5 Day Top of the North

5 Day Top of the North

A leisurely independent coach tour to the very top of New Zealand from Auckland, including kauri forests, the Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $1127 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 5 Days
Tour Code: RJ103

Inclusions

4 nights accommodation
All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers
Optional Breakfasts
Daily Departures
Entrance to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Cape Reinga Day Tour (including lunch)
Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise

* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until September 2018

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and a hub for shopping and dining. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Take some time to explore Auckland’s vibrant waterfront this afternoon, and if time permits add an extra day in Auckland to experience a slice of what this city has to offer.

Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

This morning you will depart from central Auckland travelling north through spectacular scenery of native forests and sub-tropical bush to the foreshores of the National Maritime Park. On arrival at the small seaside township of Paihia in the Bay of Islands, you will visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a unique insight into New Zealand’s early history. (2 nights)

Day 3
Cape Reinga Day Tour

Depart Paihia on your journey to Cape Reinga, the most northern point of New Zealand. Maori legend states spirits depart from this point on their journey to their final resting place. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk past the 1,000 year old Kauri trees in the Puketi Kauri forest and an amazing drive along Ninety Mile Beach. If you are feeling adventurous you might like to participate in sandboarding down the sand dunes at Te Paki Stream. Return to Paihia in the evening. Lunch is included. (L)

Day 4
Hole in the Rock Cruise - Bay of Islands - Auckland

Enjoy the view on board your cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse en-route to the stunning Hole in the Rock. Common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life are frequently sighted from the outdoor viewing decks. This afternoon rejoin your coach for your journey back to Auckland, crossing over the Harbour Bridge into the city for an evening arrival.

Day 5
Depart Auckland

Your tour to our shores has come to an end. We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed your tour of the north of the North Island. Today you will be met at your accommodation and transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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There are 19 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

