Today you will head over ‘The Harbour Bridge’ and say goodbye to New Zealand’s largest city to be greeted by Northland ‘The Winterless North’, famous for its gigantic kauri trees, Māori culture and its stunning beaches. En route, you could visit the Kauri Museum to learn all about New Zealand’s most ancient tree and how its significance has developed over time (optional – extra cost). You will then visit Whangarei, the capital of the Northland region where you can view the stunning Whangarei Falls, known as the most photographed waterfall in New Zealand due to its ease of access, picturesque bush surrounds and guaranteed 365 day of the year flowing cascade. From here you head to the gorgeous Tutukaka Coast where you will spend the next two nights.
This morning you will venture out on a 2-hour diving trip (all gear supplied) in the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve with Dive! Tutukaka, who are New Zealand’s premier full-service dive charter operator, servicing the Poor Knights Islands which as an area are known as the best sub-tropical diving in the world! The rest of the day is free to spend enjoying the stunning coastline. Perhaps rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards, or simply laze the day away at the beach.
Today you will head south back towards Auckland, staying along the beautiful Takapuna Beach of the North Shore. The afternoon and evening are free to spend at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a wander along the pohutukawa lined beach, a swim, or take the ferry into Auckland City and explore the Viaduct Harbour.
South you go. Leaving New Zealand’s largest city you head for the Coromandel, one of the key locations for the New Zealand gold rush in the 1800s. You follow the coast road to the town of Coromandel, where you will take a trip on ‘The Driving Creek Railway’- New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway, with a working pottery and wildlife sanctuary (included activity). From there you will take the stunning 309 Road to the coastal town of Whitianga, stopping at stunning Waiau Falls and the Waiau Kauri Grove – to see ginormous ancient kauri trees up close. Arrive in Whitianga in the afternoon/evening and enjoy the beautiful Buffalo Beach.
Today is free to explore the beauty of The Coromandel Peninsula. Perhaps take a walk to one of New Zealand’s most stunning beaches; Cathedral Cove where you wander through ancient native forest to the pristine beach that houses this striking rock formation. Other options for the day include a glass-bottom boat trip to a marine reserve, bathing at The Lost Spring, a visit to New Chum’s Beach, horse-riding at a local farm or kayaking to the idyllic otherworldly paradise of Whenuakura/Donut Island (all optional – extra cost).
This morning you depart Whitianga and head back to NZ’s largest city, Auckland. There may be time for a walk through one the region’s many Kauri Tree forests en route, where you will encounter the flora and fauna of New Zealand’s North Island at its best. Your tour concludes this afternoon. We trust that you have had a memorable tour with us.