12 Day North Island Explorer Southbound Overview

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.

    • 12
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,320
      CAD $2,470
      AUD $2,565
      EUR €1,785
      GBP £1,535
      NZD $3,040
      ZAR R23,345
      CHF FR2,200
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-04-01 - 2015-04-27

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 journey that is bound to captivate. And if it's adventure you're after, you've come to the right place. Sea kayaking and snorkelling in the Bay of Islands, black-water rafting in Waitomo, bungee and jet boating in Taupo, as well as mountain biking and kayaking in Nelson - the options are endless. This all-encompassing tour of New Zealand's North Island is bound to captivate all travellers.

  • 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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finish:

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 15
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    8 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

  • Transport:

    Ferry, Van
  • Included activities:

    Rotorua - Te Puia Maori Art & Cultural Centre, Waitomo - Caves Entrance, Wellington - Te Papa Museum

  • Notes:

    1. Tour commences in Auckland with group meeting on day 1 at 6:00pm and finishes on arrival in Christchurch on day 12 at approx 6PM. Please take this into consideration when booking any onward flights. We recommend you book accommodation in advance and extend your stay. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. 3. Trip runs in reverse, see tour code PTOA. 4. Allow NZD 470 for meals not included.

  • Total price from

    USD $2,320
    CAD $2,470
    AUD $2,565
    EUR €1,785
    GBP £1,535
    NZD $3,040
    ZAR R23,345
    CHF FR2,200
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $193
    CAD $205
    AUD $213
    EUR €148
    GBP £127
    NZD $253
    ZAR R1,945
    CHF FR183
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About New Zealand

12 Day North Island Explorer Southbound Summary

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Day 1 Auckland

Popularly referred to as the 'City of Sails', a distinct Pacific flavor is apparent in Auckland's cosmopolitan markets and lively waterfront precinct.

Days 2-3 Bay of Islands

A secluded marine area of amazing beauty, the Bay of Islands boasts stunning coral reefs, fascinating marine life and excellent beaches.

Day 4 Waitomo

Famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and black-water rafting, Waitomo is one of New Zealand's most awe-inspiring destinations.

Day 5 Rotorua

Renowned as a geothermal wonderland, Rotorua's bubbling geysers and steaming mud pools provide an amazing display of mother earth's power.

Days 6-7 Taupo/Mt Ruapehu

The North Island's home of extreme sports, Taupo sits on the shore of New Zealand's largest lake - the water-filled crater of an ancient volcano. Located in the beautiful surrounds of Tongariro National Park, Mt Ruapehu is one of the world's most active volcanoes and a majestic sight to behold.

Day 8 Wellington

New Zealand's vibrant capital, Wellington has something for everyone - a picturesque harbour, fascinating museums and a great restaurant/bar scene.

Days 9-10 Nelson

A pleasant, sunny place in the heart of a wine-producing region, Nelson is home to some of the most beautiful sea kayaking in the world.

Day 11 Kaikoura

Set on a beautiful stretch of coastline where towering mountains fall into the Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura is famous for its seafood and marine life.

Day 12 Christchurch

New Zealand's second-largest city is well on the way to recovery with a whole new range of pop-up cafes, restaurants and bars to explore in Christchurch.
    • 12
    • PTONU
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,320
      CAD $2,470
      AUD $2,565
      EUR €1,785
      GBP £1,535
      NZD $3,040
      ZAR R23,345
      CHF FR2,200
      *
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    • Original
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