Volcanoes and Rainforest Trekking
Discover the North Island's harder-to-get-to wilderness regions to encounter mature Jurassic rainforest, active volcanic areas and rich Maori history. The tour begins with a 3-day walk in the 'dinosaur forests' of Whirinaki Forest Park before transferring to the volcanic crater of Lake Tarawera, steeped in Maori history. Here you'll visit the Maori village of Te Wairoa, which was buried by the eruption of nearby Mount Tarawera in 1886, to encounter the excavated ruins and recovered relics as well as have the option to kayak across the lake to soak in thermal streams. During the tour you'll also experience a 'hangi', the traditional Maori meal cooked underground, visit Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, and embark on a trek through the moon valley of Tongariro where you can climb to the summit of an active volcano. At Waitomo, explore its famous caves, glow-worms and limestone formations before enjoying a trek into Egmont National Park to climb Fanthams Peak at dawn for stunning views of Mt Egmont (also known as Mt Taranaki).
|DAY 1-3||Join Auckland, Whirinaki Forest Park trek|
|DAY 4||Rotorua, optional kayaking, visit buried Maori village|
|DAY 5||Lake Taupo|
|DAY 6-7||Tongariro World Heritage trek DAY8 Waitomo Caves|
|DAY 9||Egmont National Park|
|DAY 10||Climb Mt Egmont/Taranaki, drive to Wellington where trip concludes|