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New Zealand Family Breakaway Multisport Tour New!

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Trip Highlights
  • 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
  • Bike through Hawkes Bay, where some of New Zealand's best wines are produced

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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 dip in the pool and a traditional Maori massage. Done and done. Enjoy New Zealand.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

While our hotels are some of the finest in New Zealand and offer all the comforts of home as well as many modern amenities, they may not offer the level of customer service that you're used to. The slower pace and relaxed Kiwi approach to life is reflected in the inns on this trip—they are authentic, down-to-earth and without a lot of bells and whistles.On this Premiere Inn Trip, VR Rotorua Lake Resort is enough on the simpler side of things that we classify it as a Casual property. It's a wonderful spot for our activities, quite comfortable, and the nicest lodging in the immediate area—just not as fancy as the other hotels on the trip.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

While our hotels are some of the finest in New Zealand and offer all the comforts of home as well as many modern amenities, they may not offer the level of customer service that you're used to. The slower pace and relaxed Kiwi approach to life is reflected in the inns on this trip—they are authentic, down-to-earth and without a lot of bells and whistles.On this Premiere Inn Trip, VR Rotorua Lake Resort is enough on the simpler side of things that we classify it as a Casual property. It's a wonderful spot for our activities, quite comfortable, and the nicest lodging in the immediate area—just not as fancy as the other hotels on the trip.

Itinerary

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 Pedal amid expansive vineyards, orchards and rolling farmland in the Hawkes Bay wine region  The 360-degree views of ocean and countryside from Te Mata Peak make our last hike extra thrilling.

Premiere Inns*

Puka Park Resort
Puka Park Resort

Pauanui (2 nights) Settle into your private chalet at this secluded wilderness hideaway nestled among 25 acres of New Zealand bush. (pool, spa, tennis)

VR Rotorua Lake Resort
VR Rotorua Lake Resort
* Casual Inn

Rotorua (2 nights) A comfortable getaway on the shore of Lake Rotoiti. (pool, tennis)

Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo
Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo

Taupo (1 night) A modern and convenient haven on the Lake Taupo waterfront. (pool, tennis)

Mangapapa Petit Hotel
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)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

This trip takes your family to truly special, yet still somewhat secret spots on the North Island. This is a great vacation: you'll bike, hike and kayak your way from the Coromandel Peninsula to Hawkes Bay. There are white-sand beaches (only reachable on foot) to bask on, dense, untraveled rain forests to explore, hot springs to soak in, and even a river to bungee jump into (optional, if you're feeling brave). In my opinion, all it takes is a single visit to fall in love with New Zealand's extraordinarily varied scenery and down-to-earth, welcoming people. If you're like me, you'll find it's a destination you can't wait to come back to!
Christian Chumbley- Regional Manager, New Zealand

Trip Dates & Prices

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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
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 3 0
2 Biking 19* 400 23* 700
Biking 29 800
Kayaking on Mercury Bay (3 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 3 100 6 900
4 Biking 12 300
Other Cultural Tour at Agrodome (1.5 Hours)
5 Biking 19* 400 23* 600
Biking 28* 900
Walking/Hiking 2 0
Other Optional Bungee Jumping at Waikato River
6 Biking 13* 200 24* 500 34 1600
Walking/Hiking 3* 0
7 Biking 21 300 36 1100
Biking 30 500
8 Walking/Hiking 2* 400
Walking/Hiking 3* 700
 
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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

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

For 36 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the New Zealand tour experts. See our award-winning Asia & the Pacific multisport tours, Asia & the Pacific biking tours and Asia & the Pacific walking and hiking tours.

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Auckland, New Zealand/Napier, New Zealand

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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