Day 1: Taste of Northland Country - You Beauty!

Tena koutou. We hope you enjoyed your arrival & stay in New Zealand thus far. Today & for the next 8 days you will travel in concierge care. A tasteful journey from Auckland City to Nostalgic Kourawhero we are trailing stunning coastlines & traveling over green rolling hills to introduce you to each other on the coach & then the Kiwis of Northland, providing an excellent beginning to your experience.

Today your personal chauffeur awaits in your hotel lobby to take you to our Coach Motorcade where you will leisurely enjoy a world class coffee meet and greet before our coach boarding Kia Ora. Over the harbor bridge across a City of Sails and Around the Bays we go for spectacular views through large glass windows so not to miss stunning scenery around every coastal corner. A short stop to feel the ambience of a typical seaside village until the conch shell calls. Time to climb the hills for breathtaking sights in this wonderland.

Enjoy a little of something good in Puhoi Valley with deliciously indulgent food reflecting a belief that food made with care, to taste good, feeds the body and lifts our spirits. Flavorsome cheese tasting tours is fun in this historic village settled in 1863 by Bohemians. Great food, great beer, and a great place is important. The Puhoi iconic pub is one of the last historical pubs left in the Southern Hemisphere. The interiors filled with the remnants of past and present memorabilia is enough to fill one with a sense of nostalgia. Drink a glass of your favorite tipple and choose from the excellent bistro menu for a fine and satisfying lunch.

Discover rural New Zealand. SheepWorld provides a unique insight into how we farm our sheep in New Zealand, then harvest and use their wool. Your chance to shear a sheep and witness dog herding that would beat any technology. Get up close and prepare to be entertained by witty farmers and a sheep/dog show. 

Enter the beautiful countryside of Matakana to find Ascension Estate nestled in the wine country with their incredible and exceptional wines. Daring to be different they offer a superb venue for wine tasting in a rustic Mediterranean setting. Let the staff take you on a story of their various wines and tour of the underground cellar. Relax, enjoy and savor this private experience while sampling exquisite Italian cuisine.

No rush as we travel thereafter to Kourawhero Estate located on the Matakana Coast. Experience a Powhiri Cultural Maori welcome. Wander these green rolling hills with a cocktail and watch the sun set across Hauraki Gulf and islands. Dining this evening is an elegant yet traditional outdoor Kiwi BBQ hosted by their Sous Chefs. Matakana flavored wines are paired with this country meal and liqueurs with divulging special coffees Kiwi style. Melt in your mouth uniquely arranged Kiwi desserts to delight your taste buds accompanied with story-telling and enchanting music - you will have a good time! Sleep blissfully this evening in boutique luxury with peace reigning everywhere.  

Inclusions

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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