|COST:||$225 per person|
|DURATION:||9.00am - 5.00pm|
|DEPARTS FROM:||Auckland City or Pine Harbour|
WHAT TO BRING:
Togs (optional - we have towels), Comfortable walking shoes
Morning tea, Guided cultural tour. Additional options: Alpaca farm tour - $45pp. Glow worm caving adventure - $50pp.
PLEASE NOTE: MINIMUM NUMBERS MAY APPLY.
Hunua Falls, Maori culture & Botanic Gardens
the hunua ranges - te ngaherehere o kohukohunui
Being proud locals of this region, this is one of our personal favourites! The Hunua Ranges - traditionally known as Te Ngaherehere O Kohukohunui. This forest is the largest within the Auckland region at approximately 250 square kilometres.
ONE TREE HILL AND CORNWALL (FARM) PARK
Our first stop of the day is to the peak of iconic One Tree Hill, and through the adjacent inner city working sheep farm known as Cornwall Park. The optional 15 minute walk to the summit of Maungakiekie requires a moderate level of fitness.
AUCKLAND REGIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS
We stop in for a quick stroll through the Auckland Botanic Gardens to check out the colourful seasonal delights on display.
experience traditional culture with our local maori guide
We meet with our local guide amongst the bush clad hills from where you will be lead through the native forest, descending 300 stairs* to the base of one of the many gorges which make up this range, and onward to view the impressive Hunua Falls. As you walk, our local Maori guide will share her knowledge of traditional culture and bush medicines. There is an opportunity to enjoy a refreshing dip at an idyllic cascading river location.
* Alternatively we can drive directly to the base of the falls to take a short easy walk with our local Maori guide who will share with us the history and Taonga of this area.
country villages, beaches and fresh local produce
A few minutes down the road we may have the opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyard perched amongst the rural hills. Next we head to Clevedon village just in time for lunch where you can select from a number of lunch venues. Clevedon village is well known for boutique shops and delicious local specialties. Oyster lovers may like to take a detour to visit the local Oyster farm. Our road trip continues via the winding Pohutukawa coast road overhung in the Summer months with our flowering native Christmas tree, arriving at a popular seaside village with the opportunity for a swim and a hokey pokey ice cream or just a quiet stroll along the golden sandy beach.
Enjoy a relaxing traffic free return voyage which delivers you to the central city pier on board a local ferry. (Return road trip also available).
OR AN ALPACA FARM!*
If you are done with all the scenery and culture and you just want to get up close with a cuddly Alpaca we have an alternative option just for you! Visit a working Alpaca farm and learn everything that you ever wanted to know about these unique animals. Watch an alpaca wool weaving demonstration and you have the opportunity to purchase exquisite Alpaca wool products crafted on site.
*Alpaca farm tour additional charge $20 per person.
OR 'A LOCAL GLOW WORM CAVING ADVENTURE'
If beaches, gardens or Alpaca's are not on your to do list then come with us to visit one of our favourite local secrets. An idyllic family owned glow worm caving adventure tucked away in the rural hills just 90 minutes from the city. This one hour subterranean walk requires a moderate level of fitness and a keen sense of adventure. Not suitable if you suffer claustrophobia.
*Glow worm cave tour additional charge $50 per person