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New Zealand North Island Explorer (ex Christchurch)

New Zealand

New Zealand North Island Explorer (ex Christchurch)

Hiking·
Kayaking·
Snorkeling·
Rafting
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Start: Christchurch
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End: Auckland

From secluded beaches to volcanic craters, New Zealand's North Island will delight

Activity
LocationNew Zealand
Duration12 days
Start / EndChristchurch / Auckland
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

New Zealand

New Zealand North Island Explorer (ex Christchurch)

Hiking·
Kayaking·
Snorkeling·
Rafting·
12 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Christchurch
·
End: Auckland

Description

Explore New Zealand's northern heartland, from the secluded beaches of the coast to the volcanic craters of the central plateau, on this North Island Explorer trip. Adventure activities abound here – why not go sea kayaking or snorkelling on a Bay of Islands adventure cruise, underground black-water rafting in Waitomo, bungee jumping and jet boating at Taupo or mountain biking and kayaking in N...

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Itinerary

Day 1Christchurch
Kia-ora! Welcome to New Zealand. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6.00PM on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Soak up the atmosphere, a city that Lonely Planet described as "re-emerging as one of New Zealand's most exciting". With a whole new range of pop up cafe's, restaurants and bars, Christchurch has hit the ground running. Its a great chance to spend a dew days exploring this resilient city. With the CBD closed down, visit the 'Re:Start' development on the fringe of the CBD, a shopping and entertainment area of shipping containers, boasting great coffee, shopping and food.
Day 2Kaikoura
We depart Christchurch around 7.30 in the morning and we head up the beautiful coastline to Kaikoura where many adventures await us. Take a boat trip out to see the whales. Experience being close to some of the largest creatures in the world. For those who wish there are plane or helicopter flights to view the whales (whale watching activities are subject to weather conditions). Kaikoura is famous for its seafood and marine life with much to see and do. Notes: Total driving time is around three hours (approximately 160kms).
Day 3Nelson
Today our destination is Nelson, in the heart of the wine producing area and the Abel Tasman National Park. It is a very pleasant sunny place and home to some of the most beautiful sea kayaking in the world. We spend the afternoon exploring the town. We have a huge variety of activities to choose from including kayaking, boating, sailing in the Abel Tasman National Park, mountain biking or just relaxing in town or on the beach. Nelson is very picturesque and is a delight to visit. Notes: Total driving time is around four hours (approximately 240kms).
Day 4Nelson
Today you can visit the Abel Tasman National Park. Bushwalking tracks among these gorgeous inlets and coves are just begging to be explored and the boat ride in Water Taxi is spectacular.
Day 5Wellington
We cross to the north island on the inter island ferry and enjoy the fantastic scenery of the Marlborough Sound. We arrive in the afternoon and have a great opportunity for a night out in the capital city. Notes: Total driving time is around two hours (approximately 130kms).
Day 6Mt Ruapehu
We leave Wellington after visiting the fantastic Te Papa museum. We head through the central North Island plains towards the great volcanoes & Mount Ruapehu National Park. There are several options during our time here. Many will want to hike the famous Tongariro Crossing track. A good day hike which is known as the best of its kind in New Zealand. This hike has spectacular views of the volcanic plateau and the lakes. Those who do not go on the hike can explore the beautiful local area. Notes: Total driving time is around four and a half hours (approximately 330kms).
Day 7Mt Ruapehu
Today you have the option of walking the Tongariro crossing. This is a full day hike and people should have a decent level of fitness. It is considered NZ´s best one day hike and has fantastic views. For those not doing the hike there are lower altitude bush walks available from the Motel.
Day 8Taupo - Rotorua
We head to Taupo, just one hour away which is widely acknowledged as the North Island's home of extreme sports. On the way we visit the spectacular Huka Falls. Here you can bungy-jump or ride in a jet boat, as well as do many other activities. Or how about just relaxing by the shores of the largest lake in New Zealand? The sights are fantastic and this will be one of your highlights. We visit the Whakarewarewa, site of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and thermal area in Rotorua. See geysers and boiling mud pools in an amazing display of the power of nature. There is an option for a Maori Hangi dinner and concert. Notes: Total driving time is around two and a half hours (approximately 180kms).
Day 9Rotorua
Today you have the chance to explore Rotorua and all its surroundings. There is alot to do in this busy adventure town. This all happens at Te Puia, site of the New Zealand Arts and Crafts Institute. The geysers here erupt regularly, and the Maori guides will show you around, explaining the significance of this land to their ancestors. You can view a rare Kiwi bird at Paradise Springs and learn more about New Zealand's great efforts to conserve them. Before you leave Rotorua, consider going zip-lining through the nearby virgin native forest. It's a great chance to not only get some thrills from up high out in nature, but learn the ins and outs of local efforts to save the Kiwi bird.
Day 10Rotorua - Bay of Islands
We leave Rotorua and drive north through fantastic scenery towards New Zealand's winterless north. There are beautiful beaches and unspoiled places to explore. The next day we have a host of available activities including kayaking, a boat trip to the islands or just relaxing Visit the village of Russell for a look into NZ´s past. Notes: Total driving time is around six and a half hours (approximately 420kms).
Day 11Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s top holiday destinations. 144 islands in total, this boating paradise enjoys a sub-tropical climate. Today we have a host of available activities including kayaking, a boat trip to the islands or just relaxing. In the afternoon you will be able to enjoy the views of the area whilst enjoying some local food on a lunchtime harbour cruise. We also encourage a visit the village of Russell for a look into NZ´s interesting past.
Day 12Auckland
We make our way back South passing unspoiled beaches and lush forests. There are native trees of massive size that are over 1000 years old. This area has always been prized for its fantastic native hardwood timbers that are fortunately protected nowadays. Crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge, with a spectacular view of the "City of Sails", we arrive in Auckland to say our fond farewells. Our trip finishes on arrival to Auckland at approx 6PM. Please take this into consideration when booking any onward flights. Notes: Total driving time is around four hours (approximately 225kms).

