North Island Multisport


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    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.

    Day 1 Auckland
    Jump right into your adventure by adding the ‘Auckland Sailing: America’s Cup Experience’ extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. Or, take an optional day trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set.

    This evening meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.

    Day 2 Auckland/Rotorua
    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, learn the arts of the haka and poi before a traditional hangi dinner.  After dinner, lounge by the bonfire and have some time to get to know the Maori hosts. Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions. (D)

    Day 3 Rotorua
    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. (B)

    Day 4 Rotorua/Tongariro National Park
    Mt Tongariro’s rocky, dramatic landscapes make this day-long trek truly one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks”, passing emerald lakes and beautiful alpine scenery. Start early and collect supplies before heading out. After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night and opt for a hot soak to ease those tired muscles. (B, D)

    Day 5 Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park
    Travel to Blue Duck Station, a working farm and nature conservancy that serves as our gateway to Whanganui National Park.  Marvel at the Whanganui River – the third longest in New Zealand – as it flows out to the west coast of the North Island from Mt Tongariro. Learn about the region’s natural history, conservation efforts for indigenous wildlife (including the endangered New Zealand blue duck) and Blue Duck Station’s sustainable farming practices. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 Whanganui National Park
    Experience another of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” (this time, from a canoe) on a day trip into the heart of Whanganui National Park. Explore the Whanganui River further by jet boat, visiting old Maori and European settlements.  During short walks or stops en route, learn about the region’s history and local conservation efforts. If weather permits, head out for a visit to the abandoned Bridge to Nowhere. Return to Blue Duck Station for the night and enjoy a delicious dinner. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 Whanganui National Park/Raglan
    Travel north to the small town of Waitomo, located near an extensive underground cave system. Enjoy a free afternoon, or opt to tour the caves by boat, by foot or with a bit of adrenaline by rappelling into them. Continue on to Raglan for the night, and enjoy the sunset in this stunning coastal town. (B)

    Day 8 Raglan/Auckland
    Visit a local sustainable eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture and biological solutions for dairy farms in an effort to restore lowland wetland eco-systems. Be inspired by their green initiatives – they practice the art of giving more back to the environment than they take out. Then travel north to Auckland where your tour will end around midday.

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