New Zealand's North Island has its own distinctive South Pacific character, a thriving Maori culture, impeccable stretches of sheltered beach and native forest, and a perfect subtropical climate. We'll boat out to the marine sanctuary of Poor Knights Islands for snorkeling and kayaking, taste the wares in Matakana wine country, explore seaside Russell, New Zealand's first European settlement, and hike the Te Araroa Trail at stunning Cape Reinga, the northernmost point on the North Island, where it is said Maori spirits begin their final journey to the land of their ancestors. Our hikes are varied and our small group size (maximum 12) makes for a flexible adventure.
Arrive: Auckland, New Zealand
Depart: Kerikeri, New Zealand
From Auckland, we head through a picturesque wine region along the Matakana Coast for a hike on the dunes at Mangawhai, nestled between the Pacific and rolling farmland. A spectacular boat journey brings us out to the marine reserve of the Poor Knights Islands for a fine day of sea kayaking, cave exploration, swimming, and spotting sea mammals.
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Auckland, New Zealand
Day 1 (1 night)
An easy walk to either the restaurants of Viaduct Harbour or Wynyard Quarter, the QT offers offers beautiful modern rooms and a rooftop bar with fantastic views of the city and harbor. The onsite restaurant features Mediterranean cuisine.
Tutukaka, New Zealand
Days 2-3 (2 nights)
Russell, New Zealand
Days 4-5 (2 nights)
Cable Bay, New Zealand
Days 6-7 (2 nights)
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This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. This is a trip for people who enjoy hiking. In general, you can set your own pace while hiking, and there is no need to keep up with the fastest walkers. You will need to be comfortable hiking up to 6 miles a day and being on your feet for 4-5 hours a day. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.