua
Enjoy a refreshing bush walk through the Ruakuri Reserve before getting the chance to stop off at Hobbiton, to live out your Lord of The Rings fantasies. See the magic of the movies come to life as you explore the adorable Hobbit Houses of the Shire. Next, head to the mystical Rotorua, the Māori culture capital of New Zealand, and join one of the many adventures that take place here. Choose from White Water Rafting, Zorbing, Luging the Rotorua Skyline (all optional extras), or explore the natural hot springs that are abundant here. This evening, embrace the history of Rotorua and New Zealand with a 3 hour cultural experience and feast and the Mitai Māori Village.
Day 5: Rotorua to Taupo
Today, head to Taupo, a backpacker favourite, home to New Zealand’s biggest lake with plenty of activities. Take in the sights of Lake Taupo, an extinct volcano crater, and if you’re feeling adventurous, join a Sailing tour to see the Māori rock carvings (optional extra) or skydive above the Lake for a thrilling experience and an unforgettable view (optional extra).
Day 6: Taupo Free Day
As there is so much to see and do in Taupo, you can spend an extra day exploring, joining activities, or relaxing. Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (optional extra) to see a dramatic landscape of stunning contrasts created by extinguished lava flows and emerald lakes, or chill out by the lake and enjoy an evening with friends.
Day 7: Taupo to Wellington
Head south for a two hour walk through the native bush and waterfalls of Tongariro National Park, before travelling to the capital city of Wellington. Known for its culture, arts, great food and fashion, as well as a fun nightlife. Enjoy a free hike up Mount Victoria for an awesome view of the city, and get amongst the craft beer scene as you enjoy a night out.
Day 8: Wellington to Taupo
Travel north through Taihape and the Central Plateau, home of Tongariro National Park and iconic Lord of the Rings landscapes. Spend another night in Taupo and enjoy one of the many activities you missed on the first visit.
Day 9: Taupo to Auckland
It’s time to say goodbye as you arrive in Auckland, also known as the city of sails. With the flexibility of Kiwi Experience bus passes, you can choose to carry on your travels in New Zealand, or get excited about your next destination.
Inclusions & Extras
Start anywhere, finish anywhere.
Minimum of 9 days travel
Change travel dates as many times as you like with no fees
Pre-Book and pay for accommodation online via the Trip Planner (by 7am 2 days before any overnight stop)
Pre-Book and pay for activities online via the Trip Planner
Flexible, easy, stress-free travel with like-minded travellers
Legendary local Driver Guides
Pass Type & Availability
Kiwi Experience Northern Round Up Bus pass
Northern Round Up North Island hop on hop off bus pass
What to bring
Comfortable walking shoes
Jandals (flip flops)
Pick Ups & Departures
Lylo, 54 Cook Street, Auckland Central
Supplier Terms & Conditions
Kiwi Experience Terms & Conditions
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds will be processed according to the following time frames:
Cancellations within 14 Days of the start date incur a $200.00 fee.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?
All bookings must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.
What should I do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?
You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.
Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?
Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.
What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?
Some tours have extra costs and you should be aware that there may be added expenses. These expenses will differ for each service provider, but some of the more usual extras are: EMC tax, stinger suit hire, luggage storage, sleeping bag hire, linen hire, national park fee, food, insurance, accommodation, equipment hire, petrol levy, etc. We will alert you to extra costs to the extent reasonably practicable. However, you must also check with each individual service provider when you re-confirm your booking.
Do I need travel insurance?
We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.
Do you offer payment plans?
Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).
How do I know if my trip is BYO?
Most tour vouchers will specify if your trip is BYO however we recommend asking your tour provider if your trip is BYO when you reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior to departure.