Escape the city and soak up these Island getaways

Auckland Island Hopper


Who would think that islands of pure paradise exist just a short boat ride away from New Zealand's largest city?

But they are there; and there in abundance. Rangitoto, Rotoroa, Tiri Tiri Matangi and Kawau Island are just a few highlights you can expect of this unforgettable tour.

Each day, we head out on the water to a different location which gives this tour so much diversity and surprises that you wouldn't think you'd experience so close to downtown Auckland.

Deliver the mail around Kawau Island before stepping on to the picturesque island and viewing the mansion. Cruise up to Riverhead Tavern for a scrumptious lunch and soak in the incredible view from atop of Rangitoto Island. Lovers of birdlife and wildlife will be blown away at Tiri Tiri Matangi and Rotoroa.

We avoid the hustle and bustle of city life, and see the true highlights of the region while staying in luxurious accommodation throughout the entire tour.

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6 nights
All activities stated in itinerary
Comfortable tour coach
Expert guide
All meals
Moderate fitness level

Tour highlights


Day 1

Whanganui / Home – Auckland

Whanganui / Home (February 5th)

Depart Whanganui Racecourse at 8.30am and head up the coast to Hawera where we stop for some lovely home baked morning tea. Continuing north we travel SH3 taking in the beautiful views until we arrive in Piopio for a superb lunch.


We have one last stop for a light afternoon tea on the banks of the mighty Waikato river before reaching our fantastic accommodation for the next 6 nights. You have free time to enjoy the great facilities before meeting as a group for our first delicious buffet dinner.

Accommodation: Waipuna Hotel

Day 2

Rotoroa Island

Rotoroa Island (February 6th)

After enjoying a buffet breakfast, we board the coach and travel to the ferry terminal. This is where we depart from for our first island visit. Rotoroa Island lies east of Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf and covers eighty two hectares. It is a unique arts, heritage and conservation island where we have our own guided tour learning about the endangered species in the wild and the mission to save them. A picnic style lunch is provided, and you will have some leisure time to do your own exploring of the island’s network of trails and lookout points if you wish.

After a great day on this special island, we are collected and taken back to Auckland where we board the coach back to our hotel for dinner and a recap of this great day.

Accommodation: Waipuna Hotel

Day 3

Royal Mail Run and Kawau Island

Royal Mail Run and Kawau Island (February 7th)

This morning, we head north to Sandspit to join the largest mail run by water in the Southern Hemisphere. From the comfort of a large and luxurious ferry, you will have uninterrupted one hundred and eighty degree views of this scenic wonderland and historic landmarks, while your experienced and informative skipper guides you around over seventy five different wharves, delivering freight and mail to the island residents. Lunch today is a classic Kiwi BBQ onboard while cruising.

Today also includes a stopover on Kawau Island where you can visit Mansion House Museum, Sir Governor Grey's Garden of Eden, or take one of the many walks to historic sites whilst watching Kawau’s wildlife.

Accommodation: Waipuna Hotel

Day 4

Riverhead Cruiser

Riverhead Cruiser (February 8th)

Today, we board the MV Hogwash for a unique excursion into the beautiful uncharted waters of the upper Waitamata Harbour to experience the amazing food, culture, and scenery at the famous historic Riverhead Tavern. The Riverhead has been a house of refreshment and conviviality for around one hundred and fifty years and this is where we will be enjoying a scrumptious lunch. After a couple of hours enjoying the fine dining and waterside scenery at the tavern, we then join the vessel again for a relaxing journey home taking in sights such as Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, Chelsea Sugar Refinery, Kauri Point and Herald Island.

We then board the bus and return to the hotel for drinks and dinner.

