New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 12+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ends Christchurch, New Zealand
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HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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 100metrewide 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 fullday trek over the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, hiking past aqua coloured lakes, craters and volcanos.
The tour New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound starts in Auckland and ends in Christchurch. It is an explorer tour that takes 12 days taking you through Waitomo, Nelson, Wellington and 6 other destinations in New Zealand. New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT INTREPID TRAVEL
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Based on 100 reviews
Janice's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • Janice
  • From USA
  • On Jun 27 2019
“Our trip was very good for the money. The accommodations were adequate, our guide handled a lot of the details and we had time to explore on our own. Best for people traveling solo or as a couple.”
Review for another Intrepid Travel tour
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
  • On Mar 03 2019
“My wife and I are over 75 years old, but fit. We hiked and climbed Mayan pyramids, swam and trekked through an underground cave, snorkeled and dove reefs and shopped and dined in local markets. We took some extra trips, but passed on those, such as scaling an active volcano, that were not our cup of tea. By car, van, bus, boat, bike and foot, the adventure was always interesting. The tour guide handled all arrangements and ironed out the occasional glitch. However, he would arrange for local guides who had regional knowledge and views. We met many typical residents of three countries and interacted with them on a close and personal level.”
RALPH's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • RALPH
  • From USA
  • On Sep 27 2019
“I wasn't forewarned about the difficulty of obtaining a Russian VISA in a short timeframe. Obtaining one in a short period of time cost over $1,000.
Additionally, I suggest booking directly with the tour company as communication was not passed from agent company, to tour company, to me the traveler that extra hotel fees were required as the hotel had sold out of single rooms.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • 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
WHAT'S INCLUDED Download PDF Brochure
Accommodation
  • Lodge (11 nights)
Meals
  • 3 Breakfast, 2 Dinner
Transport
  • Ferry , Van
Included Activities
  • 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
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Auckland and from Christchurch are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound tour. You can cancel the tour up to 58 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 57 days of departure.

Payment

A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 57 days before departure. For any departures within 23 July 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this New Zealand North Island Explorer Southbound tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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