This is an opportunity, offering a variety rarely included in tours to the Far North. Some off the beaten track highlights as well as expected and traditional stops. This is an opportunity to meet new people and share a few days without having to organise anything.
A few days to relax, absorb and visit two historical areas each with far-reaching effects that determined the two cultures of our current New Zealand society.
You will enjoy the magic of Tāne Mahuta, historical Hokianga harbour and Rawene ferry crossing
- A journey of difference but memorable.
Starting in Pukekohe with convenient pick-ups enroute. Our first stop is at the Kauri Museum at Matakohe, always a highlight. Our journey continues through Dargaville and onto the Hokianga
Harbour. The harbour which Opo the dolphin made famous. Opo was a bottlenose dolphin who became famous throughout New Zealand during the summer of 1955/56 for playing with the
children. The nearby Omapere Museum has a monument to his visit.
Omapere, accommodation is at The Heads beachfront Hotel and is the ideal base from which to explore Omapere. The Hokianga Harbour, is a culturally significant place where it is said the first Maori explorer, Kupe, arrived in New Zealand. There are several walks to enjoy the stunning coast and sunset
After breakfast we head to nearby Waipoua Forest. Waipoua is home to the kauri and Tane Mahuta one of the world’s mightiest trees. According to Maori mythology Tāne is the son of Ranginui
the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother. We return to our hotel for lunch. This afternoon will be free to explore with several options available; Omapere Museum, manned by volunteers with extensive local knowledge, the Signal station walk and view – fishing or relaxing.
This area is significant because Kupe, the founder of Aotearoa New Zealand is believed to have left from here to return to his land of Hawaiki. The lookout point is found just up the hill after leaving Omapere. The panoramic views from the lookout point are truly magnificent - look to the Tasman Sea in one direction, then scan to the sand dunes and down the far reaches of the harbour.
Todays journey takes in some of Northlands lesser travelled roads. Firstly we cross the Harbour by ferry at Rawene then travel through the Mangamuku Gorge with stops at Kaitaia, Awanui and
Mangonui. At KeriKeri there is time to visit the original Stone Store and Kemp cottage before continuing for two nights stay in Paihia.
The iconic Stone Store stands at the edge of the Kerikeri inlet, See how the early settlers lived and learn about the building’s many lives as a trading post, library, barracks, school and general store. Built in 1822, Kemp House is the country’s oldest surviving building. It is surrounded by English-style cottage garden and orchards. Hear the story of the first missionary families and see their personal items and furniture preserved over the years. Here, Reverend Marsden is said to have planted the first grapevines in New Zealand in 1819.
This morning we have a guided visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Included are the two new museums, Te Rau Aroha and the Te Kōngahu Museum, the carving studio, the Treaty House and
the war canoes. Afternoon at leisure before taking an evening ferry to Russell for our farewell dinner at the Duke of Marlborough.
The day starts with the heritage train to Kawakawa then continues on to Whangarei, for a lunch stop. Followed by a drive through the small sleepy New Zealand village of Puhoi, the original Bohemian settlement. Then continue on to Auckland and Pukekohe.
· Air condition coach with panoramic windows
· Four nights’ accommodation
· Breakfast daily
· One Lunch
· Dinner daily including at the Duke of Marlborough Restaurant
· Transport on the Rawene Ferry
· Entry fee to Matatoke Kauri Museum, Stone Store, Kemp Cottage
· Guided visit of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
· Return ferry ticket Paihia to Russell
· Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15 persons travelling.
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Auckland - Auckland
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•Full payment by 30 July 2021
•Deposit is non refundable
•After full payment 30 July 2021– no refund is available
• If this tour is cancelled due to Covid 19 government travel restrictions, and a refund is available,Pukekohe Travel reserves the right in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $100 per person
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•To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a reasonable standard of fitness is required.
•Mobility frames and wheelchairs are not practical or permitted
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