New Zealand North Island Adventure

Trip Includes:

  • Accommodations in 6 Locations
  • Private Transportation for Duration
  • Whitewater Rafting the Kaituna River or Wairoa
  • Biking the Whakarewarewa Forest
  • Blackwater Rafting Waitomo Caves
  • Tongariro Crossing Volcano Hike
  • Maori Cultural Experience
  • Coromandel Peninsula | Hot Water Beach | Cathedral Cove
  • Select Meals (9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 6 Dinners)
  • Full Time Guide

Trip Pace:

Pace 3 – Several destinations, average time in each location: 2-3 days

Activity Rating:

Activity Rating 3 – Activities of mild-moderate intensity, average level of fitness required

Stunning landscapes and outdoor experiences found nowhere else on the globe

Relax on the beaches of the Bay of Plenty and the Coromandel Peninsula, awaken your inner child and laugh down the hill on a zorb or luge ride, blackwater raft a lazy underground river in the Waitomo Caves District, hike the world-renowned Tongariro Crossing, whitewater raft the thrilling Kaituna River Falls …and that’s just for starters.


  • $2,999 USD
    • Reserve Seat: $299!

Departure Dates:

Available Departure Date Range
  • November – March
Trip Duration
  • 12 Days (+1) in Country
Travel New Zealand - Summer Adventure - North Island
Trip Extension Recommendations:   Fiji, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand South Island, Syndney & Surrounds – Contact us to explore personalized travel and trip extensions!

Included Activities

Participation in each of the activities on your adventure is based on our “Challenge by Choice” philosophy, meaning no previous experience is needed to participate, but you are welcome to swap out any activity with another of your choosing, or decline to participate in an activity at any moment. Our goal is to ensure your trip is filled with safe activities that pique your interest and cater to your enjoyment. Contact us for more details on activity options.

Kaituna River Whitewater Rafting in New Zealand North IslandWhitewater Raft the Kaituna River
Summon your sense of adventure as you paddle through a river gorge toward the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall. Tutea Falls stands at 7 meters (21 feet), but you’ll be in for a worry-free thrill with professional, safety-conscious guides and a soft plunge into a calm, open pool.
Biking the Whakarewarewa Forest in New ZealandBiking the Whakarewarewa Forest
With trails suitable for everyone from children to expert mountain bikers, this is a hub for all levels of riders pursuing an active tour of the area’s gorgeous scenery. Riders are afforded frequent views of Rotorua’s lakes and geothermal activity, as well as Mount Tarawera asserting its majestic presence above the trees.
Black Water Rafting North Island New Zealand Thrive AdventuresBlack Water Rafting Waitomo Caves
Cruise through the underground labyrinth of the Ruakuri Cave on this subterranean adventure. Walk through limestone caves, splash through small underground waterfalls, and float down an underground river lit from above by glow worms on the vaulted ceilings.
Tongariro Crossing New Zealand North Island Thrive Adventures TourTongariro Crossing Volcano Hike
Heralded as New Zealand’s best single-day hike and one of the top ten single-day hikes in the world, the Tongariro Crossing is not to be missed. At 12.1 mi (19.4 km) in length it takes 6 to 8 hours to finish. Climbing this active volcano affords spectacular views of old lava flows, volcanic craters, fluorescent geothermal pools, and a unique tempered forest.
Hangi Traditional Maori Feast in the Earth Oven New ZealandMaori Cultural Experience
Savor a traditional feast and spend an evening learning the unique culture, dance, and tribal traditions of New Zealand’s native Maori people.
Hot Water Beach New Zealand North IslandHot Water Beach
Beneath the sand and just out of reach of the breaking breaking waves lies a natural hot spring. Create your own hot tub on the beach and bask in the sunshine for full relaxation.
Cathedral Cove New Zealand North IslandCathedral Cove
Accessible only by foot or boat, Cathedral Cove is a hidden wildlife reserve with rock arches, clear water, and abundant sea life. Walk the beach to the famous arch where The Chronicles of Narnia was filmed, or kayak the coast to explore the rock formations.

Recommended Optional Activities

Our adventures are purposefully created to include destinations with a variety of both active and leisurely activities, and we welcome your preferences and ideas. Please contact us to discuss opportunities you find most intriguing.

Zorbing Rotorua New Zealand North Island AdventureZorbing Rotorua
Awaken your inner child and become a “ZORBonaut” with four different track options and seven varied rides on this creative spherical waterslide. Safe, hilarious, and absurdly fun, zorbing is sure to make your list of most-entertaining moments.
Surfing Lesson Mount Manganui North Island New ZealandSurfing Lesson Mt. Manganui
Learn to surf in the playful beginner waves at the base of this 761 ft picturesque volcano, then relax and take in the sunshine on this gorgeous beach
Ride to the top of Mt. Ngongotaha for a stunning view of Rotorua’s lakes and geothermal areas. With three different tracks, you can harness gravity and race your companions or simply coast and enjoy the sights.
Jet Boat Huka Falls New Zealand North IslandJet Boat
World famous and a highlight of New Zealand’s adventure activities, this unique thrill ride through Queenstown’s Shotover canyons is sure to leave you smiling and telling the tale.  
Day 1 : Welcome to New Zealand!
Day 2 & 3 : Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves
Day 5 - 7 : Rotorua Adventure & Intrigue
Day 8 & 9 : Mt. Manganui
Day 10 : Hot Water Beach
Day 11 : Cathedral Cove
Day 12 : Auckland Celebration Dinner

Fly home or continue on a customized Self Guided Itinerary Extension

Extend Your Stay!

Thrive Adventures will gladly consult for and arrange your extended travel, be it completing the Matu Tapu Iron Man Race or relaxing on the glorious beaches of Fiji. View the adjacent links for a few of our featured options. These are some of our favorite destinations to extend your stay after the New Zealand North Island Adventure!
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We believe an adventurous spirit and a wonder for this glorious Earth lies within each of us. Together, let us set yours free.

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