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New Zealands Far North Hiking Tour

The Far North Hiking Safari showcases some of the best of the upper North Island, north of Auckland, and unveils hidden golden beaches and stunning kauri trees. Exciting activities take your exploration of paradise one step further and allows you to be involved in all parts actively.

Exploring Northlands Kauri Forests, Coastal kayaking, Swimming and Snorkeling, Hiking on Maori Land Bay of Islands, Camping Two Nights of Utter Isolation (Secret Location) 90 Mile Beach, Maria Van Diemen Dunes.

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Itinerary

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TUESDAY - EAST COAST BEACHES 1km (0,12 Mi) /1 hour hiking

Departing from Auckland, our journey follows the highway north and meanders along the East Coast, past farmland, bush and idyllic bays. Elliott's Bay is our destination for today - arguably one of the best beaches in New Zealand and surprisingly, a fairly well kept secret. We pitch the tents and enjoy great views at absolute waterfront, where grass meets sand, backed by a green hillside and accented with pohutukawa trees. A rustic beach bach is also available here as an option, if preferred due to weather or simply a desire to soak up the charm of a classic kiwi holiday home.

(Lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation Elliot Bay - 1 night
 

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WEDNESDAY - BAY OF ISLANDS 9km (5,1 Mi) /6 hours hiking

Begin the day with a refreshing swim in the sea before breaking camp and setting out on the hiking trail northwards. The trail ascends through native bush and meanders ridge tops with wonderful views of hidden coves, blue ocean and a spectacular shoreline. Relics and ruins from a bygone era of whaling in New Zealand make for an interesting sight - perhaps most notable are the enormous steel pots at the old whaling station.

Our resting spot for lunch is a charming turquoise blue cove dotted with ornate palm trees. Treading onwards, we soak up commanding sea views from Pukehuia, the highest hilltop in the Bay of Islands, and descend towards the trail end at an idyllic bush-fringed bay where you can cool off in clear water. Following a short drive, we arrive in the historic and picturesque town of Russell and board the ferry across to Paihia. Here, we meet the guide and car and explore the town centre. Our campsite tonight is at Tauranga Bay.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

​Accommodation Paihia - 1 night

 

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THURSDAY - WHANGAROA KAYAKING 10km/4-5 hours kayaking

Today, you can relax and make the most of some free time at Tauranga Bay, or, for something a bit special, take the optional guided kayaking adventure - an activity that comes highly recommended. After choosing between a single or double kayak, the group launches from a private beach for a relaxing and fun perusal of the fascinating shoreline and Islands of Whangaroa Harbour. Lunch on the coastline rounds off this leisurely paddling experience. At the famous Mangonui Fish Shop, sit down for a chat over some of the best 'Fish & Chips' served anywhere in the country - a true kiwi classic! Twin Coves Campsite is our destination for the evening, located at another of New Zealand's best beaches, the splendid Matai Bay.

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Accommodation Matai Bay - 1 night

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FRIDAY - NINETY MILE BEACH, CAPE REINGA 2km (1,4 Mi) /2 hours hiking

Alluring waters beckon for a delightful morning swim or a spot of snorkelling in the colourful marine environment of Matai Bay. Continuing with the theme of breath taking beaches, we cross from east to west coast and chase the invigorating ocean breeze up the endless hard packed sands of Ninety Mile Beach. The magnificent Te Paki sand dunes set the scene for some serious sand boarding fun on their exhilarating slopes.

The tents come out and we build camp at a stunning sandy cove, leaving ample time for relaxation or an afternoon wander along the oceanfront cliff tops of Cape Reinga where the sun sets on another memorable day - not far from the northernmost tip of New Zealand.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation Tapotupotu Bay - 1 night

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SATURDAY - CAPE MARIA VAN DIEMAN, KAURI FORESTS 4-12km (2,9 - 7,8 Mi) /3- 4 hours hiking

Remote coastline awaits us across the rolling hills of Te Paki Station. Traversing its green pastures, we arrive at Cape Maria Van Dieman - an enchanting and isolated location, made even more surreal by majestic, iron-stained sand dunes. We return for lunch, but not before surveying some incredible views and walking barefoot on a lonely, sandy beach. This afternoon, our direction of travel swings around to the south and we pass through Kaitaia, traverse the Hokianga Harbour aboard the car ferry and make for the mystical and ancient Waipoua Kauri Forest. Here, we are greeted and humbled by some truly mighty forest giants. Resting in your tent tonight, it is a privilege to hear the call of the endangered North Island Brown Kiwi - the most iconic native bird of New Zealand.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Accommodation Trounson Kauri - 1 night

 

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SUNDAY - KAURI FORESTS 2km (1,4 Mi) /1 hour hiking

Awaking to a new day, a walk amongst the Trounson Kauri Reserve reveals more large majestic trees, birdlife and some rare and endangered flora - all nestled amongst the thriving native forest environment of this specially designated, well managed conservation area. Our unforgettable journey together concludes in Auckland, with an arrival time of approximately 3pm. Depart with golden memories and a photo album alive with beauty, featuring unbelievable locations not seen on the regular 'tourist trail'.

(Breakfast, Lunch)