Tour 204

Kauri Museum and Forests - Hokianga - Bay of Islands - Cape Reinga 

Unsolicited comments from past clients ;

On behalf of our family group I would like to thank you for the unforgettable trip you organised for us. We highly appreciate your considerations with our need to be together as a family group, and for the excellent organisation during the whole trip. (E.R. Israel). 

Day 1.   AUCKLAND - KAURI MUSEUM AND FORESTS - BAY OF ISLANDS.   (L)
Depart Auckland 8.00am. 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 enjoy a fish, chips, and salad lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available). 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 Misison 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 two nights accommodation and breakfast 

 Please note: as travel to Cape Reinga is by special coach your driver/guide will usually return to Auckland tonight.

Day 2.                              CAPE REINGA                                   (BL)
You will be picked up by special coach for a full day excursion north through 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 $350 per adult. Total time from Paihia approximately 5 hours

Day 3.              BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND           (BL)
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 for a barbecue buffet lunch and time to explore the 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.mdVisit 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 and Waitangi Museum. Return to Auckland mid evening. 

Tour of Russell and return to Auckland may be with another operator. excursion including lunch, Bay of Islands cruise including lunch, Waitangi Treaty House guided tour, Russell tour

STAY LONGER. 
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.

 

                           NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS.                                                 KAURI FORESTS AND BAY OF ISLANDS                                                     2 day/ 1 night tour

Departs Auckland every monday year round - minimum 2 passengers
Also wednesday and friday for minimum of 4

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 our included fish, chips, and salad lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available). 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.  Accommodation and breakfast for 1 night in Paihia.

Day 2.              BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND                  (BL)
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. 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 and Waitangi Museum. Return to Auckland early evening.

(Russell tour may be with a local operator and return to Auckland may be by scheduled coach if 2-3 only are travelling.)

Tour cost per person
Paihia Pacific Hotel or similar                                                           2 per room   $690.                                                                           Single room  $810.                                                                           Triple room   $660
 

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. Return to Auckland on day 2 will be with our vehicle for a minimum of 4. If less than 4 are travelling return may be with another operator, or by scheduled coach 
** One night accommodation and breakfast at Paihia Pacific Hotel or similar
** Sightseeing admissions to: Kauri Museum, Waitangi Treaty House guided tour,Bay of Islands cruise with barbecua lunch, Russell tour

 

Kauri Museum and forest plus Hokianga and Bay of Islands
                                        One day tour .

Depart Auckland every monday year round (minimum of 2 passengers. Also wednesday and friday for minimum of 4)

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 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 Paihia in the Bay of Islands for a brief look and optional helicopter flight to Cape Brett. Return to Auckland mid evening.Return may be by scheduled coach terminating at Skycity coach depot. Hotel drop offs not included. 

Tour cost per person $380 per adult.                                                     $300 per child age 10-14.                                                                       $250 per child age under 10.

 

STAY AND PLAY IN THE BAY          3 days/2 nights or 5 days/4 nights


Travel with us on our BEST OF NORTHLAND tour to the Bay of Islands any Monday from 04 June, 2018 with the Kauri Museum and forest, lunch at the Hokianga, and Waitangi Treaty House tour included. 2 or 4 nights accommodation with breakfast included AT Paihia Pacific Hotel or similar but no other sightseeing leaving you free to choose your own or just relax and enjoy the quietness and beauty of this great resort.
Return to Auckland may be by scheduled coach terminating at Skycity terminal or downtown.
Tour cost per person

3 days/2 nights
2 per room .....$599
triple room ..... $560

5 days/4 nights
2 per room ..... $780
Single room ... $990
triple room ..... $660


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Tour 204 

BEST OF NORTHLAND  

3 days/2 nights.       Depart Auckland 8.00am every monday. 

 (Minimum 2 passengers)         Also depart wednesday and friday for minimum of 4 

 

Includes: 

**  Pickup and return to any Auckland inner city, and North Shore accommodation 

** 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, or scheduled transport 

** Two nights accommodation and breakfast 

** Sightseeing admissions to: Kauri Museum, Te Waimate Mission Station, Cape Reinga tour by special bus including lunch, Bay of Islands cruise including lunch, Russell tour, Waitangi Treaty Grounds tour.    

**  Tour cost per person 

2 per room      $990 

3 per room      $950 

Single room    $1,090

You are welcome to stay as long as you like. Additional cost per person per night bed and breakfast 

Standard Hotels: 

2 per room $110 

Single room $200 

Copthorne Resort or similar 

2 per room $140 

Single room $250 

Backpacker option (breakfasts not included)

Dormitory  $790   

2 per room   $870 

Single room  $950

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