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Maher Escorted Tours

Maher Escorted Tours - Top of the North Tour

Packed full of highlights, this tour is the perfect short escape. Beginning in Auckland and staying at a luxurious hotel on the Viaduct, enjoy a full day in Waiheke. Travel north to Whangarei and Paihia, and take a cruise to see the famous Hole in the Rock. Visit Waitangi, Ninety Mile Beach & Cape Reinga, and 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$4,950 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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This tour also includes

Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour

Return Ferry to Waiheke Island

Sculptureum

Cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islands

Makana Chocolate Factory

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners

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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: Head north to Whangarei. Accommodation: Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

Day 4: Settle into Paihia for a couple of nights. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 5: Visit Russell on a scenic Bay of Islands cruise. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

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

Day 7: Make your way south and stay in Hokianga. Accommodation: Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach

Day 8: Drive on the beach as you explore the far north. Accommodation: The Heads Hotel

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

Arrive in Auckland today. Tonight, you'll meet up for your first dinner together. During your stay in Auckland, you will be accommodated at the 5-star Park Hyatt, perfectly located on the water's edge offering expansive views across Wynyard Quarter's Lighter Basin and out to the Waitematā Harbour

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 - Head north to Whangarei

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Auckland to Whangarei

Departing Auckland after breakfast, you journey north, stopping en route at Parry's Kauri Park, for a short walk through the native bush. You'll then make your way to Sculptureum, located just outside of Matakana. On-site, there are three gardens extending over 1.5km of flat paths bursting with sculptures, prehistoric rocks, live animals and reflective quotes all surrounded by colourful plantings that change with the seasons along with six indoor art galleries all following a different theme. Glass, figurative, recycled materials, animals and modern abstract works fill the first five galleries. The final room of The Sculptureum Experience houses a grand, glass chandelier by the famous American artist Dale Chihuly. After your visit, there is time for lunch before continuing through to Waipu, a friendly town with intriguing history, strong Scottish heritage and spectacular natural surroundings. You visit Waipu Cove, a long, sandy beach in secluded surroundings before reboarding the coach and making the final stretch through to Whangarei.

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 your journey north to Paihia. Take the scenic route and make a short stop at Whangarei Falls and Tutukaka. 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 that 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 Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia, perfectly positioned on the waterfront with stunning views of the brilliant blue-green sea.

Your accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

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 a cruise and take in the stunning views as you 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 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: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

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 - Make your way south and stay in Hokianga

Maher Escorted Tours - Top of the North Tour - Day 7
Taipa to Hokianga

After breakfast, say farewell to Taipa and head south toward Kohukohu, stopping at various points of interest en route. On arrival in Kohukohu, you 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. The Heads Hotel, located on the quiet water's edge of Hokianga Harbour.

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 - Drive on the beach as you explore the far north

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Ninety Mile Beach & Cape Reinga

Today spend the day exploring the famous Ninety Mile Beach and 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. Return to Taipa later this afternoon where dinner is included at the hotel.

Your accommodation: The Heads Hotel

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

Maher Escorted Tours - Top of the North Tour - Day 10
Depart Auckland

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

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