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5 Day Northern Portion Hiking Tour

41kms (about 19 hrs) hiking over 4 days

Days
5

Pricing From
$3150

Difficulty

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Overview

Auckland - Wellington

This is the complete North Island NZ walking experience. Maximise your time in the New Zealand wilderness yet still marvel at the iconic destinations. Enjoy true wilderness campsites followed by comfortable eco lodges. A range of activities including white water rafting and sea kayaking, complement the hikes superbly and keep this New Zealand Walking tour as diverse and exciting as the landscapes we explore!

Tour Grading: B*

  • Up to 4-5 hours of physical activity per day*
  • At times carrying a backpack of 4-5kgs
  • Tracks generally in good condition
  • Altitude gains of up to 600m (2000ft) on harder days
  • No hiking experience necessary

* The full (optional) Tongariro Alpine Crossing on day 4 takes 6-7 hours and has an altitude gain of 750m.

Transport

You will travel in a 10 or 12 seat minibus towing a trailer with camp equipment and your luggage. All vehicles have a public address system, and a stereo with a variety of music. It is also equipped with a range of natural history reference books. The average driving timeper day is around 2-3 hours and there will be a range of roads - sealed and unsealed. The guide will often stop the vehicle for you to take photos.

Food

Almost all of the meals are included on this tour, but when staying in the cities we let you do your own thing and try some of the excellent local restaurants. Breakfast is usually (but not always) continental-style in the lodges and hotels. There are plenty of opportunities to graze the local cafes if you would prefer to explore in the morning. The lunches we prepare ourselves are often ‘on the run’ in picnic areas or on trails. Our guides usually set out lunch food for you and you simply help yourself. We provide healthy and wholesome food and include a lot of fresh produce. It is part of our philosophy to get everyone involved so there is a pretty good chance you may find yourself wielding a sharp knife or pushing the tea trolley around at lunchtime. Our customised trailers have a fold down table and cooking area that is perfect for preparing picnics at all those secret places we will take you. Included dinners are frequently in lodge restaurants (either set menu or a la carte), or in a restaurant in the town but occasionally somewhere out of the ordinary!

Accommodation

The Northern Portion hiking tour uses a range of hotels and quality lodges chosen for their good standards and wonderful locations. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Some lodges have units with two bedrooms per unit. Rooms are twin share or doubles. If you are travelling on your own you will be given a twin share room with a fellow traveller of the same gender. Single supplements are available on this tour.

Guides and Safety

An excellent guide can make the difference between a trip of a lifetime and just an ordinary trip. That is why we work hard to make sure we hire the best guides. Our handpicked professionals come from a range of backgrounds. Each has extensive outdoor and hiking experience and a passion for New Zealand's wild and beautiful backcountry. Our guides will ensure that your time with us is truly inspiring, a huge amount of fun and safe. All guides are trained in Mountain Safety First Aid. Please be gentle with your guide - good guides are hard to find!

Equipment Hire

We have high quality hiking equipment which you can hire for our Hiking Safaris. Please arrange hire gear when you book. Requests for hire equipment must be made at least 5 days before the departure date. Cancellation of gear hire must also occur at least 5 days in advance or no refund will be given.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Boiling Geothermal Mud at Rotorua

Huka Falls, Taupo

Climbing Mt Tongariro

Hiking in Tongariro National Park

Emerald Lake, Tongariro National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1Auckland - Rotorua (L, D)1-2 km/2 hours hiking

Note: Check in to your Auckland accommodation at least one day prior (not included)

Drive south through the Waikato region. We arrive in the volcanically active area of Rotorua late morning. After a picnic lunch on the shores of an ancient crater lake we are off on our afternoon hike alongside this lake. There are astonishing views all along this trail, giving glimpses of how expansive this massive wilderness of forest, lakes and volcanoes really is. A short drive takes you back to Rotorua and the lodge. Sample some good kiwi kai (food) with an evening meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants in Rotorua. Stay at Distinction Hotel, Rotorua

