NEW!!! Best of Northland Grand Heritage Discovery Tour. 5 days.
Depart Auckland every monday year round. (Minimum 2 passengers) See itinerary below our standard 3 day tour.
3 days/2 nights - Discover the Kauri Museum and Forests - Hokianga - Bay of Islands - Cape ReingaOne and two day tour options - see below
Departs Auckland every Monday, Wednesday, Friday (minimum 2 passengers).
Day 1. AUCKLAND - KAURI MUSEUM AND FORESTS - BAY OF ISLANDS. (L)
Depart Auckland 7.30am. Drive north over the harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast to the Otamatea Kauri and Early Settlers Museum, one of the best little museums in New Zealand. Learn of the importance of the kauri tree to the development of Northland and see the lifestyle of the early settlers.
Continue through Ruawai 'kumara capital' of New Zealand, and Dargaville into the Waipoua kauri forest. Visit "Tane Mahuta" giant kauri tree - some 2000 years old. Enjoy the views of the Hokianga Harbour and sand dunes and our included fish, chips, and salad lunch before driving across New Zealand and arriving in the Bay of Islands.
Visit the Waitangi Treaty House where the Treaty of Waitangi between Maori and the British Government was signed in 1840. Enjoy a tour with a local guide of the Treaty House and Meeting House with its fabulous carvings, and see the giant war canoe. Accommodation and breakfast for 2 nights in Paihia.
Please note: as travel to Cape Reinga is by special coach your driver/guide will usually return to Auckland tonight and meet you again on completion of your cruise on wednesday after picking up your baggage.
Day 2. CAPE REINGA (BL)
You will be picked up by special coach for a full day excursion north through historic Keri Keri and the Puketi forest plus the beautiful Mangonui Harbour and Coopers Beach to Cape Reinga at the top of New Zealand.
Travel part way on the sands of Ninety Mile Beach. See the meeting of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean. Return to the Bay of Islands early evening. Lunch is included today.
FLY/ROAD TO CAPE REINGA: For a shorter day, a bigger experience, and fabulous scenery not seen from the ground transfer from your hotel to Kerikeri airport and fly north over Ninety Mile beach to land near Cape Reinga. Your special vehicle will be waiting for a 2.5 hour (approx) land tour to Te Paki stream and masive sand dunes on Ninety Mile beach, Cape Reinga light house, Tapotupotu Bay. Fly back to Keri Keri via the fabulous coastal scenery of Parengarenga Harbour, Great Exhibition Bay, Houhora Harbour, Karikari Peninsula, Whangaroa Harbour, Cavalli Islands and Bay of Islands. Return to Kerikeri airport and transfer back to you hotel. Departs twice daily in summer, once daily in winter - extra cost instead of coach $340 per adult. Total time from Paihia approximately 5 hours
Day 3. BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND (B)
Morning cruise around the Bay of Islands and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ - weather permitting.
Cruise past the islands and into secluded bays and stopover at Urupukapuka Island. Often dolphins are to be seen during the cruise. Disembark at historic Russell for a tour of the town including Flagstaff Hill and the oldest church in New Zealand. Return to Auckland mid evening.
Tour of Russell and return to Auckland may be with another operator.
Tour cost per person in New Zealand dollars valid to 30 September, 20172 per roomSingle room
Paihia Pacific Hotel or similar
Tour cost includes:
** All travel by mini or midi coach (minimum 2 - maximum 16 passengers) On day 1 travel is always in our vehicle with our driver/guide. Travel on day 2 is by special coach suitable for beach running. Return to Auckland on day 3 will be with our vehicle for a minimum of 4. If less than 4 are travelling return may be with another operator, usually in a big bus.
** Two nights accommodation and breakfast
** Sightseeing admissions to: Kauri Museum, Hokianga lunch, Waitangi Treaty House guided tour, Cape Reinga excursion including lunch, Bay of Islands cruise including lunch, Russell tour
We do recommend an extra night or two in the Bay of Islands to enjoy all that it has to offer. This will provide a more relaxed time in Russell and gives you the option of taking the historic 'Cream cruise', R Tucker Thomson tall ship cruise, and/or swim with the dolphins cruise either instead of, or as well as the most popular Cape Brett cruise we include. Return to Auckland will normally by scheduled coach from Paihia wharf terminating in Downtown Auckland.
Additional cost per person per night bed and breakfast
Standard Hotels: 2 per room $110. Single room $200
First Class Hotels: 2 per room $140. Single room $250