The Ultimate North is the ideal choice for those who have a little less time but want to experience the very best that the North Island can offer; it is day 1 to 8 of the Ultimate New Zealand. Hike into a river-side hut in the middle of Jurassic-like rainforest. Explore thermal areas in Rotorua. Trek the high sections of the remote Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk deep in the magical rain forests of Te Urewera. Relax in lodges in beautiful locations. Discover the surreal volcanic wonderland of Tongariro National Park, staying high above the world in an alpine hut.
The Ultimate North has short hikes, as well as two overnight hikes staying in backcountry huts.
» Hike sections of New Zealand’s Great Walks and visit a thermal park
» Experience the volcanic wonders of the Tongariro Crossing
» Finish in Wellington, a ‘cool little capital’