Best of North Island Gourmet Walk showcases the highlights of North Island over ten days. Departing in Auckland, and finishing in New Plymouth, New Zealand's award-winning wines, lush ancient forest, awe-inspiring volcanic landscapes, emerald Lake on Mount Tongariro, and harbour/lake cruising are all on show in this incredible trip.
Kick off your ten-day journey with a short cruise across the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island, where you'll experience most exclusive wineries and stunning coastline. Then enjoy an ancient forest walk and savour the wilderness and birdsong. Weave your way along the Bay of Plenty coastline, journey through to the spectacular chute of Huka Falls and walking among the world's most beautiful volcanic landscapes in Tongariro National Park. Your trip will end with a more picture perfect cone-shaped volcano flanked in rainforest, overlooking a wild and untamed coastline at the foot of Mt Taranaki.
Food and wine is a big part of the tour. You'll visit Waiheke Island wineries sampling the acclaimed local artisan red wines, visit the North Island's oldest and premier wine and stone fruit growing region in Hawke's Bay, and enjoy high tea in the grand lounge of Chateau Tongariro Hotel.
Most meals are included for the duration of the walk. At night, you'll dine with your fellow walkers as a group at hand-picked restaurants focusing on local produce and Kiwi meals of a high standard. With dinner every night, you'll also provided with local wines to enjoy with your meals.
Accommodation is included each night and chosen based on their quality, and their location. On this trip, you'll stay at VR Rotorua Lake Resort located on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotoiti, old world charm Chateau Tongariro set spectacularly against Mt Ruapehu in the heart of the National Park, and elegant, exclusive and homely The Stratford Mountain House on the slopes of Mount Taranaki. All accommodation are 4 star.
The tour starts from Auckland and concluded in New Plymouth. All transfers as well as guiding are included. Small groups of twelve walkers are hosted by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides. The walk is easy graded and fully supported. You only need to carry a day pack each day.
The Best of North Island Gourmet 10 day walk is to relax, escape the day to day, and indulge in the incredible sights, sounds and tastes.