Northland Escape

Northland Escape Tour
Date: 3 – 8 December 2011 (6 days)
Start: Auckland Finish: Auckland
Price: NZ$985 per person plus food kitty (NZ$90)
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Additional Costs: Included in tour cost Additional Cost Notes
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Day 1: Arrive Auckland
It’s time for some sightseeing in New Zealand’s largest city (often mistaken as the capital) – Auckland. Known as the City of Sails, Auckland is a melting pot of European ancestory, South Pacific and Asian cultures and a strong Maori heritage – the diversity bringing with it an abundance of unique dining and shopping experiences. Indulge in Auckland’s shopping and delicious cuisine and experience some of the many attractions and adventure activities on offer. Whatever your interests, you’ll never be short of things to do in the City of Sails. In the evening you will visit the Skytower at 328 metres high, stand on the glass floor panels and look down on the street below.

Extra Activity Options:
Skytower Jump: NZ$175.00 (up to 15yrs), NZ$195.00 (16+yrs)
Skytower Jump & Walk Combo: NZ$290.00
America’s Cup Sailing: NZ$115.00 (up to 15yrs), NZ$160.00 (16+yrs)
Bridge Climb: NZ$80 (up to 15yrs), NZ$120.00 (16+yrs)
Bridge Bungy Jump: NZ$120 (up to 15yrs), NZ$150.00 (16+yrs)
Bridge Combo (Bungy Jump & Climb): NZ$180 (up to 15yrs), NZ$230.00 (16+yrs)
Kelly Tarlton’s Entry: NZ$10.90 (up to 15yrs), NZ$25.90 (16+yrs)
Kelly Tarlton’s Shark Cage: NZ$72.90 (15+yrs)

Day 2: Auckland – Paihia
We depart the City of Sails and travel north to the Bay of Islands. With its sparkling bays dotted with pristine islands and hidden coves, this is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations. Paihia makes an excellent base for exploring the Bay of Islands. From the wharf you can arrange a trip to the outer islands, hook into a fishing expedition or catch a ferry to Russell. Top local adventures include cruising to the ‘hole in the rock’ at the tip of Cape Brett, finding dolphins (and maybe swimming with them) and sea kayak tours.

Day 3: Day Trip Cape Reinga
A full day trip that takes you to New Zealand’s northernmost tip, and on the way you will encounter fascinating landscapes, legends and ancient and modern history, with a dash of fun and adventure. First stop is the Puketi Kauri Forest for a 20 minute board walk stroll amongst 1000-year old Kauri trees. Pass by golden sand beaches at Whangaroa, Coopers Beach, Cable Bay and Taipa. Refreshment stop at Ancient Kauri Kingdom. Other highlights include the Te Paki Quicksand Stream (which we navigate by coach very carefully!), sand tobogganing on boogie boards down the giant Te Paki Sand Dunes and travelling by coach down the vast Ninety Mile Beach. Please note: The tide on Ninety Beach will determine whether your coach travels north or south along the beach. This is at the driver’s discretion.

Day 4: Paihia
You can explore all that the Bay of Islands has to offer. In the evening we will have a delicious BBQ for dinner (minimum numbers required).

Extra Activity Options:
Half Day Kayaking: NZ$75.00
Full Day Kayaking: NZ$95.00
Hole in the Rock Cruise: NZ$50.00 (up to 15yrs), NZ$95.00 (16+yrs)
Dolphin Swim: NZ$50.00* (up to 15yrs), NZ$95.00* (16+yrs)
*Once we find a pod of dolphins, Department of Conservation regulations will determine whether a swim is possible. Swimming is optional, you need to be a confident swimmer. Pay onboard NZ$30.

Day 5: Paihia – Tutukaka Coast
Tutukaka is the base of a famous diving spot, the Poor Knights Island. There are picturesque beaches within the harbour and the road north leads to several spectacular white-sand ocean beaches between forest-covered headlands.
Don’t miss taking part in a very special day-trip ‘A Perfect Day Ocean Cruise’ that offers the ultimate non-diving Poor Knights experience, sight-seeing, kayaking, cave explorations, snorkelling, swimming, sea mammal-spotting, snippets of fascinating history and island facts as well as great food.

Extra Activity Options:
A Perfect Day Ocean Cruise: NZ$149.00
A Perfect Day Ocean Cruise & Scuba Diving: NZ$149.00, additional cost for Scuba Diving on board is NZ$150.00
Learn to Surf: NZ$75.00

Day 6: Tutukaka Coast – Auckland – Home
Sadly today is our last day as you head back to Auckland to return to your home destination after lunch. But we are certain that some of you will meet again and that the experience you made whilst on tour will last a lifetime.

Book the Southern Discovery as an add-on to extend your holiday and get the Best of North & South.

Included in tour cost

  • Experienced Guides/Assistants
  • Comfortable accommodation at hostels/backpackers
  • All transport during the tour
  • Skytower Experience Auckland (Main observation deck & Sky deck – 220 metres)
  • Day Trip Cape Reinga
  • BBQ – Dinner

Additional Cost

  • Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start
  • Extra Activities
  • Food Kitty for breakfast, lunch and dinner (compulsory): NZ$90
  • Pocket money


  • 15 students minimum required for tour to proceed.
  • Booking conditions apply.
  • All inclusions are weather and time depending.
  • All prices are subject to availability and correct at date of publication (aug-11).
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