Day 1 - Start your Great Far North Roadie in Kawakawa. Explore Hundertwasser’s home town, the Kawiti Gloworm Caves, Bay of Islands Vintage Railway, and enjoy scrumptious food at 39 Gillies Café. Spend your first night in Kaikohe at the luxurious Left Bank Hotel with dinner downstairs at The Mint Café.
Day 2 - You’ll be up early to hit the Hokianga Harbour using pedal power downhill, cycling the iconic Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail. Top Trail shuttles you back to your vehicle for the next stop with Awesome Adventures Hokianga. Experience the truly pleasurable manaakitanga (hospitality) of the Hokianga in a family apartment with dinner and breakfast. A brief walk to the Harbour lets you see spectacular sand dunes.
Day 3 - Gets you on a Jet Ski Safari with Awesome Adventures Hokianga. Hear the authentic legend of Kupe. Feel the exhilaration of wind through your hair and salt spray on your face. Yeeehaa! Now we have to move to catch the car ferry to Kohukohu and drive the winding roads of the beautiful North Hokianga. We’ll join SH1 and continue to Ahipara at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach, and take time for coffee and cake at North Drift Café. Tuatua Tours blasts you along Ninety Mile Beach on quad bikes between the Tasman Sea and high-rise sand dunes. Wow! Tonight you’ll snuggle in at the Wayfarer Motel in Kaitaia. Check out the spa, and take the time to look up. Far Northern stars are crystal magic against the black night.
Day 4 - takes you to New Zealand’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, a full day of adventure on the Harrison Cape Runner bus. A short scenic drive to Doubtless Bay is next. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you stay for two nights at Mill Tide Apartment on the waterfront, just a short walk to Mangonui village.
Day 5 - Up early to join Doubtless Bay Charters, and Captain Badjelly who delivers the fishing experience of your life on Doubtless Bay. Relax, chill, and enjoy your surroundings.
Day 6 - Visit Butler Point Whaling Museum and Gardens. It’s a hidden fascinating tourism gem and heritage destination. In the afternoon practise wine tasting at The Dancing Petrel Vineyard with aromatic, hand harvested, cool-fermented wines. Tonight’s stay is at Kerikeri Park Lodge a short drive away. It’s close to the Chocolate Factory. We defy you to walk in there and come out empty-handed! Kerikeri has great food options and plenty of boutique style shops for a good old mooch around.
Day 7 - A Family Pass to the Parrot Place is unmissable with exotic parrots from all over the world. Leave the birds to take the guided tour at Kemp House with entry to the museum at the Stone Store, two of the country’s oldest standing buildings. Then take a brief drive to Paihia, Bay of Islands, for your final night at Admirals View Lodge. End the day’s adventures up high! Flying Kiwi Parasail will meet you at the Paihia Wharf with 2x tandem parasails. Just relax and savour the extraordinary scenery from 1300ft. On a clear day you might see the Hole in the rock and the outer Islands (144) past Russell. Catch your breath whilst riding the Happy Ferry across the inner Bay to Russell, a town full of character, history, and charm, and dine in the iconic Duke of Marlborough Hotel.
Day 8 - Two highlights in the area are the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, referred to as the Birthplace of our Nation, and The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park which offers tracks for beginners to experts. Paihia Mountain Bikes supply 4x full suspension mountain bikes to explore the 50 km of sweet single track with 40+ trails as your final activity.
That, dear friends, is the end of The Great Far North Roadie. See you next year!
The Great Far North Roadie is action packed with something to suit everyone in the family - valued at $4990.
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