The North Island of New Zealand is blessed with spectacular scenery, ranging from bubbling thermal pools to fast flowing rivers. The best way to see all of this? Get up close and personal. This itinerary includes biking through Karangahake Gorge and hiking the Tongariro Crossing – one of the world's most famous one-day hikes – before jet boats and kayaks provide the transport along the Whanganui River. Mix in some bubbling mud and a traditional hangi dinner, and this is the perfect active introduction to New Zealand.
Day 1 Auckland:
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Auckland/Rotorua: Enjoy a morning cycle through Karangahake Gorge, then travel to the Rotorua region to the Tamaki Maori Village. After a traditional greeting on the marae (meeting grounds), learn the arts of the haka and poi before a traditional hangi dinner.
Day 3 Rotorua: Enjoy a free day in Rotorua, a town in a geothermal area with boiling mud and hotpools. Opt to go whitewater rafting, tackle an offroad mountain bike track, go hiking, or hit the spa.
Day 4 Rotorua/Tongariro National Park: Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek and spend time hiking an active volcano.
Day 5 Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park: Admire the scenery while heading to Whanganui National Park.
Day 6 Whanganui National Park: Experience another of New Zealand's "Great Walks" (this time, from a canoe) on a day trip into the heart of Whanganui National Park. Explore the Whanganui River further by jet boat, visiting old Maori and European settlements.
Day 7 Whanganui National Park/Raglan: Travel north to the small town of Waitomo, located near an extensive underground cave system. Enjoy a free afternoon, and opt to tour the caves by boat, by foot or with a bit of adrenaline by rappelling into them. Continue on to Raglan for the night, and enjoy the sunset in this stunning coastal town.
Day 8 Raglan/Auckland: Visit an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture before travelling north to Auckland where your tour will end around midday.
It takes 45 minutes to get to the venue from the airport. Airport transportation is not provided.
Sleeps up to 4, Contains 4 twin beds
Accommodations will vary throughout the adventure, with unique arrangements to provide the local flavor along the way. As is common in New Zealand, many accommodations are shared among 4-6 guests in a room on a single-sex basis. Bathroom and showering facilities are shared and usually not en-suite. In some locations, towels and soap are not provided, so it's best to bring your own.
We will travel on mini-coach buses with a trailer to carry our luggage and a guide for the duration of the trip.
- Waiheke Island Excursion (45-130NZD per person)
- Hobbiton Tour (112NZD per person)
- Mountain Biking (35-130NZD per person)
- Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village Visit (35-60NZD per person)
- Whitewater Rafting (89NZD per person)
- Hot Springs (30-50NZD per person)
- Zorbing (35-50NZD per person)
- Hells Gate Geothermal Park (35-90NZD per person)
- Waitomo Cave Excursion (68NZD per person)
- Waitomo Lost World Cave Abseil (324NZD per person)
- Waitomo TumuTumu Toobing (Black Water Rafting) (172NZD per person)
- Waitomo Haggas Honking Holes (220NZD per person)
- Waitomo Valley Walk (Free)