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New Zealand North Island 5-Day Hiking Tour

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5 days
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What You'll Do
  • Hike across the North Island of New Zealand weaving your way from Auckland to Wellington.
  • Trek through a true wilderness landscape of waterfalls, rivers, sulphorous mud pools and volcanoes
  • Sleep in excellent hotels and lodges all with ensuite bathrooms.
  • Get sightings of rare blue ducks, robins and other native birds
Discover the world underground at Waitomo explore the geothermal delights of Rotorua, hike across active volcanoe, lava valleys in the world-renowned Tongario National Park and sip coffee in the coolest capital of the world, Wellington. A 5 day vacation.
What to Expect
The North Island is blessed with an array of natural wonders. Discover the world underground at Waitomo, explore the geothermal delights of Rotorua, hike across active volcanoes and lava valleys in the world-renowned Tongario National Park and sip coffee in the coolest little capital of the world – Wellington.

The supplier has chosen excellent quality hotels and lodges and all rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Every place you stay has something special to offer and your evenings will be just as enjoyable as your days spent outdoors. Wonderful meals are included giving you an opportunity to sample the local cuisine from the restaurants in the cities and towns you'll stay in.

Day 1      Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua, 1-2km/2 hours hiking

Meet your North Island guide and the rest of the group in the Heritage Hotel foyer at 7am before driving south through the classic patchwork green farming country alongside the Waikato River. Arriving at the Waitomo Caves area descend into the vaulted galleries of the Ruakuri Cave with its limestone formations and crystals. Be captivated by the thousands of tiny glowworms that cling to the cave ceiling and mimic a starlit night sky. Later emerge into the sunshine and wander on a loop trail through an outstanding limestone canyon. Arrive in the volcanically active area of Rotorua late afternoon. Rotorua is also the center of Maori cultural tourism in New Zealand and tonight  enjoy an evening meal and cultural performance. Distinction Hotel, Rotorua (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2      Rotorua Lakes – Lake Taupo, 8km/5 hours hiking

Hike alongside the beautifully clear Lake Tarawera, enjoying the shade that towering tree ferns and ignimbrite cliffs offer. Plop into the water to cool off at any one of the tiny pumice beaches as you wait for the others to catch up. There are astonishing views all along this trail, giving glimpses of how expansive this massive wilderness of forest, lakes and volcanoes really is. In the afternoon we explore some of the amazing thermal areas located a little south of Rotorua. Wander along boardwalks that connect pools of bubbling mud, mineral-tainted hot pools and plumes of rising steam as you wonder at this unique area. Grab a cuppa before you drive toward the lakeside town of Taupo. At Huka Falls feel the power as the huge Waikato River gets pinched through a narrow rock corridor. The accommodation is at the southern end of this stunning lake. Relax with a drink and enjoy the views. Oreti Village, Lake Taupo (All meals)

Day 3      Tongariro, 8km/2-4 hours hiking

Drive around Lake Taupo’s shore to New Zealand’s first national park – Tongariro. Take a leisurely morning walk through a stunning forest around the slopes of Mt Pihanga and to the mystical Lake Rotopounamu (Lake of Greenstone). The next two nights are spent in a lodge on the edge of the park, providing a great opportunity for you to explore the area at your leisure. Join the guide this afternoon for a great walk to Taranaki Falls, cascading 20 metres over a 15,000 year-old lava flow. Enjoy dinner with the group in the comfort of the lodge. Skotel, Tongariro National Park (All meals)

Day 4      Tongariro, 23km/6-8 hours hiking

Join the guide today for a full days walking on the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, regarded as one of the best day walks in the world. The track is extremely well built and even a novice hiker will enjoy the gradual ascent up to the top of Mt Tongariro. Your guide will set a pace that lets you stop and admire the views of the Red Crater, Emerald Lakes and steaming vents that make this hike so iconic. It will all be worth it when you celebrate at dinner with a bottle of fine New Zealand wine. Those who prefer a more restful day can find plenty to do at the village: Soda Springs walk, Taranaki Falls walk, or simply drink coffee and view the great exhibits at the Park Visitor Center. Enjoy your second night in this alpine village. Skotel, Tongariro National Park (All meals)

Day 5       Tongariro – Wellington

Rest your legs this morning as you drive south through rolling green hill country to the capital city of Wellington. The tour finishes early afternoon in this buzzing wee city. Stroll along the fabulous waterfront and absorb some of New Zealand’s history in the national museum - Te Papa, or simply get lost admiring the heritage houses along one of the many improbably steep streets. Nowhere is very far in Wellington. There is a vibrant café and restaurant scene here – enjoy. (Breakfast, Lunch) 
What's Included
  • Guide
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • All meals (excluding breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 5)
  • First-aid kit
  • Drinking water
  • Safety equipment
  • Hiking equipment (please request)
  • Maps
Meeting Point

07:00, Heritage Hotel foyer, 35 Hobson Street, Central Auckland

What to Remember
• Up to 4-5 hours of physical activity per day
• At times carrying a backpack of 4-5kgs
• Tracks generally in good condition
• Altitude gains of up to 600 meters (2000 feet) on harder days
• No hiking experience necessary, hiking and fitness grade B
• The full (optional) Tongariro Alpine Crossing on day 4 takes 6-7 hours and has an altitude gain of 750 meters

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