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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
For lovers of: Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 142736
Starts: Auckland, New Zealand Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Auckland
  • Wellington

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Jump right into your adventure by adding the 'Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience' extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1.

This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like the Hobbiton Movie Set or local wineries, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Auckland/Rotorua (1B, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions.

Included Activities:
Karangahake Gorge Cycling
Maori Village Visit with Overnight

Transport:
Karangahake Gorge
Approximate distance cycled: 8km/4.9mi
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 120km)

03

Day 3: Rotorua (1B)

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.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions.

04

Day 4: Rotorua/Tongariro National Park (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

05

Day 5: Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Whanganui River Kayaking

06

Day 6: Whanganui National Park/Raetihi (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Whanganui River Jet Boating

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Raetihi/Wellington (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Te Papa Museum Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

08

Day 8: Wellington

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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.