New Zealand North Island Multi-Sport Adventure


  • November 5-11, 2023

    Welcome to New Zealand!  We’ll meet you near Auckland Airport and then drive you up to Northland, a forested, subtropical region on New Zealand’s North Island framed by the Tasman Sea to the West and the Pacific Ocean to the East.  We’ll start our exploration in the Bay of Islands, a beautiful area with many beaches and colonial-era towns like Paihia and Russell.  It is also the location of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of New Zealand and a stop on our first full day together.  After learning about New Zealand’s history, we’ll enjoy a kayak/hike to/from Haruru Falls (direction of each activity determined by the tide and local weather).

    After sampling the east side, we’ll enjoy the western part of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail from Kaikohe to Horeke.  From Horeke, we’ll take a private ferry to Omapere (tide permitting), our base for exploring the Hokianga harbor area.  We’ll enjoy a “rest day” in the Hokianga area, where there are options to sandboard on the famed dunes, hike, chill on the beach and otherwise explore this scenic area.

    After a great time in Hokianga, we’ll head back to the Bay of Islands via the eastern part of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.  This will give us a chance to further explore this amazing area where we’ll enjoy a half-day sailboat ride and some more walking near historic Russell.  Our last morning will be spent enjoying the trails of the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park before we return to Auckland after an awesome, memorable time up north.

    What to Expect:

    This is a fully supported event with indoor hotel accommodations, meals at local establishments (with picnic-style lunches), on-route SAG and luggage transportation.  Summer weather in the Bay of Islands is sub-tropical, with temperatures averaging 24C/75F.  It will be slightly cooler in the Hokianga area.  December is the driest month, but one must always be prepared for rain in New Zealand.  We will enjoy a full spectrum of activities, including cycling, kayaking, hiking, sandboarding and sailing.  Daily cycling mileages along the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail range from 25-30 miles.  This is a unique opportunity to sample some of New Zealand’s highlights – you’ll want to come back for more!


    • Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand’s most important historic site 
    • Kayak and hike/to from Haruru Falls, adjacent to the first river port in New Zealand
    • Bike the length of the 87 km Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail
    • Explore the Hokianga area, site of the first landing in New Zealand
    • Sandboard down the 300m high Te Pouahi Reserve sand dunes
    • Walk a section of the Waimamaku Coastal Track
    • Visit Tane Mahuta, the largest living kauri tree known to stand today (named for the Maori god of forests and of birds)
    • Enjoy the Bay of Islands, an enclave of more than 140 subtropical islands known for its stunning beauty and history, via sailboat
    • Shop for souvenirs in Paihia
    • Check out Russell, the first permanent European settlement and seaport in New Zealand
    • Jump on a full suspension mountain bike to wander the 50 km of trails at the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

  • What’s Included:

    • Transportation from and to Auckland International Airport area hotel (255 kms each way to/from Waitangi)
    • Welcome “ice breaker” reception and orientation meeting
    • 6 nights in hotels
    • 6 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 4 dinners
    • All entry fees
    • Bike rentals, including helmets (required) for the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail and the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
    • Kayak rental to access Haruru Falls
    • Sailboat excursion in the Bay of Islands
    • Private and public ferries
    • Water stops with beverages & snacks on cycling days
    • Daily route directions/maps
    • Full van and baggage support
    • 2-3 guides


    Not Included

    • Airfare
    • Airport transfers
    • Insurance of any kind
    • Lunch on the way from Auckland to Waitangi
    • Dinner in Omapere and dinner in Paihia
    • Dinner on the way from Waitangi to Auckland
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Costs to upgrade to an e-bike, when available
    • Any items of a personal nature
    • Optional guide gratuities
    • Pre- or post-event Auckland and area sightseeing (please let us know if we can arrange this for you at your cost)
    • Pre- or post-event Auckland Airport area lodging (please let us know if we can arrange this for you at your cost)


    Airport Information

    Start/End: Auckland International Airport (AKL), Aukland, New Zealand

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