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North Island : (Northland) Beaches, Forests

Throughout this tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful white sand beaches against a backdrop of turquoise sea. Enjoy a stay in the Bay of Islands to discover the history of the Maori people including the controversial Treaty of Waitangi. Continue your journey to the northern tip of Cape Reinga where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea, a unique setting. On return to the City of Sails don’t miss Waipoua Forest which has the most majestic trees in New Zealand, the giant Kauri.

Campground prices are based on two people + motorhome on a powered site.
 

Stage 1 : Auckland

Auckland1 You've finally arrived in Auckland, the City of Sails. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand but it is easy to explore and a very pleasant place to visit especially in summer with its many inner city beaches and beautiful North Shore bays.

It is also popular for its forest walks and cycle trails, many located less than 30 minutes from the city centre. Although the easy accessibility to nature is part of Auckland’s attraction, it is also a cosmopolitan city with many restaurants, bars and shops.

Camping:
Manukau Top 10 Holiday Park : powered site, $48 per night

To Do: Climb the Sky Tower, go out on an America’s Cup boat, visit Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium or the Auckland Zoo, explore the west coast beaches, climb Mt Eden volcano and go wine tasting on Waiheke Island.
 

Stage 2 : Auckland - Bay of Islands (247km - 3h30)

bayofislands3 Set off towards the Bay of Islands. If you stay on the motorway make sure the toll on the Northern toll fee is paid. We recommend that you take the free route out towards Orewa and enjoy the coastal scenery.

The Bay of Islands is a favourite holiday destination for Kiwis. In addition to beautiful beaches, coves and small islands to visit, there is a palpable holiday atmosphere. The Bay of Islands is the birthplace and the historic site of New Zealand. It was here, at Waitangi, that the treaty was signed between the Maori people and the settlers.

Thanks to its subtropical climate, this is pleasant all year round holiday destination. The main places to visit are Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.

Camping:
Bay of Islands Holiday Park, Paihia : powered site, $36 per night

To Do: Swimming with dolphins, Bay of Islands cruise, dive the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior, dive Tutukaka (one of the 10 best dive site in the world), scenic flight over the Bay of Islands, visit the Treaty of Waitangi, explore the many white sand beaches, hike Cape Brett.
 

Stage 3 : Bay of Islands - Ahipara (114km - 1h40)

CapReinga Today you head towards Cape Reinga and the northern tip of the country. There used to be an immense forest of giant Kauri here a hundred years ago.

Cape Reinga is a very spiritual place for the Maori, this is where their souls leave to return to their land of origin. The main attraction of the area is "90 Mile Beach" a wild beach that stretches for about 100 kilometres. It is possible to drive on a section by car or tour bus before traveling to Cape Reinga where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea.

Camping:
Ahipara Holiday Park : powered site, $34 per night

To Do: Visit Cape Reinga, surfing on sand dunes or sea
 

Stage 4 : Ahipara - Waipoua forest (122km - 2h10)

Waipouaforest Descend along the west coast through the beautiful natural harbour of Hokianga, then continue to the Waipoua forest which is simply magical!

The giant Kauris seem to touch the sky and some trees are almost 1,000 years old. You will feel tiny standing underneath these giants.
You can stay on the edge of the park where several campsites are available.

Camping:
Kauri Coast Top 10 Holiday Park : powered site, $42 per night

To Do: Discover the Waipoua Forest
     

Stage 5 : Waipoua - Mangawhai (151km - 2h30)

Magawhai Head in the direction of Mangawhai to enjoy the white sand beaches and calm waters of the east coast. A popular vacation spot for Kiwis, Mangawhai is typical of New Zealand.

You will find the famous "baches" basic holiday homes lining the shores, old pubs on the seafront, restaurants, coffee and Kiwis happy to have a few days by the sea.  A stay at Mangawhai guarantees a Kiwi style holiday.

Camping:
Mangawhai Riverside Holiday Park : powered site, $40 per night

To Do: Beaches (Lang Beach, Waipu Cove), walking, golf
 

Stage 6 : Mangawhai - Auckland (123km - 2h00)

AirNZ Head back to Auckland where you drop off your campervan. Fly home with your images and memories of beautiful New Zealand.

Camping:
Manukau Top 10 Holiday Park : powered site, $48 per night



 

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Top 10 activities
  • Climb the Skytower
  • America's Cup boat race
  • Diving or snorkling at Poor Knight's Island
  • Dive the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior
  • Cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • Swim with the Dolphins
  • Tramp to Cape Brett
  • Ride the dunes at Cape Reinga
  • Discover the giants of Waipoua forest
  • Enjoy the beaches of Waipu Cove
 

 

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