Explore the real New Zealand during this 6 day walking tour. Hike up mountains, discover wild, untamed nature, and participate in sports popular to the area. Snorkel in turquoise waters of secret coves, and when you’re ready, relax on the sandy beaches.
What to Expect
Explore New Zealand’s stunning landscapes, untamed wildlife, and reservoirs that are unmatched in their beauty and size. Discover its beaches by not only visiting the areas, but by sleeping under their starry skies that loom above.
Participate in sports popular to the area, such as kayaking. And, when you’re ready to stand still, catch your breath for long enough to gaze out across the bright blue Pacific Ocean. See and live New Zealand during this 6-day tour of its most exciting features.
Depart Auckland and follow the east coast northwards. After a quick stop-off to supplement supplies, you will follow the lively coastal back roads to Taupiri Bay. Set up camp here just above the beach on a private camp. Have a swim or explore this lovely coastline. Red-tinged pohutukawa trees (the Kiwi Christmas tree) cover hidden coves and swimming beaches. If the sea conditions are calm there are excellent snorkelling opportunities here too.
Hike northwards and climb up through the foliage to reach the ridge tops looking down on the hidden sandy coves and rocky headlands. Pass huge steel pots and ruins of the old whaling station. These stations all over New Zealand are a sad reminder of the many humpback and southern right whales hunted here. Lunch is served at a cute cove of turquoise water, where you can also explore the secret beaches and funky palm trees.
Descend from Pukehuia - the highest hill and best viewpoint of the Bay of Islands. After a short drive to the historic town of Russell, you can catch the passenger ferry across to Paihia. The tour will stop here briefly, before driving north to the campsite at Tauranga Bay.
Guests can take part in the optional and highly recommended guided kayaking. Using a mix of single and double sea kayaks, the tour launches off a private beach and kayaks along this uncluttered coastline, past red volcanic headlands, island outcrops, and sandy beaches. After passing through sea caves you will reach the sheltered waters of Whangaroa harbour and mangrove forest.
After kayaking, guests can revel in their experiences during fish and chips at the famous Mangonui Fish Shop. Those not kayaking will have free time at the Tauranga beach campsite until early afternoon. Later you will head to the twin coves campsite of Matai Bay.
After a refreshing swim and snorkel, guests will depart on a fascinating drive up the endless hard packed sands of Ninety Mile Beach. Te Paki's massive, looming sand dunes are waiting to be explored via sand-board. In the evening, set up camp at a sand cove, and participate in either a cliff-top walk or a drive to the edge of the world at Cape Reinga, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. Watch the sun set in the western sky from this (almost) northern tip of New Zealand.
Set off to explore a hidden gem of the cape's coastline, rarely discovered by other tour groups. Cross Te Paki Station to arrive at the surreal iron stained sand dunes of Cape Maria Van Diemen. Climb up high and you will enjoy the grand views of this incredible piece of New Zealand’s landscape. Wander along an expansive stretch of empty beach before returning for lunch.
In the afternoon the group leaves the Far North and begins the journey southwards, passing through Kaitaia, across the Hokianga via car ferry, and on to the Waipoua Forest. Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's biggest Kauri tree, will make you feel humbled as you curl up in your tent. The screeching call of the endangered North Island Brown Kiwi can often be heard as you drift off to sleep.
In the morning you will walk the Trounson Kauri Reserve to bask in the shadows of the huge trees that can be found here. Trounson is one of the healthiest forests in the country, providing refuge for many threatened species. This reserve is also home to a well-nurtured and protected population of kiwi. Arrive in Auckland at approximately 15:00.
- All food and accommodation during tour
- Therm-a-rest sleeping mat(self-inflating foam mat)
- Snorkelling gear
- Boogie/sand boards
- Cooking equipment
- First aid kit
- Safety equipment
Auckland - 08:00 Atrium pick-up zone, 20m from Sky Tower base, corner Federal & Victoria Sts
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Know Before You Go
Grading & Fitness
Average of 4-5 hrs physical activity per day - up to 6 hours.
At times carrying small backpack of 4-5kgs
Tracks generally in good condition
Altitude gains of up to 600m on harder days
No hiking experience necessary
Reasonable standard of fitness required
Some energetic sections and climbs, but includes lots of time for relaxation and other activities
More than 20 days prior to departure - 80% refund
20 to 10 days prior to departure - 50% refund
Less than 10 days prior to departure - NO REFUND
Transfer Tour instead of Cancelling: :
You can transfer to another hiking safari as long as it is more than 20 days prior to your pre-booked departure. Transfers within 20 days will require a cancellation and new booking. All transfers are subject to seat availability