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New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound

From £2425 for 12 days
Trip Overview
Discover New Zealand’s North Island – with a taste of the South – on this 12-day adventure from Auckland to Christchurch. Ease into it with a few days soaking up the beauty of the Bay of Islands, then learn ancient Maori traditions and witness geothermal marvels in Rotorua. Choose whether to tackle the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing and visit the cultural capital of Wellington. Explore sunny Nelson and the beachfront bush of Abel Tasman National Park and cap it off with time in Kaikoura, where the shores are filled with seals. Discover incredible landscapes and Maori culture of Te Ika-a-Maui (the Maori term for the North Island) with plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.
Essential Info
Starts: Auckland
Ends: Christchurch
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IPTONU
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: New Zealand
What's Included

Meals

3 Breakfasts included
2 Dinners included

Transport

Ferry,Van

Accommodation

Lodge (11 nts)

Trip Highlights

•   Discover Waitomo's incredible limestone cave system, with night walks to see the glow worms – or better yet, some underground black-water rafting

•   Watch geysers erupt on traditional Maori lands in Rotorua, and take the Maori experience to the next level with an optional cultural performance and traditional hangi feast

•   This trip has plenty of spectacular waterfalls, but Huka Falls is one you’ll want to pack the camera for. Get up close and personal with this foaming blue powerhouse en route to Taupo

•   The Tongariro Crossing is simply New Zealand’s greatest hike, with scenery that must be seen to be believed. And with a cosy mountain lodge as a base, there’s plenty of time to unwind before and after in the spa

•   Wellington is nirvana for epicureans, but the food and drink is only the start. Visit the world-class Te Papa Tongarewa museum for fascinating insight into Maori and Pacific cultures

•   Hit the trails of Abel Tasman National Park, the small but stunning coastal wilderness near sunny Nelson

•   Whales and dolphins watching in Kaikoura is sure to be a trip highlight for marine life enthusiasts, and the chances of sightings are high

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 16th Dec 2020
Returning: 27th Dec 2020
£2,847pp

* Plus $599 NZD
Availability: Good
Departing: 10th Jan 2021
Returning: 21st Jan 2021
£2,425pp

* Plus $475 NZD
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Availability: Good
Departing: 3rd Feb 2021
Returning: 14th Feb 2021
£2,425pp

* Plus $475 NZD
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Availability: Good
Departing: 28th Feb 2021
Returning: 11th Mar 2021
£2,425pp

* Plus $475 NZD
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Availability: Good
Departing: 28th Mar 2021
Returning: 8th Apr 2021
£2,425pp

* Plus $475 NZD
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Availability: Good
Departing: 18th Apr 2021
Returning: 29th Apr 2021
£2,425pp

* Plus $475 NZD
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Availability: Good
Departing: 3rd Oct 2021
Returning: 14th Oct 2021
£2,425pp

* Plus $475 NZD
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Availability: Good
Departing: 21st Nov 2021
Returning: 2nd Dec 2021
£2,425pp

* Plus $475 NZD
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Availability: Good
Departing: 9th Jan 2022
Returning: 20th Jan 2022
£2,425pp
Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
Kia ora! Welcome to Auckland, surrounded by volcanoes and filled with friendly locals and Maoritanga (the Maori way of life). Your adventure kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm at your accommodation. If you have extra time before your trip begins you can take a tour to one of the many outer islands in the Hauraki Gulf, hike to one of the 48 volcanic cones, or keep it simple with a stroll and a coffee (the lively Ponsonby area is a good start).
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