Three night itinerary through the Kauri Coast and Hokianga

Auckland – Dargaville – Hokianga - Auckland

Your clients will discover the best of the Taitokerau Northland’s wild, untamed Kauri Coast on this three-day itinerary.

From the wild, untamed West Coast to the beautiful shelter of the kauri forests, prepare to be awed by a journey of dramatic contrasts. Follow the Northland Journey, the Ancient Kauri Trail through to the Kumara Capital, then feel the sea spray on your skin as you reach the ruggedly beautiful West Coast beaches. Further north, along the Northland Journey Wandering with Ancestors, the ancient living forests wrap their deep green embrace around you and learn about the first Polynesian explorer Kupe who arrived in New Zealand and made it his home. The itinerary is suitable for FIT’s, families, and groups.

Auckland to the Kauri Coast

Day 1

If you are driving up from Auckland turn off State Highway 1 before the Brynderwyn hills to start your journey to the Kauri Coast. The road winds through Taitokerau Northland’s rural villages, the perfect place to stop for a browse at the shops.  A visit to the famous Kauri Museum is a must at Matakohe, learn how the ancient kauri trees were vital to the early pioneers and boat builders.  Visit the Gum Diggers Café opposite the museum for a bite to eat. Motor homes can park overnight at the museum or continue to the main township Dargaville with accommodation options like motels and B&B’s suitable for couples. The Kauri Coast Top Ten Holiday Park is great for families, or for a romantic getaway try glamping in the serenity of nature at Highfield Forest Retreat.

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The Kauri Museum

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Tāne Mahuta, Waipoua Forest

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Manea Footprints of Kupe

Kauri Coast and Waipoua Forest

Day 2

Discover the historic Northern Wairoa River with the Dargaville Rail Tour experience, they offer a two-and-a-half-hour experience at 11am daily traveling along the rail line on converted golf carts. Then it is a good idea to stock up and replenish supplies before heading north. The Kai Iwi Lakes are the perfect place to stop for a swim, and to stretch your legs, the water is crystal clear. Head up through the forest to the Hokianga where you can experience the not-to-be-missed Footprints Waipoua Twilight Forest Tour, learning about the conservation to protect these ancient trees, hearing stories, myths, and legends with your local guide. The Hokianga has a range of motels and B&B’s, the largest accommodation offering is at The Heads, suitable for groups. For couples and small groups consider The Heads Villas or the historic Waipoua Lodge.

Hokianga Harbour

Day 3

Learn about the first Polynesian explorer Kupe and his people that landed in Aotearoa New Zealand more than 1000 years ago, at the Manea Footprints of Kupe cultural and heritage centre. Be immersed in the high-tech 4D theatre with actors, digital technology, sensory experiences, and storytelling. Afterwards, take a guided jet ski safari of the harbour with Awesome Adventures or the boat across to the giant sand dunes.

Just a little further north is Rāwene, Aotearoa New Zealand’s third oldest settlement. It has great cafes, craft shops, and the historic Clendon House. Hop on the ferry to Kohukohu or take a scenic sunset river cruise onboard the Ranui on Hokianga. Relax and enjoy dinner at The Heads or try the Opononi takeaways or the historic Opononi Hotel.

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Hokianga - Auckland

Day 4 

Depart the Hokianga, if you are not continuing to explore further north. As you head back to Auckland, make sure you stop at the Cheese Shop and funky Eutopia Café in Kaiwaka.