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Twin Coast Discovery

Twin Coast Discovery

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 nights
  • Opua, Bay of Islands : 2 nights
  • Karikari Peninsula: 2 nights
  • Tour code: AWNZ03
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

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 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

Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 Arrive Auckland
    Arrive Auckland

    On arrival at Auckland Airport private transferto your hotel. 

  • Day 2 Auckland – Karikari Peninsula, Northland (300 km)
    Auckland – Karikari Peninsula, Northland (300 km)

    This morning make your way to the rental car city depot where you will collect your rental car for your exclusive use.

    Depart Auckland and head north via the rugged West Coast. You may like to stop off at Muriwai Beach to marvel at the black sands and take time to visit the gannet colony. Muriwai is one of New Zealand's most spectacular black sand surf beaches. At its southern end, Otakamiro Point is the site of one of this country's few mainland Gannet breeding colonies. The Takapu Refuge is an established breeding area for gannet s. About 1,200 pairs of adult gannets nest here each summer and can be seen between August and March each year. Furseals feed and rest at Oaia Island, 1.6km off the coast and can sometimes be seen during spring.

    Further north enjoy a stop at the award winning Kauri Museum at Matakohe which tells the fascinating story of the pioneering days through the use of kauri timber and kauri gum. Explore the many exceptional displays and galleries inside the museum. 
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  • Day 3 Karikari Peninsula, Northland
    Karikari Peninsula, Northland

    Full day at leisure. You may like to take the boat from Opononi across the harbour to the giant sand dunes and ride a boogey board to the bottom (at your own cost).

    This evening enjoy the Twilight Encounter. A magical guided tour in to the mighty Waipoua Forest. Experience the affinity that early Maori had with the forest and the deep spiritual respect they hold for the giants still growing there. See Te Matua Ngahere – the Father of the Forest and the giant Tane Mahuta – the Lord of the Forest. 

  • Day 4 Karikari Peninsula, Northland – Opua, Bay of Islands (130 km)
    Karikari Peninsula, Northland – Opua, Bay of Islands (130 km)

    This morning depart Hokianga and drive overland to the Bay of Islands on the stunning East Coast. Renowned for its stunning coastal scenery and wildlife; its warm waters, sandy beaches and beautiful islands.

    On arrival enjoy a visit to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Your Day Pass includes admission to the Treaty Grounds, entry to the Museum of Waitangi, entry to the introductory film, a 50 minute guided tour and a 35 minute cultural performance. Learn more about the history, the stories, the personalities and eventsthat shaped New Z ealand as a nation.  Read More

  • Day 5 Opua, Bay of Islands
    Opua, Bay of Islands

    Full day at your leisure. You may like to enjoy an optional day tour to Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. An eerie and unforgettable sight. 

  • Day 6 Opua, Bay of Islands - Auckland (225 km)
    Opua, Bay of Islands - Auckland (225 km)

    This mornings cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands gives you the opportunity to swim with or just delight in watching dolphins as they interact with the boat. The small purpose built vessel allows for closer interaction as you see and hear dolphins and whales from the low viewing deck and underwater microphone. Bottlenose and common dolphins, baleen whales, orca, seals, fish, penguins and other sea and bird life are often seen.After your cruise return to Auckland via the scenic East Coast. Your tour concludes with the return of your rental car to Auckland city or airport depot. Read More

Dates & Guide Prices

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  • Rydges Auckland
    Rydges Auckland
  • Carrington Estate
    Carrington Estate
    Karikari Peninsula
  • Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
    Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
    Opua, Bay of Islands

Rydges Auckland

  • Rydges Auckland

Opposite a bus stop and an 8-minute walk from the harbour, this modern hotel is also a 2-minute walk from both the Sky Tower attraction and the SkyCity Auckland casino and event centre. 

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Carrington Estate

Karikari Peninsula
  • Carrington Estate

On a 1200-hectare coastal estate, this refined golf resort is across the street from Karikari Estate winery and 5 km from Matai Bay. 

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Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Opua, Bay of Islands
  • Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Across the road from the beach on Te Ti Bay, this upscale, modern hotel is a 7-minute walk from the nearest bus stop and 5 km from hiking at Haruru Falls. 

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What's Included?

  • Meet and greet services.
  • Transfer on arrival with hand over of documents.
  • Co-Pilot will be handed over by the Transfer Driver on arrival.
  • Collect rental car from city depot.
  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary.
  • Meals on Breakafast basis.
  • Drop off rental car in Auckland.
  • Unlimited kms, Standard Motor Vehicle Insurance, Excess Reduction to a NIL Excess, Airport/Whaf Fees, GPS Unit, GST.

What's not Included?

  • International flights.
  • 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 other services not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.
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