Day 2Rotorua - Lake Taupo (B, L, D)8 kms/5 hours hiking
Hike alongside the beautiful Lake Tarawera with amazing views of forest, lakes, volcanoes and towering tree ferns. We are met at the road end on the far side of the park. In the afternoon explore some amazing Geothermal Areas with bubbling mud and hot steam vents. On our drive towards Taupo there's time to stop at Huka Falls before relaxing at Oreti Village, Lake Taupo.
Day 3Tongariro National Park (B, L, D)8 kms/2-4 hours hiking
Enjoy the views of volcanic peaks across the lake this morning before we drive around its shores to New Zealand’s first national park – Tongariro. Take a leisurely morning walk through stunning rainforest around the slopes of Mt.Pihanga and to the mystical Lake Rotopounamu (Lake of Greenstone). The next two nights are spent in a lodge on the edge of the park, providing a great opportunity for you to explore the area at your leisure. Join the guide this afternoon for a great walk up to Taranaki Falls and admire the water as it cascades 20 metres over a 15,000 year-old lava flow. Enjoy dinner with the group in the comfort of the Skotel, National Park (2 nights).
Day 4Tongariro Alpine Crossing (B, L, D)23 kms/6-8 hours hiking
Join the guide today for a full days walking on the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, regarded as one of the best day walks in the world. The track is extremely well built and even a novice hiker will enjoy the (generally!) gradual ascent up to the top of Mt. Tongariro. Your guide will set a pace that lets you stop and admire the views of the Red Crater, Emerald Lakes and steaming craters which make this hike so iconic. It will all be worth it when you celebrate with a meal out in the alpine village.
Day 5Tongariro - Wellington (B, L)

Morning drive to Wellington, arrive early afternoon, free time to enjoy walking around this stylish and fascinating harbour capital.

If staying overnight, book your Wellington accommodation online.

Cost per person

June 2017 - May 2019

  • NZ$3,150
  • Single supplement: NZ$675

Bookings more than 4 months in advance: 25% Deposit, with balance 65 days before travel

Bookings less than 4 months in advance: Full payment on booking

Cancellation Fees:

  • More than 20 days prior to departure - 80% refund of full ticket price.
  • 20 to 10 days prior to departure - 50% refund of full ticket price. Less than 10 days prior to departure - NO REFUND.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Rotorua (L, D)1-2 km/2 hours hiking

Note: Check in to your Auckland accommodation at least one day prior (not included)

Drive south through the Waikato region. We arrive in the volcanically active area of Rotorua late morning. After a picnic lunch on the shores of an ancient crater lake we are off on our afternoon hike alongside this lake. There are astonishing views all along this trail, giving glimpses of how expansive this massive wilderness of forest, lakes and volcanoes really is. A short drive takes you back to Rotorua and the lodge. Sample some good kiwi kai (food) with an evening meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants in Rotorua. Stay at Distinction Hotel, Rotorua

Day 2Rotorua - Lake Taupo (B, L, D)8 kms/5 hours hiking
Hike alongside the beautiful Lake Tarawera with amazing views of forest, lakes, volcanoes and towering tree ferns. We are met at the road end on the far side of the park. In the afternoon explore some amazing Geothermal Areas with bubbling mud and hot steam vents. On our drive towards Taupo there's time to stop at Huka Falls before relaxing at Oreti Village, Lake Taupo.
Day 3Tongariro National Park (B, L, D)8 kms/2-4 hours hiking
Enjoy the views of volcanic peaks across the lake this morning before we drive around its shores to New Zealand’s first national park – Tongariro. Take a leisurely morning walk through stunning rainforest around the slopes of Mt.Pihanga and to the mystical Lake Rotopounamu (Lake of Greenstone). The next two nights are spent in a lodge on the edge of the park, providing a great opportunity for you to explore the area at your leisure. Join the guide this afternoon for a great walk up to Taranaki Falls and admire the water as it cascades 20 metres over a 15,000 year-old lava flow. Enjoy dinner with the group in the comfort of the Skotel, National Park (2 nights).
Day 4Tongariro Alpine Crossing (B, L, D)23 kms/6-8 hours hiking
Join the guide today for a full days walking on the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, regarded as one of the best day walks in the world. The track is extremely well built and even a novice hiker will enjoy the (generally!) gradual ascent up to the top of Mt. Tongariro. Your guide will set a pace that lets you stop and admire the views of the Red Crater, Emerald Lakes and steaming craters which make this hike so iconic. It will all be worth it when you celebrate with a meal out in the alpine village.
Day 5Tongariro - Wellington (B, L)

Morning drive to Wellington, arrive early afternoon, free time to enjoy walking around this stylish and fascinating harbour capital.

If staying overnight, book your Wellington accommodation online.

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