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 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.

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
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners. (Allow NZD250-300 for meals not included.)
  • Private bus, jet boat, canoe, walk, cycle
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Hotels (4 nts), camp (2 nts), lodge (1 nt).

Add to Your Experience

Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience

As part of the boat crew, you'll work together with your teammates to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour in this competitive yacht. Either take the helm and participate or sit back and enjoy the spectacle - the choice is yours.

Itinerary Notes

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

Accommodation Info


Day 1Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Auckland/Hahei(1B)

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

Day 3Hahei/Rotorua(1B, 1D)

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

Day 4Rotorua/Tongariro National Park(1B)

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

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

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

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

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

Day 7Raetihi/Wellington(1B)

Transfer to Wellington. Enjoy an included visit to the Te Papa Museum.

Day 8Wellington

Depart at any time.

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