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New Zealand's Far North in 6 Days

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Visit the fascinating Kauri Museum at Matakohe with stories of the days when the resin like gum of the native Kauri Tree underpinned the local economy. In the Waipoua forest visit the 2,000 year old ‘Tane Mahuta” Kauri tree and attend a moving Maori greeting to this giant, the king of the forest. Continue this 6 day self drive itinerary with a visit to the Bay of Islands. Here you can enjoy the famous ‘Hole in The Rock’ cruise, tall ships sailing and maybe a visit to Cape Reinga where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. The new Waitangi Treaty Grounds will be a ‘must’ for history buffs. Finally, an opportunity to snorkel or dive at one of the world’s finest dive sites – the Poor Knights Islands.

Day 1

Drive from Auckland to Omapere

  • 160 Miles
  • 3 1/2 Hours

An early start from Auckland, crossing the harbor bridge and driving north to join route 9 and your overnight accommodation at Omapere

Day 2

Omapere to Paihia, Bay of Islands

  • 55 Miles
  • ! Hour

A relaxed and leisurely drive from the west to the east coast, with some interesting attractions along the way to enjoy.

Days 2 to 5

Paihia & The Bay of Islands

The tourist hub of Paihia is the starting out place for many of the best attractions that the Far North has to offer including the nearby historic towns of Russell and Kerikeri.

Day 5

Drive from Paihia to Tutukaka

  • 55 Miles
  • 1 hour

A morning start, traveling one of New Zealand's most scenic drives (1 1/2 hrs) will get you to the pretty seaside settlement of Tutukaka by 10:45 am in time to join your Poor Knights Island Cruise. After your return to Tutukaka this is where you will stay the night . See also - Dive & Snorkel New Zealand

Day 6

Return to Auckland from Tutukaka

  • 116 Miles
  • 2 1/2 hours

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The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

The award winning Kauri Museum provides visitors with a fascinating insight into the story of New Zealand's pioneering settlers, with a focus on their exploitation of the  ancient and giant Kauri trees and it's highly prized Kauri Gum.

  • Allow: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $22.00
  • Age: All
  • Best time: All Year
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Waipoua Twilight Encounter

Tonight you will learn the fascinating Maori history of Waipoua Forest. The highlight of the tour will be your meeting with 'The Lord of the Forest' - the giant 2,000 year old Tane Mahuta tree! Your guide will formally greet this silent giant as the darkness closes in on its gnarled ancient limbs, grasping at the stars and the forest.

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The Wairere Boulders

The Wairere boulders consist of hundreds of huge fluted basalt blocks clustered together in a formation that stretches for over a mile into the Hokianga Harbor. The stunning walking tracks reveal an incredible wealth of ferns, palms, native trees and bird life and the story of how this area was discovered is one of inspiration and perseverance. 

  • Allow: Choose walking tracks between 40minutes & 2 hours duration
  • Cost: $12.00
  • Age: All
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The Waitangi Treaty Grounds

This is New Zealand’s most important historic site where in 1840 New Zealand’s founding document was signed, the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty Grounds features the Treaty House, the carved Meeting House and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Be sure to visit the exciting new Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi opened in February 2016 and telling the story of Maori and European contact and the ongoing development of New Zealand as a nation.

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'Hole in The Rock' Cruise

Cruise the Bay of Islands in search of dolphin on board our purpose built catamaran as well as experiencing the breathtaking 'Hole in the Rock'. Includes an island stopover on beautiful Urupukapuka Island Reserve.

  • Allow: Half Day
  • Cost: $82.00
  • Age: All
  • Best time: November - March
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R. Tucker Thompson Sailing

Come sailing in the Bay of Islands for a day on Northland’s iconic tall ship The R.Tucker Thompson! Become part of the crew, help sail the ship or relax & enjoy the day. Operated by a charitable trust with profits supporting youth sail training programmes

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Cape Reinga via 90 mile beach

Journey to the very top of the North Island where the Pacific Ocean & the Tasman Sea meet at Cape Reinga. Travel via 90 mile beach and experience the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and legend.

  • Allow: Full Day
  • Cost: $132.00
  • Age: All
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The Poor Knights Islands

A relaxing cruise to the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, New Zealand's best dive spot; enjoy swimming, snorkeling & kayaking. Visit the world's largest sea cave, see prolific wildlife, including whales, dolphins and sometimes orca. Consider a dive where two New Zealand warships were sunk to encourage marine life to develop. A fun professional crew, delicious food, a fun day.

For a preview watch A Perfect Day. Dive and Snorkel enthusiasts should watch Dive Tutakaka.



  • Allow: Full Day
  • Cost: From $150 including buffet lunch,
  • Age: All
  • Best time: November - March
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