Cape Kidnappers Experience - Overnight [3 Day Tour]

The heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s beautiful North Island is sparkling Lake Taupo, the great inland sea of New Zealand, trout-filled rivers and the thundering Huka Falls. Three towering volcanoes in the awesome and otherworldly landscape with a welcoming nature of Cape Kidnappers, an outstanding bird-watching destination, with dramatic coastal views into the bargain. Get right up close to explore lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise around the Western Bays of the Lake to see the huge Māori rock carving at Mine Bay.

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Duration 3 days
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  • What's included :
    • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland
    • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD
    • Complimentary refreshments and water on board
    • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the journey
    • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation
    • Visit to the stunning lake city of Taupō waterfront
    • Visit mighty and majestic Huka falls
    • Admission to self-guided Wairakei Terrace walkway
    • Admission to New Zealand’s largest showcase of honey products
    • Free tastings of 100% pure New Zealand honey, honey wine (mead) and liqueurs
    • Admission to 3-hour gannet safari cape kidnappers
    • Admission to 1.5-hour Art Deco walking Tour
    • Admission to 2.5-hour cruise aboard an electric yacht
    • Complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies
    • Enjoy the largest freshwater lake in NZ, one of the main attractions
    • Explore the scenic beauty of Lake Taupō by stretching your legs along the lakeside
    • Experience a geothermal landscape & be amazed by the power of geysers
    • Wonder at the beautiful silica deposits on the original pink and white terraces
    • A unique 36-kilometre guided tour from stunning coast to cape
    • Breath-taking views of Hawke’s Bay, Mahia Peninsula and Mount Ruapehu
    • Panoramic lookouts towards the vast Pacific Ocean
    • Hear the dramatic story of the 1931 earthquake and discover Art Deco
    • Marvel at panoramic views of Lake Taupō on an eco-friendly vessel with no noise, fumes or pollution
    • Visit the largest rock carving of this type in the world - only accessible by boat!
    • Discover pure New Zealand honey in the heart of Taupō
    • Free honey, mead and liqueur tastings, live beehive viewings and fascinating interactive displays
    • Entry/Admission - Wairakei Terraces
    • Entry/Admission - Gannet Safaris Overland Ltd
    • Entry/Admission - Art Deco walk
    • Entry/Admission - Maori Rock Carvings
    What's excluded :
    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge
    • Accommodation
    • Child safety car seat rental NZD $50.00 plus booking fees payable directly (with 24 hours’ notice).

  • Day 1: Huka Falls, Wairakei Terraces Walkway, Lake Taupō Experience & Overnight Stay in Napier

    Stop At: Huka Falls Rd, Taupo, Hinuera New Zealand
    We start from Napier on our way back to Auckland. As we again pass through Taupo, Just in 10 minutes’ drive from Taupō town centre, along a beautiful forest-clad road that passes the world-famous luxury resort, you’ll hear the Huka Falls well before you see them – it’s the sound of nearly a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupting from a natural gorge and thundering 11m into the Waikato river below. This incredible waterfall is the most-visited natural attraction in New Zealand – it’s hard to tear your gaze away from the endless, mesmerising torrent.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Wairakei Terraces, State Highway 1&5 Wairakei, Taupo New Zealand
    Come and explore the bubbling and steaming lands of Wairakei Terraces. A geothermal wonderland and the jewel in the crown of this magical region. Silica terrace Walkway provides a unique window into the thermal wonderland that once existed at Wairakei. Intricate carvings posted throughout the walk depict Maori history and the man-made geyser and terraces are the crowning glory in this mystical tribute to the original geysers and terraces. Silica-enriched water flows away from the geyser into blue pools then cascades over the terraces, depositing large amounts of silica to form amazing terraces reminiscent of the original pink and white versions of Tarawera which were once touted as the true eighth wonder of the world.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Lake Taupo, Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330 New Zealand
    Marvel at the breath-taking geothermal scenery, stunning waterfalls and World Heritage-listed forest reserves, as you drive from the south of Auckland located in the centre of New Zealand’s north island lies the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. A land of fire and ice, Lake Taupō, a stunning natural cauldron, is ringed by snow-capped mountains, and surrounded by geothermal ‘hot spots’, such as bubbling mud pools, fumaroles and hot springs.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Cape Kidnapper Gannet Safari, Art Deco Tours & Overnight Stay in Napier

