Northland Coasts & Cape

7 days / 6 nights

Experience the best highlights of the very top New Zealand, Northland. The tour includes a visit to the Matakohe Kauri Museum, view the Hokianga Harbour and the giant sand dunes which overlook it, international award-winning “Footprints Waipoua” tour of the Waipoua Forest featuring the giant kauri “Tane Mahuta”, a lamb on a spit dinner, Manea – Footprints of Kupe, visit to historic Rawene, view of Clendon House and the old jail house, a tour along Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga, Doubtless Bay, Kerikeri, Stone Store & Kemp House, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia and historic    Russell, guided tour of the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves and a visit to the Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa.

NZD $2999

per person, twin share

Solo travellers (same gender) are matched for twin share at no extra cost.

NZD $795 Single Supplement

(to guarantee a single room)

Return Airfare Packages from $199 per person (including door to door service – home pickup/dropoff)

EX: Wellington, Christchurch + MORE.

Departure Dates

Christmas Tour departure includes a special Christmas dinner or lunch – Tour prices differ from other dates, $3149 per person.

20 SEP 2022  

 

24 Sep 2022  

FULL! 

09 OCT 2022  

FULL! 

15 OCT 2022 

 

04 NOV 2022

FULL!

10 NOV 2022

FULL!

12 NOV 2022

FULL!

19 NOV 2022

FULL!

27 NOV 2022     

 

21 Dec 2022

CHRISTMAS $3149 

03 Feb 2023 

 

16 Feb 2023

 

04 Mar 2022

FULL!

12 Mar 2023

 

01 APR 2023

 

Door to Door Service + Flight & Transfer Options

Gold Club Tours offers a door to door service from a wide range of areas throughout New Zealand.

Hotel or home pickup and return from Auckland included

Return flights (incl door to door service / home pickup & return) from Christchurch, Wellington + more $199 per person

Pickup Locations

Gold Club Tours offers a door to door service from a wide range of areas throughout New Zealand.

Hotel or home pickup and return from Auckland included

Return flights (incl door to door service / home pickup & return) from Christchurch, Wellington + more $199 per person

If your area is not listed below, please contact us to find out if we can offer this for you – we look for reasons to say yes, not no.

Flights Packages

Gold Club Tours offers a door to door service from a wide range of areas throughout New Zealand.

Return flight packages (incl door to door service / home pickup & return) are available from Christchurch, Wellington + MORE.

Christchurch & Wellington $199 per person (Others from $199 per person).

* subject to airfares availability and flight times. Enquire with us via phone or email.

Travel Insurance

Gold Club Tours always recommend that guests take out travel insurance. This is important whether it is for international or domestic travel. In the event you are unable to travel before or during a tour, cancellation terms apply – take out insurance to protect yourself.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Auckland, Matakohe, Opononi

This morning we depart Auckland. Travel west at the Brynderwyns, passing through the lovely township of Maungaturoto and on to visit the award-winning Matakohe Kauri Museum. The Matakohe Kauri Museum tells a fascinating story of the pioneering days through the use of kauri timber and kauri gum. Settlers first came to Matakohe and nearby Paparoa and Maungaturoto in 1862. This museum was established to celebrate their centennial and to pay tribute to those early pioneers. There are many exceptional displays and dedicated galleries. The museum holds the world’s best and biggest display of exquisite kauri gum, polished and carved specimens.  View the world’s largest kauri slab, a huge 22.5 metres long!  Witness the gigantic rings showing sizes of the largest known kauri, and the magnificent collection of antique kauri furniture.  The museum also contains restored machinery including NZ’s earliest tractor, a 1929 Cat 60 and a turning Steam Sawmill, as well as a blacksmith’s workshop plus the nikau gumdigger’s hut and model dam to admire. Continuing our journey on past the town of Dargaville, then north towards the West Coast, through the forest and through rolling countryside, arriving at the twin beach settlements of Omapere & Opononi.

