Top of the North


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    Tour Departs: 07 April 2021
    Tour Length: 10 Days

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
     3 nights in Auckland including Waiheke Island Day Tour
     2 nights Paihia including Hole in the Rock Bay of Islands Cruise
     Ninety Mile Beach & Cape Reinga Day Tour
     Visit to Waipoua Forest to see NZ’s largest Kauri tree – Tane Mahuta
     Tour of Waitangi & Haruru Falls

    TOUR COSTS
    Twin/Double – per person NZD$ 5,250.00

    Single Supplement NZD$ 1,550.00

    Wednesday 07 April Arrive Auckland (D)
    Arrive Auckland today. Tonight, we meet up for our first dinner together.

    Thursday 08 April Auckland – Waiheke Day Tour (B.L)
    After breakfast this morning, we will catch the ferry for the 40 minute journey to Waiheke Island, the most populated and the second-largest island in the Hauraki Gulf. While touring the island, we indulge in locally produced specialties such as award-winning olive oil, fresh-shucked oysters and artisan cheese as well as enjoying a wine tasting and vineyard lunch. There is time for further exploration and a short walk before returning to Auckland later this afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

    Friday 09 April Auckland – Whangarei (B.D)
    Departing Auckland after breakfast, we journey north to Kaiwaka, known as the little town of lights, where we stop for morning tea. Continuing on, we travel through to Waipu, a friendly town with intriguing history, strong Scottish heritage and spectacular natural surroundings. We visit Waipu Cove, a long, sandy beach in secluded surroundings. There is time to grab some lunch and for those that wish, there is a 1.5-hour walk around the Waipu Caves where you will find stalactites, stalagmites, and glow worms. For those that do not want to do the walk, there are other local attractions such as a museum or art galleries. We reboard the coach and continue through to Whangarei, where we overnight.

    Saturday 10 April Whangarei – Paihia (B.D)
    After a leisurely breakfast, we continue our journey north to Paihia. We take the scenic route and will make a short stop at Whangarei Falls and Tutukaka. We then travel via Matapouri, where you can choose to take a short walk to Whale Bay – an idyllic white sand, bush fringed beach. Continuing on, we make a stop in Hikurangi – a small busy community which is a service centre to the local farming areas before we arrive in Paihia mid-afternoon. Our accommodation for the next two nights is the Paihia Beach Resort & Spa, located just 20 metres from the picturesque Te Tii beach.

    Sunday 11 April Paihia – Bay of Islands Cruise & Russell (B)
    This morning, we board our cruise and take in the stunning views as we glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island/Motukakako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Keep an eye out for dolphins! At the conclusion of the cruise, we disembark in Russell. At the turn of the 19th century Russell, then known as Kororareka, was the first permanent European settlement and served as a shore station for whalers, a swashbuckling town full of whalers and sealers with a reputation as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’. It was renamed Russell in 1844 in honour of the British Colonial Secretary of the day. Today Russell offers one a wonderful holiday experience in the country, with its range of top-class restaurants and cafes, abundant fresh local produce and seafood, exquisitely restored historic buildings and excellent galleries. There is time to wander and grab some lunch before returning to Paihia by ferry, at your leisure.

    Monday 12 April Paihia – Taipa (B.L.D)
    We depart Paihia this morning and continue through to Waitangi – just 1.8km north of Paihia, where the Waitangi River meets the sea. The name Waitangi means ‘weeping (or noisy) waters’ in Māori. This seaside spot is New Zealand’s most important historical site: on these stunning, park-like grounds overlooking the Bay of Islands, the historic Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. The Treaty is generally considered the founding document of New Zealand as a nation, and a symbol of the coming together of two diverse cultures – Māori and Pākehā. We then visit Haruru Falls a small residential settlement, but in the days of early European settlement, it was the scene of many firsts. Haruru Falls was New Zealand’s first river port and an aramoana (sea road or ocean path) for the inland Maori tribes and for the early vision boats. We continue our journey with a visit to Makana Chocolate Factory, Kerikeri, followed by a lunch at a local venue, before making the final stretch through to Taipa, located just out of Kaitaia, where we spend two nights.

    Tuesday 13 April Ninety Mile Beach & Cape Reinga (B.L.D)
    Today we spend the day exploring the famous Ninety Mile Beach & Cape Reinga. We drive along the shore as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Take a stroll and feel the sand between your toes as you take in the beautiful surroundings. We stop at the sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand surfing – if you’re brave enough! We then visit the Puketi Kauri Forest where we get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Stroll along an elevated walkway as these graceful giants surround you and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today. During our stop in Cape Reinga we hear the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together. We return to Taipa later this afternoon where dinner is included at the hotel.

    Wednesday 14 April Taipa – Hokianga (B.L.D)
    After breakfast, we farewell Taipa and head south toward Kohukohu, stopping at various points of interest enroute.On arrival in Kohukohu, we will join the Kohu Ra Tuarua vehicle ferry for the short journey to Rawene. Reboarding the coach, we continue to our accommodation for the evening, via the beaches of Opononi and Omapere. We stay at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort located on the quiet water’s edge of Hokianga Harbour. We enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

    Thursday 15 April Hokianga – Auckland (B.D)
    Departing Hokianga, we head south toward and the giant Kauris of the Waipoua Forest. Of all New Zealand’s kauri forests, none is more famous than Waipoua Forest. As the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland, Waipoua is an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds. The highway through the forest is memorable for the natural gateways created by huge kauri
    trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road’s edge. The forest is the home of Tane Mahuta, the country’s largest kauri tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old and still growing. Nearly 18 metres to the first branch and 4.4 metres in diameter, Tane Mahuta is rightly called ‘The Lord of the Forest’. We also visit the Kauri Museum – with 4500m2 of undercover displays, it is the
    largest undercover attraction in Northland. Arriving back in Auckland around mid-afternoon, there is time for a bit of last-minute shopping or relaxation prior to meeting for our farewell dinner this evening.

    Friday 16 April Auckland – Home (B)
    Time to farewell our new friends as we all make our way home today.

    BOOKING CONDITIONS:
    Deposit of NZD$1,000.00 per person is due upon confirmation of the booking.
    Final payment date: Friday 26 February 2021

    COSTS INCLUDE:
    Superior accommodation throughout Any meals and sightseeing tours not specifically mentioned
    Meals as indicated in the itinerary Travel Insurance (assistance and advice will be offered)
    First-Class air-conditioned coach transportation for all touring Items of a personal nature such as laundry, room service etc.
    Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
    Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
    Gratuities and tips to local guides, coach drivers and cruise staff
    Fully escorted by a Maher Tours Leader (subject to minimum numbers)
    *Flights are additional – the best available airfare will be quoted at the time of reservation to combine with this land package.

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