Day 1, Saturday 24th Jan: Begin your trip from Auckland. Depart downtown at 8am. Travel north to Leigh. An area renowned for its marine reserve. It is an interesting environment with sandy beaches, estuary, mangroves, native bush, rocky coastline and sea life in abundance. You can take a cruise in a glass bottomed boat, snorkel or dive with the fish or just enjoy the beach or the bush. Alternatively catch the ferry to Kawau Island and discover the magic of Mansion House. A glimpse of nostalgic NZ history.
Overnight in Leigh.
Day 2, Sunday 25th: Leigh to Whangarei over the Brynderwen ranges, take a short break at the Whangarei Town Basin Quayside then out to the Whangarei falls, for a short walk in native bush and kauri. If time permits and desire is high we can indulge you with an up close and personal adventure with New Zealands own Lionman and his TV famous four legged fierce friends. Then traveling on towards Paihia stopping briefly to view the caves at Waiomio with a comfort stop at the world famous (Hundertwasser) toilets in Kawakawa.
A free afternoon in Paihia, to catch a ferry to the rustic little village of Russell or boat cruise out in the bay. Paihia is the hub of the Bay of Islands- where our European race began its settlement into New Zealand. This evening you can take in a Culture Show – the story of New Zealand and the Treaty of Waitangi. This show combines Maori Culture, live drama, sounds and lights to tell the story from the coming of Kupe, the first Maori to discover this land. Overnight in Paihia
Day 3, Monday 26th: Free Day.
For those who like to travel indulge yourself with a drive to lands end – Cape Reinga, and back. This is a full day’s travel. Cape Reinga is the departing place for the Maori spirits. This is where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean crash together beneath the lighthouse (the icon) of Cape Reinga. Other highlights are ninety mile beach, sand tobogganing, spectacular scenery. Alternatively you may wish to indulge on the water for the day. Swim with the dolphins, cruise the cream trip or take the fast cat to the hole in the rock. You may wish to take the combo tour. Great value.
If its Game fishing season (Dec –Mar) then you may wish to spend the day fishing. Overnight Paihia
Day 4, Tuesday 27th: Today we travel to across to the west coast. Taking in Tane Mahutu the giant kauri and its forest, the Kauri museum at Dargaville, back down to Auckland and onto Waitomo. This is another large travel day. The scenery is quite different to what you have already seen. From the coastal paradise of the north,to the ancient forests, to lush farmlands, the city of sails and again through farmland pastures to the eerie Waitomo valley. Overnight Waitomo.
Day 5, Wednesday 28th: Spend today experiencing caves at their best. There is a multitude of experiences to choose from all in an underground world. Try black water rafting, or abseiling in the lost world. For a more tame experience take a trip into Ruakuri Caves (a spiritual adventure) or indulge in the Spellbound Glow worm grotto with a magical boat ride. See stalagmites and stalactites at their best.
If caving is not your style take in a bush walk or treat yourself to Billy Blacks kiwi culture show. Maybe a quad bike adventure may be calling to you. This is an awesome area. Wai is Maori for water and tomo is for hole in the ground. The caves are laced with myths and legends from the Maori spiritual world. This afternoon we travel back across the island to Rotorua. The adventure capital of the North Island, Also the heartland of Maoridom and as quoted “it’s like no other place on earth”. This evening I would urge you to dine with the local. Take in a cultural show and meal (hangi) This is an awesome experience. Overnight Rotorua.
Day 6, Thursday 29th: Spend the day experiencing culture, geothermal natural activities and or high adrenalin adventure. For the more peaceful person, there are unlimited busk walks and lakes galore to explore. The shopping is great and of course for the ladies, why not pamper yourself with a Polynesian spa. Rated as one of the best in the world. What an awesome place. Overnight Rotorua.
Day 7, Friday 30th: This morning we travel to Taupo. Taking in as much of the natural geothermal activity as possible enroute. Today is free to indulge in this area. Sit back and soak up the majesty of this awesome lake with Tongariro National park as its back drop. Try your hand at prawn fishing, or maybe trout fishing. Let’s visit the Volcanic Activity Center and experience an earthquake simulator or create and control a tornado. View the awesome colors of the Huka Falls. Maybe you need to expand a bit of energy on a Go Kart track, or we can check out the car race track. Maybe take a cruise on the lake. The shopping is pretty good too. This evening you can relax in the Aquatic Centres thermal pools complete with hydro slides. Overnight in Taupo.
Day 8, Saturday 31st: It’s the final leg of the journey. As we head south to Wellington, we will go east to discover Napier. The art deco city of New Zealand. In 1931 this city experienced a major earthquake which flattened nearly the entire town. These buildings were all built at the same time and display the art and deco of that day. A trust has been set up to keep these buildings original. This region enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with loads of sunshine, fruit in abundance and grapes and vineyards are prolific. We will arrive in Wellington about 5pm. Journey ends.
Price: $1475.00 NZ Per Person (Share Twin)
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