Today your experienced driver/guide will collect you
from your hotel, not too early, but early enough for you to enjoy all
there is to see on this magnificent journey north of the city.
We head north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge
which spans the Waitemata Harbour (“sparkling waters”) and
into seaside suburbs of North Shore City (Takapuna). We travel along
the one dozen beaches that border the Auckland Harbour and Hauraki Gulf
where you can view Rangitoto Island, a massive extinct volcano,
and other islands of the Gulf.
From the northern suburbs of Auckland we travel up the
Kowhai Coast and into the rolling open countryside interspersed with
stands of native bush.
We visit Parry Park where you can see giant old
kauri trees (800 years old) and take a short stroll through some New
Zealand forest and imagine how our country looked 150 years ago when
the European settlers arrived.
We pass through the historic riverside village of Warkworth,
established in 1853, and still retaining it’s old English charm,
and select a spot in one of the many vineyards in the area for a well
deserved lunch enjoyed perhaps with a chilled bottle of award winning
New Zealand sauvignon blanc.
After our meal we will visit Morris &
James, a renowned Matakana pottery, perhaps a chance to buy
something truly ‘KIWI’. We then drive and on through native
bush to Tawharanui, a protected wildlife area and one of
Auckland’s truly beautiful regional parks, where you may swim at
a pristine white sand beach and explore the rockpools, or just sit back
and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful part of New
On our way back we will visit the beachside development
of Omaha where many Aucklanders go to escape the city in their
We call into the historic Bohemian village of Puhoi
for a coffee break before setting off back down the coast to return to