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Worsley

Soak up the sunshine and spot some marine life in the subtropical North. This 3 day tour takes you from Auckland to the Bay of Islands and back again. You'll get out on the water exploring the beautiful beaches, see giant native Kauri trees and go sand boarding down massive dunes. It’s a jam-packed adventure made even better with the company of an awesome driver guide and a great group of travellers to explore the region with. 


Highlights:

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"This experience was awesome. The tourist guide was very friendly! I really enjoyed travelling with this group. Thanks again for this unforgettable beautiful trip!"
Ylenia, March 2016

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Summer Tour Inclusions:

All transport: You'll travel in our comfortable mid-sized coaches around the North Island. 

Experienced tour guide: Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide. 

Accommodation: 2 nights’ quad share accommodation in a variety of quality backpacker hostels, wilderness lodges and cabins.  Upgrades to twin and single rooms are available - email [email protected] to book.

Meals: 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners

Top rated activities:

  • Tree hugging at Parry Kauri Forest
  • Swim at scenic Waipu Cove
  • Bay of Islands Wildlife Cruise
  • Ferry ride across Hokianga Harbour
  • Sand boarding
  • Swim at Kai Iwi Lakes

What's not included?

Any additional activities not specified as included on the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Stray special price!


What to Bring

Walking shoes, swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.


Please note:

  • Stray Journey Summer itineraries are October – April. Stray Journeys Winter tours operate from May - September and follow a different itinerary from the Summer tour. View the Worsley Winter Journey.
  • All rates are in NZD, per person, and are subject to change.
  • A 15% discount off these rates is available for children aged between 7 - 17 years old. Children must travel with a parent or legal guardian and be booked in a private room with their parent or legal guardian. Stray Journeys are not suited to children under 7 years old. Please email [email protected] to book. 
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack. 

 

Itinerary

Summer Departures: 7 October 2018 - 28 April 2019

Departs from: Auckland
Day: Sunday
Time: 7am

You can select your departure date and check availability at checkout. 

Journey: Auckland to Paihia

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your journey kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Pick-ups start at your accommodation bright and early before we head north to the seaside town of Paihia. We stop en-route to hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native kauri, enjoy a hike to a beautiful waterfall and stop for lunch and a swim at scenic Waipu Cove. This is followed by a trip to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds (own expense), before settling into our accommodation where you’ll have a group meal and the evening free to relax in Paihia. Includes dinner.

INCLUDED: Central Bay of Islands Hostel

OPTIONAL: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

INCLUDED: Tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest, Waipu Cove

This morning we take a scenic cruise around the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life, and there’s no better way to see it than by boat. Keep a watchful eye out and you may see wild dolphins!

In the afternoon it’s off to the Hokianga Harbour, where we will see the huge sand dunes. Finish the day with a Kiwi classic for dinner, traditional fish and chips. Includes breakfast and dinner.

We start the morning with a ferry ride across the Hokianga Harbour to experience the thrill of sand boarding down massive dunes (weather dependant) before we start to make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest. Here we will have the opportunity to visit NZ’s largest kauri trees. We visit the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in the beautiful crystal clear waters surrounded by a pure white sandy beach, before returning to the ‘big smoke’ for a late afternoon arrival. We hope you had a blast on your Stray Journey! Includes breakfast.

INCLUDED: Hokianga Ferry ride, sand boarding, visit Waipoua Forest (NZ’s largest Kauri trees), swim in the Kai Iwi Lake

ACCOMMODATION

We've chosen high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels.  Quad-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability). 

  • Single Room: +$140
  • Double/Twin Room: +$70 per person 

To request an accommodation upgrade, please email us ([email protected]) to book. 

Please note: 

Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.  

Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won't.

Worsley Journeys route 2018 19

How It Works

Stray Journeys are small group tours based on a fixed itinerary where you stay with the same guide and group of travellers. 

Think of it as a road trip experience, where your guide takes you on a once-of-a-lifetime journey, with plenty of awesome stops along the way showing you the real New Zealand!

What's included? 

  • Bus transport around the North Island
  • Local knowledge, entertaining commentary and bookings service from your tour guide
  • All accommodation, quad-share (summer) or dorm-share (winter) (upgrades available)
  • Some meals and a selection of activities (as indicated on each tour's itinerary)
  • Special deals on activities

What's not included?

Any additional activities not specified as included on the itinerary. These can be booked via your guide, often at an exclusive Stray special price!

If you would prefer to buy a bus pass only and pay-as-you-go for accommodation and activities, check out our Hop-on Hop-off passes