• Autumn Vines – Hawke’s Bay

Northbound Thermal Explorer

4 Days / 3 Nights – Hawke’s Bay > Ruapehu > Taupo

Enjoy the stunning Art Deco architecture of Hawke’s Bay before travelling into the volcanic mountain region of Ruapehu, concluding at the pristine Great Lake Taupo.

DAY 1:

Begin your tour in the Hawke’s Bay city of Napier, the stunning Art Deco capital of New Zealand. This is an ideal tour for anyone heading North through the region from Wellington. Enjoy some of the fresh food and wine that this region is well known for, visit a winery or take a tour to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony please click on links for full information on accommodation and activity options.

DAY 2:

Enjoy this half day drive along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the Ruapehu Region today. Home to the Tongariro National Park, this dual World Heritage Park is home to some superb ski-fields in the winter months and also offers some great hiking and walking adventures. There is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is an outstanding 19km walk (a full day activity) as well as other walking options in the area or you can chose to visit the Whanganui River please click here for full information on accommodation and click here for full information on activities in the region. Overnight in Ruapehu.

DAY 3:

Enjoy the morning in this stunning region before making your way this afternoon to Taupo, visit the spectacular Huka Falls or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer from tandem skydiving, to jet boating and bungy jumping, be prepared to be thrilled. Or if you would prefer a slower pace there are range of activities to chose from please click here for full information.  From here you can either continue North on the Thermal Explorer Highway, head East to the Pacific Coast Highway, or conclude your tour and fly to your next destination.