Travel by way of the wine growing areas of Kumeu and Huapai to Muriwai Beach on the rugged west coast.
On the cliff tops overlooking the beach, you’ll take a short walk through the native plants to the lookout point to see the gannet colony here. This is one of only two mainland gannet colonies in the world. Depending upon the season, you may be able to view the birds’ nesting and feeding routines, and their spectacular diving technique as they hunt for fish.
Leaving Muriwai via rural farming districts, you will come to Haumoana Farm-a 200-acre holding situated on the South Kaipara Peninsula. The farm runs 300 Romney sheep for prime lamb and wool production, 200 cattle, and a small fallow deer unit.
Your hosts, Greg and Barbara Ross, will warmly welcome you.
See the mustering of sheep by trained sheep dogs, a skilled shearing demonstration, which illustrates just how quickly a sheep can be shorn of its wool, along with other typical farm activities.
You will be invited to the house for morning tea.
The return drive to Auckland is through the farming areas of Waitoki and Dairy Flat.
This tour is only available to guests returning to the ship.