New Zealand Multisport
- Bike through Hawke's Bay, where some of New Zealand's best wines are produced
- Get a taste of traditional Maori customs and foods at a marae (ceremonial meeting place)
- Stroll past prehistoric-looking giant tree ferns and hanging vines to a secret valley
- Kayak on Lake Rotoiti to a small hot spring accessible only by boat
- You won't want to leave Mangapapa Petit Hotel, a sublime country mansion
Adventure Unleashed on the North Island
Every moment indoors is a missed opportunity. Sleeping should be kept to a minimum. You're in New Zealand. Isn't there a waterfall you could be swimming under? Or a dramatic coastal scene you should be gaping at? This is why kayaks were invented. And swimming in the South Pacific. How often can you say you did that? What about bungee jumping? Okay, maybe not. But you could. There are also hot springs, geysers and mud pots to check out. And after all these activities, you know what would be perfect? A glass of wine. Done and done. Enjoy New Zealand.
Days 1-2 Stroll past giant tree ferns and hanging vines to a secret valley on the Coromandel Peninsula with our Kiwi guide A spectacular vista across the native bush and out to the Pacific is ample reward for biking up the winding climb to Pumpkin Hill Walk to Cathedral Cove, where sculpted sandstone, beaches and beautiful bright-blue waters await.
Days 3-4 Explore traditional Maori customs with our longtime Maori friends In the lush Karangahake Gorge, cross suspension bridges and discover an old gold-mining tunnel before cooling off under a waterfall Kayak on Lake Rotoiti to a small hot spring accessible only by boat Ever fed an emu or watched sheepshearers in action? Never say never!
Days 5-6 Mangapapa Petit Hotel, a country mansion you won't want to leave Bike along rolling pastures to the Paeroa Range's white cliffs The Waikite Hot Pools invite a soothing dip Watch your step - geysers, thermal springs, colorful silica terraces and percolating mud pots abound at Waiotapu Amble to impressive Huka Falls If you're feeling fearless, now's your chance to bungee jump over the Waikato River.
Days 7-8 Bike through Hawke's Bay, a wine region known for its cabernet, and stop for tastings under the shade of pines and oaks The 360-degree views of ocean and countryside from Te Mata Peak make our last hike extra thrilling.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
It's hard to describe how wonderful and enriching this trip was. I learned more about the country of New Zealand than I ever thought possible. And the views were breathtaking. I didn't want to come home! I can't say enough about Backroads and am already anticipating my next trip!Christine Carlo - Watertown, MA
I can't wait to take another Backroads trip. It proved to be the best way to experience a new place and be assured we're hitting the high points of each location. It is a great feeling to be taken care of and treated so well by our leaders!- St. Paul, MN
I have now finished ten trips with Backroads and continue to be overwhelmed by your formula and its superb execution by your well trained, thoughtful, kind, friendly, knowledgeable, and most professional group of leaders. Tom, my hat is off to you and your team for all you do to make our lives a bit more enjoyable trip after trip. Here’s to my first ten trips. I am very much looking forward to the next ten. Thanks for all the good times and life-long memories created along the way.Richard Westin - Orinda, CA
Puka Park Resort
Pauanui (2 nights) Settle into your private chalet at this secluded wilderness retreat nestled among 25 acres of New Zealand bush. (pool, spa, tennis)
Amora Lake Resort
Rotorua (2 nights) A comfortable getaway on the shore of Lake Rotoiti. (pool, tennis)
Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo
Taupo (1 night) A modern and convenient haven on the Lake Taupo waterfront. (pool, tennis)
Mangapapa Petit Hotel
Hawke's Bay (2 nights) Built over a century ago, a beautifully renovated country hotel with a wraparound veranda and lush gardens. (pool, spa, tennis)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips
|8 - 9 guests $6,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $5,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests $6,098 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
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|4||Kayaking||On Lake Rotoiti (3.5 hours)|
|Other||Afternoon farm tour with sheepshearing demonstration|
|Other||Optional bungee jumping at Waikato River|
To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 5% dirt and 95% paved).
* Includes a shuttle