Accommodation: Waipuna Hotel

Day 5

Rangitoto Island and Devonport

Rangitoto Island and Devonport (February 9th)

The volcanic Rangitoto Island is one of the most iconic landmarks in Auckland’s city skyline and is our main destination today. Sitting majestically off the coast, Rangitoto’s distinctive symmetrical cone rises two hundred and sixty metres over the Hauraki Gulf. We have a guided tour of the island on a 4WD road-train as we learn all about this unique volcano from the knowledgeable guides who provide fascinating commentary on the island’s fiery past. Another delicious picnic style lunch is organised for today.

Just after lunch, we are collected and taken over to Devonport where you will have some free time to wander the seaside village. As a group, we then all head back to catch the coach back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Waipuna Hotel

Day 6

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Tiritiri Matangi Island (February 10th)

A superb day exploring awaits us today as we cruise to Tiritiri Matangi Island. From the moment you step onto the island until the moment you leave, you will be serenaded by birdsong. A protected haven for endangered species, the island is a nature lover’s paradise, particularly for avid birdwatchers. Beyond native wildlife, Tiritiri Matangi is home to a one hundred and fifty year old lighthouse, a network of trail walks through lush coastal forest, plus pristine beaches and spectacular views. Guides will show us around the island pointing out various birds and explaining the history of the area. There are flat walking tracks but if you would rather just kick back and soak up the atmosphere there are plenty of spots to do just that, while enjoying another great picnic lunch.

After this truly memorable day we head back to the Waipuna for the evening where we share our stories of our recent explorations and enjoy our last group dinner together.

Accommodation: Waipuna Hotel

Day 7

Auckland – Whanganui / Home

Auckland (February 11th)

After our final scrumptious breakfast, we start the trip south but we first head to The Base shopping centre just north of Hamilton for some retail therapy. From here, we head over to Te Kuiti for yet another delicious lunch before carrying on down the main trunk line to National Park for a light refreshment snack, before the final leg home to Whanganui.

Whanganui / Home

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Meet your tour guides

Jason Granville

After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. This has meant he can still pick up the microphone to inform travellers and encourage friendly banter while on tour.

Jimmy Elliott

Jimmy has a wealth of experience and uses this to ensure all trips with Take It Easy Tours are well organised, informative, diverse and a whole heap of fun.

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Frequently asked questions

Can you collect me from my door?

Yes, it would be our pleasure. We can arrange for you to be picked up and returned to your front door at the conclusion of any tour.

How about travel insurance?

We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. It just puts your mind at ease. Remember to make sure you are covered for and loss of personal possessions, sickness, accidents or travel delays. Feel free to ask us for any tips to make this quick and easy for you.

How active are your tours?

We are called Take it Easy for a reason as we like to do just that. Do as much or as little as you like - after all it's your holiday! However, there is walking and various activities on each tour that require various levels of fitness. Please check with us if you are unsure about anything and relax knowing that there's always another option for you if you would rather miss out on any activity. We always have a back up plan.

I have some dietary requirements?

Please just let us know in advance and we will sort everything for you. Chefs are used to all sorts now when it comes to diet so as long as we know - we’ll have you covered.

What happens if I have to cancel?

Cancellation charges do apply so again we recommend travel insurance. Our cancellation policy is clearly outlined for each tour so make sure you cast your eye over it and please feel free to ask any questions.

What kind of accommodation do we stay in?

Having a good night's rest after a day out touring is very important so we personally choose all of our accommodation. Generally, four star accommodation when available - with all the comforts you need for a relaxed night.

What types of transport do we use?

Our buses are quality touring coaches that are very comfortable and fully air conditioned. They range in size from 19-28 seats ensuring that we can easily access all those secret spots off the beaten track. All vehicles are regularly serviced as your safety is our priority.

Coaches and luggage trailers are always locked and secure but we recommended you take any valuables with you when staying overnight.

Can I earn Air New Zealanad airpoints on my flights?

Yes, you can earn airpoints with Take It Easy Tours when we are using Air New Zealand flights. All you need to do is get in contact with us and let us know your airpoints number for each time you wish to earn points.

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