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wildlife & nature • 11 days, 10 nights

Natural Wonders of New Zealand’s North Island

New Zealand
wildlife & nature • 11 days, 10 nights

Natural Wonders of New Zealand’s North Island

New Zealand
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Challenging
  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $5,750 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

Maori Te Ika-a-Maui, the North Island of New Zealand abounds with natural wonders. On this trip, we’ll be paying homage to all things aquatic, from rivers and oceans to waterfalls and mud pools, and to cap it all off: the incredible glowworm caves of Waitomo. We’ll glide down mountain streams and across lakes, visit endangered wildlife, and journey to geothermal vents and geysers. For the thrill-seekers, we’ll raft down the Kaituna River and kayak at night by the light of glowworms. Join us for an adventure that will activate all of your senses, and remind us of the majestic ecosystems we must all work together to conserve.

Highlights
  • Tube through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Visit Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain wildlife reserve
  • Hike to waterfalls and coastal clifftops
  • Whitewater raft the Kaituna River
  • Experience the geothermal wonders of Wai-o-Tapu in Rotorua

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

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Pricing

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1650. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. 

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking and/or hiking four to six miles over the course of each day, spending full days in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and walking on uneven terrain. Travelers should also feel comfortable in and around water, in order to take advantage of activities such as kayaking, tubing, and rafting.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in Auckland on Day 1. We recommend you arrive by 1 p.m. that day so you can clear customs, settle into your accommodations, and meet our guide and fellow travelers in time for dinner. Our trip concludes after breakfast on Day 11. If leaving New Zealand directly after our trip, we recommend departing after 3 p.m. that day. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.

Meals & Accommodations

We’ll eat out at local restaurants and dine in with delicious home-cooked meals prepared by our guide. Lunches are often picnic-style and eaten outdoors, while breakfasts are family-style. We’ll have a snack basket on the bus and water available at all times.

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Trip FAQ

By sharing your experience with friends and family, you can also help to spread awareness about New Zealand's delicate ecosystem and the best ways for visitors to have a positive impact. As you begin to prepare for your trip, and while we’re together, we’ll provide some guidance on how to reduce waste and minimize impact while in New Zealand.

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