New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound

10/22/2020 through 01/31/2021
10/22/2020 through 02/14/2021
Intrepid Travel

New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound

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.


  • Bay of Islands – Evening Harbour cruise
  • Rotorua – Te Puia Maori Art & Cultural Centre
  • Mt Ruapehu: Scenic flights over volcanos (From price) Minimum 2 pax
  • Wellington – Te Papa Museum
  • Wellington: Scenic Cruise through Marlborough Sound across to the North Island
  • Kaikoura Seal Colony


  • Be welcomed to Whakarewarewa by the Maori people who have lived there for over 700 years and wonder at the area’s steaming Te Puia geysers, bubbling mud pits and lakes.
  • Feel the rush of Huka Falls, where a 100-metre-wide river is forced through a narrow volcanic chamber, causing a torrent of incredible speed.
  • Explore the Abel Tasman National Park independently or on an optional tour, hiking through thick native forest and emerging on deserted sandy beaches.
  • Choose to join the group for a full-day trek over the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, hiking past aqua coloured lakes, craters and volcanos.
  • Cruise in between green islands Marlborough Sounds, where the hilly islands were once towering mountains and the channels were once dry valleys.


Day 1 Auckland
Day 2 Bay of Islands
Day 3 Bay of Islands
Day 4 Rotorua
Day 5 Rotorua
Day 6 Taupo – Mt Ruapehu
Day 7 Mt Ruapehu
Day 8 Wellington
Day 9 Nelson
Day 10 Nelson
Day 11 Kaikoura
Day 12 Christchurch

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