The winterless north is ready for you

Ready to try something new? A recharging holiday may only be a hop, skip and a jump away.


It’s known as the winterless north for a reason. No matter the season, the Bay of Islands provides respite and relaxation all-year round, with a plethora of unique activities to explore. With warmer temperatur­es and tranquil scenary, it’s the perfect place for a rejuvenati­ng minibreak. So if you have yet to visit the Bay of Islands, this is the time to become acquainted with what’s both our cultural capital and a paradise of hidden sandy beaches. Your very own winter island escape! Born to Roam Haka Tours’ beautiful Born to Roam, Capture the Cape trip provides a chance for Kiwis to pack themselves up for a long weekend and explore from Paihia (the gateway to the Bay of Islands) right to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga.


Good readers get a special 10% OFF the Born to Roam, Capture the Cape trip and you can book your trip from $649 per person. To book, simply visit the-cape and enter TNZ10 at the checkout to qualify for the discount. Alternativ­ely you can contact Haka Tours at or call 09 520 5593.


Once you’re there you’ll enjoy a half-day kayaking trip around the stunning Bay of Islands before you hit the hay for the day, ready to get into day two.


Get set for a big day of exploratio­n, where you’ll venture all the way up to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach. This is where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, and, in Māori tradition, it’s also where spirits depart this world on their journey to the afterlife. You’ll spend some time taking in these beautiful spots that are sure to bring peace and serenity to your wairua (spirit).


Visit Ngāpuhi, the largest Māori iwi and join in on a waka voyage before heading into the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and learn all about the history of the area and its importance to Aotearoa. From there, you’ll go on a quick ferry trip over to the quaint town of Russell. Did you know this was actually New Zealand’s first capital city? It has a rich cultural history, and it’s also known for its multitude of cafes and calm, relaxing vibe.


Finally, day four is all about you. Choose from many activities the Bay of Islands has to offer, or just kick back and relax on one of the area’s beautiful beaches – trust us, there are plenty to choose from. You’ll head back home feeling refreshed, rejuvenate­d and you’ll have a newfound appreciati­on for this special place in our very own Aotearoa.

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