Recommended Length: 5 Days
Distance: 751 km (469 miles)
Tour both coasts of the New Zealand’s warmest region and discover beaches and marine adventures of every description. Cruise the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland, city of sails, then travel north to Whangarei past surfing spots and character-filled towns. Enjoy the restaurants of the Whangarei waterfront before you launch into the Bay of Islands. Historic sites and boat trips will occupy you until you’re ready to move on to Kaitaia, the base for tours to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. Follow the west coast back to Auckland, taking time to discover kauri forests, coastal lakes and local attractions like dune surfing and 4WD motorbiking.