Far North Explorer
This exploration of Northland, the very north of New Zealand, combines remote camping with intimate active experiences to provide a rich and memorable journey. You'll head to the 'winterless north' via Taupiri, Tauranga and Whangaroa Bays where you can sand-board massive dunes, walk through an old whaling station, snorkel in clear waters and camp in secluded locations. Continuing even further north to the stunning 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga, you'll watch the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea clash to create what is known as the tidal race. You'll also visit Cape Maria van Dieman as well as Waipua Forest, home to the best examples of Kauri forest left in New Zealand including Tane Mahuta and Te Matuua Ngahere, the two largest living Kauri trees. There is much Maori mythology around this region and as you travel through it you'll gain a great insight into the Maori culture and customs as well as enjoy a 'hangi', the traditional Maori meal cooked underground.
|DAY 1||Join Auckland, drive Taupiri Bay|
|DAY 2||Trek to old whaling station, drive to Tauranga Bay|
|DAY 3||Whangaroa kayaking and optional drive to Matai Bay|
|DAY 4||Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga|
|DAY 5||Cape Maria van Dieman, Kauri Forests|
|DAY 6||Kauri Forests, drive Auckland where trip concludes|