Long, lazy summer days are classic Northland. Relax in waterfront hotels at Copthorne Omapere, Ramada Resort, Taipa and Copthorne Waitangi. On Christmas Day take an excursion to Cape Reinga and drive along the sands of 90 Mile Beach. In the Bay of Islands cruise out to Cape Brett watching for dolphins.

6 Day / 5 Night tour departing Auckland for Christmas in Northland, with stays in the Hokianga, Taipa and the Bay of Islands

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Day 1: Auckland - Muriwai - Matakohe - Hokianga

Gannet colony at Muriwai

At Muriwai Beach we walk to the gannet colony and further north visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum. Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree, is a short walk through Waipoua Forest.

Dine in and stay on the water’s edge at Copthorne Omapere, right on the Hokianga Harbour.

What you'll love today
  • Matakohe Kauri Museum is dedicated to the mighty native Kauri tree
  • See Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's biggest Kauri tree

Day 2: Omapere - Rawene - Mangonui - Taipa

Wharf in the Hokianga Harbour

We catch the ferry across the Hokianga Harbour from pretty Rawene to Kohukohu and drive to Mangamuka and on to Mangonui for lunch.

Explore nearby Karakare Peninsula and stay two nights at Ramada Resort Reia, Taipa Beach.

What you'll love today
  • Cross the idyllic Hokianga Harbour
  • Explore secret northern spots like Mangonui

Day 3: Taipa - Cape Reinga - Ninety Mile Beach - Taipa

Cape Reinga lighthouse headland

We take an excursion to the iconic lighthouse at Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet.

In a custom–built coach we drive down Te Paki Stream and along the sands of 90 Mile Beach returning to Taipa for a Christmas buffet.

What you'll love today
  • An exciting Christmas day adventure to Cape Reinga
  • Christmas buffet at Taipa

Day 4: Taipa - Kerikeri - Te Waimate Mission - Waitangi

Waitangi Maori meeting house

On the historic trail today we visit Kerikeri’s Stone Store and Kemp House built in 1822 followed by charming Te Waimate Mission House and Waitangi Treaty House and museum.

Stay two nights in waterview rooms at Copthorne Waitangi.

What you'll love today
  • Enjoy a tour of the historic Waitangi Treaty House 
  • Visit the Stone Store, Kemp House and Waimate Mission House

Day 5: Bay of Islands Cruise - Russell - Waitangi

Hole in the Rock Cruise Bay of Islands

Enjoy a scenic dolphin-watching cruise on the Bay this morning. Step on board at Paihia to cruise out through the islands and golden sand beaches to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.  Disembark at Russell to meet up with your driver/guide and lunch on the waterfront. We take a guided tour of Pompalier House and printing press.

There's time to wander Russell's shops and historic buildings before we drive over to Long Bay for a glimpse of the beautiful outer Bay of Islands. Then we drive back to catch the vehicular ferry to Opua and return to Waitangi.

What you'll love today
  • Look for dolphins on a cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • Visit Pompallier House on Russell’s charming waterfront

Day 6: Bay of Islands - Whangarei - Auckland

Mike the Kiwi Guide at the Native Bird Recovery Centre

At Kawakawa we check out the famous Hundertwasser toilet block which put this town on the map.

We lunch in Whangarei and visit the Native Bird Recovery Centre where we meet talking tuis and see kiwis close–up then return to Auckland.

What you'll love today
  • The Hundertwasser toilet block is an artistic icon
  • Visit the Native Bird Recovery Centre in Whangarei

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