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5 Days Northland Discovery Hiking Tour

Easy 18 kms/12 hrs Hiking with 3 hour Kayaking Option

Days
5

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$2150

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Overview

Northland is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand but is also one of the least explored. Those who are willing to travel the extra mile, a paradise made up of long stretches of white beach, ancient volcanic headlands, sub-tropical forests, remote dune-scapes, warm and starry nights await on the 5 Days Northland Discovery Hiking Tour. 

We will base ourselves in two fabulous locations where you can unpack your bags and feel like you’re on a holiday. We will spend two nights in each location, which gives us the opportunity to explore this magical region. The secret coves of turquoise water offer plenty of opportunities for swimming and short hikes. After our hiking trip, we will unwind on the veranda and sip your well-deserved glass of wine.

Highlights

  • Hike coastal headlands and explore Cape Reinga trails
  • Spectacular views of the bright blue waters of the Pacific Ocean
  • Sea kayak and swim in coves of turquoise water
  • View remnants of early European settlement and whaling history
  • Relax and unpack – two nights in historic Russell and two nights in an eco-lodge

Fitness

No outdoor experience required, just reasonable fitness.

  • 4-5 hours physical activity on some days; up to 6 hours on second day.
  • At times carrying small backpack of 4-5kgs.
  • Tracks generally in good condition.
  • Altitude gains of up to 600m on second day.
  • No hiking experience necessary.
  • Reasonable standard of fitness required.
  • Some energetic sections and climbs, but includes time for relaxation and other activities.

5 Days Northland Discovery Hiking Tour

5 Days Northland Discovery Hiking Tour

5 Days Northland Discovery Hiking Tour

5 Days Northland Discovery Hiking Tour

5 Days Northland Discovery Hiking Tour

5 Days Northland Discovery Hiking Tour

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Bay of Islands1 km/1 hour Hike

Depart from the Sky City pick up zone in Auckland at 8:30am and follow the east coast northwards, with a quick cafe stop for anyone who missed breakfast. A short deviation to a limestone cave gives you a chance to see one of the best glowworm spectacles in the country (expect wet feet!).

After a picnic lunch here continue on to the historic township of Russell. We arrive early afternoon. Check into your accommodation and explore this charming little harbour settlement and New Zealand’s original capital. Enjoy a swim off the wharf, or just chill with a glass of wine and chat with your fellow travellers.

Later on drive a few minutes to the peninsula’s end before returning to enjoy a barbecue dinner in the hotel garden-nook. If it’s not barbeque weather, we’ll pop into a local café or pizzeria. Today is an easy day but gets us to where the fun starts.

Includes lunch and dinner.

Day 2Bay of Islands9 km/5 hrs Hiking

After a 30 min drive east you reach the first of today's hikes. Traverse up through regenerating native bush to a ridge top and gaze out across the bright blue Pacific Ocean. Below are sandy coves and rocky headlands. Descend to a wonderful swim spot and then walk through the bush to the old whaling station. Pass huge steel pots and old brick vats amid the ruins. These stations are a sad reminder of the many humpback and southern right whales that were once hunted here. Many of New Zealand's first European settlers came for the sealing and whaling rather than our beautiful natural environment!

We hike back to the vehicle before a short drive takes us to our second hike. Pukehuia at 345m is the highest hill and best viewpoint in the entire Bay of Islands area. The track climbs steadily up with plenty of view points on the way. On return we stop at a perfect bush-fringed bay of lapping water and moored yachts. This cute cove of turquoise water is the ideal place to wash away your exertion.

It is a short drive back to Russell and your accommodation. Tonight you eat at one of the many lovely cafes and restaurants (own cost) on Russell's waterfront.

Includes breakfast and lunch.

Day 3Bay of Islands - Whangaroa - 90 Mile Beach5 km/3 hrs Hiking or 3 hrs Kayaking

This morning you travel by vehicle ferry across to Opua and drive through Paihia, the main tourist centre of the Bay of Islands, before driving north to Whangaroa. You have the option of a fantastic half-day guided kayaking trip (optional extra) along the coast or a hike into a beautiful forest-fringed inlet.

This hike sidles up and over a small saddle passing through sub-tropical forest before meeting the stream and mangroves at the head of the inlet. On a warm day plop into the pools to cool off. The trail follows this coastline of red volcanic headlands and island outcrops a short distance to a historic hut. You can swan around on the hut deck enjoying the peace and quiet, or stomp your way up the spectacular old volcanic plug (Duke’s Nose) for views.

Later catch the water taxi back to the jetty where the vehicle waits. A short drive takes you to Mangonui where the group enjoys a simple meal of fish and chips at the famous Fish Shop bar on the old wharf.

An early evening drive north gets you to a remote old homestead lodge in the middle of the dunes on the edge of 90 Mile Beach. A little more rustic than your previous accommodation, this off the grid lodge more than makes up for it with its amazing location and wonderful atmosphere.

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4Cape Reinga2 km/2 hrs Hiking

A one hour drive brings you to the tip of the North Island where there is the chance to explore some of the trails of the Cape Reinga walkway. Hike a less visited part of the cape's coastline. Cross Te Paki Station to the surreal iron-stained sand dunes of Cape Maria van Diemen. Climbing high, get grand views of this incredible piece of New Zealand landscape. Wander along an expansive stretch of empty beach before ending up on the edge of the world at the Cape Reinga lighthouse where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea.

In the afternoon you may choose to do a cliff top walk to the stunning white sands and blue waters of Tapotupotu.

