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, 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)

After a free morning, cycle through Karangahake Gorge then onto Hahei.

Day 3 Rotarua 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, 1D)

Take a jet boat and canoe along the Wanaganui River and enjoy the rush and thrill of the twists and turns of this exhilerating journey.

Day 6 Blue Duck Station (1B, 1D)

Continue along the Wanaganui River to Snowy Water Lodge visiting old Maori and European settlements. Enjoy a dinner of food taken from the wild and relaxing in a hot spa.

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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