    Stop At: Gannet Safaris Overland Ltd, 396 Clifton Road, Te Awanga 4172, New Zealand
    Visit Cape Kidnappers the world’s largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony. Ride in style and comfort over picturesque Cape Kidnappers Station in air-conditioned 4 x 4 vehicles – traversing riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, through stands of native bush, steep gullies and breath taking views. The birds can be seen from September to April. In September they return and build their nests ready for the arrival of the chicks during December and January. There is a stop on the way at a spectacular cliff top with panoramic views of Hawke Bay right across to the Mahia Peninsula. The amazing geology of the area can also be taken in. The 36km, three hour trip includes commentary by your tour guide on the farming operation of Cape Kidnappers Station and an introduction to the gannets. Included is a coffee or tea at the colony.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Art Deco walk, Bluff Hill, Napier 4110, New Zealand
    On return, experience Napier’s Art Deco heritage. Visit the world famous sights, suburbs, buildings and landmarks of our town.
    Take a walk back in time with a guided walking tour. Your local guide will tell you stories of the earthquake that destroyed the city and the remarkable recovery and rebuild that was completed in less than two years.
    Your guide on this tour will give you fascinating insights into Napier and the Art Deco style. Concludes with a short film and complimentary tea and coffee.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: Lake Taupo Māori Rock Carving Cruise, Honey Tasting Experience and return to Auckland

    Stop At: Maori Rock Carvings, Lake Taupo, Taupo New Zealand
    A popular attraction is the Māori rock carvings on the cliffs of Mine Bay. These can only be accessed by water so lake cruises are a great way to explore them. Towering 14 metres above the waters of Lake Taupō, the Māori rock carvings have become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the north island of New Zealand. Cruise to the popular Māori Rock carvings while enjoying the inspiring scenery that unfolds around you. Learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of the area from the skipper and informative commentary. Sit by lake Taupō and eat Fish And Chips.. Discover why Kiwi’s are so fond of this takeaway meal!

    After reaching city with a seaport, located in Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of the North Island we rest for an overnight stay in Napier.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Huka Honey Hive, 65 Karetoto Road Wairakei Park, Taupo 3384 New Zealand
    Close to Huka Falls awaits the Honey Hive – a sensory experience of a very different kind. A unique taste experience with free honey, mead & liqueur tastings. View live beehives, discover health & wellness products, divine honey-based skincare, and an amazing range of gifts and enjoy delicious honey ice cream. A fabulous and fun place for adults and children – come and see what the ‘buzz’ is all about!
    Complete your experience by relaxing in our lounge or gardens with a coffee or delicious honey ice-cream.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Mövenpick Hotel Auckland, 8 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    06:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • COVID-19 precautions -Safety measures in place. All areas that exposed to customers are frequently cleaned & sanitised.
    • We are able to accommodate a stroller or a pram, provided it is fully collapsible and can fit in the luggage compartment of our buses.
    • Souvenir photos are available for purchase after your tour
    • We stay dry – the tour does not involve using a wet suit or abseiling or river rapids, it’s very easy.
    • Tours are suitable for people of all ages and average fitness. Our scenic walks are short and optional. Please let our guide know at check in if you have any fitness concerns.
    • Scenic Cruises run in all weathers due to the river environment not having an adverse effect on conditions.
    • Each season of the year brings different conditions. Sometimes the sailing is easy, sometimes it rains, sometimes there is not enough wind for us to use the sails and we use our quiet eco-friendly electric engine.
    • No swimming experience required, but it is good if you tell us you can't swim. We might ask you to wear a life vest while on deck during sailing.
    • You are welcome to bring your own prepared food, snacks and or beverages (alcoholic beverages limited to guests 18 years and older by New Zealand law).
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
    • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, walking shoes, sun protection, jacket/warm layer & essential personal items.
    • Bring a camera or a phone with camera capability as Cape Kidnappers is the perfect place to get some great travel photos.
    • You must be at least 18 years of age and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol.
    • Easy and good fitness level required
    • This is a guided walking tour and sensible walking footwear is recommended
    • You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.



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Activity ID: V-168163P6

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