CAPE REINGA TOUR INCL FOOTPRINT WAIPOUA
Private and fully inclusive full day experience.
Let Kupe’s (NZ’s first discoverer) descendants take you on a guided walk of the largest kauri forest in the world and introduce you to their relationship with Mother Nature, both spiritually and culturally.
Depart Paroa Bay Winery for a 30 minute (approx) helicopter flight across to Omapere where you will be met by your Footprints Waipoua guide. Footprints is operated by local Maori on Northlands rugged West Coast.
This ecologically significant environment; in former times a home and playground to Maori is brought to life by not only the sounds and potential sightings of its inhabitants but by friendly experienced local Maori guides who willingly share their knowledge, stories, song and musical instruments to enlighten and enhance this tranquil and spiritual location.
A highlight of your experience with Footprints will be an introduction to Tane Mahuta – God of the Forest. (Forest Tour duration approx. 1.5 hours). From Omapere you continue to the Cape Reinga region via Northlands spectacular West Coast and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach. From Ninety Mile Beach before flying inland where you will land at a private airfield and transfer to a comfortable air conditioned vehicle.
Travel to the Cape Reinga Lighthouse, Tapotupotu Bay and the Te Paki stream with its giant sand dunes; (sleds available for those who wish to slide down the dunes). The tour will include a picnic lunch at Tapotupotu Bay. When the vehicle tour is complete return back at the airfield to begin the next flight leg over spectacular and remote scenery such as the white silica sands of Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay.
Fly back down the east coast passing Houhora Harbour, Karikari Peninsula, Whangaroa Harbour, the Cavalli islands and of course the stunning Bay of Islands before returning to Paroa Bay.