Auckland – Waikato & Rotorua – Paihia – Auckland
On this nine-day itinerary explore Te Ika-a-Māui (the North Island). Start off in Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest city, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, before carrying on into the might Waikato and Rotorua. Then it’s back up north to the Bay of Islands including a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of the most important historical and cultural sites in the motu (country).
Hell’s Gate – also known as Tikitere in te reo Māori – is Aotearoa New Zealand’s most active geothermal reserve and the only mud spa in the motu (country). It’s said that the nutrient-rich waters have the power to heal ailments, particularly inflammation and arthritis. Soak in the geothermal mud and sulphuric waters, go on a walk through native bush and try your hand at traditional Māori carving.
Bespoke experiences can be arranged at this Qualmark Gold operator, tailoring to the needs of your clients whether they’re interested in health and wellness, cuisine or Māori culture. Parking is available for both cars and campervans, spa facilities are wheelchair accessible and towels can be hired at reception. Remember to remove any jewellery before bathing as the waters and mud can tarnish.
Carino Wildlife Cruises is a family-owned business based out of Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Come aboard the 50-foot catamaran for a day of sailing in search of the bottlenose and common dolphins who come to these waters to feed, socialise and play. Manuhiri (visitors) also have the chance to snorkel, hike one of the 144 islands and enjoy a BBQ lunch. Private charters are available on request.
As a Qualmark Gold eco-tourism operator, Carino are committed to responsible and respectful wildlife watching and to preserving the local environment. Plus, a percentage of every ticket contributes to marine mammal scientific research and helps fund the Carino Marine Explorers Trust, which takes local tamariki (children) and iwi (tribe) out on the catamaran.
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