5 Day Top of the North

5 Day Top of the North

Prepare your senses and camera memory for an unforgettable getaway. This 5 day independent coach tour to the very top of New Zealand's North Island from Auckland, includes a visit to the 1,000 year old Kauri trees in the Puketi Kauri forest, a stop in the magnificent Bay of Islands, a cruise at Cape Reinga and an amazing drive along 90 Mile Beach.

Book and pay your deposit by 30 November 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your independent coach tour price for this month

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
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

Conditions

Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel May 2018 – March 2019. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.

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Book and pay your deposit by 30 November 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your independent coach tour price for this month

* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until March 2019

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland! Pass through customs, collect any baggage and be met by one of our friendly representatives, ready to whisk you away to your city accommodation. After checking in and getting yourself settled, turn your roving eye outside and enjoy a free afternoon in the City of Sails. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, with plenty of sights, shopping and street appeal for even the pickiest of travellers.

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 as well as 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.

4.8/5.0

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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5
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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5
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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5
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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4
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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5 Day Top of the North
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Tour Code: RJ103
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