Northland Explorer Experience - Overnight [3 Day Tour]

The Bay of Islands is a natural playground offering a huge variety of activities to keep you entertained for days. With scenic landscapes to explore by land, sea or sky, abundant wildlife including the playful dolphins, plenty of rich and colourful history and of course water sport opportunities around every corner. Spend a day marvelling at unspoilt countryside, indulging in wonderful food and wine, exploring riverside towns, and enjoying the special things to do around northland. Experience our unique Sculpture Trail, honey experience and sample the many hand-crafted chocolates, artisan chocolates, handmade fudge and classic sweets made from quality ingredients, and choose gifts to take home. Embark on a voyage of discovery and enjoy the beauty of this area when you join a daily cruise to hole in the rock, to one of New Zealand’s most historic locations, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga!

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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
    • Admission to New Zealand’s largest showcase of honey products
    • Free tastings of 100% pure New Zealand honey, skincare & giftware
    • Admission to Sculptureum art gallery
    • Mouth-watering samples at the famous Chocolate in Matakana Village
    • Admission to Cape Reinga- 90 Miles Beach coach tour
    • Free use of sand boards at the Sand Dunes
    • Admission to 4 hours Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
    • Step into the glorious world of the honey bee!
    • Free honey, mead and liqueur tastings and fascinating interactive displays
    • Explore carefully curated garden paths filled with more than 650 works
    • Be inspired by six, world class indoor art galleries
    • Enjoy a browse through the Chocolate shop
    • Travel along of 90 Mile Beach to see the rugged views of the West Coast
    • Have fun sand boarding at the Giant Sand Dunes of Te Paki and drive up the infamous quicksand stream
    • Visit Cape Reinga for unforgettable sights!
    • Iconic WWII Lighthouse, one of the most visited and photographed lighthouses in New Zealand
    • Journey to the iconic Hole in the Rock
    • Keep a lookout for dolphins, whales, or orcas(at mother nature's discretion)
    • Stop off at Urupukapuka Islandand lunch stop at Otehei Bay
    • Entry/Admission - Chocolate Brown
    • Entry/Admission - Sculptureum
    • Entry/Admission - Cruise to the Hole in the Rock
    What's excluded :
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation
    • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge
    • Child safety car seat rental NZD $50.00 plus booking fees payable directly (with 24 hours’ notice).

  • Day 1: Matakana Art, Food, Wine, Chocolate Tasting Experience & Overnight Stay in Paihia

    Stop At: Honey Centre, Corner of State Highway One & Perry Road, Warkworth, Auckland 0983 New Zealand
    An hour north and a world away from Auckland is the Matakana coast. Matakana is where Aucklanders go to escape the bustle of the city. It's a place to enjoy unique sculpture, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication. Our first visit to the Honey Centre makes a diverting pit stop, with its free honey tasting and glass-fronted hives. The Honey Centre, has New Zealand’s largest display of live bees and a huge range of native honeys to taste and buy.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Chocolate Brown, 6 Mill Lane, Warkworth 0941, New Zealand
    Calling all chocolate lovers to this Chocolate Cafe and Chocolate shop! You’ll feel like you are stepping into a vintage sweet shop full of delightful surprises. Enjoy one of our complimentary chocolate tastings while you watch our Chocolatiers at work. Sample the many hand-crafted chocolates made from quality ingredients, and choose gifts to take home.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sculptureum, 40 Omaha Flats Road, Matakana, Auckland 0986 New Zealand
    Sculptureum is a place to be inspired by nature and human creativity. An art experience that is internationally unique. Over 400 works of art fill three sculpture gardens and six galleries. A destination that has been ten years in the making is designed to unlock the imagination, fuel creativity and ignite the mind. The gardens burst with colourful plantings that change with the seasons. Imposing prehistoric rocks rise up alongside panels that display reflections in writing on Gardens, Inspiration, Wisdom, Art and Music. There is just over 2km of beautifully manicured paths and while summer is the most colourful time of year to experience Sculptureum, each season reveals something new to admire. Complete your experience with a meal at the restaurant (optional) at your expense. We then drive down to Paihia for the real northland encounters and you will have the rest of your day at leisure to explore Paihia and relax with an overnight stay.
    Duration: 3 hours

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

    Day 2: Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Full Day Tour and Overnight Stay in Paihia

    Stop At: Cape Reinga, Cape Reinga, Northland Region, North Island
    Discover the unique history, culture and landscape of New Zealand's Far North on a day trip to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. A trip to Bay of Islands is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Drive along the shores of Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Feel the sand between your toes as you help your driver guide dig for shellfish (conditions permitting).

    Visit Cape Reinga and hear the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together. During your Cape Reinga tour you'll also experience another Kiwi icon: a lunch of delicious fish and chips at the historic Wagener Museum at Houhora. Upon return from Cape Reinga, overnight stay in Paihia.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Pass By: Ninety Mile Beach, Northland 0484, New Zealand
    Drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand-boarding. Clambering up and surfing down the dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping.

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

    Day 3: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise and return to Auckland

    Stop At: Cruise to the Hole in the Rock, 69 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
    Start a splendid day by visting the stunning Hole in the Rock Dolphin cruise experience and continue to historical sites of New Zealand’s Northland, Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    On this half-day Bay of Islands catamaran tour, cruise through the famous “Hole in the Rock.” Relax while your captain expertly navigates the islands, secluded beaches, and rocky promontories. Look for dolphins, penguins, and sea birds en route to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous 'Hole in the Rock'.
    Duration: 4 hours

    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 :
    08:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • COVID-19 precautions -Safety measures in place. All areas that exposed to customers are frequently cleaned & sanitised.
    • A full commentary is provided by your skipper. A limited number of multi-lingual headsets are available in German, French and Mandarin Chinese.
    • A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation.
    • You will be able to purchase lunch from the café at Otehei Bay.
    • Snacks and drinks are also available for purchase onboard the vessel.
    • From December - April: on the day, you can opt to extend your time on the island (subject to availability) and there is also the option to hire paddleboards and kayaks.
    • The site is wheelchair accessible but please be prepared for uneven surfaces, which may be difficult for those with limited mobility and wheelchair users.
    • Interacting with common and bottlenose dolphins, orca, whales and other marine mammals is subject to DOC regulations.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • You can buy hot and cold drinks and limited snacks on board, or grab a meal at the cafe on Urupukapuka Island. Limited menu available in winter.
    • 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 these locations are the perfect place to get some great travel photos.
    • Vegetarian option available for lunch - Special dietary requirements catered for upon request, please advise at the time of booking.
    • Sand boarding takes place if conditions permit.
    • 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.
    • Please note the walk from the carpark to the lighthouse at Cape Reinga takes around 10-15 minutes each way and is uphill on the return.
    • 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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