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Cape Kidnappers Experience

The heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s beautiful North Island is sparkling Lake Taupo, the great inland sea of New Zealand, trout-filled rivers and the thundering Huka Falls. Three towering volcanoes in the awesome and otherworldly landscape with a welcoming nature of Cape Kidnappers, an outstanding bird-watching destination, with dramatic coastal views into the bargain. Get right up close to explore lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise around the Western Bays of the Lake to see the huge Māori rock carving at Mine Bay.

DURATION

Three Days &

Two Nights

LOCATION

Auckland City 

Napier & Lake Taupo

TOUR TYPE

Scenic Tours

Overnight Experience

PRICE FROM

NZ $1299

Per Person

Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari
Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari

Lookout Point

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Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari
Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari

Gannets

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Love Taupo
Love Taupo

Lake Taupo

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Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari
Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari

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Tour Summary

The heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s beautiful North Island is sparkling Lake Taupo, the great inland sea of New Zealand, trout-filled rivers and the thundering Huka Falls. Three towering volcanoes in the awesome and otherworldly landscape with a welcoming nature of Cape Kidnappers, an outstanding bird-watching destination, with dramatic coastal views into the bargain. Get right up close to explore lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise around the Western Bays of the Lake to see the huge Māori rock carving at Mine Bay.

Itinerary At a Glance

  • Day 1: Huka Falls, Wairakei Terraces Walkway, Lake Taupō Experience & Overnight Stay in Napier

  • Day 2: Cape Kidnapper Gannet Safari, Art Deco Tours & Overnight Stay in Napier

  • Day 3: Lake Taupo Māori Rock Carving Cruise, Honey Tasting Experience and return to Auckland 

Tour Highlights

Day 1

  • Enjoy the largest freshwater lake in NZ, one of the main attractions

  • Explore the scenic beauty of Lake Taupō by stretching your legs along the lakeside

  • Enjoy the best water-level viewing of the majestic Huka Falls

  • Experience dazzling views of the falls and river from the pedestrian bridge

  • Admire beautiful Waikato scenery and look out for native bird life

  • Experience a geothermal landscape & be amazed by the power of geysers

  • Wonder at the beautiful silica deposits on the original pink and white terraces

Day 2

  • A unique 36-kilometre guided tour from stunning coast to cape

  • Fascinating introduction to gannet colony from expert local guides

  • Learn about the geology and history of Cape Kidnappers

  • Breath-taking views of Hawke’s Bay, Mahia Peninsula and Mount Ruapehu

  • Panoramic lookouts towards the vast Pacific Ocean

  • Hear the dramatic story of the 1931 earthquake and discover Art Deco

  • Visits to the interiors of some of the most stunning examples of this architectural style in the city

Day 3

  • Travel back from Napier to Taupo

  • Discover the renowned Māori Rock Carvings on a cruise

  • Marvel at panoramic views of Lake Taupō on an eco-friendly vessel with no noise, fumes or pollution

  • Visit the largest rock carving of this type in the world - only accessible by boat! 

  • Sail in a lovingly restored white classic sailing yacht 

  • Get a chance to hoist the sails & steer the wheel 

  • Enjoy light-hearted commentary from your certified skipper guide

  • A little extra of something –enjoy a complimentary bevvy and cookies while you cruise

  • Step into the glorious world of the honey bee!

  • Discover pure New Zealand honey in the heart of Taupō

  • Free honey, mead and liqueur tastings, live beehive viewings and fascinating interactive displays

Tour Inclusion

  • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the journey

  • Luxurious temperature-controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities

  • Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish

  • Visit to the stunning lake city of Taupō waterfront

  • Visit mighty and majestic Huka falls

  • Admission to self-guided Wairakei Terrace walkway

  • Admission to New Zealand’s largest showcase of honey products

  • Free tastings of 100% pure New Zealand honey, honey wine (mead) and liqueurs

  • Admission to 3-hour gannet safari cape kidnappers

  • Admission to 1.5-hour Art Deco walking Tour

  • Admission to 2.5-hour cruise aboard an electric yacht

  • Complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies

  • Engaging and informative commentary in English

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