Small Group Escorted Tours

Small Group Escorted Tours

Discover the Best of Northland


Best of Northland Grand Heritage Discovery Tour. 5 days.
Depart Auckland 04 December 2017 and 05 March, 2018. (Minimum 2 passengers) See itinerary below our standard 3 day tour.

BEST OF NORTHLAND. 3 days/2 nights - Discover the Kauri Museum and Forests - Hokianga - Bay of Islands - Cape Reinga

One and two day tour options - see below

Depart Auckland every Monday and Wednesday 04 December, 2017 - 28 March, 2018 (minimum 2 passengers).
Depart any day except sundays 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 sand dunes and our included fish, chips, and salad lunch before driving across New Zealand and arriving in the Bay of Islands.

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. Accommodation and breakfast for 2 nights in Paihia.

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. Return to Auckland mid evening.
Tour of Russell and return to Auckland may be with another operator.

Tour cost per person in New Zealand dollars valid to 31 December, 2017 2 per room Single room
Paihia Pacific Hotel or similar
Copthorne Resort
$890
$990
$990
$1,190
All prices increase by $100 share twin and $200 single from 1st January, 2018

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. 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, Hokianga lunch, Waitangi Treaty House guided tour, Cape Reinga excursion including lunch, Bay of Islands cruise including lunch, 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.
Additional cost per person per night bed and breakfast
Standard Hotels: 2 per room $110. Single room $200
First Class Hotels: Copthorne Resort or similar. 2 per room $140. Single room $250


NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS. KAURI FORESTS AND BAY OF ISLANDS - 2 day tour


Departs Auckland every monday and wednesday 04 December 2017 - 28 March, 2018 - minimum 2 passengers
Any day except sundays 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 sand dunes and our included fish, chips, and salad lunch before arriving in the Bay of Islands.

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 and see the giant war canoe and Waitangi Museum. 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.

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 $640. Single $710. Triple $610

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, Hokianga lunch, Waitangi Treaty House guided tour,Bay of Islands cruise with barbecua lunch, Russell tour

BIG FIVE - BIG DAY OUT. KAURI MUSEUM AND FOREST AND BAY OF ISLANDS - One day tour (L)

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Depart Auckland every monday and wednesday 04 December 2017 - 25 March, 2018. (minimum of 2 passengers. Any day except sundays 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 our included fish, chips, and salad lunch before arriving in the Bay of Islands.

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 and see the giant war canoe. Return to Auckland mid evening.
Tour cost per person $379.

GRAND HERITAGE DISCOVERY TOUR.

5 days/4 nights. Driver escorted throughout.
Auckland, Otamatea (Matakohe) Kauri and Early Settlers Museum, Dargaville, Kai-iwi Lakes, Waipoua Forest and "Tane Mauhuta" giant kauri tree some 2,000 yars old, Hokianga Harbour,Rawene, Mangungu Mission station, Waimate North Mission Station, Keri Keri Stone Store, Cape Reinga, Mangonui, Haruru Falls, Waitangi Treaty House, Paihia, Bay of islands Cruise, Russell, Kawakawa historic rail ride, Ruapekapeka Pa site, Kawiti glowworm Caves, Whangarei, Claphams Clocks

5 days/4 nights. Departs Auckland 04 December 2017 and 05 March 2018
Depart any monday for minimum of 4 passengers

Itinerary

Day 1. Monday. AUCKLAND- KAURI MUSEUM AND FOREST - DARGAVILLE - KAI-IWI LAKES - WAIPOUA FOREST - HOKIANGA - PAIHIA.
7.30am. Depart Auckland. Drive north over the Harbour Bridge 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" to Dargaville. Visit the excellent museum, home of the Rainbow Warrior masts and take a lunch break - own expense. Visit the Kai-iwi lakes before arriving in the Waipoua kauri forest. Visit the forest park information centre and venture into the forest to see the "Four Sisters" kauri trees and giant"Tane Mahuta" kauri tree - some 2,000 years old.Enjoy the views of the Hokianga Harbour and sand dunes and the statue of Opo the dolphin before visiting historic Rawene and see Clendon House (exterior only) built in the 1860's. Also learn of Baron Du Thierry and his misguided plans for the area!. Continue to historic Mangungu Mission Station in a picturesque site overlooking the Hokianga Harbour built in 1839 and the site of the 3rd largest signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on the 12th February, 1840. Continue to the Bay of Islands for 4 nights at the Paihia Pacific Hotel or similar.

Day 2. Tuesday. WAIMATE NORTH - KERI KERI (B).
Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a tour of the Treaty House, scintillating Maori cultural performance in the meeting house, see the great war canoe, and enjoy an hour in the excellent Treaty Museum opened in 2016 and video presentations portraying the events of 4-6 February, 1840.
Continue to Te Waimate Mission Station established by the Missionaries in 1834 and where Charles Darwin enjoyed Christmas with the Missionaries in 1835. It was also the scene of the 2nd signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. On through the citrus orchards of Keri Keri to visit the Stone Store which opened for business in 1836 and is still trading. Enjoy a tour of Kemp House bult in 1822 and the oldest building in New Zealand before visiting the Haruru Falls with the option for a walk among the mangroves to Waitangi if you wish.
Optional evening dinner cruise.

Day 3. Wednesday. CAPE REINGA EXCURSION (BL)
Depart at 7.15am by special bus for Cape Reinga at the top of New Zealand travelling part way on the sands of Ninety Mile Beach. See the meeting of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean and some of the beautiful beaches. Lunch included today. Enjoy the drive down the beautiful East Coast passing Doubtless Bay, Coopers Beach, Mangonui on the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour returning to Paihia early evening.

Day 4. Thursday. BAY OF ISLANDS (BL)
Enjoy a 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 lunch and time to explore the island. Often Dolphins are to be seen during the cruise. Disembark at historic Russell, first permanent European settlement in New Zealand, for a tour of the town, including Flagstaff Hill, the oldest church in New Zealand, and enjoy a guided tour of Pompallier House Catholic Mission station built in 1842 including a 'hands on' introduction to tanning leather and bookmaking as done by the Catholic brothers 170 years ago.

Day 5. Friday. BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND (B)
Return to Auckland via Kawakawa with a visit to the famed Hundertwasser toilets and the Heritage Railway station opened in 1884. We take a ride to Taumarere on the Bay of Islands Vintage railway, diesel hauled apart from school and public holidays when it will be steam hauled. Explore the Kawiti glowworm and limestone caves and visit the site of the Ruapekapeka Pa, scene of a major batle in 1846, and the town basin at Whangarei with admission to Claphams Clocks included. Return to Auckland about 6pm.

Tour cost per person
04 December: 2 per room.....$1,490..... Triple room..... $1,410.... Single room $1,850
February/March 2 per room ..$1,590..... Triple Room..... $1,510.... Single room $1,950

Tour cost includes:
** All travel by mini or midi bus from Auckland to Auckland
** Tour by special coach from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga including lunch
** 4 nights accommodation and breakfast
** Admissions to Otamatea Museum, Dargaville Museum, Mangungu Mission Station, Waitangi Treaty Grounds with concert and museum, Te Waimate Mission Station, Kemp House, Gumdiggers Park, Bay of Islands cruise, Russell Tour, Pompallier House tour, Bay of Islands vintage Railway ride, Kawiti glowworm caves, Claphams Clocks

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 25 September, 16 October or any Monday and wednesday 04 December 2017 - 28 March, 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