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North Island Less Travelled
Ideal for second time visitors and intrepid explorers, the scenic north west coast is a haven for nature lovers and rewards those who travel here with stunning rural scenery.
- Style: Fly Drive Holiday
- Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- Starts in: Auckland
Guide Price £1154
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- Tongariro National Park
- Whanganui National Park
- Kapiti Coast
Day 1 Auckland to Waitomo
Under the rolling hills of Waitomo lies an extensive underground cave system. Best explored on foot or by boat, you will see giant stalagmites and stalactites and millions of twinkling glowworms.
Days 2-3 Waitomo to New Plymouth
With spectacular snow-capped Mount Taranaki as its backdrop, sunny New Plymouth is a great base from which to explore the region and Egmont National Park. With a resemblance to Mount Fuji, this spectacular dormant volcano is one of the most symmetrical in the world and has varied hiking tracks to discover through the verdant rainforest and native Kamahi trees found on the lower slopes.
Day 4 New Plymouth to Tongariro NP
Venture inland via the rugged and winding Forgotten World Highway. Boasting secluded passes, towering gorges and spectacular vistas, this route is ideal for experienced drivers, truly looking for the path less travelled. As you arrive in Tongariro National Park, marvel at the three active volcanoes emerging from the landscape.
Day 5 Whanganui NP
Today enjoy a guided canoeing tour into lush Whanganui National Park. Although water-based, canoeing on the Whanganui River is counted as one of the ‘Great Walks of New Zealand’. Rich with both Maori and European history, follow the route of the early explorers through sheer gorges and ancient forest accompanied by the sound of native birdsong.
Days 6-7 Tongariro NP to the Kapiti Coast
Close to charming seaside villages and sweeping golden sands, luxurious Greenmantle Estate on the beautiful Kapiti Coast is the perfect spot for relaxation at the end of your journey. Head out to Kapiti Island, a nature reserve hosting many of New Zealand’s rare bird and plant life.
Day 8 Kapiti Coast to Wellington
Drive the short distance to Wellington and continue your onward journey.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- 8 days Compact Inclusive Plus car hire including zero excess insurance, unlimited mileage & additional drivers
- 7 nights in 3 to 5 accommodation
- 3 breakfasts & 2 lunches
- Whanganui River Guided Canoeing, from Tongariro
- Kapiti Island Day Tour
- International flights
Please Note:Due to the rural nature of this area, there are limited hotel options and consequently the standard of accommodation can vary.
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