Christmas in Northland is going to be pretty spectacular. At this time of year its hot, the days are long, and the nights are warm. Thats giving you lots of time to soak up the sun, the atmosphere and the ambience in the Bay of Islands.
There’s lots to see and do on the menu, including a visit to a bird recovery centre, a stroll around Russell, a drive to Long Bay, a ferry ride to Opua, perhaps an evening swim, all culminating in a lovely Christmas dinner at the Copthorne Hotel.
While you relax and reflect on those activities its time to visit the harbourside village of Mangonui and lunch at the famous Fish N Chip shop. Following on with some sightseeing and an afternoon tea in Kerikeri, then return to the Bay of Islands.
Staying on the waters edge at Omapere and visiting villages and bays are for your leisurely enjoyment. Topped off with a visit to the Matakohe Kauri Museum, and a short walk to view the wonderfully majestic Tane Mahuta ‘Lord of the Forest’ Kauri tree. Its estimated at 2,300 years old! Thats some longevity.
Christmas In Northland is going to leave you feeling richer for all the beauty, hospitality and sheer joy you will experience on your Bay of Islands extravaganza.
Experiences not included in your tour:
Auckland - Whangarei - Bay of Islands (L, D) - Christmas Day - Bay of Islands sightseeing - Russell (B, L, D) - Bay of Islands - Mangonui - Bay of Islands (B, L, D) - Bay of Islands - Omapere (B, L, D) - Omapere - Waipoua Forest - Auckland (B, L)
Your driver/guide meets you before heading across the Harbour Bridge and along the northern motorway stopping at the Honey Centre for morning tea. We lunch at Reva’s beside the picturesque Whangarei Town Basin. At the Bird Recovery centre, we meet the quirky talking tui and see kiwis close-up. Then we continue north to Kawakawa to check out the famous Hundertwasser toilet block and on to our hotel at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. The sparkling blue waters of this maritime park are dotted with islands – it’s paradise for beach lovers and sailors. This evening we dine in at the hotel. Perhaps enjoy a dip in the pool before dinner.
We visit the Waitangi Treaty House and grounds then board the coach to drive to Opua to catch the vehicular ferry to the Russell side. (There’s the option to take a scenic dolphin-watching cruise on the Bay this morning. Step on board at Paihia to cruise out to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock and Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island, $89 per person. The cruise departs Paihia at 9am.) There’s time to take a stroll along Russell’s waterfront to Pompallier House and other historic buildings. This town comes alive at holidaytime. We drive over to Long Bay for a glimpse of the beautiful outer Bay of Islands.Then we drive back to catch the vehicular ferry to Opua and return to Waitangi. Our Christmas dinner is at the Copthorne Hotel
From Kerikeri we continue north to Mangonui, a pretty harbourside village in time for lunch at the famous fish and chip shop. In the afternoon we return on the scenic coastal road to Matauri Bay following the picturesque coastline with views to the Cavalli Islands. On our return to the Bay of Islands we stop for afternoon tea and sightseeing in Kerikeri, a thriving town known for its orchards, arts and crafts and the boutique chocolate factory.
We visit the historic mission station at Waimate North then drive along the northern side of the Hokianga to Kohukohu where we lunch at the charming Waterline Café before catching the vehicular ferry to Rawene. Continuing around the southern shores of the Hokianga to the small villages of Opononi and Omapere. Our hotel is right on the water’s edge, there’s time for a walk on the beach before we dine in at the hotel this evening.
Driving on to the Waipoua Forest, Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree is just a short, flat walk through beautiful native bush. We continue on to Matakohe to visit the amazing collection of local memorabilia at the Matakohe Kauri Museum and lunch at Matakohe House. We stop near Warkworth in time for afternoon tea and return to Auckland in the late afternoon.
Tour Prices 2015/16
|Single Supplement ( extra ) NZ$400|
|Dec 24, 2016 to Dec 28, 2016 G|
A: Available G: Guaranteed Departure C: Closed