From secluded beaches to volcanic craters, New Zealand's North Island will delight
Explore New Zealand's northern heartland, from the secluded beaches of the coast to the volcanic craters of the central plateau, on this North Island Explorer trip. Adventure activities abound here – why not go sea kayaking or snorkelling on a Bay of Islands adventure cruise, underground black-water rafting in Waitomo, bungee jumping and jet boating at Taupo or mountain biking and kayaking in Nelson. Whatever your interest, this small group adventure offers the perfect combination of incredible sights and thrilling activities.
Discover the breathtaking Bay of Islands
Observe Waitomo's mysterious glow worms
See Rotorua's geysers
Visit the spectacular Huka Falls
Be inspired and captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu
Explore Te Papa Museum
Bushwalk in Abel Tasman National Park
Spot sperm whales and dolphins in Kaikoura
Accommodation on this trip isn't luxurious, but it's comfortable enough for you to relax after a day of adventure.
There are more optional activities on this trip than included ones. These activities range from trekking moderate hiking trails to white water rafting, so you'll be able to choose your own adventure level.
You'll be spending quite a lot of time in a minibus as you travel through the islands. The bus may be small, but it's comfortable, and offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers and gaze at passing landscapes.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 30 September 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 October 2019 - 31 December 2020
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our New Zealand North Island Explorer (ex Christchurch) trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. Tour commences in Christchurch with group meeting on day 1 at 6:00pm and finishes in Auckland day 12 at approx 6pm. Please consider this when booking flights and accommodation.
2. Trip runs in reverse, see tour code PTONU.
3. A single supplement is available to purchase and is valid for each night of the trip.
Our New Zealand North Island Explorer (ex Christchurch) trips score an average of 4.32 out of 5 based on 22 reviews in the last year.
New Zealand with Intrepid gave me several opportunities to do something for the first time and many once in a life time experiences
Review submitted 31 May 2018
A great young flexible company happy to make you happy and giving a good confident value for money instead of feeling that they just try to get money from you and fool you. A good balance between Information, assistance and new experiences on your own.
Review submitted 22 Mar 2018