Return to your lodge and relax in this beautiful spot. After a good meal, sit on the veranda and enjoy life as you watch the sun set over the Tasman Sea. Being so far from any light pollution, the starry nights up north are quite remarkable.

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 590 Mile Beach - Kauri Forests - Auckland1 km/1 hour Hike

You leave the far north early today and begin the journey southwards, passing through Kaitaia and across the sleepy Hokianga Harbour on a car ferry.

In Maori mythology Hokianga is the returning place of the great Maori navigator Kupe. At Waipoua Forest you get to see New Zealand’s biggest kauri tree Tane Mahuta; it’s easy to feel humble beneath him.

The last walk before Auckland is through the Trounson Kauri Reserve, an intensively managed mainland conservation ‘island’, surrounded by a sea of farmland. Trounson is one of the better kauri forests in the country and provides refuge for many threatened species including brown kiwi. Arrive in Auckland at approximately 5:00pm.

Includes breakfast and lunch.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Bay of Islands1 km/1 hour Hike

Depart from the Sky City pick up zone in Auckland at 8:30am and follow the east coast northwards, with a quick cafe stop for anyone who missed breakfast. A short deviation to a limestone cave gives you a chance to see one of the best glowworm spectacles in the country (expect wet feet!).

After a picnic lunch here continue on to the historic township of Russell. We arrive early afternoon. Check into your accommodation and explore this charming little harbour settlement and New Zealand’s original capital. Enjoy a swim off the wharf, or just chill with a glass of wine and chat with your fellow travellers.

Later on drive a few minutes to the peninsula’s end before returning to enjoy a barbecue dinner in the hotel garden-nook. If it’s not barbeque weather, we’ll pop into a local café or pizzeria. Today is an easy day but gets us to where the fun starts.

Includes lunch and dinner.

Day 2Bay of Islands9 km/5 hrs Hiking

After a 30 min drive east you reach the first of today's hikes. Traverse up through regenerating native bush to a ridge top and gaze out across the bright blue Pacific Ocean. Below are sandy coves and rocky headlands. Descend to a wonderful swim spot and then walk through the bush to the old whaling station. Pass huge steel pots and old brick vats amid the ruins. These stations are a sad reminder of the many humpback and southern right whales that were once hunted here. Many of New Zealand's first European settlers came for the sealing and whaling rather than our beautiful natural environment!

We hike back to the vehicle before a short drive takes us to our second hike. Pukehuia at 345m is the highest hill and best viewpoint in the entire Bay of Islands area. The track climbs steadily up with plenty of view points on the way. On return we stop at a perfect bush-fringed bay of lapping water and moored yachts. This cute cove of turquoise water is the ideal place to wash away your exertion.

It is a short drive back to Russell and your accommodation. Tonight you eat at one of the many lovely cafes and restaurants (own cost) on Russell's waterfront.

Includes breakfast and lunch.

Day 3Bay of Islands - Whangaroa - 90 Mile Beach5 km/3 hrs Hiking or 3 hrs Kayaking

This morning you travel by vehicle ferry across to Opua and drive through Paihia, the main tourist centre of the Bay of Islands, before driving north to Whangaroa. You have the option of a fantastic half-day guided kayaking trip (optional extra) along the coast or a hike into a beautiful forest-fringed inlet.

This hike sidles up and over a small saddle passing through sub-tropical forest before meeting the stream and mangroves at the head of the inlet. On a warm day plop into the pools to cool off. The trail follows this coastline of red volcanic headlands and island outcrops a short distance to a historic hut. You can swan around on the hut deck enjoying the peace and quiet, or stomp your way up the spectacular old volcanic plug (Duke’s Nose) for views.

Later catch the water taxi back to the jetty where the vehicle waits. A short drive takes you to Mangonui where the group enjoys a simple meal of fish and chips at the famous Fish Shop bar on the old wharf.

An early evening drive north gets you to a remote old homestead lodge in the middle of the dunes on the edge of 90 Mile Beach. A little more rustic than your previous accommodation, this off the grid lodge more than makes up for it with its amazing location and wonderful atmosphere.

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4Cape Reinga2 km/2 hrs Hiking

A one hour drive brings you to the tip of the North Island where there is the chance to explore some of the trails of the Cape Reinga walkway. Hike a less visited part of the cape's coastline. Cross Te Paki Station to the surreal iron-stained sand dunes of Cape Maria van Diemen. Climbing high, get grand views of this incredible piece of New Zealand landscape. Wander along an expansive stretch of empty beach before ending up on the edge of the world at the Cape Reinga lighthouse where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea.

In the afternoon you may choose to do a cliff top walk to the stunning white sands and blue waters of Tapotupotu.

Return to your lodge and relax in this beautiful spot. After a good meal, sit on the veranda and enjoy life as you watch the sun set over the Tasman Sea. Being so far from any light pollution, the starry nights up north are quite remarkable.

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 590 Mile Beach - Kauri Forests - Auckland1 km/1 hour Hike

You leave the far north early today and begin the journey southwards, passing through Kaitaia and across the sleepy Hokianga Harbour on a car ferry.

In Maori mythology Hokianga is the returning place of the great Maori navigator Kupe. At Waipoua Forest you get to see New Zealand’s biggest kauri tree Tane Mahuta; it’s easy to feel humble beneath him.

The last walk before Auckland is through the Trounson Kauri Reserve, an intensively managed mainland conservation ‘island’, surrounded by a sea of farmland. Trounson is one of the better kauri forests in the country and provides refuge for many threatened species including brown kiwi. Arrive in Auckland at approximately 5:00pm.

Includes breakfast and lunch.

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