Five Day North Island Highlights
KIWI DUNDEE ADVENTURES have designed these five days to give visitors a special experience of New Zealand’s natural beauty and nature. Each day offers variety, including semi tropical rain forest, spectacular coastline, volcanoes, history and local culture.
THIS TOUR WILL BE ‘PERSONALISED’ TO SUIT YOU!
We cater for all levels of fitness – from nonwalkers to those who enjoy a real challenge!! Plenty of film required for this magic tour. On demand
DAY 1: ESCAPE THE CITY!
The Seabird coast-giant kauri-gold town-volcanic rainforest covered mountains
Escape the city to the spectacular Coromandel Peninsula in the air-conditioned luxury of Kiwi Dundee Adventure’s mini coach with your friendly kiwi guide. Tour through picturesque farmland stopping for photos and short walks during the day. Travel along the beautiful seabird coast, home to thousands of migratory and shore birds. Enjoy a visit to the fascinating old gold mine town of Thames with its buildings and churches dating from the 1800’s. After a delightful lunch, travel over steep volcanic mountains clad in dense rainforest to visit a giant Kauri standing majestically amongst the world’s largest ferns and semi tropical rainforest then on for a walk beside the Pacific Ocean on the eastern coast of the Peninsula with its many offshore islands. A short journey to a quiet coastal town takes you to your accommodation for the next two nights. Accommodation: Deluxe Homestay, Hotel, or Motor Lodge
DAY 2 : COROMANDEL PENINSULA COASTAL TOUR
Today is a delightful sample of this region’s natural heritage and scenic beauty Enjoy an easy walk through nature on the forgotten paths of an old town to visit an old historic gold cave now home to sparkling glowworms. Enjoy the fascinating history of this area and learn about the flora and fauna within this magnificent forest of the region. Be prepared for fun and entertainment at this time of the day! Visit stunning coastal scenery with its white sand beaches, magnificent cliffs, old Maori Pa sites and offshore islands. A visit to famous Hot Water beach [Tide permitting]
See your guide’s “treasures” from nature, including gold, crystals, petrified wood, Kauri gum and other minerals found on the Peninsula.
MEALS: [ B, L ]
DAY 3: COROMANDEL – BAY OF PLENTY – TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK.
This day is an ever-changing panorama of forests, mountains, beaches and islands until we leave the Coromandel behind and enter the Bay of Plenty, one of New Zealand’s most progressive regions. Stop at New Zealand’s “Mural town”, Katikati, with its Open Air Art. Continue south to visit a private orchard growing kiwi fruit, avocados, flowers for export.
Travel over the Kaimai ranges to the Waikato region famous for its dairy and horse breeding farms, then along the western side of Lake Taupo before entering the Tongariro National Park with its magnificent volcanoes standing proud and impressive.
Your accommodation for the next two nights is the ‘Chateau’, situated at the base of Ruapehu Mountain. This amazing region is such a contrast from anything else in New Zealand. Alpine flowers and tussock, waterfalls and beech forest in summer, and ski fields in winter.
MEALS: [ B, L ]
DAY 4: VOLCANOES-FOREST-LAKES-WATERFALL MAGIC.
A morning of options.
Your Kiwi Dundee Guide will be available for a drive up the mountain and an alpine walk through alpine plants and [weather permitting] wonderful views of the volcanoes rising above us to over 9000ft, waterfalls and beech forests.
We can arrange a scenic flight over the Crater Lake and volcanoes. [Cost not included in itinerary].
After a delightful lunch at the Chateau, we go on one of New Zealand’s most beautiful short bush walks through giant trees to a stunning lake surrounded by native forest with almost a goblin like feel.
On our way back to our accommodation we have other stops and short walks if you are not too tired before relaxing in the 1930’s grandeur of the Chateau.
MEALS: [B, L ]
DAY 5: GEYSERS – STEAMING LAKES – MUD POOLS.
We depart this fascinating region for the thermal wonderland of Rotorua we travel beside Lake Taupo before stopping to view the famous Huka Falls and see bubbling mud pools before a walk in the Waimungu Thermal Valley with the largest thermal lake in the world, bubbling coloured steam pools, hot waterfalls and warm misty creeks. A fascinating area to visit. We then travel through Rotorua to the Blue and Green Lakes, and Lake Tarawera, which last erupted in 1886. Rotorua is the also the home of our Maori culture and history. We can visit the Maori arts and crafts centre as part of the day.
Accommodation: Deluxe Hotel or Homestay
MEALS: [B, L ]
Your Kiwi Dundee Adventure guide will bid you a sad farewell at the conclusion of the day.
ALL TOURING, GUIDING, ACCOMMODATIONS, MEALS AS INDICATED, ENTRANCE FEES AND NEW ZEALAND’S GOODS AND SERVICES TAX [GST] ARE INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR.