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North Island Volcanoes and Glow-worms (TourzPlus™)
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Bicycle Tours in New Zealand: North Island Volcanoes and Glow-worms (TourzPlus™)

The Volcanoes and Glow-worms tour covers a great diversity of scenery from farmland to lakes, forests and the magnificent volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. Stay on a sheep farm, (meet some of New Zealand's 45 million sheep) and visit the world famous Waitomo Caves for a magical glow-worm display.

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Day 1: Meet in Rotorua

Highlights: Geothermal spas & sights of Rotorua

There will be an introductory meeting, rental bikes fitted and tried, or your own unpacked. We will then have dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants in town.

Day 2: Rotorua to Taupo

Highlights: Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, volcanoes

We take a quiet back road through Waikite Valley and Waiotapu thermal areas on our way to Taupo. The thundering Huka Falls provide a noisy and spectacular entrance to the town of Taupo. Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake at 606 sq km. On a good day there will be superb views across the lake to Tongariro National Park and its three distinctive mountains. The area is famous for trout fishing in the many streams that flow into the lake.

Cycling option C - Rotorua to Taupo: 105 km / 66 mi

Option B - Rotorua to Reporoa: 50 km / 31 mi

Option A - Rotorua to Waiotapu: 39 km / 24 mi

Day 3: Taupo to Tongariro National Park

Highlights: Tongariro National Park, views of Lake Taupo

A varied, spectacular ride along Lake Taupo leads to the still active volcanoes in Tongariro National Park, the night being spent at the side of Mt Ruapehu. The mountain is permanently snowcapped and the North Island's highest at 2,797 m. On leaving the lakeside there is a substantial climb up to the plateau with a view of the entire lake. As we gain altitude there will be a distinct change in the vegetation, pine forests giving way to tussock grasslands.

Cycling option C - Taupo to Tongariro National Park: 98 km / 61 mi

Cycling option B - Turangi to Tongariro National Park: 47 km / 29 mi

Cycling option A - Taupo to Turangi: 51 km / 32 mi

Day 4: Rest day in Tongariro National Park

Highlights: Hiking in Tongariro National Park, The Grand Chateau

There are many excellent walks in the park, short and long, including the spectacular Tongariro Crossing. The Visitors Center is well worth a visit. Alternatively, The Grand Chateau is excellent for spending a relaxing day.

Day 5: Tongariro to Piopio

Highlights: King Country

After an exhilarating downhill ride we travel through ever changing scenery to King Country, a sparsely populated district known for sheep farms and limestone formations.

Cycling option C - Tongariro to Piopio: 142 km / 89 mi

Option B - Tongariro to Cafe: 100 km / 62 mi

Option A - Tongariro to Taumaranui: 58 km / 36 mi (Lunch. All downhill)

Day 6: Piopio to Waitomo

Highlights: Sheep farm visit, glow worm cave

In the morning your hosts will show you the workings of a typical New Zealand sheep farm. After the day's ride, relax and soak up the old charm of Waitomo Hotel. A visit to the world famous glow worm caves (included) is a must, with the option of black water (cave) rafting for the more daring. Cycling distance: 50 km / 31 mi

Day 7: Waitomo to Pirongia to Auckland

Highlights: Cycling on quiet, scenic roads

Today we follow delightful quiet back roads to the village of Pirongia where we take a bus back to Auckland.

Day 8: Tour ends in Auckland


After breakfast we say farewell, a safe journey home and hope to see you again.
  • Highlights
    Volcanoes in Tongariro National Park, Sheep farm visit, Glow-worms in Waitomo Caves, Quiet roads, rural and forest scenery
  • Includes
    Use of a quality 27-speed bicycle, 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, 6 dinners, 4 lunches, & 7 breakfasts
  • Countries
    New Zealand
  • Begin/End
  • Arrive/Depart
    Auckland Int'l Airport (AKL)
  • Total Distance
    240-448 km (148-279 miles)
  • Daily Distance
    39-142 km (24-89 miles)
  • What to Expect
    Some long days with shuttle options for those who want shorter or intermediate mileage.
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  • Terms
Dates Price Single
Jan 21 - 28, 2015 NZ$3385 NZ$595 Book It
*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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