The adventure begins in Hawke’s Bay. We recommend the Lodge at Craggy Range.
Today select from the following optional activities:
09:00 Private vehicle transfer to the start of the activity:
Gannet 4WD Safari *4hrs
Enjoy a Gannet Safari through Cape Kidnappers Station – traversing riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, through stands of native bush, steep gullies and breathtaking inclines. There is a stop on the way at a spectacular cliff top with panoramic views of Hawke’s Bay right across to Mahia Peninsula. The amazing geology of the area can also be taken in. Cape Kidnappers is home to the largest, most accessible, mainland colony of gannets in the world. On arrival at the gannet colony you can stretch your legs and take in the mouthwatering scenery from your position at the brink of the cliffs edge – 100 metres above the ocean. Enjoy refreshments whilst you enjoy watching the gannets perform around you. *Please wear comfortable walking shoes. The gannets reside at Cape Kidnappers from September until April or May.
13:00 Approx. Private vehicle transfer back to The Lodge at Craggy Range
Self-drive to Huka Lodge *2hrs 20mins
Overnight Huka Lodge: Breakfast and Dinner
Self-drive to Rotorua *1hr and get ready for you Tarawera Falls Guided Hike *4hrs 30mins *Please note total hiking time is approx. 2hrs 30mins
Meet your local guide for your transfers by road and water taxi to enjoy your guided hike to Tarawera Falls. The hike to the Tarawera Falls is an easy hike. Start by following the Tarawera river at its source. Tuis, tomtits, fantails and kereru are the native birds found in this area.
You will also have the opportunity to learn more about contemporary Maori culture and your guide will touch on the history, stories and legends of the people of this region – the people of the Te Arawa canoe. Along the way your guide will talk about some of the flora and fauna of the river hike and the way in which these relate back to Maori perspectives and their connection to the natural world.
The river eventually heads underground and then surges as a 65 metre waterfall from fissures in a large rock cliff face that was formed 11000 years ago as an abrupt end of an ancient lava flow. There are also swimming holes on the way. *Please wear sturdy walking shoes or boots, warm clothing and a waterproof jacket. We recommend bringing a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent.
On conclusion of the excursion you will be transferred by private vehicle back to your rental vehicle in Rotorua.
Self-drive to Huka Lodge *1hr
Suggested Accommodation: Huka Lodge
Enjoy Tandem Skydiving. Vehicle transfer to the start of the activity plus Tandem skydiving experience – 4 hours
Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush of Tandem Skydiving high above the spectacular scenery of Lake Taupo. Harnessed to an experienced qualified jump master by space age materials you step out the aircraft at 15000 ft into thin air and for some 65 seconds you plummet towards the ground at 200km/h. Expect sensory overload as your mind, body and soul fight against every natural self-preservatory urge. *Please wear warm layers and flat closed-toed shoes. Includes free fall HD video and photos.
Guided cycling through the vineyards.
Fly from Taupo Airport to Auckland Airport Domestic Terminal. From here it is an easy taxi ride (or we can arrange a private transfer to your hotel).
Overnight Auckland . Suggested Accommodations: Hilton, Sofitel, Azure Lodge
Make your way to the Auckland Ferry Terminal to Waiheke Island *40mins. Our guide will meet you as you get off the ferry for a unique 4 hour Wine and Art Tour. Known as the jewel of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf for its beauty and tranquility, Waiheke Island offers award-winning wines, olive oils, plump oysters straight from the sea, hand-made specialty foods and many delightful cafés and restaurants. A ‘small is beautiful’ philosophy yields low quantities of extremely high quality fruit for amazing wines. Today your knowledgeable local guide will take you to some of the Island’s highly regarded vineyards, where you can taste their fine wines and learn about this unique region. There are also artist’s studios to explore, sculpture gardens, a scenic coastal walk, a beach excursion or an exciting zipline ride over lush native bush! The day will be designed to suit you. *Please pay direct for lunch and zip lining if of interest.
Evening at leisure.
Our driver will pick you up for a private transfer to the international airport. Let us help you plan your return home where ever that may be or onward to another destination.
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