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Outdoor and adventure itinerary

We're sure you'll find plenty of exciting ways to soak up the scenery and kick your adrenalin into gear. So, use your days adventurously with all the outdoor activities on offer and ultimately you'll deserve that evening wine more than anyone else along the Trail.

Hawke's Bay (days 1 - 2)

Morning - day 1

Cape Kidnappers Golf
  • Start the day playing a round of golf at world-renowned Cape Kidnappers International Golf Course on a course situated atop dramatic cliff tops.
  • Swim freely in the main oceanarium with the sharks, stingrays and other marine life at The National Aquarium of New Zealand.  
  • Spend time on the Mohaka River at Mountain Valley Adventure Lodge and choose from a range of activities from white water rafting/kayaking, to horse trekking, fishing, archery, clay-bird shooting, off-road touring, tramping and mountain biking.
  • Mohaka Rafting offer half, full-day and helicopter shuttled multi-day trips on any grade 2-5 white-waters. Raft through stunning New Zealand wilderness, gorges and river valleys. 

Afternoon - day 1

Cape Kidnappers Outdoors
  • Take a fully guided quad biking tour, speeding over farmland and through river gulleys over a 2,000 acre working farm located on the edge of the Ngaruroro River with On Track Adventures
  • Go gorging through amazing streams and waterfalls, kayaking through stunning rivers and exploring in underground caves with the Kiwi Adventure Co.
  • Join a 4WD exclusive tour through spectacular scenery, coastal landscapes, early New Zealand history, flora and fauna and some of New Zealand’s rare native wildlife at Cape Kidnappers
  • Finish the day at Hastings Aerodrome and tandem skydive to get the heart pumping and view Hawke's Bay from the air.  

Morning - day 2

Landscapes Ride
  • If you are after a little fresh air that involves less adrenalin and more exercise, the Napier i-SITE has maps of the Cycle Trails in the region. It’s easy to hire and bike explore the by-ways, peaks and wineries. Cycle Turismo and Takoro Trails can guide you along the journey. 
  • Visit the world’s largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony, travelling over working farmland in 4WD coaches or range rovers. 

Drive South along State Highway 2 through the Tararua District following the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail signs.

Wairarapa (days 2 - 3)

Afternoon - day 2

Wairarapa 3

Morning - day 3

Wairarapa 1
  • Drive to Cape Palliser where you will find a variety of adventures. Walk to the intriguing Putanguirua Pinnacles, see the fishing settlement of Ngawi, spy on the North Island’s largest colony of fur seals, and walk the 258 steps of the historic Cape Palliser lighthouse for an incredible view. 
  • Waiohine Gorge, south of Carterton, is another popular picnic and hiking destination where you can walk across one of the longest swing bridges in New Zealand.

Travel across the bush clad Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington. Even though you’ve arrived in the capital city, stunning scenery and nature is still right on your doorstep.

Wellington (days 3 - 4)

Afternoon - day 3


Morning - day 4

Adrenalin Forest
  • Take a Seal Coast Safari across the rugged and remote south coast of Wellington. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the South Island... but the South Coast is even more inspiring on a blustery day! 
  • Challenge yourself on the playground in the trees at Adrenalin Forest, a high excitement activity in an outdoor forest setting. The adventure park features a multi-level aerial obstacle course up to 30 metres high.
  • Wellington puts its hills to great use with fantastic mountain biking. There’s great tracks on Mount Victoria, Battle Hill Farm Forest near Porirua, out to the Pencarrow Lighthouse from Eastbourne or a dedicated mountain bike park at Makara. Mountain bikes can be hired from Hutt City i-Site Visitor Centre.
  • To learn about New Zealand’s unique geology, fauna and flora in an incredibly interactive setting make sure you allow plenty of time to explore Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongawera.

Travel to the South Island with Interislander Ferry. Cruise through Wellington Harbour, view the rugged lower North Island coastline, cross Cook Strait, before finally enjoying the peaceful and stunning Marlborough Sounds.

Marlborough (days 4 - 5)

Evening - day 4 (post ferry sailing)

Marlborough kayak
  • Embark on an evening guided kayak trip on the Marlborough Sounds. A great way to explore this area and a nice way to finish the day.
  • Finish the day dining outdoors at one of the lodges along Marlborough Sounds.

Day 5

Marlborough Sound
  • Walk or cycle the Queen Charlotte Track. You can start or finish the walk at any of the points along the way, as the journey is divided into four one-day legs, with optional sea kayaking excursions available to prolong your wilderness adventure with Wilderness Guides.
  • Swim with dolphins in the sheltered waters of the Marlborough Sounds and check out the bird sanctuary on Motuara Island. 
  • Nine Dives can take you to swim with the playful fur seal in the wild or scuba dive to a fish reserve where you’ll see huge numbers of specimens.
  • Saddle up for a horse trek, jump on mountain bike, embark on guided hunt, or simply enjoy a heli tour at the spectacular Spray Point Station with Off the Mapp.
  • Take a tour through Molesworth Station, New Zealand’s largest and most iconic cattle station. The Molesworth Tour Company offers a range of options between one and four days exploring the area and the high country station.
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