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5
22/05/2017
I was very impressed with your arrangements and communication with me as a client. I have been wanting to visit Northland for a long time and everything I wanted to do was included in the tour. The weather was fantastic (not one drop of rain) and the personnel in all the tourist bureaus and the bus drivers were very friendly and helpful. This included the hotel staff at the Kingsgate in Paihia. It was five minutes walking distance from the town and 20 minutes from Waitangi. I was really pleased to have the extra day to go back to Waitangi. My first visit was too short and didn't allow time for the cultural performance but the pass allowed me to go back for no extra charge to visit the museum and Hobsons historic house. For me personally this was one of the highlights. The only other comment I would make is you have to make sure the client understands Relaxing Journeys is not a tour bus company and you are not part of a tour group travelling with the same people each day. The tourist is travelling on other commercial bus companies. Thank you for a fantastic four days.
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01/01/2017
The bus drivers were great, all tours left on time and did not have to worry that would not pick us up. Just fantastic.
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23/03/2016
We both really enjoyed this tour. It was tailored to our requests on all fronts from type of lodging to overall length of tour and everything we saw and did. This tour took in the area of the North Island that is north of Auckland and we stayed in Paihia near the Bay of Islands. The Sea Spray Suites suited us fine - nothing fancy but nice & clean and the food basket they left for us the first day lasted almost the entire 5 days we were there. You have to be able to climb stairs at the motel plus be ready to walk up then down a hill to reach the downtown area. Topology is beautiful from coasts to inland hills and valleys complete with some of that incredible cloud cover. We especially enjoyed our day at Russell which is very quaint and slow paced and picturesque. Our Tour Consultant was Toni. Toni customized this tour to our specs and given our time restraints it really could not have been better! This was our second time using Relaxing Journeys and Toni and we were pleased both times. If we return to NZ we will be back in touch!
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16/02/2016
Overall it was excellent, but if you want me to be picky, I would like to mention the following points. Initial pick up from the airport in Auckland could have been smoother and clearer of what to expect. Better air conditioning/fan system in the hotel in Paihia. No need for the tour drivers to feel they had to be informative all the time. Maybe a bit more time relaxing at some of the destinations.
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13/02/2016
The cruise was excellent, wonderful sites, breathtaking views and the staff on board were great. I had a wonderful time - Thank you Mani
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22/04/2015
Organization was excellent. The tour suited us very well - really liked being able to add in a rest day for ourselves.
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03/01/2015
We had a great time. The drivers were very good at giving us info. The accommodation was very good. Had a wonderful holiday.
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09/03/2014
Very good and balanced. The last day has an long 'free time' in Paihia which was hard to fill but followed by a late arriving trip to Auckland.
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23/03/2013
Mum & I had a wonderful time of it, & whilst her fall (tore the muscle in her groin) hindered us a little, it didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves, & our fellow traveller's were very helpful & encouraging. We also made some lovely friends along the way & who we have already established contact with in the UK & Canada. It was great being able to email Michelle with any queries & helped to make our trip such a success!
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22/01/2012
Excellent 3 days touring Bay of Islands & northwards. Pace was good, covering considerable distances but with very reasonable breaks etc. We had 1st afternoon at leisure in Paihia - which we appreciated, but others might have used for further sightseeing. The Copthorne suited us well. Overall a very well planned trip which had no problems at all.
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04/07/2011
Much enjoyed the comfortable buses and knowledgeable running commentaries (although there were moments when I wished he would shut up for a while). I was very well looked after: pick up and delivery to hotel excellent. So no complaints, I think. Thanks.
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17/05/2011
We had a lovely trip to the Bay of Islands and also out to the West Coast of the South Island, everything went really smoothly. The owners at the Rainforest Motel were especially lovely to us and we had a great time at the Glacier. All of the drivers were friendly, informative and entertaining - it was a great way to travel - not having done very many coach tours. We loved the train trip to Greymouth too, really enjoyable. I think if we had known that we were going to have as much time at Mount Cook as we did, we would have prepared for a walk or tried to organise a mini bus out to the lake with the floating ice. As it was we only had time to eat and a quick walk and look around the museum. Also the bus from Picton to Christchurch only had 1 toilet break over the whole trip, which was really awful and very uncomfortable, kind of ruined the nice views for me. Thanks.
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12/05/2011
We had a lovely trip to the Bay of Islands and also out to the West Coast of the South Island. Everything went really smoothly. The owners at the Rainforest Motel were especially lovely to us and we had a great time at the Glacier. All of the drivers were friendly, informative and entertaining - it was a great way to travel - not having done very many coach tours. We loved the train trip to Greymouth too, really enjoyable. I think if we had known that we were going to have as much time at Mount Cook as we did, we would have prepared for a walk or tried to organise a mini bus out to the lake with the floating ice. As it was, we only had time to eat and a quick walk and look around the museum. Thanks.
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05/11/2009
Excellent tour, the driver/guides were very informative and entertaining - especially the day trip to the Cape. Accommodation was good, but we did upgrade to a sea view room. Fullers trip on kattamaran of Bay of Islands was very good, and we enjoyed the one hour drop off on the island - very relaxing, and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The trip round the Treaty Ground was a bit of a whistle stop tour though. Otherwise good value for money.
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16/06/2009
We really enjoyed the tour and will definitely make use of your services if we travel to New Zealand again. Congratulation on an excellent tour.
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27/05/2009
Excellent. Accommodation first class, restaurant superb. Overall rating of tour 9/10. Only one thing I would have liked, is on first afternoon that was free time, Tour of treaty grounds to be included, and then perhaps a ferry return ticket to Russell Island. That would have made tour complete. We missed out on Russell, as didn't realise its significance. Thoroughly enjoyed tour would highly recommend. Booking on line was made so easy. Thanks Pauline.
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03/05/2009
The Journey on Sunday to Paihia was very enjoyable with the driver Peter giving lots of information and being most helpful. The visit to Waitangi Treaty grounds (not included in our trip but on Peter's advice joining) was very interesting and the young Maori who took the tour was sincere and completely enthralled by the history of his people. The hotel was very comfortable although the food left a lot to be desired. The breakfast having been put onto hotplates for too long and therefore the eggs and bacon being chewy and unpalatable. The tour to the Cape Reinga was long and not informative although we may have been spoilt by Peter our first driver. Unfortunately the Ninety Mile beach was closed due to a Tapu . The BBQ meal at the sailing club was OK. We saw Dolphins the next day which was great. The boat we travelled on was well staffed and a treat to be on. The journey back to Auckland was OK.
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28/01/2009
We had a brilliant holiday in New Zealand. The people we met were very friendly and helpful. Our Coach Trip was a highlight of the holiday, our driver 'Murray' made it very special by informing us about everything we saw on the trip, and entertaining us with his stories, some a little far fetched but very entertaining. The coach was comfortable and so was the accommodation. We thoroughly enjoyed the days on this trip and would most certainly do it again if we come back to New Zealand.
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08/12/2008
Hi Just to let you know that when I picked up my mum from the coach station she was full of excitement, she had a fantastic time and whished she had booked a longer trip 3 days was just not long enough. She was a little dubious about the boat trip to start with as she had not been on a boat for a very long time, but after she plucked up the courage to get on the boat she had a fab experience. She was just a little disappointed that she did not get to see any dolphins. She stayed in a Bronze Class B&B she said the accommodation was great. I would like to thank you for the professional help you offered and the organisation was great. You really set my mind at rest as this is the first time that I have sent my mum away on a trip on her own. I would recommend your company to other family and friends that come out to see me in the future.
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5 Day Top of the North
Independent Coach Tour
Tour Code: RJ103
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
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