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Heritage Byways – Northland Explored

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up to Sep 30

1 person – get $200 credit towards flights or balance
2 people – save $620 when booking twin share

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Stories, places discovered, explored and it’s not a boring school trip. Northland definitely is fun, a bit of scandal and quirky places down quiet side roads. Afternoon high tea complete with ornate Victorian splendor or a place where time stood still surrounded by sweeping views. Heritage byways is a magical journey for anyone who wants to find out more.

An evocative nineteenth century battlefield, the trudge of early coal miners and their harsh working conditions, the industrial origins of a fascinating garden or the narrative of hot springs, over a thousand years providing warmth and healing for the local inhabitants are just a few of the places explored together.

Tour at a Glance

Price
  • $2255 Per adult
  • $1295 Per child
  • $4510 $3890 Special price for 2 people
  • $795 Single Supplement
Tour Dates
  • March 2022
  • June 2022
Tour Leader:
  • Sarah-Jane Lee
Fitness Level
  • 1-2 hrs Able to walk
  • Good All paths
Extensions
  • Hauraki Island exploration
  • Historic Howick ethnographic village & Pah House gallery
  • Explore heritage regional parks and Hibiscus coast
Important notes
  • Some activities are weather-dependent (trips can be swap during the day)
  • Russel afternoon tea due to events, etc. can change
  • Please note: Waitangi visit (optional) – half price discount for NZ residents, NZ Identification to be presented on arrival. (expenses bills for example)
  • Child price: 2-14 years old
  • Single Supplement: up to 4 single rooms per group
  • * Door to door transfer: within 25km to tour start point (Parnell Railway Station). Includes airport pick up and drop off (between airport and tour start point – Parnell Station) on the same day of tour start / finish
  • * Northland – Paihia (2 dinner)
  • Get 2x$50 pp off from your booking and use it as a dinner voucher (your choice of restaurant)
  • Tour includes daily breakfast, 2 dinner, 2 kiwi-style “light” lunch
  • Tour excludes 2 dinner in Paihia, you can use your “all meals included” discount to go out and have dinner – there are many options close to your accommodation)

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5 days
4 nights

Trip Overview

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • The award winning Kauri Museum tells the story of the kauri tree
  • An industrial quarry site now reimaged as a stunning garden with sculptural interpretations of Whangarei’s story
  • Travel back in time to when Hikurangi was a thriving mining town and get lost in the lives of the early settlers
  • Ruapekapeka Pā: where dissatisfaction over the Treaty turned to war
  • Kororipo Heritage Park – steeped in history, this is culturally and historically one of the most important sites in Aotearoa
  • Te Waimate Mission – New Zealand’s second oldest building narrates a story of missionary activities
Start Auckland
Finish Auckland
Start Auckland
Finish Auckland
Included
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations
  • Daily breakfast & dinner*
  • Entry Fee of The Kauri Museum Matakohe, Waipu Museum, Quarry Gardens or Claphams National Clock Museum, Hikurangi Historical Museum, Reyburn
  • House Art Gallery, Afternoon Tea, Te Waimate Mission, Hot Springs, Pottery Workshop
  • Commentaries provided by your experienced escort, drivers and local guides
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
  • Door to door transfer included*
  • Tax included
Excluded
  • Airfare to and from tour departure/arrival
  • Travel/cancellation insurance (highly recommended, please contact us for a quote)
  • Entry visa if needed
  • Accommodation and meal not as listed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing / activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Waitangi, Pompallier Mission and Printery Entry Fee
  • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
  • Optional day tours during free time
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Itinerary

Day 1

Auckland - Whangarei: Guardians of the Kauri Story, stunning subtropical oasis garden, a city of culture and natural beauty

Quarry Gardens, Whangarei, New Zealand
Quarry Gardens, Whangarei

Highlights of the day

  • The Kauri Museum
  • Waipu Museum
  • Quarry Gardens

We are on our way. Depart Auckland 8.30am. Today we cross Auckland Harbour Bridge and travel along the Hibiscus Coast with stops at the Matakohe Kauri Museum for an insight into the pioneering history of the region.

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Stops & extensions
Day 2

Whangarei - Paihia: Thriving mining town, heritage walks and places, spectacular limestone formations

Waterfalls in the bush, river and stones, Whangarei waterfalls, New Zealand
Waterfalls in the bush, river and stones, Whangarei

Highlights of the day

  • Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve
  • Hikurangi Historical Museum
  • Heritage Walk
  • Evening Talk

Our slogan for today: There are plenty of reasons to love Whangarei.

Whangarei is full of charm with its rich variety of historic buildings, art galleries and cafes, as well as stunning water views.

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Stops & extensions
Day 3

Kawakawa - Russel - Paihia: The 'Showcase of the Bay of Islands’, Kororareka - the old capital, Unesco World Heritage site

Hundertwasser Toilets, Kawakawa, New Zealand
Hundertwasser Toilets, Kawakawa

Highlights of the day

  • Ruapekapeka Pa
  • Kawakawa King Theatre Art Gallery
  • Hundertwasser Public Toilets
  • Russell Heritage Walk
  • Afternoon Tea / Russell
  • Waitangi (optional)

Heritage on steroids today. A significant military site tells us stories about the nineteenth century Land Wars.

