Note that this tour utilizes a variety of accommodation including hostels. See the 'About Accommodation' section of the trip details for more information.

New Zealand - Active North Island

8 days,Auckland to Wellington

Cycle through Karangahake to Hotwater Beach, visit 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, rustle up a dinner from the wilds of New Zealand.

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 out to the mud pools and thermal waters of Hotwater Beach, hiking the Tongariro Crossing - one of the world's most famous one day hikes - before jet boat 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.

What's Included

  • Cycling through Karangahake gorge. Traditional Hangi dinner. Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk. Jet boat and canoeing along Wanganui River. Wild food dinner. Te Papa Museum.
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners. (Allow NZD250-300 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (3 nts), camp (2 nt), lodges (1 nts).
  • Private bus, jet boat, canoe, walk, cycle
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

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Itinerary Notes

More information about the accommodation that we use for this trip can be found by clicking the button below.

Accommodation Info

Day 1 Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Hahei (1B)

Enjoy a morning cycle through Karangahake Gorge, then travel onto Hahei for the afternoon.

Day 3 Rotorua Marae (1B, 1D)

Visit a geothermal area with boiling mud and hotpools. After a traditional greeting on the Marae, learn the traditional arts of the Haka and Poi before a traditional Hangi dinner.

Day 4 National Park (1B)

Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Spend the afternoon on an active volcano.

Day 5 Whanganui River Camp (1B, 1L 1D)

Canoe along the Whanaganui River to your overnight camp, in the heart of Whanganui National Park. Enjoy a dinner of food taken from the wild.

Day 6 Snowy Waters Lodge (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue along the Whanaganui River by jet boat visiting old Maori and European settlements before continuing onto Snowy Waters Lodge by bus.

Day 7 Wellington (1B)

Transfer to Wellington. Visit the Te Papa Museum before the tour ends.

Day 8 Wellington

Depart at any time.

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