Northland Coasts & Cape Tour

7 days / 6 nights

Experience the best highlights of the very top New Zealand, Northland. The tour includes iconic destinations & experiences in Opononi in the Hokianga, Doubtless Bay, Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga, Kerikeri & the Bay of Islands & Russell.

NZD $2699
per person, twin share

NZD $695 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.

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Opononi
Ninety Mile Beach
Russell
Cape Reinga
Tane Mahuta
Opononi
Ninety Mile Beach
Russell
Cape Reinga
Tane Mahuta
Tour Information

Departure Dates

21 DEC 2021
FULL!
24 DEC 2021
8 LEFT!
03 FEB 2022
10 LEFT!
12 FEB 2022
FULL!
03 MAR 2022
FULL!
12 MAR 2022
FULL!
16 MAR 2022
EXTRA!
31 MAR 2022
EXTRA!
02 APR 2022
2 LEFT!

Door to Door Service

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

Auckland
Warkworth
Pukekohe
Hamilton
Rotorua
Thames
Waihi
Tauranga
Whakatane
Te Awamutu
Tokoroa
Plus many more

Flights

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

Return flights (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
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Auckland / Matakohe / Opononi

This morning, you will be picked up from your nominated address, then head off to join the rest of your group for the coach journey to Northland. Departing Auckland, we travel across the Harbour Bridge northwards, onto Wellsford and Warkworth. We 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 to admire – 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.  There is beautiful kauri furniture, including the Governor General’s boardroom table, and an extensive series of early photographs providing intriguing windows into the past. 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. We check-in at our accommodation at the Opononi Hotel. Tonight, enjoy a delicious “Lamb on a Spit” dinner with your new friends! As you see the (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 2
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Waipoua Forest Experience & Giant Kauri Tane Mahuta

Today, we will enjoy breakfast in the hotel before we set off to explore the majestic Waipoua Kauri Forest. Waipoua 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 the international award winning “Footprints Waipoua” – named by leading travel guide Lonely Planet as one of two New Zealand and 84 globally Lonely Planet Code Green Experiences of a Lifetime.  Arriving at the ancient Waipuoa Forest, local Maori guides will meet your coach and take you to experience of the forest’s spiritual significance and fascinating stories of the mythologies & legends of the environment as well as the history as passed down through the Maori oral tradition. The highlight of the tour will be a moving meeting with “The Lord of the Forest”, Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree in the world, standing an incredible 150 feet tall and estimated to be 3000 years old. When taking pictures of Tane Mahuta, make sure you stand in front of it to get a good perspective of its size! At the conclsion of our time in the stunning Waipoua Kauri Forest, we will head back to Opononi to enjoy free time to enjoy the beach – maybe take a trip across to the giant Hokianga Sand dunes across the harbour to explore (and there’s sandboarding for the most adventurous people!) This evening we enjoy dinner at the Boar & Marlin restaurant. 

Stay: Opononi Hotel

Day 3
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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
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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
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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
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Russell, Te Waimate Mission House & Bay of Islands

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 view New Zealand’s second oldest building, Te Waimate Mission, which preserves missionary, farming and architectural history, as well as stories of important early encounters between Maori and Europeans. We then have free time to relax for the remainder of the day.

Stay: The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Day 7
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Hundertwasser Toilets, Kawiti Glow Worm Caves, Auckland

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

Tour Inclusions

Quality 3 & 4 Star Accommodation

All Listed Sights & Admissions

Prices per person, based on sharetwin - single supplement available

All Dinners & Cooked Breakfasts

No Oversized Groups - Maximum 28 guests per (Travel in min 35 Seat Luxury Coach)

No Packed Vehicles - Min 6 empty seats per tour (Travel in min 35 Seat Luxury Coach)

Tour Highlights

2 nights Opononi

2 nights Doubtless Bay

2 nights Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell

Matakohe Kauri Museum

Lamb on a Spit Dinner

Footprints Waipoua Kauri Forest Tour

Clendon House & Rawene

Te Waimate Mission House

Ninety Mile Beach Tour (on the beach)

Cape Reinga

Stone Store & Kemp House

Kawiti Glow Worm Caves

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 Vehicle
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