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New Zealand Multisport: Biking, Hiking & Kayaking On The North Island

New Zealand

from $4,298* per person 8 Days February, December
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 20 people max
  • Auckland, new zealand
  • Active & Adventure trips


Every moment indoors is a missed opportunity. Sleeping should be kept to a minimum. You’re in New Zealand. Isn’t there a waterfall you could be swimming under? Or a dramatic coastal scene you should be gaping at? This is why kayaks were invented. And swimming in the South Pacific. How often can you say you did that? What about bungee jumping? Ok, maybe not. But you could. There are also hot springs, geysers and mud pots to check out. And after all these activities, you know what would be perfect? A glass of wine. Done and done. Enjoy New Zealand.

  • Bike through Hawke’s Bay, a wine region known for cabernet varietals
  • Experience traditional Maori customs and foods at a marae (ceremonial meeting place)
  • Stroll past giant tree ferns and hanging vines to a secret valley
  • Kayak on Lake Rotoiti to a small hot spring accessible only by boat
  • Mangapapa Petit Hotel, a country mansion you won't want to leave

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Itinerary


Days 1-2 Stroll past giant tree ferns and hanging vines to a secret valley on the Coromandel Peninsula with our Kiwi guide After pedaling to Hahei, walk to Cathedral Cove, where sculpted sandstone, beaches and beautiful waters await.

Days 3-5 Experience traditional Maori customs and foods at a marae (ceremonial meeting place) In the lush Karangahake Gorge, cross suspension bridges and discover an old gold-mining tunnel before cooling off under a waterfall Kayak on Lake Rotoiti to a small hot spring accessible only by boat Ever fed an emu or watched sheep shearers in action? Never say never! Bike along rolling pastures to the Paeroa Range’s white cliffs  The Waikite Hot Pools invite a soothing dip Watch your step - geysers, thermal springs, colorful silica terraces and percolating mud pots abound at Waiotapu.

Day 6 Mangapapa Petit Hotel, a country mansion you won't want to leave  Stroll to impressive Huka Falls If you’re feeling fearless, now’s your chance to bungee jump over the Waikato River.

Days 7-8 Bike through Hawke's Bay, a wine region known for cabernet varietals, and stop for tastings under the shade of pines and oaks The 360-degree views of ocean and countryside from Te Mata Peak make our last hike extra thrilling.

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