Welcome to Waipoua Forest

Control of the forest has been returned to Te Roroa, the local iwi (tribe), as part of a settlement for Crown breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi. Te Roroa runs the Waipoua Forest Visitor Centre, cafe and camping ground near the south end of the park.

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$861.73 Multi-day & Extended Tours

14 Day All Inclusive 'Sweet North' New Zealand Tour For 18-35s!

Itinerary & Highlights:Day 1. Auckland – Paihia: Visit the Kai Iwi Lakes - perfect for watersports, meet the Tane Mahuta – Lord of the Forest in Waipoua Forest, *enjoy local fish n chips for lunch in Opononi* and explore Paihia in the heart of the Bay of Islands.Day 2. Paihia – Cape Reinga: See the most northern point of New Zealand – the Cape Reinga lighthouse, glide down the Te Paki Sand Dunes at 90 Mile Beach and enjoy an optional Maori Hangi lunch.Day 3. Paihia – Auckland: Journey through the Waipu Gorge and visit Piroa Falls – a hidden paradise where you can take a swim and explore.Day 4. Auckland – Coromandel: Head to the stunning Cathedral Cove and Hahei Beach for a day of relaxation, take a dip in the geothermal hot springs at Hot Water Beach.Day 5. Coromandel – Tauranga: Travel to Middle Earth and visit the renowned Hobbiton, then explore the coastal beach town of Tauranga and check out the epic views from Mount Maunganui.Day 6. Tauranga – Rotorua: Visit Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua famed for its mud pools and geysers, then enjoy a traditional Hangi buffet for dinner at the Tamaki Maori Village and see the world-famous HAKA!Day 7. Rotorua – Taupo: *See a real Kiwi at Rainbow Springs Kiwi encounter*, then see the majestic Huka Falls in Taupo.Day 8. Tongariro National Park: Cross the renowned Tongariro Crossing or opt for a kayak around the Mine Bay Maori Rock carvings, skydive, or water rafting then finish with a soak in Taupo's free hot spring, the Otumheke thermal stream.Day 9. Taupo – Napier: Enjoy a relaxing Winery Tour in Hawkes Bay and explore the Art Deco city of Napier.Day 10. Napier – Wellington: Travel to the world’s coolest little capital, Wellington known for its great food, good vibes, stunning promenade and vibrant nightlife.Day 11. Wellington: Visit the Te Papa Museum, take a cable car to the Botanical gardens, or join our epic Bar Crawl of Wellingtons sweetest pubs and clubs.Day 12. Wellington – New Plymouth: Visit the amazing Goblin Forest in Egmont National Park and check out the beautiful Botanical Gardens.Day 13. New Plymouth – Raglan: Visit the renowned Waitomo caves – glow worm capital, then journey to New Zealands’ coolest surf town and finish the night with an optional sunset boat party and BBQ.Day 14. Raglan – Auckland: Soak up the best of Raglan on your last day before heading back to Auckland.

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Road Tripping With The Locals

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

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Matakana Coastal Getaway from Auckland

• Head North over the Auckland harbour bridge taking in views of the city Skyline Marinas and Waitemata Harbour. Track North through the beautiful coastal seaside resort towns of Orewa and Waiwera Mineral Springs. • Stop in at the Puhoi Cheese Factory to taste some delicious cheeses made by this excellent producer. They make double and triple cream Brie, soft and wash rind cheeses, three different blue cheeses as well as Harvarti, Gouda, Gruyere, goat and Cow Feta and a vintage 4 year aged cheddar. • Start your wine tasting at Ascension Vineyard. They produce locally grown varieties like Flora, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinotage and Tannat as well as Methode Traditionelle. • Sees a rare 850 year old Kauri tree. The wood from these ancient trees  was turned in  colonial New Zealand cottages , villas, mansions, churches as well as early sailing sea vessels from around 1860.. They are New Zealand’s most revered native tree. The oldest one in New Zealand is in the Waipoua forest dating approximately 2,500 years old. • Next enjoy a tutored tasting and an open menu one course lunch with a glass of wine at award winning Plume Vineyard Restaurant. Try the outstanding “Runner Duck” Wines all produced from their local vineyards. Syrah, Pinotage and Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Rose’ wines make up the list. • In the afternoon visit stuning Tawharanui regional park for magnificent views of Little Barrier Island, Coromandel and the Hauraki Gulf. This park is a Kiwi and rare bird sanctuary and is fully protected. • Finally try some locally made chocolate samples from “Chocolate Brown” in Warkworth town. Try three different chocolate praline sample halves. This chocolate company makes an enormous range of hand made world class pralines, and fudges from curvature they source from around world.

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