The Far North 2023

22-31 March 2023

Double or Twin $4,250.00

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Single Accommodation $4,958.00

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Deposit to confirm booking $550.00

Balance payable by: 03 Feb 2023

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The Far North returns as we plot the history of the unique Northland kauri industry and connect with ancient kauri. We’ve packed in all of the Far North’s favourites along with some great new temptations. Drive along the endless sands of 90 Mile Beach, cruise to the Hole in the Rock, visit an amazing sculpture park, discover the Kumara Capital of Dargaville and uncover an amazing whaling museum in a remote tranquil spot. 

Day 1

Wednesday 22 March - Travelling to Hamilton

We meet in Sanson this morning, with transfers from Wellington, Kapiti, Wairarapa and other surrounding areas. After a welcome morning tea, we travel to Taihape, our lunch stop today (at own choice and cost). This afternoon we travel the Desert Road, before skirting the shores of Lake Taupo, and following the languid path of the Waikato River as it journeys north to our destination Hamilton. We dine in at our Hamilton hotel.

Day 2

Thursday 23 March - Hamilton to Whangarei

We start our day headed to the coast. Following the Hibiscus coast highway, we take morning tea with our toes in the sand at the beautiful Orewa Beach. Our next stop is the town of Warkworth. 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.

Day 3

Friday 24 March - Whangarei to Omapere

Our journey today plots the history of the unique Northland kauri industry, with one of the highlights of the day a visit to the superb Kauri Museum at Matakohe. This is the standard by which you will measure all others and is definitely the place to pick up that kauri souvenir, as the quality, range and price are extensive.

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 Tane 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.

Day 4

Saturday 25 March - Omapere to Kaitaia

We have a leisurely start this morning as we continue our travels north. A short distance away is Opononi - home of the statue of Opo, the dolphin who brought this small seaside town to fame with his antics in the summer of 1956 and which we stop to view.

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.

Day 5

Sunday 26 March - Cape Reinga

We enjoy the company of a local guide today who will provide us with an entertaining and informative commentary, as we journey to the northernmost tip of New Zealand.

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.

Day 6

Monday 27 March - Kaitaia to Paihia

Armed with a picnic lunch to enjoy at an idyllic spot enroute, we travel south today. Leaving Kaitaia behind us, we make our way to Taipa in Doubtless Bay, where the legendary Kupe is said to have first made NZ landfall. We continue on past pohutukawa lined beaches to historic Mangonui, and then out to the privately owned Butler Point for morning tea, and a tour of the Whaling Museum, house and gardens. 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.

Day 7

Tuesday 28 March - Paihia

This morning we explore the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on the popular Hole in the Rock Cruise. A catamaran hulled vessel will ensure our comfort as we explore many islands and search for dolphins on our way to the spectacular hole in the rock. Part of today’s tour includes a one-way ticket from either Russell or Paihia with an option to ‘jump ship’ at Russell on the way back, or alternatively return to Paihia and travel to Russell later this afternoon.

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 Maori and British. We meet for dinner this evening to share stories of the day’s activities.

Day 8

Wednesday 29 March - Paihia to Whangarei

Departing Paihia this morning we catch the vehicle ferry from Opua for a short journey across the harbour to explore more of the scenic coastline and beautiful bays of this area.

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 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.

Day 9

Thursday 30 March - Whangarei Kaipara Hamilton

As we depart Whangarei this morning, we detour out to One Tree Point and past the NZ Refining Company at Marsden Point. We rejoin the Twin Coast Discovery route through Waipu and follow the coastline through to Waipu Cove for a welcome cuppa Tranzit style. Lang’s Beach affords great views of the Hen and Chicken Islands. We travel through Mangawhai, before rejoining the main drag and retracing our steps back through Te Arai and Wellsford. Our lunch today (included), is within the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Garden. We will have time to walk around the sculpture trail set in a tranquil and inspirational rural oasis. Our last night and dinner together is at our Hamilton hotel.

Day 10

Friday 31 March - Travelling Home

Travelling home today, we break up our journey with refreshment stops along the way (own choice and cost), as we travel to Palmerston North in time to meet connecting transfers for those travellers continuing to Wellington and Wairarapa.

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 most 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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