From secluded beaches to volcanic craters, New Zealand's North Island will delight

Explore New Zealand's northern heartland, from the secluded beaches of the coast to the volcanic craters of the central plateau, on this North Island Explorer trip. Adventure activities abound here – why not go sea kayaking or snorkelling on our Bay of Islands adventure cruise, underground black-water rafting in Waitomo, bungee jumping and jet boating at Taupo or mountain biking and kayaking in Nelson. Whatever your interest, this small group adventure offers the perfect combination of incredible sights and thrilling activities.

Christchurch, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
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Min 15
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Min 1 Max 15
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  • Discover the breathtaking Bay of Islands
  • Observe Waitomo's mysterious glow worms
  • See Rotorua's geysers
  • Visit the spectacular Huka Falls
  • Be inspired and captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu
  • Explore Te Papa Museum
  • Bushwalk in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Spot sperm whales and dolphins in Kaikoura


Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand's exciting re-emerging city. Spend some time visiting the pop up Re:START development or SOMO, Christchurch's most dynamic neighbourhood.
Head up the coast to Kaikoura, where animal lovers may spot sperm whales, dolphins, seals and wandering albatrosses.
Bushwalking tracks among the gorgeous inlets and coves outside of Nelson are just begging to be explored. It is also possible to fit in a spot of fishing, take a winery tour or perhaps just wander through the eclectic range of shops in Nelson.
Visit the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park for some bushwalking. If the sun’s shining, stretch out on a hidden beach or paddle in the turquoise shallows.
Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on a ferry between the North and South islands. Perhaps catch a cable car up to the Botanic Gardens for spectacular views over the city and harbour in your free time.
Be inspired and captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu. Perhaps take a walking trail through the lower forest or chill out at the lodge.
One of New Zealand’s most impressive day walks is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Rocky trails, magnificent lakes and volcanic steam vents make up this 19-kilometre trail through remarkable landscapes. This is no walk in the park; trekkers need to have a good level of fitness and the track is tough in parts. Those wanting to sit it out can take a less-challenging hike on a lower altitude trail.
Visit the spectacular Huka Falls and perhaps take the opportunity to bungy or jet boat in Taupo - the North Island's home of extreme sports. Rotorua's geysers, bubbling mud pools and volcanic cliffs are shaped by seismic forces and are as spectacular as they sound.
Discover Waitomo, which is famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and blackwater rafting – an unforgettable trip that involves hiking and descending an underground river floating on an inner tube.
Golden beaches, rolling green hills and emerald waters make the Bay of Islands one of New Zealand’s most beautiful – and popular – destinations.
The final leg of this North Island adventure lands travellers in Auckland – enjoy crossing the harbour bridge that has a great view of this 'City of Sails'.
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8 breakfasts1 dinner
Ferry, Van
Lodge (11 nights)
Included activities
  • Rotorua - Te Puia Maori Art & Cultural Centre
  • Waitomo - Caves Entrance


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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Christchurch with group meeting on day 1 at 6:00pm and finishes in Auckland day 12 at approx 6pm. Please consider this when booking flights and accommodation.
2. Trip runs in reverse, see tour code PTONU.
3. A single supplement is also available for this trip

Trip notes

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