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Twin Coast Discovery
 

Twin Coast Discovery

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Twin Coast Discovery 06 Days / 05 Nights

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of New Zealand’s Northland through this self-drive tour. The tour will allow you to experience soft adventures and have comfortable stays at select accommodation options. Marvel at Northland’s golden sand beaches, peaceful and hidden coves, serene harbours, warm ocean waters, and the stunning coastline. Get acquainted to its lush forest, which are home to the giant kauri trees, spectacular bush and one-of-a-kind wildlife. Go for coastal walks or surf the ocean swells – the tour will give you opportunity for lots more.

Tour Nights

  • Auckland: 1 night
  • Opua, Bay of Islands : 2 nights
  • Waipoua: 2 nights

Tour At a Glance

  • Enjoy around 5 nights of quality accommodation with breakfast
  • Visit the famous Kauri Museum to learn about the early days of kauri timber and kauri gum
  • Enjoy the guided tour called Twilight Encounter, which will take you across the lush and spectacular Waipoua Forest
  • Enjoy a boat cruise to see and experience swimming with the dolphins and whales in the Dolphin Eco Experience
  • Explore Opua through the Waitangi Treaty Ground Day Pass
  • Tour code: STNZ03
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

Itinerary details

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Day 1

Arrive At Auckland

Today, you will arrive at the Auckland Airport, from where you will enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Auckland.
Check-in to a hotel for an overnight stay.
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Day 2

Auckland to Waipoua

Today, you will set out on a 225km trip from Auckland to Waipoua.
Start your day by visiting the rental car city depot in the morning, from where you will collect your rental car.
After renting your car, start your day’s journey by driving towards north of Auckland through the rugged West Coast. On this route, after you leave Auckland, you will reach the Muriwai Beach. Enjoy a short stop-over at the black-sands beach – stroll on the beach, surf in its safe waters or soak-in the stunning views of the ocean and its surroundings. Follow it up with a visit to the ‘gannet colony’, which is a colony of these amazing seabirds. Muriwai Beach is one of the most spectacular black sand surf beaches of New Zealand. Its southern tip, known as Otakamiro Point, is the site of Gannet breeding colonies. The Takapu Refuge near the beach is a well-known breeding area for gannets, where around 1,200 pairs of adult gannets can be found nesting in the summers. Visitors can easily spot these birds here between August and March every year. You will reach the Oaia Island by driving around 1.6km off the coast, where you can see fur seals feeding and resting during the spring season.
Continue your journey and keep driving towards north. You will reach the famous Kauri Museum at Matakohe, where you can enjoy another short stopover. Explore the museum to get an insight into the early days of the use of kauri timber and kauri gum and its present situation through the numerous displays and galleries.
Check-in to a hotel for an overnight stay.
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Day 3

At Waipoua

Today, you have the complete day at your leisure to explore Waipoua at your own pace.
If you don’t mind shelling out a few bucks for fun, you can go on a boat ride from Opononi across the harbour to reach huge sand dunes, where you can enjoy a boogey board. In the evening, go on a guided tour, the Twilight Encounter, of the mysterious and vast Waipoua Forest. The tour will enlighten you about the affinity of early Maori people with the forest and the highly-regarded spiritual place the tall trees hold in their lives. During this tour, you will see the Te Matua Ngahere, the Father of the Forest, and the Tane Mahuta, the Lord of the Forest.
Overnight at the hotel.
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Day 4

Waipoua to Opua

Today, you will go on a 130 km drive, from Waipoua to Opua, which is located in the Bay of Islands.Start your day’s journey right in the morning and leave Waipoua to reach the Bay of Islands, which is located on the beautiful and serene East Coast. Opua is famous for its splendid oceanfront scenery, exotic wildlife, warm and crystal clear waters, serene sandy beaches and spectacular islands. After reaching your destination, visit the historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Its best to buy Your Day Pass here, which will include Treaty Grounds admission, admission to Museum of Waitangi and the introductory film, one guided tour of around 50 minutes and one cultural performance of around half an hour.
Check-in to a hotel for an overnight stay.
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Day 5

At Opua, in the Bay of Islands

Today, you have the complete day at your leisure to explore the attractions of Opua. You can go for an optional day tour of Cape Reinga, which is the place where Tasman Sea (in the west) meets Pacific Ocean (in the east). It is a peaceful sight.
Overnight at the hotel.
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Day 6

Opua to Auckland

Today, you will set out on your return journey of around 225 km from Opua to Auckland.
Start your day with a morning cruise across the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands. The cruise gives you an opportunity to watch playful dolphins swimming along the boat and even to swim with these gentle and delightful creatures. The boat is a small vessel, which has been purposefully built small to facilitate you to get a closer look into the world of dolphins and whales – to see and to hear them better with the help of a low viewing deck and underwater microphone. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, baleen whales, orca, seals, fish, penguins and other sea animals and birds on this cruise.
Later, start your return trip to Auckland, enjoying the beautiful views of the East Coast. Upon reaching Auckland, return your rental car back to the Auckland city or airport depot. Your self-drive tour comes to an end here.
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Hotels

  • Cliff Edge by the Sea
    Cliff Edge by the Sea
    Opua, Bay of Islands

     

Cliff Edge by the Sea

Opua, Bay of Islands
  • Cliff Edge by the Sea

Cliff Edge by the Sea is situated at Port Opua, the Bay of Islands main Harbour and Marina, only 5 minutes by car from Paihia, and 10 minutes from romantic Russell via the car ferry. Area attractions also include Russell Muse

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What's Included?

  • Meet and Greet services.
  • Co-Pilot will be handed over by the Meet & Greet Representative on arrival in New Zealand.
  • Unlimited kms, Standard Motor Vehicle Insurance, Excess Reduction to a NIL Excess, Airport/Whaf Fees, GPS Unit, GST @ 15%.
  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary.
  • Meals on Breakafast basis.

What's not Included?

  • Return economy class International flights from UK.
  • Visa fees.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephones calls, hard & soft drinks, meals other then specified, beverages and mineral water etc.
  • Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks.
  • Tips to drivers, porters, bellboys, guides & waiters etc.
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.
* Offer valid for selected dates | Subject to Availability | Terms and Conditions Apply