Who needs a tropical Island escape when we have Northland! Looping from one coast to the other, experience the magic of Northland’s forests with a local guide and explore secluded bay and beaches on your very own chartered catamaran.
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga (1 night)
The Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga is located in the heart of Hokianga, cradled in the arms of the harbour, resting on the water's edge. The elegant homestead has the charm and grandeur of yesteryear and quaint character of colonial times with rolling lawns which stretch to the beach. Within its walls Maori chieftains and the history of Maoridom are depicted through carvings, paintings and murals reflecting the creation of this place in days gone by.
Evening Maori Guided Tour in the Waipoua Forest
This evening join a friendly local Māori guide for your journey to the rich eco-system otherwise known as the Waipoua Forest.
Witness the day transition to night and by default feel your senses become hauntingly enhanced. Just like these giant kauri trees the memories you seize are timeless treasures. As you enter the forest you step into a special world; a world of giants that have stood silently for centuries witnessing the many feats of mankind. You will learn about the indigenous use of plants and be amazed at the life cycle of a kauri giant. Your tour will start with a karakia (prayer) seeking permission from Tāne Mahuta (the Māori God of the Forest) to enter his domain and to ensure that a safe and enjoyable experience is endured. Under the branches of this 2000-year- old living treasure your guide will share the Māori creation story - the separation of Sky Father and Mother Earth. Final words and song are offered before the curtain is drawn on an experience of a lifetime.
Arcadia Lodge (2 nights)
Arcadia Lodge is a turn of the 20th century house and B&B located in Russell, sitting in a magnificent position looking out over Matauwhi Bay. Accommodation is in three spacious suites with private decks and magnificent views of the bay. Sit and drink in the 180 degree views of water, bush and yachts.
Exclusive Sailing by Catamaran
Depart aboard your Cool Change Private Charter Sail and cruise through the Bay of Islands aboard an awesome 54 ft sailing catamaran, offering you a totally unique way to experience this beautiful area. Enjoy level sailing, all-round visibility and heaps of comfortable space, inside and out.
Explore isolated beaches and lush, uninhabited islands and bush hikes, with spectacular cliff top views.
Observe the unique bird and marine life in this special region, swim or snorkel from the easily accessed swimming platforms, or take the inflatable dinghy ashore and swim from the beach.
Kayaking on the stable sit on kayaks is a great way to explore the rocky shorelines you can gather and sample the plentiful seafood. Maybe try your hand at a bit of fishing. Rods and bait are available, and if you are successful, the catch can be prepared for you to take home, or cook it on the BBQ.
Soak up the sun lying on the spacious trampolines or enjoy the seats on each bow. You may also encounter dolphins that love to play below.
Trips are generally 6 hours duration, however extra time can be arranged. A two hour stopover allows plenty of time to enjoy a delicious lunch and to participate in your preferred activities such as kayaking, swimming or exploring the islands and beaches.