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MoaTours - Te Urewera, Waikaremoana & Mahia

Follow an eastward trail to the remote and primeval forests of Te Urewera to meet local guides and hear their stories. Mahia Peninsula is famous for surf breaks and rockets and Awakeri for rail carts to ride along the tracks. An "off the beaten track" true kiwi experience.

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New Zealand small group tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$3,290 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Auckland

7 days/6 nights

 Pre and post tour options? YES

 Viewed 15 times in the last 7 days

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6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
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Brief itinerary - MoaTours - Te Urewera, Waikaremoana & Mahia

Day 1: Auckland to Whakatane
Accommodation: White Island Rendezvous Motels

Day 2: See the rock carvings at Te Ana a Tokowaru
Accommodation: White Island Rendezvous Motels

Day 3: Head to Wairoa
Accommodation: Wairoa Motor Lodge

Day 4: Continue up the coast to Gisborne
Accommodation: Senator Motor Inn

Day 5: Tour the Mahia Peninsula
Accommodation: Senator Motor Inn

Day 6: Experince a journey by rail cart
Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 7: Return to Auckland

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Day 1 - Auckland to Whakatane

MoaTours - Te Urewera, Waikaremoana & Mahia - Day 1
Auckland – Tauranga – Whakatane

Heading eastwards across farmlands, through the Karangahake Gorge to Waihi and Tauranga. In Whakatane at Mataatua Wharenui, the carved ancestral house of the Ngati Awa people, hear the story of how it travelled the world for over a century before returning home. Stay two nights at White Island Rendezvous Motel.

Your accommodation: White Island Rendezvous Motels

Situated opposite the picturesque Whakatāne Wharf, the White Island Rendezvous motels offer great facilities in a quiet location. Only a few minutes walk from Whakatāne’s boutique shopping and numerous restaurants.

Meals included: Dinner

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Day 2 - See the rock carvings at Te Ana a Tokowaru

MoaTours - Te Urewera, Waikaremoana & Mahia - Day 2
Whakatane – Whirinaki – Kohutapu Lodge – Whakatane

At Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane your guide welcomes you with a karakia and relates the legends of this primeval, podocarp rainforest. See the Te Ana a Tokowaru rock carvings and, over a hangi dinner with owners Nadine and Karl Toe Toe at Kohutapu Lodge, Lake Aniwhenua, hear how tourism and their lodge brings benefits to the Murapara community.

Your accommodation: White Island Rendezvous Motels

Situated opposite the picturesque Whakatāne Wharf, the White Island Rendezvous motels offer great facilities in a quiet location. Only a few minutes walk from Whakatāne’s boutique shopping and numerous restaurants.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3 - Head to Wairoa

MoaTours - Te Urewera, Waikaremoana & Mahia - Day 3
Whakatane – Ruatahuna – Waikaremoana – Wairoa

Atamira, your guide meets the group in Ruatahuna in the heart of Te Urewera and introduces you to Manawa honey and your lunch hosts at Black House. Then the road descends through the rainforest with glimpses of Lake Waikaremoana. See beautiful Aniwaniwa Falls and stop along the lakefront before continuing to Wairoa Motor Lodge.

Your accommodation: Wairoa Motor Lodge

Set on the banks of the Wairoa River the Vista Motor Lodge is the perfect holiday base in Wairoa where you can relax in comfort and style.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4 - Continue up the coast to Gisborne

MoaTours - Te Urewera, Waikaremoana & Mahia - Day 4
Wairoa – Mahia Penininsula – Gisborne

Visit Wairoa’s outstanding Museum and drive out to the Wairoa River mouth and Whakamahia Beach. Further north tour Mahia Peninsula, always a magnet for surfers, and now the launching site of Rocket Lab’s space programme. End the day travelling up the Coast to Gisborne to stay two nights at The Senator Inn and Pacific Harbour Inn.

Your accommodation: Senator Motor Inn

Stylish and comfortable motel accommodation in the heart of Gisborne - Senator Motor Inn offers this and more. Our modern harbour side motel is a two minute walk to Central Gisborne’s shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5 - Tour the Mahia Peninsula

MoaTours - Te Urewera, Waikaremoana & Mahia - Day 5
Gisborne – Tatapouri Bay – Waikereru Ecosanctuary – Tairawhiti Museum

A day to explore Gisborne and its natural and historic places including a guided visit to the reef at Tatapouri Bay and Waikereru Ecosanctuary, an Ark in the Bush. The Ecosanctuary is a haven for rare and endangered species. Meet your guide at the Tairawhiti Museum and dine out at The Works Restaurant this evening.

Your accommodation: Senator Motor Inn

Stylish and comfortable motel accommodation in the heart of Gisborne - Senator Motor Inn offers this and more. Our modern harbour side motel is a two minute walk to Central Gisborne’s shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6 - Experince a journey by rail cart

MoaTours - Te Urewera, Waikaremoana & Mahia - Day 6
Gisborne – Waioeka Gorge – Awakeri rail carts – Rotorua

Leaving Gisborne head through rugged Waioeka Gorge bound for Awakeri to meet up with Paul and board his rail carts for a scenic ride and picnic lunch along the tracks. The drive onwards to Rotorua passes Lakes Rotoma, Rotoehu and Rotoiti and you stay at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel and dine in this evening.

Your accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua is a 4.5 star property located on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and set in park surroundings. Just minutes from the city centre, cafes and restaurants plus the numerous tourist attractions including water activities on the lake, a golf course, museum, and thermal reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 7 - Return to Auckland

MoaTours - Te Urewera, Waikaremoana & Mahia - Day 7
Rotorua – Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari – Auckland

From Rotorua drive northwards to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, a mainland ecological island of ancient forest, to meet your guide and walk in the enclosure surrounded by one of the world’s longest pest-proof fences. Finally, return to Auckland through the Waikato farmlands arriving in the late afternoon.

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