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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 and hiking the Tongariro Crossing – one of the world's most famous one-day hikes – before jet boats and kayaks provide the transport along the Whanganui River. Mix in some bubbling mud and a traditional hangi dinner, and this is the perfect active introduction to New Zealand.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: ONNA/142736
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Auckland, Auckland
  • Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Whanganui National Park
  • Raetihi
  • 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.
Mt Tongariro's rocky, dramatic landscapes make this day-long trek truly one of New Zealand's "Great Walks", passing emerald lakes and beautiful alpine scenery. Start early and 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 and opt for a hot soak to ease those tired muscles.

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Day 5: Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park

Experience another of New Zealand's "Great Walks" (this time, from a canoe) on a day trip into the heart of Whanganui National Park.
Begin the day by travelling to Blue Duck Station, a working farm and nature conservancy that serves as our gateway to Whanganui National Park.

Weather permitting, paddle along the Whanganui River - the third longest in New Zealand - as it flows out to the west coast of the North Island from Mt Tongariro. Opt to take a canoe or kayak. Don't forget your camera!

On rainy days, groups may take a guided tour around Blue Duck Station to learn about the region's natural history, conservation efforts for indigenous wildlife (including the endangered New Zealand blue duck), sustainable farming practices and, if weather permits, a short kayak through the gorge at the base of the Kaiwhakauka Falls.

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Day 6: Whanganui National Park/Raetihi

Explore the Whanganui River further by jet boat, visiting old Maori and European settlements.
In the morning, trade the canoe for a jet boat and continue exploring the picturesque Whanganui River. During short walks or stops en route, learn about the region's history and local conservation efforts. If weather permits, head out for a visit to the abandoned Bridge to Nowhere. Return to Blue Duck Station before 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
    • Your Local Living Moment: Maori Village Overnight Visit, Rotorua
    • Cycling through Karangahake Gorge
    • Traditional hangi dinner
    • Tongariro Alpine Crossing hiking excursion (weather dependent)
    • Jet boat and kayaking along Whanganui River
    • Free time in Rotorua
    • 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)
    • 5 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
  • Kayak along the Whanganui River.