Tour 1: North Island Explorer - Itinerary.
Auckland - Christchurch

Duration: 10 Days
Cost: NZ$ 2850
Tour Dates: October 30th - November 8th
Route: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua - Turangi - Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch

Our Auckland to Christchurch route via the Central North Island. Enjoy the over and underground wonders of the Central North island. Wondrous cave systems, boiling mud pools, geysers, maori culture, and more...

We also run this tour from Christchurch to Auckland - click here for the reverse itinerary

This tour allows options to leave the tour in Wellington.

North Island Explorer - North Island Adventure Tour Route

Day 1: Auckland - Waitomo

After pick up in Auckland either from the Airport or your accommodation we set off for Waitomo - the North Island's incredible underground cave systems and glow worms await. After Lunch and a little time to get to know each other we'll enjoy an underground Adventure in the caverns of Waitomo. We relax in the evening with a BBQ and a bit of time to talk about the days adventure.

Meals - Lunch and Dinner


Day 2: Waitomo - Rotorua

Not long after breakfast we'll set off for Rotorua - the geothermal wonderland of the Central North Island. The afternoon is spent getting into the action and enjoying the sights around Rotorua. The evening meal is a traditional Maori hangi followed by a Maori culture concert.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Did you know?

The Kaituna River, nearby to Rotorua, is home of the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. Tutea Falls is 7 metres (23 feet) tall.


Day 3: Rotorua

Today you're left to choose your own activities around Rotorua. Our guides can help you make arrangements as necessary. Options abound in Rotorua from leisurely sightseeing, shopping, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, whitewater rafting, skydiving... the choices seem endless.

Don't forget to finish the day with a relaxing soak in the hot pools.

Meals - Breakfast

Rotorua - home of boiling mud pools.

Day 4: Rotorua - Turangi

We travel further into the heart of the North Island skirting the edges of Lake Taupo (once the source of a huge volcanic eruption). Along the way we'll stop at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland - here you will see boiling mud pools and steaming sulfurous pools of magical colours in a landscape that should be from another planet.

We'll stop in Taupo for Lunch before heading around the Lake to Turangi. Here we'll prepare for the next 2 days of hiking in the Kaimanawa Forests, enjoy a BBQ dinner and relax in the hot pools.

Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Did you know?

Lake Taupo, with a depth of 186 metres (610 feet) and a surface area of 616 square kilometers (238 sq miles), is the result of volcanic eruption. The last eruption in approximately 181 AD threw debris 50km (31 miles) into the air and turned skies red in China and Rome.


Day 5: Turangi - Kaimanawa Forest Park

For the next two days we will explore the Kaimanawa Forest Park, known for it's wild horses and beautiful views over the central North Island. We'll explore lush New Zealand native beech forest, sub-alpine scrub lands, and broad open, tussock covered, river valleys.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6: Kaimanawa Forest Park - Taihape

After walking out of the park, we'll head direct to accommodations in Taihape. We clean up after the last couple of days walking and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Did you know?

Taihape is host to the annual "Gumboot Festival" where you can compete in the Gumboot throwing contest. The current record stands at 78m (256 ft) with a size 8 boot.


Day 7: Taihape - Wellington

We'll make our way to the capital city of New Zealand. We'll stop in for an exciting jet boat ride along the way. For those who need a fill of adrenaline we can arrange a bungy jump as well.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch


Day 8: Wellington

Our Guides will leave you to your own devices in Wellington. Recommended activities include a visit to Te Papa - the national museum and the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. You might like to head up the hills for some of the best mountain biking in the country, or relax and unwind in some of the many cafes around the city.

Meals - Breakfast

Did you know?

The site of Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum, was previously occupied by a modern four storey hotel. The hotel was moved 120 metres (400 feet) down the road on railway tracks.


Day 9: Wellington - Kaikoura

We catch the morning ferry for a cruise across the Cook Strait and into the Marlborough Sounds. We take lunch in picturesque Picton before heading down the scenic East coast to Kaikoura. Along the way we will stop for wine tasting at some of the fantastic Marlborough Wineries.

Meals - Breakfast, Dinner


Day 10: Kaikoura - Christchurch

Take your pick of options in Kaikoura before we travel down to Christchurch. Go Whale watching, swim with the dolphins or take a last walk in the forest with your guide.

In Christchurch we will drop you at your accommodation or the airport as required.

Meals - Breakfast

Did you know?

The Maori name Kaikoura translates to 'eat crayfish' (Kai - food, koura - crayfish). It is crayfish which originally made the area famous. The Sperm Whale's that feed off the coast bring many tourists and Kaikoura is one of the best locations for whale watching in the world.


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