Road Tripping With The Locals

Multi-day & Extended Tours, 14 Quay St to Returns to original departure point

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Hi, we are Dale and Kate and our mission is to operate local experiences and trips for visitors to our amazing little country.We want you to get to know New Zealand like we do. We won’t be lining up with the crowds and tour buses. Hell no! Our Road Tripping experience is authentic, stunningly beautiful and heaps of fun. Guests must hire or buy their own camper vans, but apart from that, leave it to us! We'll travel in convoy off the beaten track and meander up back roads and through places that only the locals know. In these places lies magic!Here's a quick list of things we are likely to do:- Native forest bush walking. Night time Kiwi spotting. Coast and beach missions. Cheese visits, seafood and wine tasting, local craft beer stops. Coffee appreciation. Stargazing. Historic Maori and European stops. Discovering waterfalls, thermal pools, cool swimming spots. Stops in small towns for op shopping or picking up bargains at a book sale!
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productOur first night is spent in the heart of the majestic Waipoua forest. Home to the magnificent giant Kauri and Rimu trees, here we'll hole up at a quaint campsite with walking tracks right next door. We'll have time for a stroll before dinner, which can be a group cook or an individual feed. After dark when the time is right we'll head out with our red lights for some Kiwi spotting. The forest is right there and so too often are the Kiwi.We'll overnight in our vans then start the morning with a hearty campsite breakfast before heading north.Duration: 18 hoursLocation: Waipoua Forest, Waipoua Forest, Northland Region, North IslandThey don’t call it 90 mile beach for nothing. Well actually they do, it’s about 58 miles really. Early farmers in the area just guessed!Anyway this fabled thin strip of land is where New Zealand kind of stretches off into the ocean, it’s a special place. We’ll meander north along 90 mile beach until we reach our camping spot right at the top of New Zealand. When we arrive we'll discover Cape Reinga, it’s majesty, it’s oceans and it’s legends. We are 100 km's north of the nearest town now, so we'll stop off on the way for supplies to get us through the night. Here we'll enjoy group meals of guests can self cater.At night at the cape can be an adventure, we might be going out on a nocturnal bush walk or hunkering down to whether a storm. being so far from anywhere the night sky is often pretty spectacular.Next morning we'll have breakfast and hit the road south towards the bay of islands.Duration: 20 hoursLocation: Cape Reinga, Cape Reinga, Northland Region, North IslandAfter leaving the far north we'll head towards historic and quaint Russell for lunch, this place was the first capital of New Zealand. We'll drive through beautiful Russell Forest and Parakura Bay, taking in all the cool nooks and crannies along the way. Our overnight stop on Night 3 is stunning, a secluded inlet on the water called Puriri Bay. Enjoy the peace and quiet, watch the sky for bird life and the water for stingrays and fish. We'll set up camp for the night, again with a shared meal or self catering.Duration: 20 hoursLocation: Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) Campsite

What’s included

  • Campsite overnight fee for your camper van
  • Entry/Admission - Waipoua Forest
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Reinga
  • Entry/Admission - Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) Campsite

What’s not included

  • Dinner - We will stop by local stores to stock up on food and drink for all meals. Group meals are optional where guests and guides can contribute.
  • Lunch - We will stop by local stores to stock up on food and drink for all meals. Group meals are optional where guests and guides can contribute.
  • Breakfast - We will stop by local stores to stock up on food and drink for all meals. Group meals are optional where guests and guides can contribute.
  • Private transportation
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