This adventurous 11-day excursion will celebrate these places of privacy and enchantment, from hiking trails to romantic bays and the stories behind the scenes. It will provide you with a highly authentic Kiwi and Maori experience in places that are typically missed by others. New Zealand’s North Island remains a destination of unexplored treasures. Remote beaches ignite the imagination, magnificent waterfalls hide from the tourist trail, nearby islands evoke Pacific bliss, and rolling vineyards...
Auckland – Arrival and Orientation
You will be greeted at arrivals and transferred to your boutique accommodation in Parnell instead of one of the luxury hotels around Auckland Harbor. Here, idiosyncratic cafes are influenced from all over the world but always seem to preserve a local charm. This off-the-beaten-track tour will not be a rush between attractions. Parnell is the perfect neighborhood for an immersion into such a mindset and will provide you with an excellent orientation after your long flight. The day will be at your leisure, so you can head out and explore.
Auckland – The Epic Omanawanui Track
Day 3 - 4
Great Barrier Island – Escaping to Pacific New Zealand Bliss
Kawhia – Black Volcanic Beaches and Kiwi Authenticity
Kawhia – An Off-the-Beaten-Track, 153-Meter Waterfall
Waihi Beach – Maori Tradition and Discovering the Coromandel Peninsula
Waihi Beach – Hiking to a Deserted Beach
Day 9 - 10
Hawke's Bay – Hawke's Bay Wine Trails
Napier – Art Deco and Departure
- Escape to Great Barrier Island for two days of pure Pacific beach bliss
- Explore small boutique wineries during two days of extravagant culinary pleasures in Hawkes Bay
- Settle into old-world Kiwi charm during a two-night stop in the black sand village of Kawhia
- Uncover the secrets of the Coromandel Peninsula by staying at Waihi Beach and hiking to Orokawa Bay
- Discover the other side to an Auckland vacation by walking the enchanting Omanawanui Track
- Trek to the North Island’s highest waterfall and gasp in wonder at how you are all by yourselves in such a breathtaking place
- Venture behind the scenes on a tour of Napier’s art deco streets to learn the secrets of North Island’s most charming town
- Connect with Maori tradition on the Coromandel Peninsula by meeting a community who do not usually extend invitations to tourists
- Relax on New Zealand’s finest beaches from Great Barrier Island to Orokawa and the enchanting west coast
New Zealand is one of those countries where every visitor wants to return. It is not just the atmosphere and beauty, but people always want to come back because there is so much left to explore. Most North Island tours stick to a tried and tested route from north to south with attractions like Hobbiton, the Waitomo glowworm caves and Taupo. Only a small fraction of visitors venture east or west, and without excellent guides, visitors cannot appreciate all the natural attractions that are hidden in this amazing country. So much of the North Island provides a truly authentic Kiwi experience, especially when you can venture off the beaten track.
This adventurous, 11-day journey will lead you to the North Island’s hidden places, where you can escape to Pacific pleasure and discover beauty without the crowds. Your private tour will include a number of short hikes to attractions that are inaccessible by road and along islands and beaches that are yet to really open to tourism. Your entire tour is focused in and around the coast and skips the very popular interior around Rotorua and Taupo. You will fly into Auckland, spend two days on Great Barrier Island, and explore black volcanic beaches and old-world styles on the west coast before traveling around the Coromandel Peninsula to Hawkes Bay.
Your experiences include walking the Omanawanui track out of Auckland, trekking to the North Island’s highest waterfall, a behind the scenes tour of art deco Napier, plus a day on remote Orokawa Bay. You will be meeting with locals and getting to know the Maori. Great Barrier Island has a Robinson Crusoe style feel while Kawhia evokes the endearing appeal of settler New Zealand. Private tastings and meeting winemakers will be highlights of your two days in Hawkes Bay, and everything will be made accessible via private transfers and a handpicked collection of boutique hotels and lodges, which are places that imbue simple Kiwi charms in the midst of wild North Island nature.
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$3,570 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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