Summertime in Northland
6 Day / 5 Night tour visiting the best of Northland - the Hokianga Harbour, Waipoua Kauri Forest, the Bay of Islands and Ninety Mile Beach

Relax in waterfront hotels at Copthorne Omapere on the Hokianga, Ramada Resort, Taipa and Copthorne Waitangi. Take a leisurely drive to Cape Reinga where the Tasman and Pacific Ocean meet. Cruise out to Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands watching for dolphins.

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$3590.00 pp single
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Day 1: Auckland - Waipoua Forest - Omapere

Visitor dwarfed by Tane Mahuta in the Waipoua Forest

Our first stop is Muriwai Beach to visit the gannet colony nesting on a headland. We continue up the West Coast to lunch in Matakohe and visit the amazing Matakohe Kauri Museum. North of Dargaville we take a short, flat walk in the Waipoua Forest to see Tane Mahuta, the God of the Forest and the largest kauri. 

We continue northwards and around the southern shores of the Hokianga to Omapere. Our hotel is on the water’s edge with wonderful views across to the golden sand dunes. Take a walk on the beach before we dine in at the hotel this evening.

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

Pohutakawa Tree and the Omapere Wharf, Hokianga Harbour

From Rawene we catch the ferry across the Hokianga Harbour.  There's time to wander the waterfront at Rawene and see the art  and craft galleries in Kohukohu on the northern shore of the harbour. We continue north to Mangonui for lunch at the famous harbourside fish shop. 

This afternoon Win Matthew's shows us his fascinating and immaculate collection of vintage and classic cars and trucks. We stay two nights across the road from Taipa beach at Ramada Resort Reia.

What you'll love today
  • Catch the ferry from Rawene to Kohukohu
  • Explore the hidden bays and beaches of Northland

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

MoaTours Kiwi guide and guest at the Cape Reinga Lighthouse

Today we drive as far north as the road will take us to the iconic lighthouse at Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. We have plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent views from the pathway out to the iconic lighthouse. 

We explore along the way, taking side roads to Houhora Harbour and beautiful Tapotupotu Bay where we stop for our picnic lunch.

We return to our Taipa hotel in time for a swim before dinner.                                            

 

What you'll love today
  • New Zealand's northernmost point, Cape Reinga
  • Picnic lunch at lovely Tapotupotu Bay

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

Māori Waka at Waitangi

On the historic trail today we visit Jan Ferguson's historic house, garden and whaling museum at Butler Point on the the southern shores of Mangonui Harbour.

Also on the itinerary are Kerikeri’s Stone Store and Kemp House built in 1822 for the Kerikeri Mission followed by charming Te Waimate Mission House.  

Arriving in the Bay of Islands, we stay two nights in waterview rooms at Copthorne Waitangi.

What you'll love today
  • Enjoy a tour of the historic Butler Point house, garden and whaling museum
  • Visit the Stone Store, Kemp House and Waimate Mission House

Day 5: Bay of Islands Cruise - Russell - Waitangi

Cruising through the Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islands

Step on board at Paihia to take a dolphin-watching cruise past islands and golden sand beaches to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Disembark at Russell to meet up with your Kiwi guide and lunch at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel.

We take a guided tour of Pompallier House and printing press and wander in Russell before we drive to Long Bay with its view of the 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

Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre - Northland Summertime Tour

We take a guided tour of Waitangi Treaty House and its excellent museum. In Kawakawa we check out the famous toilet block created by the artist Hundertwasser. We call into the Whangarei town basin and visit a very special place,  Robert and Robyn Webb's Native Bird Recovery Centre, to see talking tuis and Sparky the daylight kiwi close-up.

We continue south down the highway with views out to the Whangarei Heads and over the Bryndrwyn Hills returning to Auckland in the late afternoon. Thank you for choosing to travel with MoaTours.

What you'll love today
  • Take a guided tour of Waitangi Treaty House and visit the excellent museum
  • Visit the Native Bird Recovery Centre in Whangarei