Christmas in Pretty Paihia, Bay of Islands
DAY ONE D
Christmas is fast approaching, time to escape the madness and join No8 Tours on a jolly good time. Today we are making our way up the North Island to the thriving seaside village of Paihia. We'll stop along the way, viewing the Whangarei Falls and the world-famous Kawakawa toilets. Paihia is where we are basing ourselves for our holiday away together, staying at the Kingsgate Hotel.
DAY TWO B, MT, D
Today we will be visiting Butlers Point Whaling Museum & Garden in Hihi, stepping back in time to learn more about New Zealand's once-lucrative whaling industry. We'll have the opportunity to view the beautiful gardens and historic homestead, making for a fascinating morning. Lunch will be at the famous Mangonui Fish and Chip Shop, a real Northland treat. From here, we will have a tiki tour back down to the historical Kerikeri Stone Store and take the time to view this beautiful location. Dinner tonight at our hotel.
DAY THREE B, L, D
This morning we travel to the stunning golden beaches & coastline of Northland to Cape Reinga. We will be joining another tour company with intimate local knowledge of the area for this leg of our journey, so this will be a great day out. Highlights include a short stop at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom in Awanui, along 90 Mile Beach, Te Paki Stream giant sand dunes, lunch, Cape Reinga, historical Gumdiggers Park.
DAY FOUR B, Xmas L, Xmas D
Merry Xmas everybody, what did Santa bring?? After a leisurely breakfast, we'll have the option of a drive up to the Kerikeri House or some free time. Then we head back for a fantastic Xmas lunch. The afternoon will have us sleeping or walking this off im sure….. Dinner anybody??
DAY FIVE B, L, D
Time for an exploration of the harbour today. We'll board the Fullers Catamaran Dolphin Seeker as we journey to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula to the world-famous Hole in the Rock. We'll enjoy lunch at 'The Duke of Marlborough Hotel' and soak up the scenery. This afternoon we'll have a mini-tour in a bus around Russell with a local guide. From here, we'll make our way back on the ferry to our Hotel in Paihia to relax and have our final evening together.
DAY SIX B
After a delicious breakfast, we will be ready to hit the road making our way to the award-winning Kauri Museum. We'll have some lunch, and after an introductory talk, we'll take the time to view this time capsule of history. We'll then continue our journey south, stopping along the way for comfort stops.
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