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€tive introduction to New Zealand.
Day 1 Auckland
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Auckland/Rotorua (1D)
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.
Day 3 Rotorua (1B)
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.
Day 4 Rotorua/Tongariro National Park (1B, 1D)
Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s top-rated 1-day trek and spend the afternoon hiking an€tive volcano.
Day 5 Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Canoe along the Retaruke and Whanganui Rivers into the heart of Whanganui National Park.
Day 6 Whanganui National Park/Raetihi (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel along the Whanganui River by jet boat visiting old Maori and European settlements before travelling to the night’s lodge by bus.
Day 7 Raetihi/Wellington (1B)
Transfer to Wellington and opt to visit the Te Papa Museum.
Day 8 Wellington
Depart at any time.
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