North Island Tracks Southbound

Highlights

Cruise the Bay of Islands on an overnight trip, Discover Waitomo's limestone caves, See Rotorua's geysers, Visit the spectacular Huka Falls, Be inspired by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu, Take a wander through Te Papa Tongarewa, Bushwalk in Abel Tasman National Park, Spot sperm whales and dolphins in Kaikoura

Tour description provided by Intrepid

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.

Itinerary

Auckland
Popularly referred to as the 'City of Sails', a distinct Pacific flavour is apparent in Auckland's cosmopolitan markets and lively waterfront precinct.
Bay of Islands
A secluded marine area of amazing beauty, the Bay of Islands boasts stunning coral reefs, fascinating marine life and excellent beaches.
Waitomo
Famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and black-water rafting, Waitomo is one of New Zealand's most awe-inspiring destinations.
Rotorua
Renowned as a geothermal wonderland, Rotorua's bubbling geysers and steaming mud pools provide an amazing display of mother earth's power.
Taupo/Mt Ruapehu
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. 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.
Wellington
New Zealand's vibrant capital, Wellington has something for everyone - a picturesque harbour, fascinating museums and a great restaurant/bar scene.
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.
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.
Christchurch
New Zealand's second-largest city is well on the way to recovery with a whole new range of pop-up cafes, restaurants and bars to explore in Christchurch.