Experience some of the most beautiful landscapes New Zealand has to offer, enjoy participating in an amazing Maori Cultural Experience, see some of the world’s greatest trees and experience the world famous bay of Islands – travel to and from Auckland in a Mercedes luxury vehicle on a Private Tour away from the crowds!
Private Tour Day 1: Auckland to Hokianga and Waipoua Forest
We collect you at your Auckland city accommodation at 9am and drive north through lovely countryside with rolling hills and typical New Zealand farmland.
Along the way, we visit the wonderful Kauri Museum in Matakohe (www.kaurimuseum.co.nz), which has many very interesting exhibits about colonial New Zealand and allows you to learn about some of the world’s greatest trees that you are about to see later that evening!
We drive along the Kaipara as the largest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere on the way to Dargaville, “The Kumara (Sweet Potato) Capital of NZ”. Here we will stop briefly outside the Dargaville Museum, so you can see the original masts from the famous Greenpeace ship “The Rainbow Warrior”, which was sunk in Auckland harbour in 1985.
Accommodation in Hokianga with a million dollar view of the harbour mouth of the stunning Hokianga Harbour.
Private Tour Day 2: Hokianga and the Bay of Islands
After breakfast, leave the beautiful Hokianga Harbour to drive across Northland. When arriving in the Bay of Islands at around lunchtime, you have the option of boarding a cruise to see the very best of the Bay of Islands including the famous Hole in the Rock and possibly some Dolphins and Whales that call this area home. Depending on sea conditions, you can also book as an option a Swim with the Dolphins for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with these amazing animals. Or how about combining a fishing trip with a sightseeing cruise in this famous fishing destination, or seeing the Bay of Islands from the comfort of a sailing boat? Since there are so many different option at different prices to cruise the Bay of Islands, please note the Bay of Islands Cruises or fishing trips are at your own cost but we will be happy to advise and if you wish book a suitable cruise for you. Please note this cruise can also be booked for the next morning, depending on weather conditions.
Arrive back in Paihia or Russell and take a stroll along either lovely waterfront. Finish the day with a nice bottle of wine in one of the several romantic restaurants in this area. Or take a passenger ferry across to Paihia or romantic Russell with its lovely restaurants before taking the ferry back for a well-deserved rest.
Private Tour Day 3: Bay of Islands back to Auckland & stunning East Coast
Start off your last day of the tour with a nice breakfast before you have the option of visiting the historic Waitangi Treaty House to explore more about New Zealand's unique history. The Waitangi Treaty House is set in rolling lawns and gardens overlooking the turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands – the place where Governor Hobson and the Paramount Chiefs of Aotearoa (New Zealand) signed the document which formed our bi-cultural nation in 1840.
You can visit Te Tii, New Zealand’s most famous Marae, or meeting place, where every year on Waitangi Day (February 6) the Prime Minister, the chiefs of Maoridom and the people of Aotearoa New Zealand meet to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Below the Treaty House and the Marae near the water’s edge lies Ngatokimatawhaorua, the huge, beautifully carved waka of the Ngapuhi Iwi who are the tangata whenua or local people here.
Then we slowly make our way back towards Auckland, which is only a 3-hour drive away. This way takes you past lush agricultural land, stands of beautiful native bush and a coastline which boasts some of the world’s most stunning beaches.
Stop at the iconic Hundertwasser toilets at Kawakawa – a living piece of art created by the world-famous Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who spent the last years of his life near Kawakawa.
Just south of Kawakawa we pass the Kawiti Caves. Here you have the opportunity to go underground to see pure white limestone formations as you follow networks of Stalactites and Stalagmites to hidden chambers with Glowworms that light up the roof of the cave in some places. They are a great addition for those who are unable to see the famous Waitomo Caves south of Auckland.
Further south we drive along Bream Bay with its glorious white sandy beaches and views across to the volcanic islands Marotini and Taranga (The Hen and Chicken Islands), as well as the aptly-named Sail Rock.
We then continue on towards Auckland via Whangarei, Northland’s largest town, and the Brynderwyn Ranges, from where it is only about an hour until Auckland and its iconic landmark the Skytower appears on the horizon. A short time later we drop you off at your Auckland accommodation (or the airport?) after a wonderful 3 days exploring some of the most beautiful and culturally significant places in New Zealand in the “Winterless North”.
Our Auckland to Hokianga and Bay of Islands Private Tours include pick up and drop off at your Auckland city accommodation, our comprehensive, expert and friendly guiding during your tour, all taxes and park fees plus guide accommodation during the tour. Additional entry fees and accommodation is not included but we will be happy to arrange for you.
Please contact us if you have any special requirements – we are always happy to fit in with your plans to ensure you have “the TIME of your life!”
P.S: Please note that for all our Private Tours from Auckland, you also have the option of booking 1-day or multi-day Private Tours to other stunning destinations such as the Coromandel Peninsula, Waitomo Caves and Rotorua. Please ask us and we’ll be able to advise you, since we know both Auckland and New Zealand exceptionally well and can arrange itineraries, tour options and accommodation to cater to your individual needs.
Please email us for larger groups, which we can price individually.
This Tour is available for a minimum of 2 people. If you would like to make a booking for one person click here to enquire.
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