Winterless North


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    There’s never been a more important time to discover New Zealand, and we’re here to reconnect you to the joy of travel and give you a new appreciation for your own backyard.

    HIGHLIGHT EXPERIENCEs

    We’ve gone out of our way to connect you to New Zealand like never before. Here are just a few of our favourites:
    • Take a behind the scenes look at what it takes to produce large scale pottery from locally sourced clay and discover the creativity and innovation of Morris & James Pottery.
    • Journey through a world of towering trees and rare birds in the Waipoua Forest, to meet the legendary Tāne Mahuta, the country’s largest kauri tree.
    • Learn about Rob and Carol Schluter’s story pioneering a seed-to-cup experience as the only commercial coffee growers in New Zealand.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Auckland – Hokianga
    This morning we begin our journey to the North, a region steeped in rich history and natural beauty. We make a stop to visit Morris and James Pottery in Matakana, home of individually handcrafted and glazed terracotta. With a story as layered and rich as the many tonnes of Matakana clay that have been thrown there, we’ll take a behind the scenes look at what it takes to produce large scale pottery from locally sourced clay. We continue North to the west coast village of Matakohe and visit the award-winning Kauri Museum, famous for its storytelling of the ancient kauri trees which once covered northern New Zealand. We’ll end the day in scenic Hokianga. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner with your fellow travellers at Bryers Room Restaurant, dining in a 100-year-old room overlooking the Hokianga Harbour. (Welcome reception)

    Day 2: Hokianga
    After a leisurely breakfast we travel to the famous Waipoua Forest, an ancient green world of towering trees, and home to a symphony of rare and native birds. We join our Local Specialist who will take us on a journey to meet the legendary Tāne Mahuta, the country’s largest kauri tree. Learn about the deep spiritual respect held for the giants of the forest and their importance to both the environment and the people. The afternoon is yours to explore this Northland region. Take time to discover the beautiful coastal walks around Hokianga Harbour, or sit back and relax on your private balcony or patio to enjoy the spectacular sunset. (B)

    Day 3: Hokianga – Cape Reinga – Doubtless Bay
    Say goodbye to the west coast as we head north to the sacred site of Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean in a spectacular swirl of currents. Make your way down to the lighthouse, enjoying unimpeded 360-degree views of the horizon. We continue through to Doubtless Bay, where tonight you join your fellow travellers for a scenic dinner. (B, D)

    Day 4: Doubtless Bay
    In the hills above Doubtless Bay we visit Ikarus Coffee Roasters and Pekerau Hills Coffee Farm. Find out how owners, Rob & Carol Schluter, are pioneering coffee with a seed-to-cup experience as the only commercial coffee growers in New Zealand. Later, indulge at New Zealand’s northern most vineyard and winery ‘Karikari Estate’ for wine tasting and lunch. Nestled on the stunning Karikari Peninsula overlooking the rolling coastal land, here the unique climate and soils combine to produce full-bodied and distinctive wines from this stunning region. (B, L)

    Day 5: Doubtless Bay – Bay of Islands
    Take a stroll on the beach to set the right tone for your day, before we journey to the Bay of Islands. Visit the historic fishing village of Mangonui, home to a collection of charming 150-year-old buildings that now house cafés, art and craft shops and the world-famous Mangonui Fish Shop. We continue onwards to Waitangi, where you’re free to enjoy and explore the region. Visit the nearby Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stroll along the local boardwalks or soak up your surroundings at the Copthorne. (B)

    Day 6: Bay of Islands Free Time
    Indulge in a free day to soak up the enchanting beauty of the Bay of Islands. The allure of the great outdoors and array of experiences will be impossible to resist, so set out on your own adventure. Consider an Optional Experience that will see you whipping through the waves aboard a historic tall ship, or savouring the bold flavours of the region’s full-bodied reds when you embark on a wine tasting tour. Consider a Russell Mini Tour to learn about the area’s historical significance, taking a walk back in time to discover its wild ways as a noisy port town. Make the most of your stay and head to one of the restaurants along the waterfront, watching as the sun sets on yet another glorious day in New Zealand. (B)

    Day 7: Bay of Islands – Auckland
    This morning, explore The Old Packhouse Market in Kerikeri, Northlands largest and most colourful market. Join the locals, sample regional produce and dive into traditional Northland arts and crafts, lovingly created by local artisans. Later this afternoon, you’ll arrive in Auckland, where your memorable encounter with the winterless north comes to an end. (B)

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