Far North - September 2021
postponed 23 Feb-4 March 2022
This tour has been postponed until 23 February - 4 March 2023 - updated itinerary coming shortly
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We plot the history of the unique Northland kauri industry. Take a full day tour of Cape Reinga and the famous 90 mile beach; cruise to the Hole in the Rock, and visit New Zealand’s oldest standing European buildings – the Kerikeri Mission Station and the Stone Store. We include some true gems in this varied tour programme - from art and culture to the quirky operators.
Wednesday 08 September - Travelling to Hamilton
This afternoon we travel the Desert Road, before skirting the shores of Lake Taupō, and following the languid path of the Waikato River as it journeys north to our destination Hamilton. We dine in at our Hamilton hotel.
Thursday 09 September - Hamilton to Whangarei
Driving down past the mouth of the Mahurangi River we park up to grab our lunch (own cost) and explore this historic town that boasts a great selection of shops, cafes, and restaurants to wander through. Continuing our journey, we head to Matakana, home of Sculptureum Gardens and Galleries, and Rothko Restaurant. This was a 10-year development of a 25-acre property by the founders Anthony and Sandra Grant. Our visit sees us enjoy the Sculptureum Experience – galleries, and amazing gardens bursting with sculptures, prehistoric rocks, live animals and reflective quotes all surrounded by colourful plantings that change with the seasons.
After a relaxing afternoon we head to our Whangarei accommodation where we dine in house this evening.
Friday 10 September - Whangarei to Omapere
A picnic lunch enroute is included. This afternoon, our adventures begin with rail carting hosted by Dargaville Rail and River Tours, using a rail line that has beautiful views across farmland, and, in parts, follows the historic Northern Wairoa River. Heading north once more, we visit the Waipoua Kauri Forest, the last extensive stand of kauri forest still remaining in NZ, and home of the majestic Tāne Mahuta - “Lord of the Forest”.
Omapere is our final destination, with a unique opportunity to relax in our hotel set in a quiet coastal location on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour.
Saturday 11 September - Omapere to Kaitaia
Continuing to Rawene, a quaint little coastal village on the shores of the harbour, we have time to enjoy a cuppa and explore before boarding the unique Rawene car ferry to cross the harbour to Kohukohu.
Our lunch stop today (own choice and cost) is in Kerikeri, known as the “fruit bowl of the north”. Following lunch, we visit the old Mission House, NZ’s oldest building, as well as the Stone Store, one of this country’s most recognised historic buildings. We take a short drive to the picturesque Rainbow Falls before making our way to Kaitaia, our final destination today. We have time for a well-earned rest before dining in tonight at our Kaitaia accommodation - home for the next two nights.
Sunday 12 September - Cape Reinga
We travel the white sands of 90 Mile Beach and there is an opportunity for the intrepid to toboggan the sand dunes of the famed Te Paki.
We visit many well-known landmarks and enjoy unparalleled views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea as we learn about the cultural and natural history of Cape Reinga - “the departing place of the spirits and the meeting place of the seas”. Our picnic lunch, included in the tour package, will be at a remote bay at the top of New Zealand. We enjoy another night in Kaitaia.
Monday 13 September - Kaitaia to Paihia
We take a short detour into the tranquil Whangaroa Harbour - site of the Boyd shipwreck, and through Kaeo and onto Kawakawa for a look at the famous Hundertwasser toilets. On arrival into the lovely little town of Paihia in the Bay of Islands, there is time to view the Haruru falls before checking into our hotel. Looking out into the bay, and within easy walking distance of the village and all amenities, this hotel is our home for the next two nights.
Tuesday 14 September - Paihia
The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure and cost, with a variety of options for you. Paihia is deservedly one of NZ’s top tourist destinations, with many historic and scenic places for you to visit. Should you decide to take a short journey across the waters to Russell, you can stroll around this picturesque peaceful village, visit historic Pompallier House, or take the highly recommended mini-coach tour and learn about the fascinating and unlikely turbulent history of this town. The local ferries to Russell operate on the half hour and return on the hour.
Alternatively, you may like to visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, location of the signing of NZ’s founding document between Māori and British. We meet for dinner this evening to share stories of the day’s activities
Wednesday 15 September - Paihia to Whangarei
After enjoying morning tea Tranzit style at Oakura Bay, we rejoin the main highway at Whakapura and continue to Whangarei to visit the spectacular Whangarei Falls. The intrepid can take the short bush walk to get the view from the bottom as well. We then head into town for lunch at our own cost and leisure. Picturesquely located on the Whangarei Marina, the town basin is the hub of the city, and offers much to see. Explore the specialty shops, watch the comings and goings on the marina - popular with international yachting visitors, or take a stroll along the waterfront which has been landscaped and enhanced with sculptures commissioned from local artists. This afternoon we take “time” to visit the fabulous Clapham’s Clock Museum. Tonight, we are welcomed back by the staff of our Whangarei hotel where we enjoy dinner in-house.
Thursday 16 September - Whangarei to Hamilton
Friday 17 September - Travelling Home
The cost of the tour includes
- Good quality motel and hotel accommodation
- 2 course or buffet dinners
- All breakfasts
- All coach travel
- Morning tea on travelling days
- Sculptureum, Matakana, entry to galleries and gardens
- 2 picnic lunches - days 3 and 6
- The Kauri Museum, Matakohe entry
- Dargaville Rail and River Tours – Rail carting
- Rawene ferry
- Kerikeri’s historic Stone Store and Mission House entry
- Cape Reinga Safari Tour, including lunch
- Butler Point morning tea and tour of the Whaling Museum, House and Gardens
- Hole in the Rock dolphin cruise
- Opua ferry
- Claphams Clock Museum entry
- Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens lunch and walk
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