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Auckland, Maori culture and rainforests
Auckland, Hauraki Gulf, Paihia, Kauri forest
Photo credit: Miles Holden
Photo credit: Matt Crawford
Photo credit: Destination Northland
Photo credit: Miles Holden
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Auckland is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by a natural harbour. As New Zealand's largest city, there is plenty to see and do. You will get to know Maori culture and history more deeply and you will see the beauty of nature in the Northland.
Tip, combine this package with the Dunedin, Queenstown and fjords to build a longer package.
Day 1 Welcome to Auckland
Day 2 Scenic Auckland harbour
Day 3 Waiheke and wineries
Day 4 Towards north
Day 5 Waitangi Treaty and Maori culture
Day 6 Ancient forests of Kauri
Day 7 Where to next?
Day 1. Welcome to Auckland.
On your arrival, private transportation will take you to your downtown hotel.
Explore the downtown area, take a ferry to historic Devonport or enjoy dinner at one of the many waterfront restaurants in the Wynyard Quater or Princes Wharf.
Day 2. Day in Auckland
Spend a day in New Zealand's largest city and visit Auckland's Sky Tower where you will have magnificent views across the city and the harbour.
Then in the afternoon, you could visit Auckland War Memorial Museum, where you can learn about the history and culture of New Zealand and the Maori people.
Alternatively, take a day trip to the volcanic island of Rangitoto, where you will find walking routes to the top of the volcano. The island offers a magnificent view of the city.
Have a dinner at one of the many restaurants in the Parnell area or take a taxi to Ponsonby.
Day 3. Hauraki Gulf
Get on the ferry and travel to nearby Waiheke Island. Once you arrive on the island, you will meet a guide who will take you to the vineyards.
After lunch, you will have time to spend an afternoon on the island until you return to Auckland.
Waiheke Island is the second largest island in Hauraki Gulf and also the most densely populated island. Many locals also have their own holiday houses on the island, and no wonder, as the scenery is stunning and the island is just a short ferry ride from the bustling centre of Auckland.
The ferry to and from the island, guided winery tour, wine tasting and lunch are included in the package.
Day 4. North - Northland
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from the hotel and you will travel to Paihia for the next couple of days.
Driving time is about three hours, after which you can explore this beautiful coastal city at your own pace. The town is the gateway to the stunning beaches and diving/snorkeling destinations of the Bay of Islands.
Day 5. Maori culture
Join an excursion to the Waitangi Treaty house, where you will meet the indigenous people and learn about Maori culture and history.
It was here that the Maori and the British signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which is the founding document of New Zealand.
Day 6. Ancient forests
Today you will join for a day trip to the Kauri forest where you will get to see the largest and oldest living trees in the rainforest in the world, such as the 2000-year-old Tane Mahuta.
Day 7. Where to next?
Final morning in Northland and your next journey awaits.
Breakfast and airport transfers* are included in your package. Ask about additional flights or accommodation options at your next destination.
*transfer to Whangarei Airport
The itinerary is mostly an independent tour. All hotel reservations, breakfasts and the mentioned transfers, excursions or meals are included in the package.
The itinerary is an example as the tour may change, depending on the season. We will confirm the program as we plan your itinerary.
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