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The Awesome North Island Adventure Tour (18 to 35s)

With spectacular scenery ranging from bubbling mud pools to forest lined rivers. This itinerary includes biking out to the mud pools and thermal waters of Hotwater Beach, hiking the Tongariro Crossing. Enjoy modern cuisine alongside a Maori Hangi dinner and some hot tub soaking and this is the perfect active introduction to New Zealand.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Remote Jet Boat Experience, Canoeing Wanganui River, Wild Food Dinner, Cycling Karangahake Gorge, Maori Cultural Experience.

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WELCOME TO AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND!

Welcome to Auckland, situated amongst a cluster of extinct volcanic cones, next to a large harbour that bustles with life, both on water and on land. The Auckland isthmus straddles a slim piece of land with coastline facing both the Pacific Ocean, and, on the wild West Coast, the Tasman Sea.

After checking into your hotel,relax, take a stroll around our beautiful city, explore the highly acclaimed Waterfront Restaurant Quarter or choose one of the many activities available to give a more in depth understanding of Auckland and the surrounding area.

Tonight, the adventure begins, take the day to explore - and then meet up with your group late afternoon. After introductions, your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will give an over view of your trip. 

Some Activities and Sightseeing Options Available are:

Explore Waiheke Island Island Kayaking Adventure America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach

Accommodation Ibis Hotel Central Auckland - 1 night (or Similar)

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Biking the Beautiful Coromandel Peninsula | Hahei

The Coromandel Peninsula lies east of Auckland, on the other side of the Hauraki Gulf. An impressive, heavily forested mountain range runs right up the middle of this peninsula - it’s bordered on each side by kilometres of spectacular coastline.

Enjoy a morning cycle through Karangahake Gorge, then travel onto Hahei for the afternoon. The idyllic seaside village of Hahei, (HA-hey) is a small settlement situated on the eastern side of the Peninsula.  Yes there are a couple of restaurants, cafes and fish and chippy but essentially this is a secret hideaway were Kiwi's take their holidays – its all about the beach!  

We recommend you take the scenic boat trip to the spectacular Cathedral Cove and sit on one of the world’s best beaches for the afternoon - only 10 minutes away by boat or an hours walk.  Alternatively you can arrange to snorkel the fantastic Hahei Marine Reserve or explore the stunning coastline by kayak or If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig out your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach.

  • Karangahake Gorge Cycling Karangahake Gorge 8km (5 mi)

  • Cathedral Cove Scenic Walk Cathedral Cove 2 - 4km (1.2 - 2.5mi)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Tatahi Lodge - 1 night (or similar)

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Rotorua - The Pacific Rim of Fire

Rotorua is a geothermal spectacular. Giant geysers rocket into the air and colourful sulphur terraces hiss and boil. The earths crust at its most exciting and accessible in the downtown parks and lake front-  the smell of sulphur and sight of steaming vents invade the senses.  But Rotorua is more than boiling mud, there are ancient forests set amongst prisitine lakes, and the area is steeped in the history and tikanga (culture) of Maori, the First People of New Zealand. 

Enjoy the Volcanic Wonderland and experience boiling mud, steaming geysers and geothermal activity at Whakarewarewa.Your evening begins with a traditional greeting on the Marae, learn the arts of the Haka and Poi before a Traditional Hangi dinner.

Free Time The geothermal wonders of Rotorua  are not the only attractions, opt to mountain bike in the world famous Redwood Forest, go white water rafting, or indulge in the therapeutic hot springs. 

Recommended excursions in and around Rotorua:

See Geysers & Boiling Mud Polynesian Hot Springs Whirinaki Forest Walk
Thermally Active Golf Biking the Mighty Forests Flight to Volcanic Island
Museum of Art & History Evening Cultural Experience White Water Rafting

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Tamaki Maori Village - 1 night 

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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Fancy a walk on the moon? The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek, climb an active volcano. ​Enjoy spectacular views and otherworldly landscapes on this challenging and rewarding trek across a volcanic range. Be prepared - this is alpine hiking - and not to be taken lightly. 

Note: if the weather is too bad to trek, there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. If you do not wish to do the Tongariro Crossing, other activities can be arranged.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing: 19-20 km (12 mi)

Relax: After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna will help ease tired muscles.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Skotel Alpine Resort - 1 night (or similar)

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Whanganui River Canoeing & Camping Safari

Canoe along the Whanganui River to your overnight camp in the heart of Whanganui National Park. Enjoy a dinner brought in from the wild. The third longest river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River begins at Mt Tongariro and flows all the way out to the west coast of the North Island. After a safety briefing, embark on a 31 km (19 mi) canoe journey down river to an overnight campsite in the heart of Whanganui National Park. Enjoying amazing scenery along the way. Get up close to the area's natural beauty, and see sights that you may miss on shore. It's a great way to unwind and pack in some more New Zealand adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Wilderness Camping Whanganui National Park

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Whanganui River Jet Adventure | Raetihi

Trade the canoe for a jet boat and continue travelling downstream into the middle reaches of the Whanganui River you will feel as if time has stood still. Pristine native bush cloaks the banks and you will see deep gorges covered with ferns, caves, rapids and other unique and amazing scenery.Your guide will share stories of the Awa (Maori for “river”) with you and show you some of the secrets of this historic and cultural icon.

After a short walk to the 'Bridge to Nowhere', board the jet boat again traveling on to Snowy Waters Lodge for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Snowy Waters Lodge - 1 night (or similar)

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WELLINGTON - OUR COOL LITTLE CAPITAL

Continue on to  Wellington and visit the Te Papa museum, dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand. Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Enjoy cafes, restaurants, museums, theater and all kinds of shops. Dance, theater and musical performances are a Wellington specialty. As New Zealand’s capital, this city is rich in political history.

Suggested outings for your free time this afternoons .

National Museum - Te Papa Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve  Wellington Cable Car
 
Carter Observatory 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Nomads Travellers Lodge 1 night (or similar)

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Homeward Bound

Haere rā and Bon Voyage!

We know you will love this tour of New Zealand and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Meals: Breakfast