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.