12 Day North Island Explorer Northbound Overview

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

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31

From secluded beaches to volcanic craters, NZ's North Island will delight

Explore the North Island of New Zealand from the secluded beaches of the coast to the volcanic craters of the central plateau. Adventure activities abound - sea kayak and snorkel in the Bay of Islands, go underground blackwater rafting in Waitomo; bungee and jet boating is possible at Taupo, and mountain biking and kayaking are great things to do in Nelson. This Northern NZ tour has the perfect combination of sights and activities, and takes you to to all the highlights of this esteemed island.

  • Explore the Bay of Islands on an overnight cruise
  • Discover 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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Finish:

    Auckland, New Zealand
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 15
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    8 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Hostel (11 nts)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Van
  • Included activities:

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

  • Notes:

    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 when booking flights and accommodation. 2. We recommend you book accommodation in advance and extend your stay. 3. Trip runs in reverse, see tour code PTON. 4. Allow NZD 470 for meals not included. 5. You can upgrade to lodge style accommodation, see tour code PTOAU.

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Day 1 Christchurch

Known as the Garden City, Christchurch's beautiful location and easy access to a fun range of activities makes it the perfect gateway to New Zealand's South Island.

Day 2 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.

Days 3-4 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 5 Wellington

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

Days 6-7 Mt Ruapehu

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 Taupo/Rotorua

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

Day 9 Waitomo

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

Days 10-11 Waitomo/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 12 Auckland

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