Embark on an adventure through the dramatic lakes, volcanoes and limestone caves of New Zealand’s Central North Island. Go ziplining on picturesque Waiheke in Auckland; combine adventure and hiking in Rotorua and take a thrilling jet boat ride to the foot of Lake Taupō’s Huka Falls. Venture up Mount Ruapehu in the Central Plateau and take a guided walk around the volcano’s crater lake. Get your adrenaline pumping at Waitomo with black water tubing, climbing and leaping amidst a limestone labyrinth of caves. Finish with a day of urban adventures in the heart of Auckland City.
New Zealand’s largest city wraps around the edge of a harbour dotted with easily-accessible islands. Waiheke, known as Auckland’s ‘Island of Wine’, offers thrilling adventure experiences combined with world-class food and wine. Get your bearings on a scenic flying fox ziplining experience with EcoZip adventures, where you’ll fly smoothly via three dual 200m ziplines down into a lush native forest. Choose a local vineyard for lunch with a view before journeying back to downtown Auckland via a short ferry ride.
Three hours south of Auckland lies Rotorua, a city home to geothermal wonders, the Redwood Forest, dormant volcano Mount Tarawera and fascinating Māori culture. Try the iconic ZORB, where you jump in a large inflatable Globe and roll down a hill – it’s a unique thrill. For those keen on adventures on foot, go hiking surrounded by Redwood Trees in Whakarewarewa Forest or head to the tree tops with a Canopy tour.
Journey to Lake Taupō, a lake the size of Singapore that was created as the result of a volcanic eruption 2,000 years ago. Venture to the Huka Falls, where the Waikato – New Zealand’s longest river – tumbles north between two banks that are only 100m apart. The result is a crashing, roaring tumble of water; best seen up close with a thrilling jet boat ride. For more sedate water activities, take a cruise to visit Mine Bay and see the huge, intricate Māori rock carvings. For a different perspective, Sky dive over Lake Taupō, a popular activity for a bird’s eye view of the lake and nearby volcanoes.
Studded with volcanoes, golden plains, thermal springs and turquoise blue lakes, the Ruapehu region is geographically spectacular. Today the majority of the region is made up of Tongariro World Heritage Park, New Zealand’s first National Park. The hiking in the Ruapehu region is some of the best in the country - take a guided walk up to Mount Ruapehu’s Crater Lake and soak up the huge, surreal views.
Drive north to Waitomo in the Waikato region, home to a subterranean world of limestone caves that winds beneath rolling green hills. Here, embrace adventure and embark on a unique and exhilarating black water rafting experience – explore sinkholes, underground rivers and huge caves. Later, drive to Hamilton and enjoy quality restaurants and lively nightlife in the central city.
Journey back to Auckland for a day of urban adventures. Experience the iconic Harbour Bridge on foot with the Bridge Climb and enjoy spectacular, 360 degree views from the top. Or, venture up the Sky Tower and get the adrenaline pumping with a walk around the outside ring of the tower – 192 metres above the ground. There’s also the SkyJump, New Zealand’s highest jump, where guests leap from the Sky Tower to fall towards the ground at about 85kph. Later on, relax and unwind with a stroll around the waterfront, enjoying Auckland’s food scene at one of the lively Viaduct restaurants.