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.
What Tracy loves about this tour:
It’s a great feeling to leave town behind and drive North before Christmas. Let alone celebrating Christmas Day at Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island – quite unique. There’s lots to enjoy from Northland’s historic places to the dolphin–watching cruise out to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock.
6 Day / 5 Night tour departing Auckland for Christmas in Northland, with stays in the Hokianga, Taipa and the 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