4
Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • Guided Walk
Accommodation
  • 3 Nights hotel
  • 2 nights Luxury Lodge
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

6 daysfrom

$4090NZD

Trip Code: GFC

Trip highlights


  • Waiheke Island guided day trip, exploring native bush, beaches and vineyards (with wine tasting experiences)
  • Enjoy sampling a diverse range of local, seasonal produce from Wine and cheeses, to coffee and Gin, all locally produced
  • Relax in the comfort of a boutique lodge while in the Coromandel region
  • Explore a combination of stunning Forest, Coastal, and River walks at your own pace, with an experienced local guide
  • Indulge in a gourmet dinner with your private chef during the lodge stay (includes a selection of New Zealand wines and beers)
  • Experience a real kiwi pub dinner at the Historic Waikino Hotel
  • Award-winning gin tasting at a micro-distillery

This trip combines a great little taster of Waiheke Island, with New Zealand's favourite holiday spot, the Coromandel Penisula, giving you a fabulous guided walk combination.

The best way to discover the character of Waiheke Island is on foot, with a local guide to share stories and delightful gems of information. From its remote eastern corners, rugged coastal headlands and forested interior to its more inhabited western side with picturesque vineyards, swimming beaches and vibrant artisan community there is much to explore. Walk over a variety of terrain from gentle local footpaths to narrow bush tracks across hill slopes. Everywhere there are spectacular vistas.

The Coromandel, as it is affectionately known, is a popular destination for New Zealanders and visitors alike and for good reason. There are many local treasures to discover and the best way to find the most secret of these is by harnessing the local knowledge of your guide. Explore trails that meander through lush valleys of sub-tropical rainforest and meet the iconic native Kauri tree. Fuel your taste buds with delectable three course evening meals packed with seasonal produce and matched with local wines. Visit an award-winning gin micro-distillery and sample tasty treats from the region at every opportunity. Stay in Luxury Lodge accommodation and carry only a day pack, this is the ideal way to get the most from the Coromandel Peninsula.


Itinerary

Make your own way to Auckland and check-in to your trip accommodation any time after 2:00pm. The city is New Zealand's largest, both in area and population and hence is often mistakenly thought of as the country's capital. Spend some time exploring the gardens and open spaces of The Domain, wander through the fascinating War Memorial Museum for a glimpse into Maori history and culture, visit the Sky Tower for spectacular 360 degree views, visit an art gallery, cruise the harbour, wander the foreshore or explore the shops. Food lovers will be spoilt for choice with a multitude of cafes, restaurants and bars to suit all budgets and tastes.

Meals:  Nil

Take the 9:00am ferry this morning from Auckland to Waiheke Island. On arrival at the Matiatia wharf, your guide will meet you. (You will need to be prepared with your requirements for the day already packed in your daypack.) After introductions and a short trip briefing, the walk today follows the coastline around headlands and rolling hills, beside secluded bays and along beautiful sand beaches. There’s time for wine tasting at two of Waiheke’s best loved vineyards, both with award winning wines. Take in stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf islands and the Coromandel Peninsula, enjoying a picnic lunch, and indulge in a refreshing swim at one of several beaches along the way. Your guide will ensure you are returned to your starting point in time for the journey back to Auckland. Your ferry departs from Matiatia wharf at 3pm. Enjoy dinner at one of the many Auckland restaurants (own expense).

Meals:  B,L

After being collected from the meeting point in Auckland, stop for morning tea at a quaint country cafe and art Gallery, before arriving at our first trail at Waiomu. A gentle walk in this diverse ecological area containing regenerating forest allows a glimpse into the past with some of the most impressive Kauri stands that remain in the country. Here, we bath in the serenity and share a picnic lunch before the return walk out. Then onward to Matatoki for a tasting with an award winning organic cheese-maker. Finally we set out north, to the coastal settlement of Waihi Beach where your Luxury Lodge retreat awaits. Unpack and unwind here, for two nights. Take the chance to relax with nibbles and a drink this evening, while the local chef prepares your meal with the freshest local produce of the season.