Stay: Opononi Hotel

Day 2

Waipoua Forest Experience & Giant Kauri Tane Mahuta, Manea - Footprints of Kupe

Today, we will enjoy breakfast in the hotel before we set off to explore the majestic Waipoua Forest. Waipoua Forest is an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds. The endangered North Island kokako and the North Island brown kiwi both still live here today. Here, we meet a guide from international award-winning “Footprints Waipoua”. Learn about the forest’s spiritual significance and fascinating mythologies passed down through Maori oral tradition. The highlight of the tour will be Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree in the world, standing an incredible 150 feet tall and estimated to be 2000 years old. At the conclusion of our time at Tane Mahuta, we make our way back to Opononi, to Manea – Footprints of Kupe”. Kupe was the legendary Polynesian navigator who first discovered and settled Aotearoa / New Zealand. Hokianga is uniquely associated with Kupe as the place he secured for his descendants before leaving on his return voyage to our ancient place of origin. Within a generation those descendants, returned to these shores. At the conclusion of our time here, we have free time before dinner. Tonight, enjoy a delicious “Lamb on a Spit” dinner with your new friends! As you see (and smell!) the lamb being cooked, you will undoubtedly work up an appetite – and rest assured there is a good selection of sides to accompany (non-lamb & vegetarian also).

 

Stay: Opononi Hotel

Day 3

Clendon House, Hokianga Crossing, Doubtless Bay

After our breakfast, we farewell Opononi and board our coach. We head to the quaint Hokianga town of Rawene, which is full of charm with its rich variety of historic buildings, art galleries and cafes, as well as stunning water views. Rawene is New Zealand’s third oldest European settlement and home to a growing population who appreciate its beauty and lifestyle. Here, we will enjoy a guided tour of Clendon House. Clendon House was built in the 1860s by James Reddy Clendon, a trader, witness to the Treaty of Waitangi, Magistrate and New Zealand’s first US Consul. The family lived in the home for over 100 years. Step back in time and explore the home of one of Northland’s most prominent historical figures crammed with historic treasures belonging to the Clendon family – Clendon House is truly a heritage goldmine! A short walk from Clendon House, we can also visit the old, tiny Victorian jail, before heading back to our coach. A pleasant ferry ride across the Hokianga Harbour will take us to the charming seaside town of Kohukhu, another small eccentric town nestled on the harbour’s edge. From here, we will continue our ascent of the North Island, driving through the Maungataniwha, a large area east of Kaitaia characterised by mosaics of forest and regenerating shrublands on hill country. Later this afternoon, we will arrive at our hotel in Doubtless Bay, and settle in before enjoying a dinner together.

Stay: Taipa Beach Resort or Acacia Lodge Motel

Day 4

Ninety Mile Beach & Cape Reinga

After breakfast this morning, we board our coach to start our northern expedition. We meet our special tour vehicle to travel off road and on the beach! We head west to the renowned Ninety Mile Beach. Cruise up the coast of this official New Zealand highway, while the waves gently come crashing beside us. Though the beach isn’t actually 90 miles long – rather 55 miles – it is still one of New Zealand’s longest stretches of sand and it certainly isn’t short on natural beauty! A stop on the beach will allow us to feel the sand between our toes and the salty breeze in our hair, as we take in the amazing views of this almost never-ending paradise. Then the  off-road experience continues as we drive up Te Paki Stream & alongside the mountainous sand dunes. Then we journey on to the very top of the country – New Zealand’s most Northern point , Cape Reinga. Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) has great significance in Maori mythology.  Maori believed that upon death their wairua (spirit) travel up the coast, then gather at Spirits Bay. At the very tip of Cape Reinga is a gnarled pohutukawa tree, believed to be over 800 years old, which the wairua are said to climb down to reach the ocean. They then travel underwater to the Three Kings Islands, where they turn for a last farewell to New Zealand before continuing onto the land of their ancestors. before departing Aotearoa on their journey home to Hawaiiki (the ancestral homeland).The iconic lighthouse of Cape Reinga was the last manned lighthouse to be built in New Zealand and it certainly makes for perfect pictures! It was first constructed in 1941 and lit during May of that year. It was manned by a real person until 1987, when it was fully automated. It is now operated remotely from Wellington. From the Cape, we can also witness the rare and astounding sight of two seas colliding, as the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean come crashing together in a spectacular swirl of currents, waves and foam! Then we depart for our return journey down the East Coast. Heading back towards Taipa, enjoy views along the way of the beautiful Northland  East Coast. Once we are back at the hotel, we will get all the sand out of our clothes, freshen up and enjoy dinner.

