New Zealand – North Island Multisport

Auckland to Wellington

8 days from 1,449 pp

Overview

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.

8 days Auckland to Wellington

From 1,449 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Active

Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 4 – Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Local Living Maori Village Visit with Overnight

Meals included:

Breakfast | 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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4 Rotorua/Tongariro National Park

Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s top-rated 1-day trek and spend the afternoon hiking an active volcano.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park

Kayak along the Retaruke and Whanganui Rivers into the heart of Whanganui National Park.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 Whanganui National Park/Raetihi

Travel along the Whanganui River by jet boat visiting old Maori and European settlements before travelling to the night’s lodge by bus.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 Raetihi/Wellington

Transfer to Wellington and opt to visit the Te Papa Museum.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8 Wellington

Depart at any time.

What’s Included

  • Local Living: Maori Village Visit with Overnight, Rotorua
  • Cycling through Karangahake Gorge
  • Traditional hangi dinner
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing hiking excursion (weather dependent)
  • Jet boat and kayaking along Whanganui River
  • Free time in Rotorua
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (4 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share), lodges (2 nts, some multi-share).

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD135-175 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, jet boat, kayak, bicycle, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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