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Stray Journeys - Batten (North Island)

Stray Journeys - Batten (North Island) - Stray Travel
Stray Journeys - Batten (North Island) - Stray Travel
Good
12 reviews
Starts
Auckland
+8 Destinations
New Zealand North Island
Ends
Auckland
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Highlights

  • Try your hand at sandboarding down impressive dunes
  • Step into Mordor at the rugged Tongariro National Park
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner and performance
  • Keep a watchful eye out for dolphins in the Bay of Islands
Age range
17 to 70 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Lodge, Hut
Max Group Size
24
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure, Christmas & New Year
Operator
Stray Travel
Start and end in Auckland! With the discovery tour Stray Journeys - Batten (North Island), you have a 10 day tour package taking you through Auckland, New Zealand and 7 other destinations in New Zealand. Stray Journeys - Batten (North Island) is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. AUCKLAND TO PAIHIA
  2. PAIHIA TO HOKIANGA
  3. HOKIANGA TO AUCKLAND
  4. AUCKLAND TO HAHEI (COROMANDEL)
  5. HAHEI TO ROTORUA
  6. FULL DAY IN ROTORUA
  7. ROTORUA TO NATIONAL PARK
  8. NATIONAL PARK TO BLUE DUCK STATION
  9. BLUE DUCK STATION TO WELLINGTON
  10. WELLINGTON TO AUCKLAND

Travel guide

Prepare for an adventure in this stunning destination with our travel guide.

What's included

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

12 Reviews

Excellent
58%
Good
25%
Average
8%
Rather Poor
8%
Bad
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  • JB
    Written on March 30, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Had a agreat journey with Strays. Highlight would be the Bay of Islands. A bit regretful I didn’t brave the crossing however there will be other opportunities. The alternate walk was beautiful and the company great. Will definitely consider the south with... Read more

    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Thanks for the rad review and sharing your photos, Jane! We'd love for you to Stray with us again on the South Island! Cheers, Lisa @ Stray
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  • JW
    Written on March 1, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    I had an incredible time on the north island tour with stray with a huge variety of included and optional activities. We had 2 guides, Levi and moose, who swapped after 3 days, both were incredibly knowledgable about the areas visited and the culture... Read more

    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Cheers for leaving us some love, Jennifer! So glad you had an amazing time with Levi, Moose and your new group of travel friends!
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  • N
    Written on February 21, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    I absolutely loved the journey and would do it all over again! It was definetely worth the money. Most of the accomadations were nice and it´s great that it´s not only hostels. I only really didn´t like the one in Auckland. Most of the meals are included... Read more

    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Thank you so much for choosing us to show you around the North Island! We're so glad to hear you had an awesome time and met some great new friends. :)
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  • LJ
    Written on January 1, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    Amazing experience overall, some real variations in accommodation and bus a little dated but value for money and experience off the beaten track great! Tour guide couldn’t do enough!

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  • GT
    Written on November 1, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    So, over all I would say the tour was good. But Stray could and should definitely improve. Everything that was planned went according to plan until the Tongariro Crossing day, which was cancelled due to poor weather condition. But, Stray should have had a... Read more

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  • SH
    Written on March 18, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    This Journey was fantastic!! I could not ask for a better planned trip - everything went off without a problem and I had the time of my life. I will definitely be using Stray again for future travels!

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  • M
    Written on February 8, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    My first time and I love it, definitely will like go to Vietnam with stray!!!

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  • S
    Written on January 4, 2017
    2.0 - Rather poor

    New Zealand's North Island is beautiful and the tour took us to amazing places. Several of my friends had recommended Stray to me and I am afraid I can't do the same thing. Our guide was completely inexperienced and stuffed up a few times. We could not... Read more

    Stray Travel commented on this review
    Hi Stephanie, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I am sorry to hear that we did not live up to your friends' recommendations of us. Please know that I have shared your feedback about your driver with the operations manager so he can review it with Jaffa. If there is anything else you feel we should know about your trip, please email catrin@straytravel.co.nz - all feedback is appreciated so we can help our drivers improve and provide the awesome experience you expected. Cheers, Lisa
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  • C
    Written on April 11, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    We had no idea what to expect and we enjoyed every minute of it. We had two drivers Lego and Postie both of which were fun and knowledgable. Would definitely recommend this and will be returning to go round the South Island!

    Stray Travel commented on this review
    That's great, Caitlin! We look forward to seeing you on the South Island sometime soon! :)
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  • Stray Journeys - Batten (North Island) reviewer 10
    Written on January 25, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Beautiful scenery, fantastic drivers and awesome mini adventures! I loved every minute and have already recommended this trip to my friends.

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Questions & Answers

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    • Is airfare included in the tour price?

      We specialise in giving you the best tours from around the world, however the tours we offer do not include airfare and we do not book or advise on airfare. You will be responsible for booking your flights to meet with the group at the starting city. We do not recommend booking airfare before confirming your tour.

    • Does my time of arrival matter on day 1 of the tour?

      It is recommended that you have to be in Auckland the night before if possible in case of delays or traffic.

    • Where would I need to go for pick-up once I land in Auckland Airport?

      You can go to any of the inner city pickups, like Queen Street or Fort Street. Please contact us to arrange this.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,602 km.
    • Auckland (New Zealand)
    • 185 km
    • Paihia (New Zealand)
    • 68 km
    • Opononi (New Zealand)
    • 194 km
    • Auckland (New Zealand)
    • 93 km
    • Hahei (New Zealand)
    • 150 km
    • Rotorua (New Zealand)
    • 132 km
    • Tongariro National Park (New Zealand)
    • 44 km
    • Whakahoro (New Zealand)
    • 244 km
    • Wellington (New Zealand)
    • 494 km
    • Auckland (New Zealand)

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