12 Day North Island Explorer Northbound Itinerary

Explore the North Island of New Zealand on this awesome Kiwi adventure form Christchurch to Auckland. Cruise the Bay of Islands and visit Waitomo, Rotorua, Huka Falls, Nelson and much more.

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Day 1 Christchurch

Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand's city on the upswing. Spend some time visiting the pop-up Re:START development or head to dynamic SOMO.
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Day 2 Kaikoura

Head up the coast to Kaikoura, where sperm whales, dolphins and wandering albatrosses can usually be spotted.
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Days 3-4 Nelson

Set out on a bushwalk through Nelson’s gorgeous inlets and coves, take a winery tour or browse the town’s eclectic range of shops.
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Day 5 Wellington

Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds between the North and South Island. Explore Wellington's buzzing cafe scene or ride a cable car to the Botanic Gardens, taking in spectacular views of the city and harbour.
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Days 6-7 Mt Ruapehu

Be captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu. Perhaps hike the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing track through stunning forest scenery.
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Day 8 Taupo/Rotorua

Visit the spectacular Huka Falls and take the opportunity to bungy or jet boat in Taupo - the North Island's home of extreme sports. Discover Rotorua's geysers, bubbling mud pools and volcanic cliffs that have been shaped by seismic forces.
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Day 9 Waitomo

Discover Waitomo, which is famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and blackwater rafting - an unforgettable trip involving hiking and descending an underground river floating on an inner tube.
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Days 10-11 Waitomo/Bay of Islands

Head north to the always sunny, always beautiful Bay of Islands. Consider kayaking to see this area's pristine beaches and untouched wildernesses or take a boat trip to the islands to discover true paradise. If that all sounds too hard, chill out in Russell for a historical look at New Zealand.
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Day 12 Auckland

Finish up this New Zealand adventure in the country’s 'City of Sails'.