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Kirra Tours 7 Day Lakes, Bush & Beach

This 7 day North Island Lakes, Bush & Beach showcases the very best of the North Islands beaches, forests and Lakes. It includes a scenic cruise on Lake Tarawera and Lake Okataina, a tour of the Whirinaki Rainforest and a trip in the Skywaka on Mt Ruapehu and a glowworm cruise in famous Waitomo. You'll travel from Auckland, through Rotorua, Taupo, Waitomo and Raglan. With no more than 24 guests, this small-group tour with an experienced guide combines beautiful New Zealand scenery with many 'exclusive' activities. This tour will leave you in awe of New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes, heritage and culture, impressing even the most discerning traveller, and creating plenty of memories and stories to share for years to come.

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New Zealand escorted tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$3,895 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Auckland

7 days/6 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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This tour also includes

Scenic cruise on Lake Tarawera and Lake Okataina

Kohutapu Lodge Tribal Tour

Whirinaki Rainforest Tour

Mt Ruapehu Sky Waka (Gondola)

Blue Duck Station Tour

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Raglan Sunset Cruise

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, 1 special dinner

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Brief itinerary - Kirra Tours 7 Day Lakes, Bush & Beach

Day 1: Meet in Auckland and head south to Lake Okataina. Accommodation: Lakes Lodge Wilderness Retreat (or similar)

Day 2: Enjoy a day trip to Aniwhenua & Whirinaki. Accommodation: Lakes Lodge Wilderness Retreat (or similar)

Day 3: Head to Tongariro National Park. Accommodation: The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

Day 4: Jump on a 4wd farm tour at Blue Duck station. Accommodation: The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

Day 5: . Accommodation: Raglan Sunset Motel (or similar)

Day 6: Explore the charming coastal town of Raglan. Accommodation: Raglan Sunset Motel (or similar)

Day 7: Day 7.

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Day 1 - Meet in Auckland and head south to Lake Okataina

Kirra Tours 7 Day Lakes, Bush & Beach - Day 1
Kirra - 7 Day Lakes, Bush & Beach

Haere Mai and Welcome! You'll be departing Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and heading for the Rotorua region to visit two unique lakes: Lake Tarawera and Lake Okataina. It's a short drive to the boat landing at Lake Tarawera. Cruise out on the pristine waters in the shadow of the infamous Mount Tarawera, once the home of the renowned pink and white terraces before a violent eruption destroyed them in 1886. Visit Hot Water beach, only accessible by boat or foot, before cruising across the lake where you'll hike the short track through native bush to Lake Okataina. Here another boat will be waiting for you to embark on a scenic cruise around the secluded lake. Enjoy a picnic lunch on board and learn more about the area's history before arriving at the lodge. Settle in before joining the group in the dining room for a wild food extravaganza, an evening meal entirely sourced from local produce.

Your accommodation: Lakes Lodge Wilderness Retreat (or similar)

Situated on the shores of Lake Okataina, and surrounded by native bush, Lakes Lodge Okataina enjoys almost total seclusion, as the only habitation on the edge of the lake.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner, Speciality Dinner

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Day 2 - Enjoy a day trip to Aniwhenua & Whirinaki

Kirra Tours 7 Day Lakes, Bush & Beach - Day 2
Day trip to Lake Aniwhenua & Whirinaki

This morning is yours to enjoy breakfast and relax before you venture off the beaten track to the shores of Lake Aniwhenua in Murupara. Kohutapu Lodge is owned by a local Maori family who are passionate, not only about showcasing their Maori tribal heritage but also about making a difference in the local area. Murupara is an impoverished community that has been transformed for the better through tourism and commercial development. Through community-driven initiatives and a clear vision to provide more opportunities for the local youth, Kohutapu Lodge has paved the way for change in the area. Begin the experience with a guided tour of the sacred Maori rock carvings before arriving at the Lodge to witness the preparation of ground cooked hangi and tasting it for yourself! After lunch, you'll depart for the lush, green Whirinaki rainforest for a guided tour along the Rongoa trail. Spot native endangered birds and ancient medicinal plants, and learn more about the history of the forest, before you return to Lake Okataina where you'll have the option to grab dinner (if you still have room after the hangi feast, that is!).

