Northland Explorer Experience


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Tour Summary

New Zealand is blessed to have two distinctive islands that represent this beautiful nation. However, if you haven’t visited the North Island you may not be aware of a plethora of other smaller islands that are scattered along the north-eastern coastline past Auckland.

Tour Highlights


  • Enjoy a scenic drive through lush countryside with excellent photo opportunity

  • Explore the Bay of Islands from Auckland and Travel to the birthplace of New Zealand

  • The art and craft galleries, fantastic outdoor sculpture trail 

  • Award-winning wines at some of Matakana’s boutique vineyards.

  • Beautiful white-sand beaches along Matakana’s stunning coastline.

  • A high-energy, entertaining Maori cultural performance at Waitangi grounds

  • Up close and personal experience with the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe

  • Enjoy an adventurous Bay of Islands cruise out to the remote Cape Brett Lighthouse

  • Visit the iconic Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island

  • Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins

  • Exhilarating off-road driving tour to Cape Reinga

  • Scenic ride along the bright white sands of 90 Mile Beach

  • Great sand-boarding experience down Te Paki Stream

  • Panoramic views of Cape Reinga coastline & ocean

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

  • Hand-picked accommodation, selected to immerse you in your destination

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • All entrance and activity fee excluding add-on activity

  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities

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

Tour Description

Just 40 minutes north of Auckland, Matakana has long been a popular destination for Aucklanders. It's a place to enjoy unique sculpture, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication. There’s something about Matakana Village… a visit to Matakana comes with memories to treasure.


Day 1: Matakana Art and Vineyard Experience

Spend an amazing day exploring beautiful gardens filled with unique sculptures, art galleries & then finish your day visiting a boutique vineyard to taste premium selection of wines.


An art experience that is internationally unique. Over 400 works of art fill three sculpture gardens and six galleries. A destination that has been ten years in the making is designed to unlock the imagination, fuel creativity and ignite the mind. The gardens burst with colourful plantings that change with the seasons. Imposing prehistoric rocks rise up alongside panels that display reflections in writing on Gardens, Inspiration, Wisdom, Art and Music.

An art and food experience wouldn’t be complete without a glass of wine. Experience the Architectural award-winning Glass House, cantilevered over a shimmering lake with a fabulous food featuring the freshest seasonal produce. Taste our highly acclaimed range of wines, overlooking the vineyard where all our wine is estate grown.


The drive from Matakana to Paihia will take approximately 2 hours. You are set to relax for an overnight stay. Paihia is a great place to experience New Zealand’s beautiful scenery and unique wildlife. 


Day 2: Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach Tour


Be ready for a journey like no other with a full-day coach tour into the Far North of New Zealand. Along the way you'll visit ancient kauri forests, drive along the sand of Ninety Mile Beach and even have a go at sand boarding – surfing down the massive sand dunes at Te Paki Stream dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping.

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). The very tip of Aotearoa (New Zealand) will open your eyes to Māori culture as you learn of the spiritual significance of this place Cape Reinga where two oceans collide. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together.

Day 3: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise and Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Take a half-day Hole in the Rock cruise and explore the Bay in search of dolphins while visiting its highlights. You could be watching dolphins as they leap and play in sheltered waters - or keep an eye out for other marine mammals like whales and seals. Cruise in and out of beautiful unspoiled islands, see the remote Cape Brett Lighthouse and the impressive Hole in the Rock at Motukōkako Island.

Within a 5 minute drive, The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an absolute must-do when you are in the Bay of Islands – rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped our nation. Take time to wander through the beautiful grounds of the Waitangi estate, complete with extensive gardens, bush tracks, beaches, and fabulous views over the Bay of Islands and beyond. Enjoy an inspiring and interactive experience as you discover Waitangi’s two contemporary museums, powerful Maori cultural performances, informative guided tours, lush native forest and gardens, carving studio with live demonstrations, marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, the world’s largest ceremonial war canoes (waka taua), a quality café in tranquil surrounds, and so much more, all with stunning views over the Bay of Islands.

At the end of your journey, enjoy the spectacular views from the Auckland Harbour Bridge as you arrive in Auckland's central city by night.

Tour Requirements

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • A minimum of 2 people are required for this tour to operate

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

  • Warm layers in cooler months and a waterproof

  • Camera, Go-Pro, binocular

  • A sense of adventure

  • A low level of fitness is required

Tour Upgrades

ExperienceKart can arrange accommodation for you at a superior / standard hotel or you can book your own. Extend, enhance your holiday to New Zealand by choosing an add-on activity or upgrade to a full package including accommodation and add-ons.


There is nothing like New Zealand and there is nothing like classic New Zealand luxury. This program is all about the experience!

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