12 Day North Island Explorer Northbound (Christchurch to Auckland)


Enjoy the best that New Zealand has to offer with our 12 day North Island adventure. Try to spot sperm whales and dolphins in Kaikoura and even wandering albatrosses. Other highlights include the Bay of Islands, Nelson, Taupo, Marlborough Sounds and the brilliant Huka Falls.


Tour Style
Tourcode: PTOA
Max Passengers: 15
Price from:
AUD $2195.00EUR €1525.00GBP £1315.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: 12 Day North Island Explorer Northbound (Christchurch to Auckland)
11 nights multi-share accommodation
Tour Code PTOA
Duration 12 days
Tour Style Explorer
Route Christchurch to Auckland
Maximum Passengers 15
Price (adult) AUD $2195.00EUR €1525.00GBP £1315.00
Valid 31 March 2014 - 30 March 2015

Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Christchurch

Begin in Christchurch explore this picturesque and welcoming city (activities optional and own expense).  The trip begins with a group welcome meeting at approximately 6:00pm.

Day 2 – Kaikoura

Departing Christchurch, we head out to sea and spot whales off the coast of Kaikoura, a town famous for its fresh seafood and marine life. (B)

Days 3 and 4 – Nelson

Today we journey to Nelson, in the heart of wine making country. Bushwalking tracks among these gorgeous inlets and coves are just begging to be explored. It is also possible to fit in a spot of fishing, take a winery tour or perhaps just wander through the eclectic range of shops in Nelson. (Bx1)

Days 5 and 6 – Wellington

Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on a ferry between the North and South Island. Explore Wellington's buzzing cafe scene or ride a cable car to the Botanic Gardens, taking in spectacular views of the city and harbour. (B)

Day 7 – Mt Ruapehu

Today we visit the impressive Mt Ruapehu. Perhaps hike the famous Tongariro Crossing track or take a different route through the lower forest. If you’re feeling adventurous, activities like skiing and snowboarding are available during the winter months. (BD)

Day 8 – Taupo to Rotorua

Marvel at Huka Falls and take the opportunity to bungee or jet boat in Taupo - the North Island's home of extreme sports (own expense). Rotorua's geysers, bubbling mud pools and volcanic cliffs are shaped by seismic forces. (B) 

Day 9 – Rotorua

Discover Waitomo, famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and blackwater rafting. This is an unforgettable trip involving hiking and descending an underground river floating on an inner tube (own expense). (B)

Day: 10 Waitomo - Bay of Islands

We leave Waitomo and drive north through fantastic scenery. There are beautiful beaches and unspoiled places to explore. (B)

Day: 11 Bay 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. Visit the village of Russell for a look into NZ´s interesting past.

Day 12 – Auckland

We make our way back South passing unspoiled beaches and lush forests. The final leg of our adventure takes us to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Enjoy crossing the harbour bridge with a great view of the 'City of Sails'. (B)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure. Please refer to terms and conditions for more details.


Departure location : Jailhouse Hostel, Christchurch 7.30am day 2

Arrival location : Kiwi International Hotel Auckland approx 8:00pm Day 12

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  • Experienced guide
  • 11 nights multi share accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts and 1 dinner, other meals at own expense

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • hat and sunscreen
  • towel and toiletries
  • swimming gear
  • warm clothing in winter, waterproof jacket
  • water bottles
  • torch
  • insect repellent
  • camera



  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions and weather extremes. See terms and conditions for full details.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • Tour is operated by our tour partner Trek Tracks.
  • It is your responsibility to advise Adventure Tours Australia if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 20kg applies.