Northland blends history, cultural heritage and coast. Stay in the bays or historical Russel to explore the Bay of Islands.
A subtropical wonderland of islands, marine life, kauri forests, and Maori myths & legends, Northland is an incredible place to visit. Walk through the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, enjoy a drink at the oldest hotel in NZ, or see dolphins in the wild or take a scenic flight to the most northern point.
There’s nowhere in the Bay of Islands quite like Arcadia Lodge Russell bed and breakfast. This historic, early 20th-century house and boutique Russell B&B accommodation is a Bay of Islands landmark sitting in a magnificent position looking out over Russell’s tranquil Matauwhi Bay. For many of our guests, one of their greatest pleasures is simply to sit and drink in the 180-degree views of the water, bush, and yachts. Or: If you're choosing Bay of Islands accommodation then you might want to stay at The Duke! With a range of hotel accommodation options from our exquisite waterfront rooms with views over the Bay to Paihia and the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds to our Superior and Classic rooms with either a shared deck or a view over the lovely Russell village. Or: rest in your luxury accommodation only 200 m from Long Beach, Donkey Bay Inn features accommodation with a bar, free private parking, a garden, and a private beach area. Fully energy sufficient and cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will truly take your breath away with its cavernous rooms, imaginative angles, and breath-taking views at every turn.
Of all New Zealand’s kauri forests, none is more famous than Waipoua Forest on the west coast, just north of Dargaville. As the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland, Waipoua is an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds. A five-minute walk from the roadside will bring you to the foot of Tane Mahuta, probably the largest tree you'll ever lay eyes upon
The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's a paradise. Historic buildings and a seaside setting full of cafes, restaurants, and art galleries give Russell a truly romantic quality.
Cruise through the Bay of Islands in onboard our purpose-built catamaran to the 'Hole in the Rock'. Look out for dolphins and other marine life on the afternoon cruise. Visit Waitangi grounds Waitangi, one of New Zealand's most significant historic sites, is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and more than 500 Maori chiefs.
Self-drive (or private guided tour for extra charges) 2 nights
Location: North Island
Accommodation: 4* or 5* quality hotels, Boutique B&B’s
Next Departure: Daily
LOCATIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Day 1 Auckland – Waipua Forest - Bay of Islands
Drive-up West Coast – Tane Mahuta and forest
stroll in the historical Russel township
Day 2: Bay of Islands - Day trip Cape Reinga
Scenic Hole in the Rock Cruise or Cape Reinga Scenic flight/drive with Salt air
Or: Optional Sailing Charter (extra charges)
Day 3: Russell – Matakana – Auckland
Visit Waitangi Treaty grounds, Matakana Wineries (Saturday markets),
Or: Kawiti Glow Worm Caves (extra charges)
As the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland, Waipoua is an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds. This 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'.
The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise. The Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.
The historic township of Russell, in the Bay of Islands, was the first capital of New Zealand. You can wipe away the hours fossicking along the beach-front, wandering through little streets of some of New Zealand's oldest buildings, enjoy a drink at the waterfront Duke of Marlborough Hotel or dine at The Gables Restaurant, which was built in 1847.
Accommodation: Bay of Islands
Travel in comfort on board as we cruise through the scenic vista of the Bay of Islands. Explore the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit to travel through it! View Cape Brett Peninsula and the Cape Brett historic lighthouse.
Or: Salt Air’s “Cape Reinga Fly/Drive” ½ day tour by aeroplane is the alternative way to travel to the top of New Zealand to experience it’s beauty, history and scenery from both the air and on land. The initial stage of the tour consists of a flight up to Cape Reinga via Northlands’ spectacular harbours. Once on the ground you take a tour around the top of New Zealand and visit The Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Then we move across to the Te Paki quicksand stream with its giant sand dunes.
Or: Enjoy the private use of a sailing boat for a day charter sailing adventure you will never forget. Explore some of the local beaches and enjoy a delicious lunch. You can then relax or take part in activities such as kayaking, swimming or the Stand Up Paddleboard. For your day charter, the skipper will choose a course to best take advantage of the day’s weather as well as guest’s special interests.
Accommodation: Bay of Islands
In the morning discover the history of New Zealand. Waitangi Treaty Grounds welcomes you on a journey of discovery through New Zealand’s most important historic site.
Heading back to Auckland lies the Matakana Coast Wine Country, which includes the boutique townships of Puhoi -famous for the Puhoi Valley Cheese & historic Puhoi Pub, Warkworth, Matakana - home to the Matakana Village Farmers Market, Mahurangi East & West, Kawau Island, Tawharanui, Leigh, Goat Island Marine Reserve and Pakiri Beach.
Enjoy idyllic coastal views & exotic white sandy beaches. Indulge in wine tasting and follow the boutique Matakana Wine Trail and sample the local cuisine at the many Matakana Coast cafes, restaurants and markets. Take in the stunning walking tracks around the Matakana Coast, cycle trails, activities and attractions.
Or: Visit the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves and journey underground through networks of stalactites and stalagmites to hidden chambers like the Waiomio night sky where the glow worms are so close you can almost touch them.
We return to Auckland.