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Maher Escorted Tours

Maher Escorted Tours - Top of the North Tour

Packed full of highlights, with plenty of inclusions, this tour is the perfect short escape. Beginning in Auckland, staying at a luxurious hotel on the Viaduct, enjoy a full day in Waiheke, with wine tastings before travelling north to Whangarei and Paihia, where you take a cruise to see the famous Hole in the Rock - maybe even some dolphins if we are lucky! Visit Waitangi, Ninety Mile Beach & Cape Reinga. On the way back to Auckland, we visit the giant Kauris of the Waipoua Forest, home of Tane Mahuta, the country's largest kauri tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old and still growing - a sight to see!

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New Zealand escorted tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$5,250 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Auckland

10 days/9 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Knowledgeable driver guide

7 dinners

4 Lunches

9 breakfasts

Waiheke Day Tour

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Brief itinerary - Maher Escorted Tours - Top of the North Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: Park Hyatt

Day 2: Spend a day on the fabulous Waiheke Island. Accommodation: Park Hyatt

Day 3: North to Whangarei. Accommodation: Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

Day 4: Settle into Paihia for a couple of nights. Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Day 5: Visit Russell on a scenic Bay of Islands cruise. Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Day 6: Immerse yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Accommodation: Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach

Day 7: Drive on the beach as you explore the far north. Accommodation: Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach

Day 8: Make your way south and stay in Hokianga. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga (or similar)

Day 9: Finally back to Auckland. Accommodation: Park Hyatt

Day 10: Finish your journey with Maher Tours.

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Day 1 - Arrive into Auckland

Maher Escorted Tours - Top of the North Tour - Day 1
Arrive into Auckland

Begin in Auckland, staying at a luxurious hotel on the Viaduct, before enjoying a full day in Waiheke tomorrow. Tonight, meet up for your first dinner together as a group.

Your accommodation: Park Hyatt

Located on the waterfront in Auckland this modern hotel offers 5* luxury at the water's edge, a stone through from the bustling Auckland city.

Meals included: Dinner

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Day 2 - Spend a day on the fabulous Waiheke Island

Maher Escorted Tours - Top of the North Tour - Day 2
Waiheke day trip

After breakfast this morning, catch the ferry for the 40-minute journey to Waiheke Island, the most populated and the second-largest island in the Hauraki Gulf. While touring the island, indulge in locally produced specialities such as award-winning olive oil, fresh-shucked oysters and artisan cheese as well as enjoying a wine tasting and vineyard lunch. There is time for further exploration and a short walk before returning to Auckland later this afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Your accommodation: Park Hyatt

Located on the waterfront in Auckland this modern hotel offers 5* luxury at the water's edge, a stone through from the bustling Auckland city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 3 - North to Whangarei

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Auckland to Whangarei

Depart from Auckland after breakfast and journey north to Kaiwaka, known as the little town of lights, where we stop for morning tea. Continuing on, you'll travel through to Waipu, a friendly town with intriguing history, strong Scottish heritage and spectacular natural surroundings. Visit Waipu Cove, a long, sandy beach in secluded surroundings. There is time to grab some lunch and for those that wish, there is a 1.5-hour walk around the Waipu Caves where you will find stalactites, stalagmites, and glow worms. For those that do not want to do the walk, there are other local attractions such as a museum or art galleries. Reboard the coach and continue through to Whangarei, where you stay overnight.

Your accommodation: Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre is perfectly suited to both business and leisure travellers. Conveniently located opposite the stunning Whangarei Town Basin and a few minutes walk from the Whangarei city centre as well as some of Whangarei’s most tranquil bush walks and gardens. The majestic Bay of Islands is less than one hour’s drive.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 4 - Settle into Paihia for a couple of nights

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Whangarei to Paihia

After a leisurely breakfast, continue our journey north to Paihia. Take the scenic route and will make a short stop at Whangarei Falls and Tutukaka. We then travel via Matapouri, where you can choose to take a short walk to Whale Bay - an idyllic white sand, bush fringed beach. Continuing on, make a stop in Hikurangi - a small busy community which is a service centre to the local farming areas before we arrive in Paihia mid-afternoon. Your accommodation for the next two nights is the Paihia Beach Resort & Spa, located just 20 metres from the picturesque Te Tii beach.

