Kotare 6 Day Tour

Kotare New Zealand

Northland is idyllic. From white, sandy beaches and sparkling blue sea to the locals’ laid-back lifestyle – it’s got that holiday feeling. As the birthplace of New Zealand, there’s also history to discover.

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5 Nights/6 Days:

Auckland – Omapere on the Hokianga Harbour – Paihia in the Bay of Islands – Auckland

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  • You will enjoy comfortable, air conditioned coaches (with a maximum of 18 travellers).

  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable MoaTrek kiwi guide.

  • Quality accommodation chosen for it easily accessible location and beautiful outlook.

  • Pre and post small New Zealand tour airport transfers.

All breakfasts included (B)

Special dinner (D) – Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Hokianga.

  • Visit Northland’s Kauri Museum.

  • A walk with authentic Maori guides through Waipoua Forest to visit Tane Mahuta.

  • A relaxing and picturesque cruise across the Hokianga Harbour.

  • A chance to swim with dolphins or cruise to the Bay of Island’s the iconic Hole in the Rock.

  • Visit Kerikeri’s iconic Stone Store.

  • Learn about New Zealand history at the Waitangi Treaty House.

  • Marvel at the Kawiti Caves and their luminous glowworms.

  • Enjoy a close encounter with the kiwi at Whangarei’s Native Bird Recovery Centre.

  • Visit the historic seafaring town of Russell.

$2126 USD / $2526 USD

Per Person Twin or Double Share Accommodation

Ultimate Vacations
650 Iwilei Road, Suite 400
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Open Monday thru Friday
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Hawaii Standard Time)
Phone: (808) 949-8100
Toll Free: (800) 284-0440
Fax: (808) 941-5177
Email: info@ultimate-vacations.net

“The sights we have seen have been so beautiful no words can adequately express the diversity of this unspoilt land. We have seen so many aspects of New Zealand.”
IAN AND VALERIE SPACIE – UK
KIWI TOUR – JANUARY 2013

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland

Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour
Auckland Viaduct and Skytower
On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your waterside hotel in central Auckland. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the “City of Sails”. Your hotel is close to the central city shopping district.The cafes and restaurants on Viaduct Harbour, Wynyard Quarter, Princes Wharf and the Britomart Precinct are all within easy walking distance.
Ferries depart nearby for Devonport, a seaside village 15 minutes across the harbour. For great views of the city catch the lift to the top of the Sky Tower or take a five minute taxi ride to the Auckland War Memorial Museum where there is an outstanding collection of Maori and Polynesian cultural exhibits.
HIGHLIGHTS
Auckland Museum is home to the finest collection of taonga(Maori treasures) in the world
Take a ferry to one of the many restaurants in Devonport or perhaps journey a little further to Waiheke Island

DAY 2: Auckland – Matakohe – Waipoua Forest – Omapere, Hokianga (B, D)

Hokianga Harbour
We depart Auckland for Muriwai Beach on the West Coast where a short walk takes us to close up views of a gannet colony nesting on the cliffs. We continue north to the Matakohe Kauri Museum, dedicated to the mighty kauri tree.
North of Dargaville we enter the primeval forest of Waipoua. We accompany Footprints Waipoua, a group of young Maori dedicated to preserving the traditions and culture of Ngapuhi, the northern Maori tribe, to visit Tane Mahuta, the God of the forest, and gain a deeper understanding of this unique forest. This evening we dine at our hotel on the harbour edge.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Matakohe Kauri Museum is dedicated to the mighty native Kauri tree
Footprints Waipoua – walk with Maori guides to Tane Mahuta, the giant Kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest and hear their stories and legends

DAY 3: Omapere – Bay of Islands (B)

Stone Store & Kemp House

Sand Tobogganing
This morning we cruise across the Hokianga Harbour to explore the sand dunes and, if you are feeling adventurous, ride a body board down the dunes.
Later we catch the vehicular ferry from Rawene to Kohukohu on the northern side of the harbour.
We drive over to Kerikeri, the fastest growing town in the North, known for citrus orchards, arts and crafts before heading for Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. The sparkling blue waters of this maritime park are dotted with islands – paradise for beach lovers and sailors.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Journey across the Hokianga harbour to the magnificent 500-foot high sand dunes which are still in their untouched state
Bodyboard down the slopes of the sand dunes and out over the clean, clear waters of the Hokianga Habour

DAY 4: Cruise The Bay of Islands – Dolphin Swim – Tour Russell Township (B)

Dolphin Swim, Paihia

Duke of Marlborough, Russell
Cruise out from Paihia to a martime park of 144 islands on a catamaran purpose built for dolphin viewing and swimming (gear provided) or alternatively cruise out to the Hole in the Rock. Disembark at Russell, the first capital of New Zealand and a town with a rollicking past. It was known as the “hell hole of the South Pacific” in the 19th century when it was a favourite haunt of whalers and sealers.
Stroll the Russell waterfront and the colonial buildings then rejoin the coach to drive up Flagstaff Hill for the great views before catching the vehicular ferry to Opua and driving back to Paihia and Waitangi
HIGHLIGHTS:
Take a cruise out to the Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands or explore the bay with an opportunity to swim with the dolphins
Stroll along Russell’s historic waterfront and drive up to Flagstaff Hill for expansive views over the maritime park of 144 islands

DAY 5: Bay of Islands – Auckland (B)

Waitangi Meeting House

Kawiti Glowworm Caves
We visit Waitangi Treaty House where local Maori signed the treaty with Queen Victoria’s representatives in 1840, a significant event in New Zealand’s history.
In the Waiomio Valley the Kawiti family guides us through their Kawiti Glowworm Caves just as they have done for many generations.
We continue on to Whangarei and drive south over the Brynderwyn Hills, through Wellsford and Warkworth and over the Harbour Bridge into Auckland. Enjoy this vibrant city from your waterside hotel at the heart of the Viaduct Basin.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty House and marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes (waka taua)
Walk through the Kawiti Glowworm and limestone caves accompanied by the descendants of the famous Maori chief, Kawiti.

DAY 6: Depart Auckland

Time To Say Goodbye.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning on the Viaduct Harbour. You will be picked up from your hotel for transfer to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. If you have time before your transfer to the airport catch up on last minute shopping in the nearby Customhouse Duty Free Store or in Queen Street in the heart of the city.
Thank you for travelling with MoaTrek.
Ka kite ano – “See you again”.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Browse the shops on High Street or Parnell for some locally produced art work
Relax and reminisce over your New Zealand experience while we transfer you to the airport.