New Zealand North Island Explorer Northbound

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New Zealand North Island Explorer Northbound - Intrepid Travel
New Zealand North Island Explorer Northbound - Intrepid Travel
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New Zealand North Island


Start in Christchurch and end in Auckland! With the adventure tour New Zealand North Island Explorer Northbound, you have a 12 day tour package taking you from Christchurch to Auckland and through Christchurch, New Zealand and 9 other destinations in New Zealand. New Zealand North Island Explorer Northbound is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Christchurch
  2. Day 2: Kaikoura
  3. Day 3: Nelson – Stoke
  4. Day 4: Nelson – Stoke
  5. Day 5: Wellington
  6. Day 6: Mt Ruapehu
  7. Day 7: Mt Ruapehu
  8. Day 8: Taupo – Rotorua
  9. Day 9: Rotorua
  10. Day 10: Rotorua – Bay of Islands
  11. Day 11: Bay of Islands
  12. Day 12: Auckland

Travel guide

Prepare for an adventure in this stunning destination with our travel guide.

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  • Accommodation

  • Guide

  • Meals

  • Transport

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  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Laura H's review about another Intrepid Travel tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    We had an amazing time with our group, and our tour leader Dave A was excellent, very knowledgeable, very friendly and super helpful. The South Island itself was spectacular, and your tour is the best way I can imagine seeing it. Thanks again, and please... Read more

  • Wasif K's review about another Intrepid Travel tour
    4.0 - Good

    Compared to the competition, your lodgings were more suitable to the age segment (seemed 6+ like myself) you had picked. Our guide was also helpful to individual needs as and when required.

  • Megan R's review about another Intrepid Travel tour
    4.2 - Excellent

    Fantastic guide Dave.. went above and beyond for the group. Knowledgeable and forthcoming at all times

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Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

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    This tours are very popular with backpackers and university students. They often have a bigger focus on nightlife, and use multi-share hostels as accommodation.

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New Zealand North Island Explorer Northbound

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Christchurch is the starting point and Auckland is the endpoint.
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For any tour departing before 14 December 2019 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 14 December 2019, a minimum payment of $400 is required to confirm your booking with Intrepid Travel. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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Covering a total distance of approx 1,547 km.
  • Christchurch (New Zealand)
  • 151 km
  • Kaikoura (New Zealand)
  • 130 km
  • Nelson (New Zealand)
  • 125 km
  • Wellington (New Zealand)
  • 233 km
  • Mount Ruapehu (New Zealand)
  • 79 km
  • Taupo (New Zealand)
  • 63 km
  • Rotorua (New Zealand)
  • 100 km
  • Waitomo Caves (New Zealand)
  • 100 km
  • Rotorua (New Zealand)
  • 375 km
  • Bay of Islands (New Zealand)
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