Your accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Located in a superb beach position overlooking the Bay of Islands, Paihia Beach Resort & Spa offers stunning ocean views from every balcony and patio. The resort also features a 20 metre heated saltwater pool, large Jacuzzi, private steam and sauna rooms.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 5 - Visit Russell on a scenic Bay of Islands cruise

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Bay of Islands Cruise & Russell

This morning, board our cruise and take in the stunning views as we glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island/Motukakako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Keep an eye out for dolphins! At the conclusion of the cruise, disembark in Russell. At the turn of the 19th century Russell, then known as Kororareka, was the first permanent European settlement and served as a shore station for whalers, a swashbuckling town full of whalers and sealers with a reputation as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’. It was renamed Russell in 1844 in honour of the British Colonial Secretary of the day. Today Russell offers one a wonderful holiday experience in the country, with its range of top-class restaurants and cafes, abundant fresh local produce and seafood, exquisitely restored historic buildings and excellent galleries. There is time to wander and grab some lunch before returning to Paihia by ferry, at your leisure.

Your accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Located in a superb beach position overlooking the Bay of Islands, Paihia Beach Resort & Spa offers stunning ocean views from every balcony and patio. The resort also features a 20 metre heated saltwater pool, large Jacuzzi, private steam and sauna rooms.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 6 - Immerse yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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Paihia to Taipa

Depart Paihia this morning and continue through to Waitangi - just 1.8km north of Paihia, where the Waitangi River meets the sea. The name Waitangi means ‘weeping (or noisy) waters’ in Māori. This seaside spot is New Zealand’s most important historical site: on these stunning, park-like grounds overlooking the Bay of Islands, the historic Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. The Treaty is generally considered the founding document of New Zealand as a nation, and a symbol of the coming together of two diverse cultures – Māori and Pākehā. Then visit Haruru Falls a small residential settlement, but in the days of early European settlement, it was the scene of many firsts. Haruru Falls was New Zealand’s first river port and an aramoana (sea road or ocean path) for the inland Maori tribes and for the early vision boats. Continue your journey with a visit to Makana Chocolate Factory, Kerikeri, followed by a lunch at a local venue, before making the final stretch through to Taipa, located just out of Kaitaia, where you spend two nights.

Your accommodation: Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach

Situated right on the beach Reia Taipa Beach Resort is a relaxing escape in Doubtless Bay. With self catering accommodation, pool and onsite restaurant you'll have everything you need for a great stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 7 - Drive on the beach as you explore the far north

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Ninety Mile Beach & Cape Reinga

Today we spend the day exploring the famous Ninety Mile Beach & Cape Reinga. Drive along the shore as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Take a stroll and feel the sand between your toes as you take in the beautiful surroundings. Stop at the sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand surfing – if you’re brave enough! After, visit the Puketi Kauri Forest where you'll get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Stroll along an elevated walkway as these graceful giants surround you and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today. During your stop in Cape Reinga you'll 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. We return to Taipa later this afternoon where dinner is included at the hotel.

Your accommodation: Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach

Situated right on the beach Reia Taipa Beach Resort is a relaxing escape in Doubtless Bay. With self catering accommodation, pool and onsite restaurant you'll have everything you need for a great stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 8 - Make your way south and stay in Hokianga

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Taipa to Hokianga

After breakfast, farewell Taipa and head south toward Kohukohu, stopping at various points of interest en route.
On arrival in Kohukohu, we will join the Kohu Ra Tuarua vehicle ferry for the short journey to Rawene. Reboarding the coach, you'll continue to your accommodation for the evening, via the beaches of Opononi and Omapere. Stay at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort located on the quiet water’s edge of Hokianga Harbour. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga (or similar)

Situated at Omapere, right on the waters edge of the Hokianga Harbour with a stunning view to huge sand dunes across the bay the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga is a perfect place to discover the rich history and beauty of the Hokianga Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9 - Finally back to Auckland

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Hokianga to Auckland

Departing Hokianga, head south toward the giant Kauris of the Waipoua Forest. Of all New Zealand's kauri forests, none is more famous than Waipoua Forest. As the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland, Waipoua is an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds. The highway through the forest is memorable for the natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road's edge. The forest is the home of Tane Mahuta, the country's largest kauri tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old and still growing. Nearly 18 metres to the first branch and 4.4 metres in diameter, Tane Mahuta is rightly called 'The Lord of the Forest'. Also, visit the Kauri Museum - with 4500m2 of undercover displays, it is the largest undercover attraction in Northland. Arriving back in Auckland around mid-afternoon, there is time for a bit of last-minute shopping or relaxation prior to meeting for your farewell dinner this evening.

Your accommodation: Park Hyatt

Located on the waterfront in Auckland this modern hotel offers 5* luxury at the water's edge, a stone through from the bustling Auckland city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 10 - Finish your journey with Maher Tours

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Depart Auckland

Time to farewell your new friends as you all make your way home today.

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