12 Day North Island Explorer Northbound Itinerary

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

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      USD $3,155
      CAD $3,260
      AUD $3,195
      EUR €2,200
      GBP £1,845
      NZD $3,560
      ZAR R31,980
      CHF FR2,660
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Day 1 Christchurch

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.
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Day 2 Kaikoura

Head up the coast to Kaikoura, where animal lovers may spot sperm whales, dolphins, seals and wandering albatrosses.
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Days 3-4 Nelson

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.
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Day 5 Wellington

Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on a ferry between the North and South islands. Visit the fascinating Te Papa Museum and, perhaps in free time, catch a cable car up to the Botanic Gardens for spectacular views over the city and harbour.
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Days 6-7 Mt Ruapehu

Be inspired and captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu. Perhaps hike the famous Tongariro Crossing track or take a different route through the lower forest.
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Day 8 Taupo/Rotorua

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.
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Day 9 Waitomo

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.
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Days 10-11 Waitomo/Bay of Islands

Explore the Bay of Islands' pristine beaches by boat or kayak.
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Day 12 Auckland

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'.