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New Zealand – North Island Multisport

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, visiting the thermal waters of Hotwater Beach, and hiking the Tongariro Crossing one of the world's most famous one-day hikes before jet boats and canoes provide the transport along the Whanganui River. Mix in some wild food, a traditional Hangi dinner, and some hot spa action and this is the perfect active introduction to New Zealand.

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  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: ONNA/142736
  • Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Auckland
  • Wellington

Itinerary

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Day 1: Auckland

Arrive at any time.

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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.
In the evening visit a Maori village for traditional ceremonies, a Hangi meal and entertainment. After dinner, lounge by the bonfire and have some time to get to know the Maori hosts.

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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.
This region of New Zealand is renowned for its geothermal qualities. Enjoy free time to experience the regions' geothermal wonders. Opt to mountain bike in the world famous Redwood Forest, go white water rafting, or indulge in the therapeutic hot springs.

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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.
An early start to walk across the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect supplies before heading out. The transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and collect everyone at the other end.

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 those tired muscles.

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Day 5: Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park

Kayak along the Retaruke and Whanganui Rivers into the heart of Whanganui National Park.
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 12-25km canoe journey downriver to an overnight stay in the heart of Whanganui National Park.

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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.
In the morning, trade the canoe for a jet boat and continue downriver. After a short walk to the Bridge to Nowhere, board the jet boat again and return to the bus, travelling on to Snowy Waters Lodge for the night. Enjoy a delicious dinner.

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Day 7: Raetihi/Wellington

Transfer to Wellington and opt to visit the Te Papa Museum.
In the morning, transfer to Wellington, and visit the Te Papa museum and its galleries dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand.

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Day 8: Wellington

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cycling through Karangahake Gorge
    • Hike to Cathedral Cove
    • Visit to Hot Water Beach
    • Traditional hangi dinner
    • Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk
    • Jet boating and canoeing along Wanganui River
    • Locally sourced/grown dinner
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (4 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share), lodges (2 nts, some multi-share)
    • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, jet boat, kayak, bicycle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cycle through stunning Karangahake Gorge
  • Check out bubbling mud pools in a geothermal area
  • Learn a traditional Maori greeting on the marae
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing one of the world's greatest one-day hikes
  • Canoe along the Whanganui River.