North Island Tracks Southbound Itinerary

This tour of New Zealand captures the highlights of the Country's North Island. Cruise the Bay of Islands, visit Huka Falls, Waitomo, Nelson and Kaikoura.

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      USD $2,180
      CAD $2,090
      AUD $2,020
      EUR €1,550
      GBP £1,330
      NZD $2,595
      ZAR R14,675
      CHF FR1,775
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Day 1 Auckland

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.
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Day 2 Bay of Islands

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Days 3-4 Waitomo

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.
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Day 5 Rotorua

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.
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Days 6-7 Taupo/Mt Ruapehu

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.
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Day 8 Wellington

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.
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Days 9-10 Nelson

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.
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Day 11 Kaikoura

Travel to Kaikoura, where animal lovers can spot sperm whales, dolphins, seals and wandering albatrosses in this wildlife mecca.
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Day 12 Christchurch

Finish the North Island Tracks adventure in Christchurch.