Navigating the North Island
While the South Island of New Zealand is awash with stunning mountains, deep fiords, lush West Coast rainforests and a few less people, the North Island is vastly different yet an absolute must-see.
When taking a trip through the North Island, the coastline changes dramatically from rugged to sandy, accessible to inaccessible, serene to wild. From the Coromandel to the East right up to the tip of the north, you'll stumble upon stunning golden-sand beaches, huge native forests with 1200 year-old Kauri trees and lovely sheltered coves. Dating back to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, you can't help but feel the amazing historical signifcance for both the native Maori people and the brave English colonialists, or Pakeha as they are commonly known.
Funnily enough, this is where the 15 Day North Island Navigation begins. Spending your first evening in Auckland before making your way north, arrive at your hotel, check-in, relax with a cool glass of Pinot Gris and let sleep slowly take hold. Following a few days up in the Bay of Islands, it's out to a small island within Auckland's Waitemata Harbour (meaning 'Sparkling Waters) for some further r&r... Down the line to Rotorua you go, experiencing everything this geothermal wonderland has to offer - boiling mud, geysers, swimmable hot springs and the true Maori experiences. Hawke's Bay wine country is next on the agenda and it's a region full of goodness - good food, great wine, superb beaches and exceptional lodging. Before finishing this particular itinerary in the nations capital Wellington, a great North Island hop would not be complete without a visit to Palliser Bay and Wharekauhau Lodge. Perched above the roaring surf on a 5,500 acre working sheep station, you'll never want to leave.
All this is possible and more, so get in touch today, allow me to tailor-make your truly exceptional North Island adventure and be prepared to start looking for your own slice of Kiwi paradise...