12 Day North Island Explorer Southbound Overview

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

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    • PTON
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    • Explorer
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-04-01 - 2015-04-28

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. Try sea kayaking and snorkelling on a Bay of Islands cruise, black-water rafting in Waitomo, bungee and jet boating in Taupo as well as mountain biking and kayaking in Nelson - the options are endless.

  • 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:

    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 Auckland with group meeting on day 1 at 6:00pm and finishes in Christchurch 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 PTOA. 4. Allow NZD 470 for meals not included. 5. You can upgrade to lodge style accommodation, see tour code PTONU.

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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 flavour 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
    • PTON
    • Total price tool tip
    • Explorer
    • Basix