Update 11 May. We are free to roam and explore New Zealand. Escape to confines of your home and enjoy uncrowded New Zealand. We are ready to go 18 May albeit we are awaiting advice. Historic Places buildings will be open.
Stay and Play in the Bay
5 days/4 nights (extendable)
Day 1. Monday. AUCKLAND - KAURI MUSEUM AND FORESTS - BAY OF ISLANDS.
Depart Auckland 7.45am. 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 see the statue to "Opo" the dolphin then into historic Rawene. See Clendon house exterior (built 1862) and learn of Baron Du Thierry self styled 'Sovereign Chief of New Zealand'. Continue to Te Waimate Mission station built as a model farm in 1830 and where Charles Darwin enjoyed christmas with the missionaries in 1835. It is also the scene of the 2nd signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on the 10th February, 1840. Continue to the Bay of Islands for four nights accommodation.
Day 2. Tuesday - Thursday Day 4 BAY OF ISLANDS
Three days to make as active or relaxing as you wish. Catch up on history with a guided tour, concert, and time in the excellent museum at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Take the ferry to historic Russell and see the oldest church in New Zealand and Pompallier House. Visit Keri Keri and the Stone Store, and Kemp House, oldest building in New Zealand, take a cruise to Cape Brett and stopover on Urupukapuka Island, a relaxing Cream trip, or a tall ship, or yacht hands on sailing experience. We recommend a day tour to Cape Reinga travelling part way on the sands of Ninety Mile Beach. For the more active kayak to Haruru falls, horse trek, parasail, and other activities are available.
Day 5. Friday. BAY OF ISLANDS DEPART
Our arrangements end this morning. Take the bus to Auckland city or airport or fly from Keri Keri. No departure transfers or travel from Paihia is included. You are welcome to extend your stay as long as you like