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Stops & extensions
Day 4

Bay of Islands Heritage sites: Unesco World Heritage Site, New Zealand’s second oldest building, traditional spa experience

The Stone Store
The Stone Store

Highlights of the day

  • Kororipo Heritage Park
  • The Stone Store
  • Te Waimate Mission
  • Exclusive access to a private traditional spa

A scenic drive brings you to Kororipo Heritage Park – steeped in history, this is culturally and historically one of the most important sites in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Stops & extensions
Day 5

Paihia - Whangarei - Auckland: Hidden nature gems, award winning pottery workshop, the longest footbridge in the Southern Hemisphere

Warkworth Wilsons Cement, New Zealand
Warkworth Wilsons Cement

Highlights of the day

  • Whananaki Footbridge
  • Pottery Workshop
  • Frying Pan Lookout
  • Scow Landing
  • Whangarei Falls
  • Wilson Cement Works

Our journey back to Auckland is packed with places to explore. We start with a brisk walk along the longest footbridge in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Stops & extensions

Trip includes / Trip excludes / Important notes

Whangarei
Whangarei

TRIP INCLUDES

  • 2 nights hotel accommodations
  • All meals included*
  • Entry Fee of The Kauri Museum Matakohe, Waipu Museum, Quarry Gardens or Claphams National Clock Museum, Hikurangi Historical Museum, Reyburn
  • House Art Gallery, Afternoon Tea, Te Waimate Mission, Hot Springs, Pottery Workshop
  • Commentaries provided by your experienced escort, drivers and local guides
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Dates and Prices

20% deposit will secure a place on this trip. All deposits are transferable to other dates or tours. 100% COVID RISK FREE GUARANTEE

Heritage Byways - Northland Explored
Murch 2022
18
  • Adult 2255 NZD
  • Child 1295 NZD
  • 2 people 3890 NZD
  • Single Suplement 795 NZD
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Heritage Byways - Northland Explored
June 2022
20
  • Adult 2255 NZD
  • Child 1295 NZD
  • 2 people 3890 NZD
  • Single Suplement 795 NZD
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    How many people are there on each tour?

    Our Escorted Tours are limited to a maximum of 10 tour members

    Do you have age restrictions for your tours?

    Travelers must be at least 18 years-of-age to travel unaccompanied by an adult. We recommend that children be at least 12 years of age. Our tours are heavy on “adult things” (art, history, architecture, etc.) that kids often find boring. Our tours allow flexibility, so squeezing in activities for younger children is possible but can still be overwhelming.

    Do I need to pay the single supplement?

    The accommodation on our tours is based on twin share. If you’d prefer to have your own room, please select the single supplement option in the online booking form. The single supplement fee is for the whole trip, not per night. This will ensure you have a room to yourself. If you’re happy to share, you will be placed in a twin room with another adventure-buddy of the same gender in separate beds. If we can’t find anyone to share your room with, you have to pay for the single supplement.

    We only share basic information about your adventure-buddy, but if you both agree you can keep in touch before the tour starts.

    How physically difficult are the tours?

    Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs.

    (we provide personalized itineraries and private tours throughout New Zealand and Australia where one or more person has a physical or learning disability, is a slow walker or simply may need that bit of extra support along the way)

    What are the accommodations like?

    All the hotels on our escorted tours to New Zealand are carefully selected by our Directors to ensure they meet their exacting standards. Over the decades they’ve worked in the travel industry, they’ve come to understand precisely which hotel elements work best for your holiday. Location and consistent high standards are paramount. So, throughout your touring holiday in New Zealand, rest assured that we aim to provide top accommodation. And it does not cost the earth.

    Is the optional program guaranteed to happen?

    For optional programs you must apply and pay 45 days prior to departure. It is often no longer possible to apply after we start the tour but please contact us for more details.

    Do you book flights as well?

    All of our tours excluding airfares.

    How much luggage am I allowed to bring?

    Passengers are allowed one max 20kg suitcase/backpack and one day bag, as there are strict weight restrictions on our buses.

    What is your no show policy?

    Due to extremely strict time slots for entry into attractions, we recommend you show up 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Our groups depart precisely at the scheduled tour start time. If you show up late or cannot find the meeting point, for any reason, refund requests are not honored per policy. For most tours, it is not logistically possible to join the group after it has started but please contact us if you have any questions.

    What sort of weather can I expect on my tour?

    Please visit Metservice.com for a long term weather forecast.

    Do I need to tell you about any medical or special conditions?

    Yes we like to know about anything that needs consideration on your tour, such as ability to walk up stairs, etc. Once you have booked, you will receive a form requesting details of any medical conditions that may be relevant to your tour experience. This allows us to make any necessary arrangements.

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