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New Zealand North Island

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Days

7

Grade

4

Distance

80km

TOUR OVERVIEW

There is ADVENTURE around every corner on this 7 day / 6 night tour of New Zealand’s North Island. From cone shaped mountains to picturesque golden beaches, geothermal wonders, and just as many Lord of the Rings-inspired locations, these fabulous attractions are part of your North Island itinerary.  The North Island is the country’s fertile heartland, showcasing lush forests, rugged mountains, and steep gorges. This is one for the adventure lovers- no you don’t have to be experienced, just willing to give it a go! hiking, caving, rafting, hiking, hot springs, hiking, more high fives laughs and good friends… best way to travel!

This trip might be for you if:

  • You have a sense of adventure!
  • Have a good base level of fitness
  • Have done a micro trip with us and looking for something more
  • Want to train for something fun
  • Ready to get some new stories to tell and tick off a bucket list item

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A well planned itinerary of adventure and hiking the North Island
  • 6 nights accommodation, twin room with made and natural mineral spas
  • 3 amazing day hikes including the world famous Tongariro Crossing
  • 6 shorter hikes exploring a range of incredible places
  • A range of activities that may included Caving, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rafting and Thermal pools
  • Waitomo Caving and tubing experience meeting some glow worms
  • Fully prepared yummy and healthy meals and snacks
  • Comfortable chauffeured transport including an airport drop off
  • Great social fun with support and encouragement

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • All meals including snacks along the trail (all dietaries catered for)
  • A full itinerary to maximise your time away
  • Waitomo Caving and Tubing activity
  • Water Rafting
  • All accommodation (twin share)
  • Transfer / Pick up from Aukland
  • Experienced, Qualified and Wilderness First Aid trained guides
  • Jokes and tour banter thrown in for free – please bring some jokes with you

ACCOMMODATION

We will stay in three different locations as we make our way exploring the North Island. Locations include: Turangi, Rotorura and Waitomo We find the best located accommodation to minimise travel time And we orgnanise and book all the accommodation (twin share) so you don’t have to do anything

FOOD

Full catering provided – mostly home-cooked meals! Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus dessert and snacks. All dietaries are catered for. An example of days menu might be: Breakfast: Eggs, cereal, overnight oats and fruits Lunch: A salad or wrap with fresh veggies Dinner: A curry with rice and naan Desert: The FAMOUS sticky date pudding (yum) Snacks: Lemon slice cake, protein balls

WHAT TO BRING

  • We will send you a pack list to help you plan your trip
  • The essentials include: A drink bottle, or two bottles on a hot day.
  • A small day backpack and a larger bag (we will leave our big bags in the accommodation)
  • Medication, camera, etc…
  • Hat or beanie depending on weather
  • Walking poles if you normally carry them
  • Walking clothes suitable for the weather on the day
  • Your ‘Yes, I’ll give it a go’ attitude 😉

WHAT OUR ADVENTURERS HAVE SAID

"This NZ trip with TSA was AWESOME!! Jam packed full of amazing hikes and activities in beautiful NZ with a great bunch of strangers who quickly became new friends! Hiking, eating, laughing and singing (Gloria!) Loved it!" - Chelle, North New Zealand

ITINERARY

Day 1

For the full itinerary and hiking grades and timings download our brochure! Pick up from Auckland city centre and the tour begins! Our first walk at Karangahake Gorge including a long section of old mining tunnel – it’s pretty cool and very very dark. Next.... Wairere Falls. A lovely ferny walk alongside...(more info in brochure) We then drive to our accommodation and relax.

Day 2

Tarawera Lake Walk to the hot beach. Real tropical feel with amazing views through palm trees. The best is at the end where hot thermal springs. We'll explore the area, maybe go for a bike ride or hike (you can decide) After dinner we take a night time dip at the Kerosine Falls thermal river. This is a magical moment as the natural hot water creek cascades over you leaving you feeling fantastic.

Day 3

Pack up from accommodation Early dip to Kerosine Falls again (optional but awesome) Next - Rainbow Mountain. A short mountain hike passing a blue lake, with 360-degree views at the top. Amazing ground colors on the path. Huka Falls Walk. We walk along the river towards a local spa park for a possible dip in the thermal pool. Arrive at new accommodation. Relax.

Day 4

Early departure for Tongariro Crossing. One of the best day walks you’ll ever do. This walk is simply stunning, incredible, awesome and is world renowned for good reason. Let us handle logistics. After you can enjoy some downtime! You earned it. Cheese and wine tasting! Yum!

Day 5

Head out today for a fresh and exhilarating morning on a raft down the Turangi River, over rapids and around rocks - a different kind of adventure! Taranaki Falls. A short walk takes you over the alpine plains, admiring the mountains around you then down to a spectacular waterfall. After all that we’ll have some downtime!

Day 6

Mount Ruapehu climb. The volcanic landscape has no marked tracks as you scramble, climb and hike as far as you can, a lucky few may even reach the top. No matter where you stop this is a spectacular walk. Back to accommodation for downtime!

Day 7

Pack up - leave accommodation! Head back to Waitomo Caving and Tubing - what a way to end an EPIC holiday. Caving, tubing, waterfall jumping and glowworms! Trust us, you'll be beaming after this experience! Head to the airport and say our goodbyes!

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FAQS

This is one of our most common questions, and our recommendation is that for most of our day walks you should wear your most comfortable footwear. Don’t wear your old hiking boots from 20 years ago, and don’t wear thongs or sandals. Bottom line is your runners are probably the best choice unless you have some comfortable hiking shoes or trail runners. In some circumstances you may want footwear with better grip than runners, particularly for muddy winter walks. If you are still in doubt, bring along both pairs and get our guides recommendation on the day.

Pick up from Auckland City centre – this is where the tour starts!

All our trips include our awesome TSA guides, accommodation, all your meals, beverages, access, permits, and all extras such as gear, activites, climbs, rafting, caving or any of the other exciting activities that appears on our tours. There is never any more to pay, unless you want to buy your own things like a coffee, souvenirs etc.

As with all of our events, our trips vary in length and difficulty. We suggest you look at the grading provided and have a browse through the itinerary distances. If you can walk 20km day after day then you’ll be fine for the Larapinta Trek, or you may be more suited to wandering around the Bay of Fires and more leisurely beach walking. Remember that you will have weeks to months to build up your fitness before the trip – which we can help with! If still in doubt, give us a call

We always want to keep you safe and have developed a Covid safety plan for the trail. Check it out HERE

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WHY CHOOSE

TAKE SHAPE ADVENTURES

FRIENDSHIP

Most of the people that come on our tours come by themselves. Our community is built on friendships that have been made on our trips, experiencing something life changing together, the shared memories and also goals to do more in the future! We encourage people not to be anxious about coming on these trips by yourself as we promise you will leave with some like minded friends and be really glad you made the decision to get out of your comfort zone and join in.

BELONG

Our community is our backbone. We have had so many people start with no hiking experience, basic fitness and not knowing anyone on our trips. These same people have gone on to do some incredible multi day hiking trips with us and their friends they have met in our community. Witnessing the development of their fitness, confidence, experience, friendships and happiness is why we do what we do. Come join us and let us help you get from the couch to the top of the mountain!

ADVENTURE

Experiences, not things. The moments that take your breath away. The feeling of accomplishment and the realisation that you are capable of so much more than what you thought. The views that blow your mind and the ticking off of bucket list items. We take all the hard work out of it for you. We organise the lot so you can just turn up and get the best of your experience without all the headaches of organising/logistics. We make it easy for you to do all the thing you want to do –  you just need to turn up and be ready to jump into life!

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