Your accommodation: Lakes Lodge Wilderness Retreat (or similar)

Situated on the shores of Lake Okataina, and surrounded by native bush, Lakes Lodge Okataina enjoys almost total seclusion, as the only habitation on the edge of the lake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 3 - Head to Tongariro National Park

Kirra Tours 7 Day Lakes, Bush & Beach - Day 3
Lake Okataina to Tongariro National Park

Today is all about the pacific ring of fire. You'll see bubbling mud, amazing waterfalls, volcanic lakes, and finish with New Zealand's highest cafe at 2000 metres above sea level. First, head to Taupo with stops at the Wairakei Steam Field Lookout and the spectacular Huka Falls. Here more than 22,000 litres of water per second thunders into the Waikato river - it's a must-see! We'll stop for lunch in Taupo before heading to Tongariro National Park where you'll visit Mt Ruapehu for a ride up the fabulous SkyWaka Gondola. Witness incredible views of neighbouring volcanoes as you travel over waterfalls and ancient lava flows - a truly unforgettable experience. Finally, you'll arrive at The Park Hotel where you can get settled in and then join the group for dinner.

Your accommodation: The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

Located in the centre of National Park and is the ideal base for exploring New Zealand's Tongariro Crossing. The on-site Spiral Restaurant & Bar is full of character and is open daily. The outdoor hot tubs, courtyard hammocks & open fireplaces are complimentary for guests and offer the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind after a day of adventure in the Ruapehu region.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 4 - Jump on a 4wd farm tour at Blue Duck station

Kirra Tours 7 Day Lakes, Bush & Beach - Day 4
Day trip to Blue Duck Station

Today, head to Blue Duck Station - a 7,200 acre high country farm situated on the banks of the Whanganui River. Jump on a 4WD farm tour to learn more about the conservation work taking place to preserve the station's namesake, the Whio Blue Duck, and the unbelievable local history. Deep in the heart of the station you'll discover the Kaiwhakauka waterfall where you may even be able to spot a rare blue duck in the flesh. The grand finale is the journey up to the 'Top of the World', with 360 degree views that will take your breath away. From here you can see the three peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Taranaki and endless miles of verdant native bush. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading back to Tongariro National Park for the evening.

Your accommodation: The Park Hotel Ruapehu (or similar)

Located in the centre of National Park and is the ideal base for exploring New Zealand's Tongariro Crossing. The on-site Spiral Restaurant & Bar is full of character and is open daily. The outdoor hot tubs, courtyard hammocks & open fireplaces are complimentary for guests and offer the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind after a day of adventure in the Ruapehu region.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 5 -

Kirra Tours 7 Day Lakes, Bush & Beach - Day 5
Tongariro National Park to Raglan

En route to the West Coast town of Raglan, stop off in Waitomo where the main attraction is underground! This is a unique opportunity to see thousands of twinkling glow worms as you take a serene boat journey through the caves. Get up close and personal with these intriguing creatures and be amazed by the sheer number of glimmering lights in the darkness. Upon arrival to Raglan, you'll get settled at the Raglan Sunset Motel. The evening is yours to relax, grab a tasty dinner and enjoy the stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, inspiring arts or simply a good cup of coffee! Raglan is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Your accommodation: Raglan Sunset Motel (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 6 - Explore the charming coastal town of Raglan

Kirra Tours 7 Day Lakes, Bush & Beach - Day 6
Free Day Raglan

This morning, enjoy breakfast at one of Raglan's trendy cafes before boarding the coach to explore Raglan's finest surf breaks. Admire the black sand beaches, huge waves and the skill of the experienced surfers before spending the afternoon exploring the town centre at your own pace. This evening, you'll set sail on a sunset cruise around the harbour. With over 122kms of coastline, Raglan's Whaingaroa harbour is a spectacular sight! The Maori name, Whaingaroa means 'the long pursuit' and represents the final resting place of the Tainui waka. Sail past ancient limestone rock formations, witness bird and marine life and learn more from the crew about the area's history. To top it all off, enjoy the freshest fish and chips on board as you cruise along the ocean before heading back to the hotel for a cosy evening in.

Your accommodation: Raglan Sunset Motel (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 7 - Day 7

Kirra Tours 7 Day Lakes, Bush & Beach - Day 7
Raglan to Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at an amazing local cafe this morning. It may be the last day of the tour but the adventure isn't over just yet! You'll make a stop at Bridal Veil Falls where a short walk through native bush leads to the impressive 55m cascading waterfall. The two viewing platforms at the top, provide stunning vistas and ample photo opportunities of the plunging white falls below. Then it's back to the City of Sails, your final destination of the tour. We highly recommend experiencing one of the many culinary delights Auckland has to offer for dinner this evening, as well as the vibrant Saturday nightlife. Whether you decide to head home today or to stay in Auckland for a few extra days, we hope you leave with many happy memories.

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