North Island Northern Encounter
Auckland ( Point K on Map)
Collect your Campervan, Motorhome or Rental Car from one of the many providers at the International Airport and then head straight into the heart of this cosmopolitan city. Auckland is a hub of different cultures which meet together to create an engaging and exciting atmosphere. Outstanding dining and drinking establishments alongside a rich array of entertainment options, make Auckland city alive and buzzing. This culturally rich metropolis is set within a natural paradise. Immersed with beautiful beaches, tranquil holiday islands, a magnificent harbour and hiking trails that allow you to encounter some of New Zealand’s most idyllic forests and wildlife, Auckland is a holiday destination of choice.
Dargaville (Point B)
Established by Yugoslavian immigrants in the 1870s, the town of Dargaville is built along the edge of the impressive Wairoa River, making it a picturesque stop on your journey. The town’s streets are lined with historic buildings, art shops and many enticing restaurants and cafes. Dargaville is the gateway to the pristine and untouched Kauri Forest, which attracts many visitors each year, who explore this ancient green world. The impressive forest is home to New Zealand’s tallest Kauri tree – Tane Mahuta which is approximately 1200 years old and is indeed an impressive sight.
Kaitaia (Point C)
Known as the gateway to the far north, this peaceful township offers travellers an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Maori culture. The friendly locals welcome you to try your hand at flax weaving and carving at one of the cultural centres within the town. Sample wine and local produce at some of Kaitaia’s finest wineries, take in the local craft works at the interesting shops on the main street, before planning your journey northward.
Paihia (Point D)
Welcome to this northern paradise, were tranquil seas meet the golden sands of Paihia’s beaches. Set about your exploration of the Bay of Islands from this charming township, discover the outer bays and coves that hide amongst the rolling hills of this magnificent bay. Take a cruise on the calm waters to encounter dolphins and other native wildlife. Visit the historic Treaty House at Waitangi where this nation’s defining document was forged, and learn more about this country’s native people. Come back into the heart of the township to unwind or wind up as you discover the eateries and entertainment options that are offered in this lively town.
Whangarei (Point E)
Known as the City by the Sea, semitropical Whangarei is a peaceful and leisurely place where travellers can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the harbours edge. There is a cosmopolitan and sophisticated feel to thedining and entertainment district at the Town Basin. Enjoy a glass of the region’s wine and meet friendly locals and yachties from around the world. Whangarei also boosts an impressive natural environment; take a walk to visit the dramatic waterfalls and dense forest.
Hamilton (Point F)
Richly diverse and vibrant, Hamilton’s cosmopolitan flavour adds energy to this exciting city. More than 80 ethnic groups meet in this multicultural city, ensuring an inviting mix of restaurants, cafes and entertainment are ready to be explored. Set along the majestic Waikato River, Hamilton has many lush gardens and golf courses for the eager traveller to discover. Head out on a walk around the city to truly appreciate the beauty of its natural spaces. Just out of town the infamous Waitomo Caves and Raglan’s surf coast are awaiting discovery, these exciting tourist spots add to the splendour of this region.
Rotorua (Point G)
Rotorua is set amongst an exciting volcanic landscape, providing its unique geothermal wonderland. Sitting on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Rotorua displays many geothermal marvels which are easily accessible for travellers to explore. Boiling mud pools, explosive geysers, and rejuvenating hot pools to relax the spirit are all within easy reach. Rotorua is also the heartland of the Maori Culture. Maori villages welcome visitors to discover and learn about traditional cultural activities such as hangi feasts, singing, dancing, bone carving and weaving.
This geothermal play land also offers visitors a once in a life time opportunity to take part in a range of adventurous activities. Race through the gorge in a jet boat, roll down the hill in a zorb, or tumble through the air in an exhilarating sky dive.
Tauranga (Point H)
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, vibrant Tauranga is home to many thriving cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. Come and unwind with a glass of local wine, and enjoy the fresh seafood of the region. Try your hand at catching your own delicious meal out in the bay with a fishing tour or sail the harbour to dive and swim with the inquisitive dolphins! The Tauranga landscape leads to the impressive Mount Maunganui – just five minutes form the heart of the city. Relax at the hot pools at the base of the Mount or stroll along the tranquil swimming beach that is placed along the picturesque coastline.
Pauanui (Point I)
The relaxed beach township of Pauanui is a haven for surfers and beach lovers alike. The enchanting three kilometre beach is surrounded by lush forest and is perfect for enjoying a lazily day out in the sunshine. The Pacific Ocean is rich with marine life and is a favourite for fishing and diving experiences with both locals and tourists. Head inland to the peaceful Tairua Harbour to take part in a fun filled kayaking journey or stunning nature walk.
Coromandel Town (Point J)
The perfect place to stay and explore the peninsula, Coromandel Town is set amongst beautiful Victorian architecture and has a wild colonial gold rush history. Immerse yourself in this town’s deeply interesting past at the local museum and gold processing factory. The area is also home to many talented crafts people and artists, their galleries make for a wonderful and very inspiring visit. Set out from Coromandel Town to discover the most memorable and secluded beaches in New Zealand. The Coromandel Peninsula is unspoilt and rustic, with pristine beaches that are made for swimming, snorkelling and surfing.
Auckland (Point K)
Head back to the bustling metropolitan city of Auckland to finish your holiday. Journey up the Sky Tower, New Zealand’s tallest building for breath taking views for up to 80 km in every direction. You can either chose to dine in the exquisite restaurant at the tower’s peak or dare to be adventurous and plunge from the very top with the SkyJump! What a way to end your holiday!