Central North Island Canyon Country


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DAY ONE                                                                  MT, D 

We head south via the western lake road through Taupo to arrive in New Zealand's unique volcanic plateau region. Today we will stop for morning tea in the cute little town of Putararu and enjoy some morning tea and time to look around the lovely shops. From here we'll continue our trip through to Taupo continuing through we'll make our way to Oreti Village Resort situated at Pukawa Bay on the stunning Southern Shores of Taupo. We will enjoy a delicious catered lunch in the restaurant whilst taking in the sweeping vistas that have 180-degree panoramic lake and mountain views. Our journey continues onto Tongariro National Park at the Base of Whakapapa Skifield. We will take some time to enjoy this exceptional area driving to the top of the Bruce. Tonight, we are gathering for a delicious dinner and resting our heads in the luxuriously opulent Chateau Tongariro. Steeped in timeless elegance and part of the local landscape since visitors first began arriving to stay in 1925, the sublime alpine views from every window and impressive period interior of the hotel are an absolute delight.    

DAY TWO                                                                  B, MT, L, D   

After breakfast, we take a nature ramble through the craggy bush-covered countryside to arrive for a nourishing morning tea at the charming Blue Duck Café situated within the boundaries of the Station of the same name. Featured on Country Calendar, the farm is famous for being home to one of the highest concentrations of Whio (blue duck), kiwi, native bats and native fish in New Zealand. Get ready to "go bush " as we are off on a safari here. We will have a tour and talk about the local history, hear stories of the ongoing conservation work and experience up close the workings of this unique sheep and beef station operating in harmony with the native flora and fauna. It is on the bus again, and we are headed for the home of the giant carrot – Ohakune. A quaint ski resort town on the Tongariro National Park edge is a vibrant mecca all year round with skiers and trampers. We are staying tonight at the boutique accommodation of Powderhorn Chateau, close to Turoa ski field. There's time for a spell of rest and recovery before we dine in at the cosily hospitable Powderkeg restaurant.    

DAY THREE                                                            B, MT, L, D  

This morning we will venture up the mountain to Turoa Skifield. The forest scenery and vistas from the top are incredible. Fingers crossed, we have a beautiful day. We will have a picnic morning tea up top before heading back down then onto our next venue. From here we will be heading to the heart of the King Country Taumaranui. A Fabulous secret awaits us as we take a mesmerizing journey through this garden of national significance where you will be treated to a journey of surprise and delight. This hidden gem has been 25 years in the making with a goal to create a peaceful, tranquil space that pleases the senses as well as the soul.Being the month of May the garden will have the last of the autumn colours highlighting the structure of the pristine garden.We'll enjoy a delicious catered lunch while soaking up this little hidden piece of paradise ,we won't want to leave however we must, and we'll head back to the Powderhorn for some Powderkeg feasting and a warm bed to sink into for the night.  

DAY FOUR                                                              B, MT, L, D   

This morning we bid farewell to Ohakune and its mountains and travel further south and into the Mokai district. This is a landscape of the abrupt vertical sloped gorges and the former home to Gravity Canyon, the infamous bungee jumping point. We will stop for photos and a walk around at the Mokai Bridge then make our way to Tarata Lodge for morning tea hosted by the wonderful Mattock family. We will hear the story of the lodge whilst taking in the incredible river views and a 4wd trip into the Rangitikei River canyon itself. With all this adventuring behind us, it will we no doubt have worked up an appetite. We will travel to Flat Hills for lunch and then make our way to our accommodation in Taihape, taking a stop along the way at The Wool Company for a stock up on the winter woollies. This evening we will head into town for a meal with French influence and flair, at Le Café Telephonique – a converted telephone exchange. 

DAY FIVE                                                                 B, MT, L, D         

This morning we travel to Kimbolton for morning tea at the local country café. Stopping along the way to view the Rangitikei Viaduct Bridge– it is one of New Zealand's tallest and longest rail bridges. Our scenic drive then takes us to Makoura Lodge - the beautiful 600-acre farm of Hugh and Kimberley McIntyre, where lunch is served, and there's time for a wander and a stimulating talk about the property's history and heritage dating back to 1896. We will then take another drive along roads less travelled to experience the natural beauty and geological magic of Whitecliffs Boulders. They rest serenely as they have done for eons in the dazzling Kahikatea Forest above the Rangitikei River. These large, perfectly round boulder formations are known as cannonball concretions are covered in a soft downy crewcut of emerald moss, appearing surreal and other-worldly. It is our privilege to have access to this special place. We will then head back to the hotel and relax until it is time for dinner at the lovely Awastone restaurant.   

DAY SIX                                                                  B, MT    

It is always sad to say farewell to this picturesque part of the North Island. A trip this morning to New Zealand's original adventure lodge - located beside the Rangitikei River in spectacular surrounds the River Valley Lodge will certainly cheer us up. We will learn more of their inspiring conservation programme and environmental protection initiatives over morning tea, followed by a tour of the property. We depart here and head north to Waiouru. Yes, we are homeward bound – but we stop off at the Army Museum, lunching in the aptly named Mess Tent Café for our last-day meal together before taking the well-travelled Desert Road home to Tauranga in the afternoon. 

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Wed, 10th of May 2023

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Moderate Fitness Required

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