Your adventure starts at 7 am at the Sky Tower in downtown Auckland. Head south to Rotorua, an area with geothermal features such as steaming thermal vents, bubbling mud-pools and stunning lakes. The area is also rich when it comes to Maori and early European history. After a quick stop and picnic lunch by Lake Rotorua, you will veer off the beaten track, southeast into the Whirinaki to hike in a rainforest—a remnant of the vast forests believed to have covered the supercontinent of Gondwanaland more than 150 million years ago. The hike will take you to the Whirinaki River where you will stay for the night. Cook up a meal together and either stay in the hut or camp nearby.
Accommodation: Whirinaki Hut
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Hiking: 9.5 km/ 6 miles, 3 hours