Visit the many scenic wonders of New Zealand's North Island

Explore New Zealand's heartland from the secluded beaches of the coast to the volcanic craters of the central plateau. Travel from Auckland in the north to Christchurch in the south on a unique travel adventure. And if it's adventure you're after, you've come to the right place. Sea kayaking and snorkelling on a Bay of Islands cruise, blackwater rafting in Waitomo, bungee and jet boating in Taupo and mountain biking and kayaking in Nelson - the options are endless. This tour of New Zealand's North Island will captivate all travellers.

Start
Auckland, New Zealand
Finish
Christchurch, New Zealand
Countries
New Zealand
Themes
Explorer
Code
PTRN
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 15
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Cruise the Bay of Islands on an overnight trip
  • Discover Waitomo's limestone caves
  • See Rotorua's geysers
  • Visit the spectacular Huka Falls
  • Be inspired by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu
  • Take a wander through Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Bushwalk in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Spot sperm whales and dolphins in Kaikoura

Itinerary

Arrive early to make the most of the distinctive Pacific flavour of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Enjoy a cosmopolitan vibe and a wide variety of well positioned cafes that bask in the lively atmosphere.
Savour picture-perfect views of the 'City of Sails' while crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge on the way to Waitomo. Here, discover limestone caves, opportunities for blackwater rafting and, of course, those iridescent glow worms that put Waitomo on the map.
Geysers, bubbling mud pools and volcanic cliffs shaped by seismic forces make Rotorua a must-see while travelling in New Zealand. This popular resort town also boasts a fine selection of restaurants and cafes.
Visit the beautiful Huka Falls on the way to Taupo. While in Taupo, take the opportunity to bungee jump or jet boat - this is the extreme sports capital of the North Island after all! Be inspired and captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu. For the energetic, a hike along the Tongariro Crossing is recommended.
Spend time exploring Te Papa Tongarewa museum. In free time perhaps jump in the cable car to the Botanic Gardens for spectacular views of Wellington city and harbour.
Cruise the Marlborough Sounds while aboard a scenic ferry from the North to the South Island, on the way to Nelson. Be sure to make time to visit Abel Tasman National Park or perhaps indulge in a local winery tour.
Travel to Kaikoura, where animal lovers can spot sperm whales, dolphins, seals and wandering albatrosses in this wildlife mecca.
Finish the North Island Tracks adventure in Christchurch.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Ferry, Van
Accommodation
Lodge (10 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)
Included activities
  • Rotorua - Te Puia Maori Art & Cultural Centre
  • Waitomo - Caves Entrance
  • Wellington - Te Papa Museum

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Important notes

1.Accommodation is generally on a 4 share single sex room basis. In some areas we may need to use larger rooms. Double rooms can be obtained at extra cost depending on availability. This must be requested at the time of booking.
2.The tour commences on Day 1 at 630pm and finishes on arrival in Christchurch on day 12 at around 18:00. Please take this into consideration when booking any flights and accommodation. We recommend you book accommodation in advance for any extra nights either prior to your stay or extend your stay here.

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