New Zealand - Active North Island
Day 1 Auckland
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Hahei (1B)
A free morning to explore the cosmopolitan city of Auckland at leisure. In the afternoon transfer to Karangahake Gorge, and pick up your bikes for the afternoon. The trail is suitable for cyclists with little experience. Following along an old railway line and through an old rail tunnel and along the river that runs through the gorge. From the gorge, continue on to Hahei, where depending on the tides you have the option of going to Hotwater Beach to dig yourself your own personal hot tub from the underground spring that flows under the beach. Karangahake Gorge Approximate distance cycled: 8km/4.9mi Estimated hiking time: 1-2 hrs
Day 3 Rotorua Marae (1B, 1D)
This region of New Zealand is renowned for it's geothermal qualities. This morning, visit hot pools and watch bubbling mud in the Rotorua region. In the afternoon, time for a traditional Maori greeting on the Marae, the name given to a collection of buildings that is important to Maori culture. After an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village, enjoy a Hangi dinner, cooked in an underground pit.
Day 4 National Park (1B)
An early start to walk across the Tongriro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collecting supplies before the trek, the transfer will drop the group off for the self-guided trek and collect eveyone at the other end. Experience spectacular views while traversing across the volcanic range, one volcano is currently active. We ensure that you are prepared by going through a safety checklist and taking you to buy the supplies you might not have for the 19.4 km trek. The elements can consistently be changing, remember to dress accordingly and bring snacks. If the weather is too bad for the trek there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. Additionally, if you do not wish to do the Tongriro Crossing other activities can be arranged. After finishing the trek travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. A spa and sauna on site will help ease those tired muscles. Estimated travel time: 3 hours driving time, walking time depending on group speed and size. Travel distance: 180 km driving, 19.4 km walking
Day 5 Whanganui River Camp (1B, 1D)
The third longest river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River begins at Mt Tongariro, and flows all the way out to the West coast of the country. To start getting the adrenaline pumping take a jet boat along the river to meet our local guides and canoes. We then canoe to where we set up camp for the night. Much of the river is not reachable by road, so this is the only way to se some of the scenery and great views along here.
Day 6 Snowy Waters Lodge (1B, 1D)
Getting up early this morning, we continue along the Whanganui River by canoe, negotiating some white water and passing old European and Maori settlements on the way. At the end of our journey, we arrive at Snowy Waters Lodge, where we can enjoy a delicious dinner and a soak at the spa.
Day 7 Wellington (1B)
This morning transfer to Wellington, and visit the Te Papa museum, dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand.
Day 8 Wellington
Depart at any time.