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 our 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.

Start
Christchurch, New Zealand
Finish
Auckland, New Zealand
Countries
New Zealand
Themes
Explorer
Code
PTOAU
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 15
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand's exciting re-emerging city. Spend some time visiting the pop up Re:START development or SOMO, Christchurch's most dynamic neighbourhood.
Head up the coast to Kaikoura, where animal lovers may spot sperm whales, dolphins, seals and wandering albatrosses.
Bushwalking tracks among the gorgeous inlets and coves outside of Nelson are just begging to be explored. It is also possible to fit in a spot of fishing, take a winery tour or perhaps just wander through the eclectic range of shops in Nelson.
Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on a ferry between the North and South islands. Visit the fascinating Te Papa Museum and, perhaps in free time, catch a cable car up to the Botanic Gardens for spectacular views over the city and harbour.
Be inspired and captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu. Perhaps hike the famous Tongariro Crossing track or take a different route through the lower forest.
Visit the spectacular Huka Falls and perhaps take the opportunity to bungy or jet boat in Taupo - the North Island's home of extreme sports. Rotorua's geysers, bubbling mud pools and volcanic cliffs are shaped by seismic forces and are as spectacular as they sound.
Discover Waitomo, which is famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and blackwater rafting – an unforgettable trip that involves hiking and descending an underground river floating on an inner tube.
Explore the Bay of Islands' pristine beaches by boat or kayak.
The final leg of this North Island adventure lands travellers in Auckland – enjoy crossing the harbour bridge that has a great view of this 'City of Sails'.
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
Ferry, Van
Accommodation
Lodge (11 nights)
Included activites
  • Rotorua - Te Puia Maori Art & Cultural Centre
  • Waitomo - Caves Entrance
  • Wellington - Te Papa Museum

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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 PTONU. 4. Allow NZD 470 for meals not included. 5. A single supplement is also available for this trip

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