Top 3 North Island adventures

Elliots surf beach | Malcolm West
Elliots surf beach | Malcolm West

Whether you're cycling or hiking, the North Island of New Zealand has just as much to offer as the South. Boasting stunning golden coastlines, lush native bush, towering volcano's and mountain ranges and sparkling blue lakes, you'd be crazy not to add the North Island to your list of active holiday destinations.  With more North Island itineraries than ever before, why not join us on one of our top 3 North Island adventures below.

1. Northland Cycle

Road cycling along the coastline of Northland New Zealand

9 days | Moderate to Challenging | Auckland to Auckland

Discover the hidden gems of Northland as you journey through some of the best road cycling spots in NZ, away from the crowds. Explore the sand dunes at Hokianga Habour, cycle to New Zealand's northernmost point and take in the stunning coastline of the magical Mangawhai Heads. 

You’ll clock up an average of 90km per day on this 9 day road ride while indulging in fresh sea food and relaxing in comfortable accommodation along the way. Don’t forget the support vehicle will always be nearby to pick up any tired legs. We have 3 departures scheduled for the 2018/2019 season, but they're expected to fill up fast! View the full itinerary as well as dates and prices here


2. Ultimate North Island Adventure

Admiring the vivid Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Crossing

7 days | Moderate | Auckland to Wellington

The Ultimate North Island Adventure is any hikers dream. Fully explore the North Island from top to bottom, walking through diverse and unique landscapes. Trek the best sections of the remote Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk deep in the rainforests of Te Urewera National Park, explore thermal areas in Rotorua, and discover the surreal volcanic wonderland along the world-renowned Tongariro Crossing. This itinerary includes a mix of short walks and two overnight hikes where we stay in comfortable lodges, cabins and back-country huts, and one night camping. You can expect an average of 4-5 hours of walking each day, with up to 8 hours on the longest day. Link this tour with the Ultimate South Island Adventure for the ultimate New Zealand experience! View the full itinerary as well as dates and prices here.

3. Northland Discovery

Trekkers enjoying the expansive view from Cape Reinga

5 days | Introductory | Auckland to Auckland

Discover New Zealand’s northernmost landscapes on this 5 day hiking escape. Experience an array of short walks in the Bay of Islands along white sand coastlines, climb to the top of an old volcanic plug in Russell and explore remote dune-scapes at Cape Reinga. With an average of 3 hours walking per day, this trip is perfect for those looking for a balance of activity and relaxation and provides plenty of time for swimming in secret coves, kayaking in the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour, and a visit to New Zealand's largest Kauri Tree, Tane Mahuta. On this trip, you’ll stay in a mix of ensuited motel accommodation and a rustic eco-lodge nestled in the dunes at 90 mile beach. View the full itinerary as well as dates and prices here. All of our itineraries are fully supported and include all accommodation, a support vehicle, experienced guides, most meals, and extras.


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