Northland Explorer Experience

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Tour is rated as #1 in destination Auckland
Duration 📅

3 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Airport Transfer 🧳

NOT included

Accommodation 🛏️

NOT included

Tour Size 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻

Group, Private, Small Group

Language 🌐

English

Difficulty 🚥

Easy

Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle

Visa 🛂

NOT Included

Inclusions

Fully guided return transfers from Auckland
Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD
Complimentary refreshments and water on board
A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the journey
Luxurious temperature-controlled transportation in a minibus
Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities
Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish
Admission to New Zealand’s largest showcase of honey products
Free tastings of 100% pure New Zealand honey, skincare & giftware
Admission to Sculptureum art gallery
Mouth-watering samples at the famous Chocolate in Matakana Village
Admission to Cape Reinga- 90 Miles Beach coach tour
Free use of sand boards at the Sand Dunes
A delicious locally-prepared lunch
Admission to 4 hours Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Engaging and informative commentary in English
Indoor and outdoor seating with Large viewing deck

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💎 Why we love it ?

The Bay of Islands is a natural playground offering a huge variety of activities to keep you entertained for days. With scenic landscapes to explore by land, sea or sky, abundant wildlife including the playful dolphins, plenty of rich and colourful history and of course water sport opportunities around every corner. Spend a day marvelling at unspoilt countryside, indulging in wonderful food and wine, exploring riverside towns, and enjoying the special things to do around northland. Experience our unique Sculpture Trail, honey experience and sample the many hand-crafted chocolates, artisan chocolates, handmade fudge and classic sweets made from quality ingredients, and choose gifts to take home. Embark on a voyage of discovery and enjoy the beauty of this area when you join a daily cruise to hole in the rock, to one of New Zealand’s most historic locations, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga- The Far North Light house.

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Northland Explorer Experience

Itinerary At a Glance

  • Day 1: Matakana Art, Food, Wine, Chocolate Tasting Experience & Overnight Stay in Paihia

  • Day 2: Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Full Day Tour and Overnight Stay in Paihia

  • Day 3: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise and return to Auckland 

Tour Highlights

Day1

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through lush countryside with excellent photo opportunity

  • Step into the glorious world of the honey bee!

  • Discover pure New Zealand honey in the land of food and wine

  • Witness New Zealand’s largest display of live bees and a huge range of native honeys 

  • Free honey, mead and liqueur tastings and fascinating interactive displays

  • Enjoy the beautiful white-sand beaches along Matakana’s stunning coastline

  • Escape to the world of creative wonders

  • Explore carefully curated garden paths filled with more than 650 works

  • Be inspired by six, world class indoor art galleries

  • A unique absolute must do experience for everyone

  • Enjoy a browse through the Chocolate shop

  • Mouth-watering samples at the famous Chocolate in Matakana Village

Day2

  • Travel along of 90 Mile Beach to see the rugged views of the West Coast

  • Have fun sand boarding at the Giant Sand Dunes of Te Paki and drive up the infamous quicksand stream

  • Lunch at the picturesque Tapotupotu Bay set between the hills of Cape Reinga

  • Visit Cape Reinga for unforgettable sights! sacred site for the Maori people and amazing panoramic views of the clashing Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean, and more

  • Iconic WWII Lighthouse, one of the most visited and photographed lighthouses in New Zealand

Day3

  • Journey to the iconic Hole in the Rock

  • Listen to entertaining live commentary from your local Nature Guide

  • Stop off at Urupukapuka Islandand lunch stop at Otehei Bay

  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour island stop-over and walk, swim, paddle board, kayak or relax

  • Keep a lookout for dolphins, whales, or orcas(at mother nature’s discretion)

  • Marvel at the breath-taking scenery en route

Day1: Matakana Art, Food, Wine, Chocolate Tasting Experience

An hour north and a world away from Auckland is the Matakana coast. Matakana is where Aucklanders go to escape the bustle of the city. It’s a place to enjoy unique sculpture, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication. Our first visit to the Honey Centre makes a diverting pit stop, with its free honey tasting and glass-fronted hives. The Honey Centre, has New Zealand’s largest display of live bees and a huge range of native honeys to taste and buy. Calling all chocolate lovers to this Chocolate Cafe and Chocolate shop! You’ll feel like you are stepping into a vintage sweet shop full of delightful surprises.  Enjoy one of our complimentary chocolate tastings while you watch our Chocolatiers at work. Sample the many hand-crafted chocolates made from quality ingredients, and choose gifts to take home.

Sculptureum is a place to be inspired by nature and human creativity. An art experience that is internationally unique. Over 400 works of art fill three sculpture gardens and six galleries. A destination that has been ten years in the making is designed to unlock the imagination, fuel creativity and ignite the mind. The gardens burst with colourful plantings that change with the seasons. Imposing prehistoric rocks rise up alongside panels that display reflections in writing on Gardens, Inspiration, Wisdom, Art and Music. There is just over 2km of beautifully manicured paths and while summer is the most colourful time of year to experience Sculptureum, each season reveals something new to admire. Complete your experience with a meal at the restaurant (optional) at your expense. We then drive down to Paihia for the real northland encounters and  you will have the rest of your day at leisure to explore Paihia and relax with an overnight stay.

Day 2: Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Experience

Be ready for a journey like no other with a full-day coach tour into the Far North tip of New Zealand.

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Māori culture and tradition. As you travel north, enjoy a taste of New Zealand’s varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of Northland’s rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forest.

Drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand-boarding. Clambering up and surfing down the dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping. As you approach Cape Reinga, 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.

Day 3: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise Experience

Take a half-day Hole in the Rock cruise and explore the Bay in search of dolphins while visiting its highlights. You could be watching dolphins as they leap and play in sheltered waters – or keep an eye out for other marine mammals like whales and seals. Cruise in and out of beautiful unspoilt islands, see the remote Cape Brett Lighthouse and the impressive Hole in the Rock at Motukōkako Island. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life, have your camera ready as we get you up close to the action. Hot and cold refreshments are available for purchase on board, meals & snacks can be purchased on our stop at Urupukapuka Island or feel free to bring your own.

At the end of your journey, enjoy the spectacular views from the Auckland Harbour Bridge as you arrive in Auckland’s central city by night. Your journey home will be equally enjoyable as your tour guide’s combination of local insight, extensive historical knowledge and fantastic sense of humour create an unforgettable adventure.

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  1. aditeey2021

    The service provided by Karthik was amazing he was knowledgeable and super cooperative and would recommend him for future as super affordable and was helping when needed.

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  2. Jason S

    Wow. What else can I say. Was awesome and so cool to walked along the swing bridges and platforms with the lights in the dark of the forest

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