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Sweet North – Activity Level Guide

What level of fitness is required for the Sweet North trip?

The Sweet North is an activity level 2-3* trip and is designed for you to have maximum flexibility. You can scale your activity level up to a 3 or down to a 2 every day so you can enjoy New Zealand at a pace that's right for you. Walk on well-formed tracks and enjoy a mixture of day walks and activities that showcase the best of New Zealand.

Activity Level 2*. These boots are made for walking...but not too far. You enjoy the outdoors and like to explore, but at a pace that's right for you. You like to take your time so you can enjoy your surroundings, learn from your guides and soak in the experience. 

Activity Level 3*. You love staying active on your holiday and know that travel isn't a race, it's just as much about the journey as the destination! Fresh air, experiencing new activities with your guides and ending the day with a delicious meal and great conversation leave you feeling invigorated. 

You can view a day-by-day breakdown of the activities and hikes below, and if you have any questions at all get in touch, we love to chat!

Day 1: Matahuru Valley - Tui Ridge Walk

Today we’ll start our North Island adventure with a private walk in Matahuru Valley. Showcasing the stunning scenery of Waikato and its picturesque rolling green hills today you’ll have exclusive access to explore this incredible property. 

Matahuru Valley5

Day 2: Sea Kayak to Cathedral Cove

Paddle out to the world famous Cathedral Cove (easily the most iconic destination in the Coromandel). In very stable 2 person kayaks, exploring the coastline at a leisurely pace is the aim for the day.

Cathedral Cove Kayak

Day 3: Short Walks - Redwood Forest and Huka Falls

These short walks are easy walks with great rewards. The world famous Redwood (Whakarewarewa) forest in Rotorua offers the opportunity to see the native New Zealand silver fern set amongst some giants of the forest. The Huka Falls walk offers views of the mighty Huka Falls and the Waikato River (New Zealand's longest river). Both these walks are easy trails on well formed tracks.

Redwoods Forest

Spa park to Huka Falls

Day 4: Explore Tongariro National Park

Today we'll explore the best of Tongariro National Park. Boasting dual World Heritage status for both its cultural and environmental significance, we'll explore the incredible diversity of its landscape, from tumbling waterfalls to moonlike volcanic valleys. 

The first of today's options is a hike to Soda Springs on the Tongariro Crossing. Regarded as one of the best day walks in the world, today we'll enjoy one of our favourite sections of this iconic Great Walk. 

Tongariro Soda Springs

This afternoon we'll further explore the National Park on the Taranaki Falls track. 

Taranaki Falls2

Day 5: Spellbound Waitomo Caves & Finish in Auckland

It may be the last day of your Sweet North trip, but it’ll be one to remember as we explore the hidden depths of Waitomo, marvelling at the limestone formations, crystal tapestries and thousands of glowworms that illuminate the cave system.

Spellbound Caves, Waitomo

For the full day-by-day description for this trip please refer back to the itinerary.