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New Zealand Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s

 
Walking/Hiking
 
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Kayaking
 
 
 

North Island Adventure from Auckland to Hawke's Bay

  • Hike past prehistoric-looking giant tree ferns and hanging vines to a secluded valley with our local Kiwi guide
  • Bike through beautiful Hawke's Bay, where some of New Zealand's best and most famous wines are produced
  • Discover the splendor of Cathedral Cove's sculpted sandstone forms and gorgeous beaches by kayak
  • Witness steaming lakes and slide into a calming hot pool for a naturally geothermic form of relaxation

Every moment indoors is a missed opportunity. Sleeping should be kept to a minimum. You and your family are in New Zealand, after all. Isn't there a waterfall to swim under? Or a dramatic coastal scene to admire? This is why kayaks were invented. And basking in the South Pacific. 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.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Start your hike past giant tree ferns and hanging vines to a secret valley on the Coromandel Peninsula with our Kiwi guide | Enjoy a spectacular vista across the native bush and out to the Pacific as you climb to Pumpkin Hill | Kayak in Cathedral Cove, where sandstone formations, beaches and bright-blue waters await.

Day 3 Explore ancient customs with our longtime Maori friends at a traditional Polynesian gathering place | In the lush Karangahake Gorge, cross suspension bridges and discover an old gold-mining tunnel before cooling off under a waterfall | Visit Rotorua, where steaming lakes, boiling mud pools and soothing naturally heated baths create a living breathing landscape.

Days 4-6 Geysers, thermal springs, colorful silica terraces and percolating mud pots abound at Waiotapu | Bike along rolling pastures to the Paeroa Range's white cliffs | The Waikite Hot Pools invite a rejuvenating dip | 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 through Hawke's Bay, a wine region known for its cabernet, and stop for tastings under the shade of pines and oaks | Relax at Mangapapa Hotel, a country mansion you won't want to leave | The 360-degree views of ocean and countryside from Te Mata Peak make our last hike extra thrilling.

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

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

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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, especially during the hectic summer holidays in New Zealand (our winter). The relaxed Kiwi approach to service is reflected in the inns on this trip—they are authentic, down-to-earth and without a lot of bells and whistles.

Traffic

While Backroads strives to include routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, New Zealand's North Island has a limited road system. This means that some of our routes sometimes see fast and heavy traffic, especially around the holidays when locals are taking their summer break. Our shuttle is always available to help you bypass more heavily trafficked or rough sections.
$5,998 - $6,098
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(+$960 to $1,060 for sgl. occ.)

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8 days, 7 nights
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Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

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Auckland, New Zealand/Napier, New Zealand

Meals
All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners included

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Premiere Hotels*

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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)

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel & Spa

Rotorua (1 night)

A sophisticated getaway on the shore of Lake Rotorua and set on an acre of immaculate mature gardens. (pool, spa)

Hilton Taupo

Hilton Taupo

* Casual Hotel
Taupo (2 nights)

A comfortable property with captivating vistas of Lake Taupo and the Onekeneke Thermal Valley. (pool)

Mangapapa Hotel

Mangapapa 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)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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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!

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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.

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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 13 700
Kayaking on Mercury Bay (3 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 3 100 6 900
4 Biking 17* 1000 21* 1200
5 Walking/Hiking 4* 0
Rafting on the Tongariro River (4 Hours)
6 Biking 10* 100 22* 1600 32 1700
Biking 13* 200
Walking/Hiking 3* 0
7 Biking 12 100 21 300
Biking 30 500
8 Walking/Hiking 2* 400
Walking/Hiking 3* 700
 

Note: 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 shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in New Zealand

The Risk of Too Many Choices

On the North Island, the incredible variety of New Zealand is evident everywhere, starting with the menu of activities offered each day by your three Trip Leaders and team of expert guides. Hike to waterfalls and thermal springs. Paddle your kayak among giant tree ferns. Bike through rolling vineyards in wine country, stopping to enjoy a glass and the incredible views. This is the Kiwi experience, Backroads-style – fine-tuned over 29 years to a level no one else can match.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our New Zealand trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in New Zealand are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

More Leaders to Support You

On our New Zealand trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road and trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in New Zealand designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

The Best Leaders in New Zealand

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in New Zealand, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in New Zealand—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore New Zealand with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

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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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ

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