Best Tours in the Pacific Islands and Oceania 2013
National Geographic Traveler Magazine
New Zealand: The Shire and More
Some thrill-seekers never leave the South Island, but the less trod North Island has its share of Kiwi magic, too. This multisport romp [Essence of the North Island 'Kauri' trip] takes you mountain biking through the Whakarewarewa Forest and trekking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Recoup with a soak in geothermal pools and a Maori feast cooked underground with hot stones. Finally, pay homage to that most beloved of explorers, Bilbo Baggins, with a visit to the set of The Hobbit.