New Zealand’s North Island thoroughly engages the body and the spirit, often at the same time. This ten-day trip promises loads of both. Up here, you’ll pick up some sustainable living tips on a conservation farm and learn Maori culture straight from the source. Elsewhere, you’ll sea kayak in a secluded harbour, get a surfing lesson from an expert, and overnight on a houseboat. There’s much more, but we’ve gotta leave some surprises, right?
Day 1 Auckland
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands (1B, 1D)
Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Day 3 Bay of Islands/Paihia (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water€tivities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Disembark and explore Paihia before a Kiwi barbecue.
Day 4 Paihia/Auckland (1B)
Enjoy a free morning to relax, or opt to go skydiving or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Day 5 Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)
Visit an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.
Day 6 Raglan (1B, 1D)
Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world’s most famous surf areas, then opt to go hiking or rent a stand up paddle board.
Day 7 Raglan/Rotorua (1B)
Opt to go caving in world famous Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal€tivity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture.
Day 8 Rotorua/Taupo (1B)
Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa. Continue on to spend the night near the shores of Lake Taupo.
Day 9 Taupo/Wellington (1B)
Take in the ever-changing scenery on the drive down to the nation’s capital at the southern end of the North Island. Opt to take the cable car to the hills overlooking the city, visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Day 10 Wellington (1B)
Depart at any time.
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