9 Day Enchanting North

9 Day Enchanting North

Never far from the sea, this self-drive certainly brings a bit of romance. Travel to Northland's Bay of Islands, then south to Auckland's Waiheke Island and on to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $5487 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: GJEN

Inclusions

8 nights boutique accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice including airport and ferry port collection charges
3 night stays at Kerikeri and Waihi
2 night stay on Waiheke Island
Sailing and Dolphin Adventure
Return ferry to Waiheke Island
Waiheke wine and gourmet guided tour
Full day Harley Davidson chauffeured tour
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.

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* Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling).
* 2 Bedroom Motel pricing also available with Exclusive Specials. Please request a quote for prices.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland or Kerikeri

Welcome to Auckland! Once you’ve moved through customs and collected your baggage, it’s time to sign for your rental car. Then make your way to your accommodation in Kerikeri close to the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Kerikeri is ideally placed to explore the Bay of Islands and the far north’s attractions, yet well away from the hustle and bustle of tourist towns, your accommodation for the next three nights is in a romantic self-catering cottage. (3 nights)

Day 2
Explore The Bay of Islands

Today is at your leisure for optional activities, such as a visit to quaint Russell or the Waitangi National Reserve. Or you may prefer to join a full day coach tour to Cape Reinga.

Day 3
Bay of Islands

Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands on a 50ft spacious sailing catamaran for a relaxing day of sailing. Help the crew set and trim the sails or relax and enjoy the view from one of the spacious decks.

This is a beautiful slow day on the water watching for petrels and penguins and offering the chance to swim with wild dolphins and experience them close-up. Your skipper will find a calm island cove where you can snorkel, walk or relax on the beach in the sun.

A kiwi style barbecue lunch on board the yacht is also included. At the end of the day you have an opportunity to explore historic Russell, home of New Zealand’s founding treaty, the Treaty of Waitangi.

Day 4
Kerikeri - Waiheke Island

It’s a good day for exploring today as there are many possibilities for stops on the way down south. On your way, stop at Waiwera where there are mineral hot pools to bathe and have fun in.

Once you reach Auckland, make your way down to the ferry for a scenic 40 minute cruise to Waiheke Island. A romantic dinner at The Boatshed is included tonight. (2 nights)

Day 5
Waiheke Island

Enjoy a gourmet wine and food tour of Waiheke Island today. A natural complement to the fine wines you will taste is a range of hand-made specialty foods and locally-grown produce.

A visit to a local olive oil mill is followed by two boutique vineyards, each offering a range of gourmet tastes to accompany their wines, such as succulent oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, wild honey and a small cheese board.

On Saturdays, your tour may also include a visit to the Waiheke Market. Today’s most arduous task will be selecting one of the great cafes for dinner or you can just dine at The Boatshed again!

Day 6
Waiheke Island - Waihi

Return to Auckland city by ferry this morning and collect your rental car for your drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to Waihi on the southern Coromandel Peninsula.

Spectacular 360 degree views over Waihi Beach, the Pacific Ocean and Coromandel coast await you at Manawa Ridge, your luxury accommodation for the next three nights. There are breath-taking views from every room. (3 nights)

Day 7
Waihi

Experience the joys of sightseeing from the freedom of a motorcycle with a chauffeured Harley Davidson tour today. Sit back, feel the thrill of the Harley from the passenger seat and enjoy the scenery as your driver shows you the best of the Coromandel Peninsula. Highlights include Coromandel Town, Whitianga, Coroglen Pub, Tairua and Thames.

Day 8
Waihi

Today is yours to relax. Manawa Lodge overlooks Waihi Beach – nine kilometres of sweeping white sand and one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand. The lodge sits in 250 acres of farmland and coastline which you can explore on foot.

If art is your passion, you may feel inspired to create your own sculpture out of the very workable volcanic rock found in the surrounding Coromandel Peninsula. The lodge’s resident artist will be happy to demonstrate.

Take a picnic on a lovely 1 hour bush walk to romantic Waimama Bay where you can explore pa sites, rock art and laze on secluded beaches.

Day 9
Depart Auckland

Sadly your holiday is at an end so make your way back to Auckland airport today and return your rental car in time for your departing flight.

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9 Day Enchanting North
Self Drive Tours
Tour Code: GJEN
From (NZD) $5487 per person
Save (NZD) $548 per person
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Departures: May 2018 to March 2019

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