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Explore New Zealand's heartland from the secluded beaches of the coast to the volcanic craters of the central plateau. Travel from Auckland in the north to Christchurch in the south on a unique travel adventure. And if it's adventure you're after, you've come to the right place. Sea kayaking and snorkelling on a Bay of Islands cruise, blackwater rafting in Waitomo, bungee and jet boating in Taupo and mountain biking and kayaking in Nelson - the options are endless. This tour of New Zealand's North Island will captivate all travellers.
New Zealand is extremely popular in terms of tourism, especially with backpackers due to its diverse range of geographical features, extreme sports and cosmopolitan cities. It is one of the most recently populated major landmasses, settled by the Maoris in the year 1000. The Maori call New Zealand ‘Aotearoa’, Land of the Long White Cloud.
The North Island, home to the major cities: the capital Wellington and ‘The city of sails’ Auckland is mainly volcanic in origin boasting many seismic features such as geysers and hot springs. Rotorua and Taupo are on the centre of this wonderful geothermal field. Immerse yourself in the hot pool on the river just next the entrance of Wai-O-Tapu complex and wander around Kuirau Thermal Park in Rotorua.
Day 1 Auckland
Popularly known as the 'City of Sails', a distinct Pacific flavour is apparent in Auckland's cosmopolitan markets and lively waterfront precinct.
Days 2-3 Bay of Islands
A secluded marine area of amazing beauty, the Bay of Islands boasts stunning coral reefs, fascinating marine life and excellent beaches.
Day 4 Waitomo
One of New Zealand's most awe-inspiring destinations, Waitomo is famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and black-water rafting.
Day 5 Rotorua
Renowned as a geothermal wonderland, Rotorua's bubbling geysers and steaming mud pools provide an amazing display of mother earth's power.
Days 6-7 Taupo/Mt Ruapehu
Located in the beautiful surrounds of Tongariro National Park, Mt Ruapehu is one of the world's most active volcanoes and a majestic sight to behold. The North Island's home of extreme sports, Taupo sits on the shore of New Zealand's largest lake - the water-filled crater of an ancient volcano.
Day 8 Wellington
New Zealand's vibrant capital, Wellington has something for everyone - a picturesque harbour, fascinating museums and a great restaurant/bar scene.
Days 9-10 Nelson
A pleasant, sunny place in the heart of a wine-producing region, Nelson is home to some of the most beautiful sea kayaking in the world.
Day 11 Kaikoura
Set on a beautiful stretch of coastline where towering mountains fall into the Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura is famous for its seafood and marine life.
Day 12 Christchurch
Known as the Garden City, Christchurch is well on the way to recovery with a whole new range of pop-up cafes, restaurants and bars to explore.
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Minimum age 18 years old.
Hostel, Lodge, Overnight boat
Maximum of 15 travellers per group
This tour is operated by Intrepid Travel.