Youth and Family, Nature and Wildlife, Local Experience, Day Trip / Out of Town
Kid Friendly: No. Kids welcome. Lots of interesting things to see and do.
You must be able to get in and out of the vehicle. The walkways and areas we stop are not challenging. Although the access to the waterfall would not be possible in a wheelchair.
Maximum travelers: 6
Stunning scenery, nature and history with a private guide
See some of the most stunning scenery and views in New Zealand. 1 and a 1/2 hours south of Auckland is the Karangahake Gorge, a canyon carved out by the Ohinemuri River, at the base of the Coromandel Peninsular. This is where I grew up and still love to visit. Discover the origins of New Zealand's favourite soft drink L&P. Karangahake Gorge is one of New Zealand's top road trips and is part of the Hauraki Cycleway. We stop and explore the walks, swing bridges, tunnels, history and nature. Drive through the Karangahake gorge, stop at the beautiful waterfall and the historic railway station. Continue on around the area, travel along the Ngati Maru highway, explore the villages, valleys and plains. On the return journey travel along the Seabird Coast, great fish n chips, great views and away from the traffic. Lots of stops for photos and walks.
I'm very happy to customise this tour so if you have more than 6 people or special interests please let me know and I will provide more details.
Depart Auckland and travel south. We pass over the Bombay Hills, through beautiful rural pastures stopping for morning tea at the entrance to the Coromandel Peninsular. Keep going across the Hauraki Plains before arriving in Paeroa, the home of L&P softdrink. Onto Karangahake and explore the gorge. Lovely walks, spring bridges, tunnels and history. See the beautiful Owharoa waterfall down a track surrounded by beautiful bush and ferns. Lunch in the area before returning to Auckland by the Seabird Coast. Travel along the coastline and then back into Auckland and along the Eastern beaches before arriving in the city. Itinerary may vary slightly after Karangahake Gorge according to your travel times.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet you at your hotel, cruise ship or let me know where you will be
End location: I will leave you at your cruise ship, hotel, airport or your chosen destination
Duration: 9 hours
Mercedes Benz minivan with 6 comfortable seats, air conditioning and big windows. If more than 6 people I will need to hire another vehicle at extra cost.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 New Zealand Dollar - $20-$25 each for lunch. Wine tasting available too at extra cost