This is an opportunity, offering a variety rarely included in tours to the Far North. Some, off the beaten track highlights, some expected and traditional stops and with an opportunity to meet 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 effect that determined the two cultures of our current New Zealand society. You will enjoy the magic of the kauri tree; Get to experience a less known but long time essential, historical harbour ferry crossing; plus finishing with a journey of difference but memorable.
Starting in Pukekohe with convenient pick-ups on route. Our first stop 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.
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.
Todays journey takes in some of Northlands interesting lesser roads. Firstly we cross the Harbour by ferry at Rawene then 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 an overnight in Paihia
The day starts with the heritage train to Kawakawa then continues on to Whangarei, for a lunch stop.
Followed by a visit to the small sleepy New Zealand village the original Bohemian settlement of Puhoi, Then continue on to Auckland and Pukekohe.
•Coach travel with a maximum of 20 passengers in a 34 seater coach
•Three nights’ accommodation including breakfast
•Transport on the Rawene Ferry
•Entry fee to Matakohe Kauri Museum, Stone Store & Kemp Cottage
•Kawakawa train journey.
•Pukekohe Travel escort subject to a minimum of 15 pax
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Auckland - Auckland
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• Cancellation Insurance
• Items of a personal nature
•A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person will secure a place on the tour
•Full payment by 17 July 2020
•Deposit is non refundable
•After full payment 17 July 2020– no refund is available
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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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* Itinerary subject to change