Auckland - Auckland

Fly total time: 8 days

Get your heart racing on this journey through the North Island designed for thrill seekers.

AT A GLANCE:
  • 8 Days/7 nights
  • Bungee jump from Auckland’s most recognisable landmark
  • Zipline through untouched native bush and glowworm caves
  • Skydive from 18,500ft
  • Jet boat and raft through New Zealand rivers
  • Day 1: Auckland

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    Arrive into Auckland and expect to get your adrenalin fix right away. Tick off a New Zealand must-do and bungy jump off one of Auckland’s most recognisable landmarks. Discover the diverse range of restaurants, offering cuisine from around the globe this evening. Favourite spots include Wynyard Quarter, Viaduct Harbour, Britomart precinct and City Works Depot.
     

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  • Day 2: Auckland - Rotorua

    Drive Fly 3 hours 228 KMS 141 MI
    Collect your rental vehicle to begin your journey along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua. Join your amazing kiwi guide on a small group adventure through untouched New Zealand forest. Not for the faint of heart, this experience is a step up in zipline adventure level and incorporates some incredible features. Enjoy some time to freshen up at your accommodation before boarding a Gondola to see spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city, and steaming geothermal vistas. Once at the top, get a thrill riding the luge underneath the stars and colourful disco lights.

    Top tip: For keen mountain bikers, Rotorua is a renowned premier riding destination with over 130km of trails.
     

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  • Day 3: Rotorua

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    Meet your guide at your central accommodation and embark on a 4WD journey to the summit of Mt Tarawera, famous for its eruption in 1886. Thrill seekers should say yes to the optional run into the heart of the volcanic crater. After this half-day tour, superman dive into a giant inflatable ball and roll down Mt Ngongotaha for an afternoon of laughs. Slow things down slightly with a sunset paddle board to explore magical glow worm caves.
     

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  • Day 4: Rotorua - Taupo

    Drive Fly 1 hour 10 min 82 KMS 50 MI
    Head to New Zealand’s original tandem dropzone in Taupo to tick off another New Zealand must do; skydiving. Jump from the plane at 18,500 ft with up to 75 seconds of freefall. You’ll see volcanoes, coast-to-coast views of the North Island and the picturesque shores of Lake Taupō. In the afternoon, blend adventure with culture by kayaking to the giant Mine Bay Māori rock carvings, towering 14-metres above the deep water of Lake Taupō.

    Top tip: sore muscles after all your adventures? Take a soak in the local hot pools.
     

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  • Taupo - Turangi - National Park

    Drive Fly 1 hour 35 min 110 KMS 68 MI
    Get your adrenaline pumping first thing with a thrilling jet boat ride at the base of the mighty Huka Falls. Switch vessels and take on 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids on the Tongariro River with an expert rafting guide at the helm. You’ll paddle through the very heart of the region, enjoying stunning scenery you can only access by water. Back on land, you will drive south to end your day in National Park.

    Top tip: Huka falls is New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction and has plenty of walking tracks nearby.
     

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  • Day 6: National Park

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    Meet your experienced guide for a full day hiking adventure on Mt Ngauruhoe, better known as Mount Doom to Lord of the Rings fans. For those that like a challenge, Mt Ngauruhoe is 2287m high, and has no track as the terrain is loose scoria. After a full day on the mountain, return to your accommodation to put your feet up.

    Top tip: if you’re visiting in winter, head up to the local ski fields or opt for a guided winter hike.
     

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    • Enjoy a guided day hike with Adrift NZ 
    • If visiting in Winter, head up Mt Ruapehu for a day of skiiing 
  • Day 7: National Park - Waitomo - Hamilton

    Drive Fly 2 hours 55 min 216 KMS 134 MI
    Today you will begin the journey back North, stopping in Waitomo to abseil into the dark, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave. Zipline through a gallery of glowworms and climb underground waterfalls, truly earning your hot soup at shower at the end of the tour. Continue to Hamilton where there is a great selection of bars and restaurants to choose from.

    Top tip: keen surfers could take a detour to Raglan and hit the waves at Manu Bay.
     

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    • Feel the adrenaline as you abseil into the Black Abyss
  • Day 8: Hamilton - Auckland

    Drive Fly 1 hour 30 min 113 KMS 70 MI
    Make the short trip from Hamilton to Auckland and return your rental vehicle. It’s time to board your international flight home, or make a domestic connection to the South Island to continue your adrenaline adventure.

    Top tip: if you don’t have an early flight to catch, take a detour to Matamata and visit Hobbiton.
     

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