This excursion offers a great way to travel to the top of New Zealand to experience its beauty, history and scenery. Not only does it avoid you needing to take a relatively long road trip, but you get to experience Cape Reinga from the air and on land.
The tour begins with a 45 minute flight up to Cape Reinga via Northlands’ spectacular harbours, such as the Whangaroa Harbour and the Rangaunu Harbour. Here you’ll look out on to stunning beaches such as Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay and the famous Ninety Mile Beach. From Ninety Mile Beach you will fly inland and land at an airfield just 20km from the Cape Reinga lighthouse.
Once on the ground you will take a 2½ hour coach tour around the top of New Zealand. Cape Reinga Lighthouse where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean is your first stop. Then take a short drive to Tapotupotu Bay where you will enjoy a light refreshment and a stroll on the beach. Next we’re off to the Te Paki quicksand stream with its giant sand dunes; (sleds are available for those who wish to experience the exhilaration of sliding down the sand dunes and try some “sand surfing”).
During your return flight to the Bay of Islands, you’ll see some of the most spectacular coastal scenery Northland has to offer. You will fly over the Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay, which are only visible by air or by sea. With it’s pure white silica sand and crystal clear water, this remote area is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand. The flight also passes across the Houhora Harbour, the Cavalli islands, Kauri Cliff’s golf course and the spectacular Bay of Islands.
Tour Guideline Price:
NZD $425 / GBP £231
Total duration 5 hrs.
Please note: All optional excursion descriptions represent a typical itinerary and will not necessarily operate exactly as outlined. Distant Journeys reserves the right to change the local operators at short notice if deemed necessary and appropriate.
The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
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