6 Day Twin Coast Discovery and Bay of Islands

4Days

Route

Auckland to Kaitaia

Highlights

Auckland
Auckland
Tutukaka
Paihia
Kaitaia

Dolphins, sunfish and whales – have your camera close to hand, because you never know where they’ll pop up in the Bay of Islands! Hop on a catamaran for a day cruise around the bay and glide through the amazing Hole in the Rock cave – it’s good luck if droplets from the cave roof fall on you!

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DAY 1
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Britz-New Zealand Rentals Pty, Richard Pearse Drive, Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland, New Zealand

Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium, Tamaki Drive, Auckland, New Zealand

Takapuna Beach Holiday Park, The Promenade, Auckland, New Zealand

Day 1 - Explore Auckland

Distance / 100 kms - around 2 hours

Museum Admission + Harbour Cruise Combo

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Cruise the Waitemata Harbour aboard our heritage vessel the Ted Ashby. Then, explore the museum where you can try your hand at yacht design, relax in the bach, hear the cannon fire and batten down the hatches in the rocking cabin. The Ted Ashby is a ketch-rigged deck scow, typical of the fleet of scows that once operated in northern New Zealand waters. One hour cruises are available as follows: •11:30am and 1:30pm - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday •12:00 noon and 2:00pm - Saturday and Sunday Please note that as we are currently undergoing long term maintenance on the masts of the vessel, we are unable to raise the sails. Instead, we keep the motors running the whole time to power the vessel. •Family Pass is either 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. * Children 4 years and under have free entry to the museum and cruise. The Museum is open everyday except Christmas Day, from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Final public admissions are at 4.00pm each day. We recommend allowing at least 2 hours to complete your museum visit – cruise times additional. The Museum is located in the heart of Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, on the corner of Quay and Hobson Streets.

General Admission

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Discover your inner explorer at Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium, one of the city's top attractions. Offering a unique Southern Ocean experience, you will journey through ten themed zones with over 30 live animal displays and over 80 different species. The Antarctic Ice Adventure is home to the world's largest colony of sub-Antarctic penguins, get up close and personal with the majestic King and playful Gentoo penguins. See the biggest species of Stingray and visit the largest collection of sharks in New Zealand housed in the first curved aquarium tunnel of its kind in the world. Opening Hours: 9:30am - 5:00pm (last entry 4:00pm) Open 365 days a year

Orewa Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

Regular Powered sites

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Nestled amongst the trees & close to ammenities, just a short walk through the park to the beach. Potable water to all sites.

Takapuna Beach Holiday Park

Powered Sites

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Our powered campsites are perfect for campervans, RV's, caravans and tents that require a power source. Sites are spacious and grassy, offering a sheltered place to relax in our beautiful beachfront surroundings. Park facilities are nearby including bathroom amenities and a communal kitchen and laundry. During your stay you can enjoy our outdoor BBQ area, internet caravan kiosk and it's just a short stroll to the shops, cafes and restaurants of Takapuna Beach.

DAY 2

Day 2 - Auckland To Tutukaka

Distance / 180 kms - around 3 hrs

Discover Scuba

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For the un-certifed diver, or if you have never dived before. Includes equipment, instruction, and one single dive. Some medical conditions apply.

Full Pass, starting at 10am

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The works: personal equipment hire, safety briefing, assistance from staff and access to the circuits. Full Pass gives access to all the circuits (size limitations apply to children). 10 different levels, 100 obstacles, 20 zip lines! Bonus: you can do the circuits more than once! Your session starts at 10am. Allow 2 to 3 hours to enjoy the full experience.

Museum Tour

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Eftpos or cash, no credit cards. Allow: At least 2 hours – best to arrive before 2 pm. We advise you to wear comfortable footwear. We allow plenty of time for you to linger and love to hear your stories and memories which the collection might recall. Bring your camera to capture photos of your favourite pieces in the collection. Facilities Most of the museum is pushchair and wheelchair accessible, but there are some areas only accessible via stairs. A wheelchair is available – please ask for assistance if needed. There is no cafe onsite, but ‘The Office Cafe' is next door to the museum, serving excellent food and drinks for lunches and morning and afternoon teas. The cafe closes at 3 pm. To contact ‘The Office Cafe': phone (09)434-8271 Plenty of parking is available at the museum. Be sure to visit our gift shop.

Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park

Power Site

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Grassed sites or all-weather hard sites available.

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Day 03 - Whangarei to Paihia

Distance / 100 kms - 2 hrs

Day Pass

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Admission to the Waitangi Grounds including a Guided tour, Cultural Performance, Admission to the Museum of Waitangi.

Hangi and Concert 6pm (includes Day Pass)

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Our Hangi & Concert event is an intimate themed evening with a special dining experience. Your evening begins at Whare Waka café with an introduction by your host, followed by the unveiling of the hangi (earth oven). You will then be transported back in time as you take a scenic walk through the bush and experience a traditional wero (challenge) with a Maori warrior. The walk will take you to Te Whare Runanga (the carved meeting house), for a traditional Maori welcome with a high energy cultural performance. After the concert you will head back to the café for a delicious hangi buffet of meats, stuffing, vegetables, breads, salads and steamed pudding for desert. 6 – 8.30pm Tuesday and Thursday and Sunday evenings, December - March. Adult $110. Child 5-15 years $50. Under 5 - No charge. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary needs. *Please note: Hangi & Concert is subject to minimum numbers. Includes admission to the Treaty Grounds on 2 days and a Guided tour and Cultural Performance

Discover the Bay - Hole in the Rock

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Cruise and discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area that is soaked in rich culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings. Your cruise includes: •Crusing among the 144 islands with skipper's commentary •A visit to the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock' and when conditions permit travel through it •Viewing dolphins on over 90% of our trips, we are the only ‘Hole in the Rock' trip with a lifetime dolphin viewing guarantee. •Island stop at Otehei Bay on the Department of Conservation's Urupukapuka Island

Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments and Campervan Park

Powered Sites

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Amongst 2 acres of mature Olive Trees. Only a 2 minute walk to the beach and the bay. Some of our sites are available for bigger motorhomes and buses. All have access to free to use BBQ's, free unlimited WiFi and you can bring your cat, dog or goat as we are pet friendly.

DAY 4

Day 04 - Paihia – Cape Reinga – Kaitaia

Distance / 223 kms - 3 hrs

Pukenui Holiday Park

Powered Sites

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Sites are large and spaced on different levels with hedges and trees to give visitors more private shaded areas. Most sites have power, water and some have individual dump stations. Good hard stands for heavier vehicles all year round.

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