Days 1 & 2: Arrive Auckland / Bay of Islands. Arrive in Auckland. Travel up to the Bay of Islands to get right into the swing of things and relax after a long flight. The Bay of Islands is made up of nearly 150 islands as is the perfect place to hit the water on the kayaks for the first time!
Days 3 & 4: Kaitaia-The Far North. Heading up to the northern most point of New Zealand! This area is steeped in Maori history and is a great place to try your hand at surfing, or even sand dune riding along 90 mile beach!
Day 5: Auckland. Explore the "City of Sails" for an afternoon. New Zealand's largest city was recently home to the America's Cup and still has a very vibrant atmosphere.
Days 6 & 7: Coromandel Peninsula. A rugged, densely forested peninsula where rivers force their way through gorges and pour down steep cliffs into the sea. Explore this area by foot, kayak or mountain bike. Even take a bath in your very own hole in the sand at hot water beach!
Day 8: Rotorua / Geo Thermal Features / Maori Culture. The geothermal capital of New Zealand, with bubbling mud pools, gurgling hot springs and gushing geysers. Also the Maori cultural capital of New Zealand, learn about their history and people.
Days 9 & 10: Tongariro National Park. Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest National Park and is nothing short of stunning. The active volcanoes in the heart of the park were featured in Lord of the Rings.
Day 11: Wellington / Marlborough Sounds / Queen Charlotte Track. Heading south through Wellington, and then across Cook Strait by ferry. The Marlborough Sounds are the perfect place to kick back and relax, or to get active on kayak or mountain bike!
Days 12 & 13: Able Tasman National Park. The Abel Tasman is New Zealand's most famous national park. This is the perfect time to venture out on kayak to explore the many deserted bays, beaches and islands. Even break out the snorkeling gear and swim with the seals!
Day 14: Punakaiki/Pancake Rocks. The limestone rock formations of the Pancake Rocks are simply stunning.
Day 15: Fox Glacier. Fox Glacier is a very unique glacier. Walk through the ancient rain forest right onto the ice!
Days 16 & 17: Wanaka/Mount Aspiring National Park. Wanaka is a fantastic town, right on the edge of the Mount Aspiring National Park. The Rob Roy Glacier hike is our favorite day walk in the whole of New Zealand!
Day 18: Milford Sound Overnight Cruise. Travel south to the famous Milford Sound for an overnight cruise and kayaking trip.
Days 19 & 21: Queenstown. Arrive in Queenstown and spend a couple days exploring the "Adventure Capital of the World" and sampling some of the amazing activities this area has to offer.
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