Day 1: Auckland to Paihia
Kia ora! Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa!
Hello and welcome to New Zealand –The Land of the Long White Cloud!
After our 8am welcome breakfast, we’ll kick off our tour with a leisurely scenic drive to the subtropical “Winterless North”.
The Northland region is home to some seriously ancient and impressive kauri forests. We’ll stroll through the largest of these – the Waipoua Forest – to meet Tane Mahuta, the hugest of them all. At over 1,250 years old and over 51 metres tall, he’s looking pretty good for his age.
We’ll also visit Hokianga Harbour, unique for its 150 metre high sand dunes. When the weather's fine and the tides are on our side, you've got the option of sandboarding down into the beautiful water – it's an unforgettable experience worth the cheap and cheerful price!
We reach the town of Paihia, the jewel of the Bay of Islands, in the early evening. As the sun sets, we’ll treat you all to a fish and chips feast overlooking the water. It doesn’t get more Kiwi than that!
- Meet Tane Mahuta - the ancient kauri tree and 'Lord of the Forest'
- Marvel at Hokianga Harbour and its giant sand dunes
- Fish and Chips Dinner iIn Paihia with views across the Bay – our treat!