Meals:  B,L,D

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast while admiring the setting, before travelling a short distance to the coast where the Homunga Bay Track begins. Stunning views are a theme today as you follow the coast alongside three different bays to Waihi Beach. With turquoise-coloured water, white sand beaches and magnificent Pohutakawa trees, the contrast is superbly picturesque. A picnic lunch by the beach along the way allows time to absorb the beauty of Nature's canvas. Once you have had your fill of coastal views, we return to the lodge where you can relax in the hot tub, or get lost in a book. Freshen up before dinner and the first of our tour's two gin tastings at the historic Kiwi pub, the Waikino Hotel.

Meals:  B,L,D

With an earlier start this morning, we take a short drive to a hidden valley that leads to the Waitawheta River. Meander along the banks and follow the footsteps of pioneers of the old logging trail as it passes through the spectacular cliffs and bluffs of the gorge. We stop to rest and enjoy a picnic lunch with locally roasted Pinnacles coffee. During the walk, historical landmarks are dotted throughout with a suspension bridge, waterfall and old logging site along the way. This is a varied track with many photographic opportunities. Take the time to kick off your boots and bathe your feet, or have a refreshing dip as there are a few fresh water swimming pools along the way. We arrive back to our transport on the same track for the return trip to Auckland, for the last night of your stay.

Meals:  B,L

After a buffet breakfast this morning, your arrangements conclude.

Meals:  B

Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.



Inclusions

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Auckland (twinshare) with private bathroom
  • Return ferry journey Auckland - Waiheke Island
  • Waiheke Island guided day trip, exploring native bush, beaches and vineyards (with wine tasting experiences)
  • Professional local guides
  • Transfers from Auckland to Coromandel and return
  • 2 nights Luxury Lodge accommodation (twinshare)
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Private transport in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle throughout the Coromandel
  • Two or three course evening meals every night (except in Auckland)
  • A glass of New Zealand wine, beer or non-alcoholic drink of choice each evening (except in Auckland)
  • Group food and Wine tastings mentioned in the itinerary
  • Group first aid kit

  • Travel to Auckland on Day 1 and onward travel from Auckland on Day 6
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages other than drinking water and those included with evening meals
  • Optional activities, extras and upgrades (such as massage, purchases of specialty food items to take home)
  • Items of a personal nature (eg. laundry, shopping, internet)
  • Daypack (large enough to fit a lunch box and water bottle); a limited number of daypacks are available for hire if required (must be requested in advance)
  • Personal hiking gear and walking poles; a limited number of walking poles are available for hire if required (must be requested in advance)
  • Single supplement if you require your own room
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)

Trail Surface


Accommodation


Grading

Introductory to Moderate  
4

INTRODUCTORY TO MODERATE - GRADE 4 These trips involve a combination of what is described in our Introductory and Moderate levels. The emphasis is on introductory activity with several moderate stages. These adventures involve walking from 2 - 8 hours a day at a slow but steady pace with elevation gains of up to 550m on the hard day. You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions. Track surfaces each day will vary, but most are on very well maintained paths of either gravel, dirt, or rocks. You will get the most out of this tour if you have a good base level of fitness and hiking experience. Our guides allow plenty of time for short breaks for water, refreshments, photos and interesting pointers on the way. For us, its about the journey! Your fitness preparation should include climbing and descending stairs, hills or sand dunes on uneven terrain. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise - swimming, cycling, jogging, stair or hill walking - three times a week for three months prior to your journey. Training with a daypack of about 7kg is recommended as you will need to carry your daily requirements such as water, lunch, spare clothing and personal items during the walking stages of the trip.


Departure dates


Notes

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This trip departs on a Friday

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Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Taste of Waiheke and Coromandel Peninsula Guided Walk trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Our itineraries have been carefully designed and researched with you in mind.  The logistics are handled for you allowing you the freedom to walk New Zealand at a level of your choosing and in your own stride.

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