3 Day Bay of Island Winterless North Tour
Experience the Northland region of our country and soak up the sunshine. With plenty of stops along the way and a huge range of activities to do while you are in Paihia ranging from dolphin swimming to sky diving, this is the best way to experience the "Winterless North". This tour departs Auckland and can be added before some of our North Island tours. Accommodation is at our stunning penthouse backpackers, Haka Lodge Paihia, with undoubtedly the most glorious views imaginable!
Day 1: Auckland to Paihia
Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand!
Today we meet at 8am at the reception of Haka Lodge Auckland where your guide will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast, your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximise your time in New Zealand! Breakfast and the welcome meeting should take around an hour though can take a bit longer with larger groups.
From the big city to remote beaches, we head north of Auckland to begin the tour in the stunning Paihia in the Bay of Islands. We visit Goat Island on our way up north, where we can take a swim or snorkel at this natural marine reserve. We also visit a tree today. Not just any old tree, this is the mighty Tane Mahuta “the Lord of the Forest” in the Waipoua Forest. Tane Mahuta is the largest known kauri tree standing today; and estimates put his age at between 1,250 and 2,500 years old. Ask him his age when you get there. It's also a little known fact that he's still growing.
Following this, we head to Ngawha springs for a relaxing soak in the natural therapeutic hot pools. The Ngawha Springs are located in the centre of a geothermally active area: an area that produces a considerable amount of Northland’s electricity – all while feeding over a dozen hot pools of all sorts of colours, element make-ups and temperatures.
We'll arrive late afternoon in Paihia where the team at Haka Lodge will have a hot meal ready and waiting for you. This shared dinner is eaten overlooking the waters of Paihia is a beautiful way to end day one.
Day 2: Paihia
Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Northland region and the spectacular Bay of Islands. Home to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock,’ there are plenty of boat trips out into the bay, as well as other activities to choose from in the area.
You can swim with dolphins, skydive, go sailing or just chill out with new friends and take it all in on one of the many beaches. This is also one of the most historically important areas of New Zealand. Rich in Maori heritage and culture, we’ll have the chance to visit some spectacular waterfalls, take scenic walks or ferry over to one of the islands. If you would like to visit the very top of New Zealand, you can choose to do a day tour to Cape Reinga, situated where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. You may drive on 90 Mile Beach and try sand boarding while on this optional day tour.
If you would prefer to have a relaxing day, you can do one of the many well signposted, scenic walks along the coast or through the bush. Russell is also easily accessed from Paihia and has awesome views, as well as a great selection of restaurants and eateries. Russell, which used to be known as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’, is also home to New Zealand’s oldest church, Christ's Church, as well as some stunning beaches and lookout points.
Additional Activities • Tall Ship Sailing • Hole in the Rock Cruise • Day Trip to Cape Reinga • Swimming with Dolphins • Scuba Diving • Skydiving
Day 3: Paihia to Auckland
Today, we'll visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The grounds are significant to all New Zealanders as this was where the founding document of New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and Maori.
The Hundertwasser Toilets are also on our agenda for the day, in the small town of Kawakawa. This is the only building in the Southern Hemisphere designed by the Austrian born artist Hundertwasser and although these are toilets, you'll never see any others like these anywhere in the world.
As we venture back toward Auckland we take in a bush walk from Whale Bay to Matapouri Bay, where we'll see gorgeous white sand, and clear waters - the perfect setting for a picnic.
We’ve got a few more secret spots and options to visit during the day before heading back to Auckland to spend the evening in New Zealand’s biggest city, where we stay at Haka Lodge.
Additional Activities • Extra nights’ accommodation Auckland
Starting from Auckland, we head north to Paihia.
We start at 8am at the Haka Lodge in Auckland and end around 5pm in back in Auckland on the final day.
As you build your tour online, you will see many optional activities available to add - but remember, none of these are compulsory. Not sure which activities to choose? No problem. Once you've paid a deposit and secured your seat you can add activities anytime until 30 days prior to departure.
Activities can also be purchased on the road - just let your tour guide know; he'll be happy to help. However, we can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest if there are any activities you definitely want to do, that you pre-book them.
This tour is great if you want a magical, yet quick escape to soak up the sun - but it needn't end after three days, as our 7 day North Island tour also departs Auckland and takes in a huge array of highlights en-route to Wellington.
As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to stay at the Haka Lodge Auckland the night before the tour - only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress free morning. Likewise, you can book an extra night at the end of the tour so you are not in a rush once we go our separate ways.
Upgrading your accommodation to a two person private room costs $199. The cost is per room, so if you share the room with someone else you can split the cost between you.
NB. Please contact us for future dates in 2017
• Accommodation (max 6 share, upgrades available)
• Daily breakfast
• Dinner on Day 1 at Haka Lodge Paihia
• Passionate kiwi guide
• Small groups - max 16
• Visit the historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds
• Enjoy a soak in the natural Ngawha springs
• See (and experience!) the famous Hundertwasser toilets
• Take a bushwalk along the magical Tutukaka coast
• Visit the mighty Tane Mahuta - a tree that is over 1,250 years old in the awe inspiring Waipoua forest
• Enjoy Goat Island, a marine reserve full of different species of fish
• Be treated to many surprise stops that only a small group tour can provide
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