COAST TO COAST | Hiking & Biking Tour
Northland is full of hidden gems and walks that not everyone has discovered yet! You are more than likely to meet only a couple of people as you hike these trails. The walks are special not only for their beauty but for the cultural and historic elements that are unique to this part of the world. Northland also boasts one of New Zealand’s Great Rides - The Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail which travels from East to West Coast.
This tour is a mixture of cycling and walking. Starting the tour with an overnight stay at Cape Brett, followed by a must do stop at Urupukapuka Island for a totally different walk. You will get to cycle coast to coast on quality E-Bikes and then carry on to the southern end of the Hokianga Harbour.
Good food and wine are a huge part of this experience, as is staying in different types of accommodation, from waterfront hotels to a magical night in the basic but comfortable hut at the end of the Cape Brett peninsula.
Sunday | Day 1
- Arrive in Russell, Bay of Islands.
- Make your own way to our first nights’ accommodation –the Duke of Marlborough Hotel
- Meet and greet your fellow hikers and you tour leader over an evening meal over the water in Paihia.
Monday | Day 2
- 12km return hike from Deep Water Cove to Cape Brett. Hike 6km to Cape Brett Hut – stay overnight – the following day hike 6km back to Deep Water Cove.
- Buffet breakfast at the Duke overlooking the Bay, before setting off to Rawhiti or Deep water Cove to begin the iconic Cape Brett Walk.
- This walk is one of the New Zealand’s best hikes. A difficult but totally rewarding walk… enjoy outstanding views of the outer Bay of Islands, north to the Cavalli Islands and south to Whangaruru and beyond to the Poor Knights Islands, while taking in the peace and tranquillity that only isolation can provide.
- Arriving at Cape Brett - The Guiding light: The lighthouse at the end of Cape Brett has guided and protected visitors to New Zealand for hundreds of years. The light reflecting off the crystalline rocks once helped guide the earliest waka to a safe landfall in this new homeland. For the last 100 years the Cape Brett lighthouse has lit and protected the coast for all seafarers.
- This is your resting spot for the night, in the basic but comfortable hut set right on the tip of the peninsula. The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular. There is no better place to enjoy a glass of wine and dinner and marvel at the surrounds.
Tuesday | Day 3
- Walking 6km to 17km. After 6km it is optional
- Sunrise and breakfast! Set off on the 6km trek to Deep Water Cove to be collected by water taxi and transported to Urupukapuka Island.
- Urupukapuka Island is the largest island in the Bay of Islands and is a slice of paradise well worth exploring. As well as boasting some of the most spectacular panoramic views imaginable and gorgeous beaches with crystal clear water there are dozens of pristinely preserved archaeological sites on the island, some of which may be up to 1000 years old.
- Relax, swim or walk – or do all three! There is an 11km loop walk around the island but also several shorter ones.
- You will hike through forest which is full of birdsong with birds such as the North Island robin and saddleback, which are the jewels amongst the abundant tui and fantail population
- Leaving the island, its back to Russell where you can enjoy another luxurious night at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel, and dine in their award- winning restaurant.
Wednesday | Day 4
- 45km cycling
- Buffet breakfast at The Duke.
- Catch the passenger ferry to Paihia, where you will be transported to Opua and the start of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.
- Meet your bike! Get kitted out and start cycling.
- Beautiful waterside riding along the estuary, stopping in Kawakawa for lunch.
- Kawakawa is famous for its Hundertwasser Public toilets and the vintage steam train that chugs down the main street. It also boasts the largest art gallery in Northland.
- The next part of the trail takes you from Kawakawa to Kaikohe, where you stay the night in the luxury boutique Left Bank Hotel and dine in The Mint Café and Restaurant downstairs.
Thursday | Day 5
- 42km cycling
- Breakfast at The Mint Café, before popping back on the trail and riding to Horeke, this spectacular ride takes you through ever changing scenery. Stop for a picnic by the pretty Utakura River for lunch.
- From there you can cycle on through Horeke Township and 3km to Wairere Boulders - a truly hidden gem -for coffee, cake and a walk.
- Finishing up in Horeke and the end of the trail you step back in time at Mangungu Mission House where the largest signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the country took place here, with over 70 chiefs adding their assent before a crowd of up to 3,000 people.
- The beautiful boat “Ranui” will pick you up and take you and your bike down the Hokianga Harbour.
- Our destination for the afternoons ride is the dramatic South Heads at the Hokianga Harbour mouth, where you will experience the magical sunset and feel the cultural significance of this area.
- Overnight on the water’s edge of the Hokianga Harbour.
- There are many options on this day to have increase your hiking or cycling.
Friday | Day 6
- Breakfast at the hotel, before heading back to your vehicle in the Bay of Islands.
- If you want to stay longer and explore the Hokianga Harbour or the Bay of Islands – there are so many fantastic experiences to be had. Let us know and we can help you make the most of your time on either coast.
COAST TO COAST TOUR
Options to upgrade to even more luxury on the Thursday night, to include your own private deck with a hot tub, and indoors a fireplace, luxury bath and monsoon shower for two. Just ask!
Includes accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner), van transfers, boat transfers, E-bike hire, your Tour Manager, and track fees. Alcohol and other beverages are excluded.
We encourage you to stay a while in this amazing part of the world. We can arrange accommodation and activities for you at competitive rates.
- Day trip on the Tall Ship “R Tucker Thompson”
- A scenic helicopter ride out to the famous Hole in the Rock.
- Scuba dive in the marine reserve of Deep Water Cove where HMS Canterbury lies, or the Rainbow Warrior not far away in the Cavalli Islands
- See the bay from up high – with a Parasail or Skydive
- Swim with the dolphins
- Explore the Bay of Islands by yacht, kayak or motor boat
- Hook a snapper and have it cooked for dinner at a restaurant in town or go for that TROPHY FISH & catch a Marlin!
- World class golf courses
- Walk the islands
- Day trip to Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean in a spectacular swirl of currents and where Maori spirits begin their final journey.
- Enjoy a traditional hangi and cultural show
- Take a vineyard tour with detours to a boutique chocolate factory and cheese factory OR cycle some more!
We are passionate about the region and making sure that visitors have the best experience!