Stay: Taipa Beach Resort or Acacia Lodge Motel

Day 5

Kerikeri, Stone Store & Kemp House, Paihia & Bay of Islands

This morning we enjoy breakfast and say our farewells to Taipa. Making our way south to the quaint town of Kerikeri, we enjoy a guided tour of some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand – an insight into the time of European colonial influx. The Stone Store, New Zealand’s oldest stone building, was built in 1832-36. The Stone Store is of national and international significance as the oldest surviving commercial building in New Zealand, demonstrating the early stages of the country’s connection with international trade. Also known as Kemp House, the Kerikeri Mission House was built in 1821-1822 by the London-based Church Missionary Society, the mission under the protection of Hongi Hika, the most influential Maori leader in the Bay of Islands. Then we will head to the Bay of Islands and Paihia, crossing over via ferry to the seaside town of Russell. Once we have settled into our hotel, we enjoy dinner together in the hotel’s restaurant.

 

Stay: The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Day 6

Russell, Waitangi Treaty House & Kawiti Glow Worm Caves

This morning, we have breakfast at the hotel before exploring historic Russell. As we stroll around, we are looking back in time. The town’s original street plan & names from 1843 are still intact and feature some of New Zealand’s oldest &most significant historic buildings. The township gained a reputation as a lawless and rowdy port and the unflattering nickname “Hell Hole of the Pacific”. We then head to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site. Explore the two contemporary museums, Te Rau Aroha, Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, the carving studio, the Treaty House, Te Whare Rūnanga, traditional Māori waka taua (war canoes), through a fascinating guided tour. We then head to visit the mesmerizing Kawiti Glow Worm Caves. The Kawiti caves (formerly Waiomio Caves) were discovered in the early 17th century by Roku. Today, the caves are owned & operated by the Kawiti family, direct descendants of the chieftaness Hineamaru of the Ngati Hine Tribe.

 

Stay: The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Day 7

Hundertwasser Toilets, Auckland

Sadly this is our last day. We stop in Kawakawa at the fascinatingly designed Hundertwasser Toilets by the internationally famous artist who made this town his home. Then, continue south, passing through Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth. On arrival in Auckland, we will all be met & returned to our homes & hotels.

Tour Inclusions

Tour Highlights

Tour Reviews

Tour Leader

4.71

97 Reviews

1 Comments

Chris – was superb, focused on travelers’ needs. The information that was shared made the travelling so much more interesting, educational and enjoyable. Buzz , on the 90 mile trip, was also informative and interesting.

Mike Byrnes, St Heliers, Auckland

Accommodation

4.37

100 Reviews

1 Comments

Opononi Hotel truly beautiful people. Duke of Marlborough quality & so friendly. Taipa also great

Fran Woods, Halswell, Christchurch

Breakfasts

4.38

100 Reviews

1 Comments

Great choices at all accommodation. I never felt hungry.

Julie Lewis, Totara Park, Upper Hutt

Dinners

4.43

100 Reviews

1 Comments

We both enjoyed our dinners at night good choose to chose from the dinner list. Meals all got a big tick too.

Helen & Maurie Andrews, Gladstone, Invercargill

Tour Vehicles

4.21

102 Reviews

1 Comments

Comfortable – driver was fantastic at getting the bus into very awkward places to make our trip as comfortable as possible. He was an absolutely fantastic driver

Rod Gibson, Te Aroha

Included Activities & Admissions

4.67

99 Reviews

1 Comments

All the ‘guides’ were fantastic & we always had a good commentary leading up to the visit & time to really enjoy each place. No rush!

Madeline East, Howick, Auckland

Home Pickup

4.72

99 Reviews

1 Comments

These were the icing on the cake and much appreciated.

A & D Jinman, Rolleston, Christchurch

Home Dropoff

4.7

99 Reviews

1 Comments

Drop of to our hotel was great. we stayed in Auckland another night before going back home to Invercargill Southland.

Helen & Maurie Andrews, Gladstone, Invercargill

Value For Money

4.48

99 Reviews

1 Comments

Wonderful Tour busy! I saw things I would have missed on a self driven, everything was made easy for me. Thank You.

Fran Woods, Halswell, Christchurch