More info

Trip title

New Zealand North Island Explorer Northbound

Trip code

PTOAU

Validity

Validity: 01 Oct 2019 to 31 Dec 2020

Introduction

Explore New Zealand's northern heartland, from the secluded beaches of the coast to the volcanic craters of the central plateau, on this North Island Explorer trip. Adventure activities abound here – why not go sea kayaking or snorkelling on a Bay of Islands adventure cruise, underground black-water rafting in Waitomo, bungee jumping and jet boating at Taupo or mountain biking and kayaking in Nels... Read more

Style

Original

Themes

Explorer,Wildlife

Transport

Ferry,Van

Physical Rating

3

Joining point

Breakfree Christchurch

Joining point description

This innovative and stylish hotel has a unique urban feel throughout with the level of integrated technology. Featuring Samsung Smart TV technology with screen mirroring, wireless keyboards and free WiFi This Christchurch accommodation is located in the heart of the CBD near Manchester and Hereford Streets, around 500 metres from ‘Container City’ (Re:START Mall) – the perfect location to stroll t... Read more

Joining point instructions

Regular Metro Red Bus services connect CHC airport to the city centre. Both the Purple Line and the Number 29 buses go via the city centre. You can buy tickets from the driver. Tickets cost $8.50 one way or $15 return. Both buses depart from the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall, between the terminal and the Long Stay car park (exit through Door 9 past the Vodafone counter). A taxi ... Read more

Finish point

Kiwi International Hotel

Finish point description

The Kiwi International Hotel is located right in the heart of Auckland City with a 24hr reception and is located very close to the airport bus stop. Facilities include free luggage storage, wireless internet, TV lounge and guest laundry. http://www.kiwihotel.co.nz/

Finish point instructions

Taxis are readily available and cost approx 35NZD and take approx 20 minutes to the airport.

Important information

1. Tour commences in Christchurch with group meeting on day 1 at 6:00pm and finishes in Auckland day 12 at approx 6pm. Please consider this when booking flights and accommodation. 2. Trip runs in reverse, see tour code PTONU. 3. A single supplement is available to purchase and is valid for each night of the trip.

Group leader

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. In New Zealand your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a coaster vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Our crew are chosen for their driving skills, their knowledge of the country, their personality, and of cou... Read more

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more

Communications

Wireless (wi-fi) is common across accommodation in New Zealand. Some properties may charge a fee for use.  Cafe's and pubs across NZ may have wi-fi for a fee, with those in more tourist area's offering it for free. Shopping centre's, airports and other public spaces offer limited free wi-fi access.   If you are spending longer in New Zealand, it might be a good idea to purchase a local SIM card ... Read more

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more

Why we love it

Discover the breathtaking Bay of Islands

Is this trip right for you

Accommodation on this trip isn't luxurious, but it's comfortable enough for you to relax after a day of adventure. There are more optional activities on this trip than included ones. These activities range from trekking moderate hiking trails to white water rafting, so you'll be able to choose your own adventure level. You'll be spending quite a lot of time in a minibus as you travel through the... Read more

Health

Our trips require a level of independence and physical endurance. Before embarking on one of our trips, it is important to consider your physical and mental health and your suitability for the trip. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor about your current health and the possible implications of doing the trip. We also ask that you advise us of any mental or physical conditions you h... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price.... Read more

Money matters

The currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD). US$1 = NZ$1.42 (rate current for March 2017). For the latest exchange rate refer to www.oanda.com or check at your local bank or in the newspaper prior to travel. The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). This allows you to draw funds from your personal account at a superior exchange... Read more

What to take

ESSENTIALS: Layers! New Zealand has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress however there are a few practical considerations. New Zealand has a temperate climate but be prepared for colder temperatures (occasionally snow) even in summer months. Bring a waterproof jacket. The sunshine in New Zealand is harsh and a sunhat and sunglasses are a must. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from... Read more

Climate and seasonal

The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months. July is the coldest month of the year. Check the Met Service website for forecasts prior to travel. We don't run trips on the South Island during winter due to potential road closures and poor weather. NZ can experience four seasons in a day, best t obe prepared. Christchurch: Summer ... Read more

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

Feedback

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Emergency contact

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, Trek Tracks can be reached on Tel: +64 (0) 7 377 8015 or +64 (0) 277678675. For further contact details please use the following page: For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/ While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel an... Read more

Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsible... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

Our accommodation in New Zealand are a mix of Motels, Hotels, Ski lodges and backpacker lodges which have a friendly festive atmosphere and good facilities. All bedding is included.  Accommodation is on a twin share basis, and single travellers are paired with someone of the same sex. On rare occasions there may be triple rooms. Single supplement room upgrades can be requested at the time of book... Read more

Transport notes

You will be travelling in a coaster vehicle specially designed for local conditions.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weat... Read more

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