New Zealand North Island Family Multi-Adventure Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

From $6,699 - $8,449 /person

8 days

7 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

New Zealand North Island Family Multi-Adventure Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

8 days

7 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Dec 2025: Jan, Dec 2026: Jan

From $6,699 - $8,449 /person

Rain Forest, Beaches & Vineyards from Auckland to Hawke's Bay

Every moment indoors is a missed opportunity. You're in New Zealand, after all. Isn't there a waterfall to swim under? Or a coastal scene to admire? This is why kayaks were invented. And basking in the South Pacific. What about bungee jumping? OK, maybe not. But you could. Follow it all up with a glass of local wine. Done and done. Enjoy New Zealand with your family.

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Walk/Hike
Kayak
Raft

Highlights

  • Marvel at steaming lakes and slide into a calming hot pool for a naturally geothermic form of relaxation
  • Raft exhilarating white-water rapids on the famed Tongariro River and hike to thunderous Huka Falls
  • Kayak pristine waters amid Cathedral Cove's sculpted sandstone forms and gorgeous beaches
  • Bike through beautiful Hawke's Bay, where some of New Zealand's best and most famous wines are produced
New Zealand North Island Family Multi-Adventure Tour map

New Zealand

Start Auckland

End Napier

Airports & Travel details*

* Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Start your family trip with a scenic cruise from Auckland to Weiheki Island • Walk through a kaleidoscope of island scenery, including lush forest, hillside vineyards and quiet bays • Quintessential New Zealand wine is yours for the tasting at an award-winning Weiheki winery • Kick back in style in Auckland's swanky Britomart district.

Accommodations

Night 1

The Hotel Britomart
Auckland
Premiere Hotel

This exquisite ultra-eco hotel offers unmatched luxury and serenity in the city's chic Britomart district.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 2-3

Description

Embark on a breathtaking bike ride on the historic Hauraki Rail Trail and through the famous Karangahake Gorge • Spin into the quaint gold rush town of Waihi • Enjoy a spectacular vista across the native bush and out to the Pacific as you walk at Shakespeare Cliffs • Kayak in Cathedral Cove, where sandstone formations, beaches and bright-blue waters await • Put your feet up at a laid-back chalet tucked into the thick forest canopy.

Accommodations

Nights 2-3

Puka Park Resort
Pauanui
*Casual Plus Hotel

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

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-5

Description

Families bike past undulating pastures and through a colorful patchwork of farmland • Take in views of Lake Taupo, the largest freshwater lake in Australasia • If you’re feeling fearless, now’s your chance to bungee jump over the azure Waikato River • Stroll along a pathway leading to an overlook of thunderous Huka Falls • Shoot the rapids on an exciting white-water rafting adventure down the Tongariro River • Be welcomed into a Maori family-run marae (meeting house) for a traditional performance and meal.

Accommodations
Kinloch Manor

(2 nights)

Nights 4-5

Kinloch Manor
Taupo
Premiere Hotel

Perched on a serene hillside estate, this elegant sanctuary offers captivating views of Lake Taupo. (spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 6-8

Description

Cruise on two wheels alongside rolling fertile pastureland • Pedal through Hawke’s Bay, a wine region known for its Syrah, and stop for tastings under the shade of pines and oaks • Discover the art deco town of Napier along the Pacific Ocean • Settle into cozy 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 walk extra thrilling.

Accommodations

Nights 6-7

Mangapapa Hotel
Hawke's Bay
Premiere Hotel

Built over a century ago, a beautifully renovated country hotel with a wraparound veranda and lush gardens. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

While our hotels are some of the finest in New Zealand, the relaxed Kiwi approach to service is reflected in the hotels on this trip—they are down-to-earth, without a lot of bells and whistles, and may not offer the level of customer service that you might be used to.

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 may 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 sections.

Shuttle Time

In order to access the most scenic routes and significant points of interest on this trip, strategic shuttles are incorporated into several days of our itinerary. Most will be limited to an hour or so at a time, but on some days you can expect to spend a bit more time in the shuttle—though always to reach a worthwhile destination!

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

The Hotel Britomart
Auckland

Premiere Hotel

This exquisite ultra-eco hotel offers unmatched luxury and serenity in the city's chic Britomart district.

Nights 2-3

Puka Park Resort
Pauanui

*Casual Plus Hotel

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

Nights 4-5

Kinloch Manor
Taupo

Premiere Hotel

Perched on a serene hillside estate, this elegant sanctuary offers captivating views of Lake Taupo. (spa)

Nights 6-7

Mangapapa Hotel
Hawke's Bay

Premiere Hotel

Built over a century ago, a beautifully renovated country hotel with a wraparound veranda and lush gardens. (pool, spa)

From $6,699 - $8,449 /person

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Bikes

Choose Your Perfect Bike

Our bikes are designed and built with specific cyclists and riding styles in mind, so we can always offer you a perfect ride. Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Ideal for avid cyclists
  • Responsive, efficient and comfortable
  • Drop handlebars only
Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Suited for a wide range of cyclists
  • Comfortable ergonomic seat
  • Long wheel base adds to the bike's control and stability
  • Upright handlebars only
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

  • One of the lightest e-bikes available
  • Provides plenty of power and more than enough battery
  • Lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting
  • Upright handlebars only

Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

From $6,699 - $8,449 /person

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