New Zealand: Hidden Treasures of the Far North

Great Hikes and Cultural Adventures in a Land of Maori Legends

November 18-25, 2023, February 3-10, 2024, February 24-March 2, 2024, March 16-23, 2024

Explore New Zealand’s North Island on a journey full of gorgeous coastal scenery, superb local cuisine (think catch-of-the-day seafood), wine tasting, and a variety of wonderful hikes. While the South Island’s landscape makes you feel as if you could be in the European Alps, the North Island, especially the northernmost part, the “Northland,” has its own distinctive South Pacific character with a unique Maori culture, impeccable stretches of sheltered beach, and a subtropical climate. We’ll boat out to the marine reserve of Poor Knights Islands for snorkeling and kayaking, sip the best vintages in Matakana wine country, explore historic seaside Russell, New Zealand’s first European settlement, walk in an ancient kauri forest in the Bay of Islands, and hike the Te Araroa trail along seacliffs at stunning Cape Reinga (“The Place of Leaping”). Cape Reinga is the northernmost point on the 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 an intimate and enjoyable adventure.

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