Kaipara Country Including Waiheke Island
Door to Door pickups, Transport, Accommodation All entries, Island Tour & Ferries, Meals as listed.
DAY ONE D
We will start our journey from your door, stopping for morning tea along the way. We'll then meander over to the West Coast via Ngaruawahia on roads less travelled but offering stunning Karaka Tree and Nikau Palmed hill country. Our next port of call is the Nikau Caves and Cafe located in Waikaretu Valley's heart amongst towering limestone cliffs. We'll stop for lunch at this excellent country café. This a unique setting as there are some fabulous underground caves located on the property today. We are only visiting for a bite to eat and talking to the property owner. After our yummy lunch, we'll head through to Port Waikato, stretch our legs on the black sand beach then on to our accommodation in Takapuna, Spencer on Byron, where we will also enjoy dinner this evening.
DAY TWO B, L, D
After breakfast this morning, we will take advantage of the Auckland Bus lanes to get us into the central city quickly, where we will catch the Fullers Ferry across to Waiheke for the day. Once we arrive, we will meet our local guide to board the bus and embark on our island's tour—Waiheke, a true island paradise just a stone's throw from Auckland City. We will discover why Lonely Planet is calling it one of the best destinations in the world. Along the way, we will enjoy a lovely High Tea style lunch. Early afternoon we will be delivered back to the Ferry terminal for our return cruise back to Auckland. We then bus back to our Accommodation to relax and freshen up for dinner
DAY THREE B, L, D
Another day of discovery ahead, we board the coach and travel to Helensville, having morning tea along the way. At 11 am we will meet our captain and crew and other members of the public joining us for this 2.5hr cruise. Cruising the inland waters of Kaipara harbour past Shelly Beach to view the expanse of NZ's largest inland waterway, along the way, we will gain an insight into the history, Maori Pa Sites, the birdlife and marine ecology of the harbour. We then return to Shelly Beach and go ashore for lunch at "The Jetty" licensed café, then reconnect with the coach for an afternoon drive up to South Head, stretch our legs at Lake Ototoa. Time permitting, we will travel back to the hotel via Waimauku, Kumeu and Coatsville.
DAY FOUR B, L, D
Today we head north to Matakana village to catch the Matakana River Cruise, A one Hour discovery cruise leaving from the heart of Matakana. This boutique cruise is tailor-made for peak relaxation. Sit back, relax while Captain Phil gives you an informative, amusing commentary on the way down the river, showcasing mangroves' history and tidal environment, Native Bush and Farmland. We turn around where the green of the upper fresh meets the vibrant blue water of Sandspit Basin. Once we arrive back, we will find a local café for morning tea and enjoy a quick browse of the shops. The afternoon will be exciting, with a visit to the new Sculptureum, whose gates have just opened. We will enjoy a great lunch in a lovely surrounding before setting forth in the park. Inside, hundreds of works on display in the Gardens and Galleries are chosen to amuse, inspire, and stimulate—a mix of colour, whimsy and wonder. Time permitting, we will take a short drive to Omaha Beach for a nosey. Returning to our hotel, we will then gather for dinner.
DAY FIVE B, MT, L
Packed up and ready to head for home, we say farewell to pretty Whangaparaoa and travel to our morning tea stop at the award-winning Twin Lakes Garden. We will take a guided tour around Twin Lakes, a peaceful, all-seasons garden formed around a five-acre lake with water lilies and exotic waterfowl. The garden features unusual and ornamental borders around the house with mixed planting, rock gardens and a bog garden. Beautiful, black-faced Suffolk sheep are kept on the property and are a popular attraction. Ostriches also farmed here and an aviary with exotic birds - which will intrigue and surprise you with their colour and variety. After our time at the gardens, we depart for the legendary Riverhead Tavern for Lunch. We board the Riverhead Ferry for a pleasant cruise down the harbour to central Auckland with lunch complete. Here we will re-board the coach and head for home.
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Next Tour Date
Mon, 31st of Jan 2022