Our three day tour of the Bay of Islands includes the ‘Hole in the Rock and Dolphin‘ boat cruise, a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty grounds, a day trip to Cape Reinga and time to explore historic Russell and Paihia.
We pick you up from your Auckland hotel in one of our luxury vehicles. Our experienced guide will give you insights into the areas we travel through on the way to Paihia in the Bay of Islands.
From Paihia your guide will take you the short drive to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where one of their local guides will show you around this historic site. Hear about how the Treaty of Waitangi was created, visit the carved Māori meeting house and learn about the meanings behind the buildings and the carvings. You will have time to look around the grounds and the museum as well.
We then take you back to Paihia for you to board the ferry for a short (10 minute) trip to historic Russell. You have the afternoon at leisure in Russell, plenty of time for lunch and exploring. Spend as long as you want in Russell and when you return to Paihia it is a one minute walk to the fabulous Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia* where your bags will be waiting for you to check in.
The evening is at your leisure and the hotel is only a one minute walk from the restaurants and bars of Paihia.
*Subject to availability at time of booking
Journey to the very tip of the North Island and uncover a region of rich Māori tradition along the way on an unforgettable full-day tour.
Travel along the sand-swept shore of Ninety Mile Beach in our purpose-built coach.
If you feel like it you can also climb the massive sand dunes at Te Paki Stream and experience the thrill of sand-boarding.
In Māori tradition, Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the place where spirits depart on their long journey back to the homeland. Stand at the northernmost point of New Zealand and drink in the panoramic views. As you stand beneath the iconic lighthouse, and watch the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean collide far below, you’ll feel the power of this special place.
Throughout the day your local driver guide will provide an entertaining and thought-provoking insight into the culture, history and natural wonders of the Far North.
Your tour also includes a delicious locally-prepared lunch to keep you fueled throughout the day. (Please let us know any dietary requirements when you book).
• Travel along Ninety Mile Beach
• Visit Cape Reinga Lighthouse and views
• Sandboarding at Te Paki Stream
• Entertaining Driver Commentary
• Includes Lunch
After checking out of the hotel you have some time to explore Paihia before your boat trip around the Bay of Islands.
Discover the spectacular scenery, captivating wildlife and rich history of this New Zealand paradise on a Bay of Islands cruise.
Your first stop is at Otehei Bay on the Department of Conservation’s Urupukapuka Island. You will have time to explore the island, swim at the sandy bay or enjoy a drink or bite to eat in the sun from our fully licensed café.
After some time on the Island your cruise continues. Experience the spectacular scenery of this New Zealand paradise and learn about the area’s rich culture and history with full commentary from our local skipper. When conditions permit, get up close to the dramatic cliffs at Cape Brett and travel through the iconic Hole in the Rock.
Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings. We view dolphins on over 90% of our trips along with birdlife, whales and seals and our knowledgeable Nature Guide on board will be available to answer all your questions.
Your Bush and Beach guide will have collected your bags from the hotel and be waiting to meet you off the boat for the return trip to Auckland. We return you to your Auckland accommodation around 8.30pm
• 3 hours scenic cruising
• Knowledgeable local Nature Guides to provide commentary and available to answer your questions
• When conditions permit, get up close to Cape Brett and travel through the Hole in the Rock
• Opportunity to view marine mammals including dolphins, whales, seals, birdlife and more
• 2.5 hour stop at Otehei Bay*, Urupukapuka Island – a chance to explore and have some lunch (Bring your own or buy it at the cafe on the Island).
*If you wish to spend more time in Paihia or Russell and less on the Island and still cruise out to the Hole in the Rock, just let us know and we will amend your itinerary!
This tour departs Auckland on Saturdays and Mondays.
Departure time is between 7.30am and 7.45 am
This is a ‘partially guided’ tour. Your Bush and Beach guide will be with you until you board the ferry to Russell on Day One and will pick you up after the boat trip on Day Three. As well as giving you all the information you will need for a relaxed trip we have a 24 hour contact number and a contact in a local office in Paihia during office hours.
Operates between 1st October and 29th April
A minimum of 2 people are required for this tour to run. *If it is one adult and one child then the child price is $660
Child price for ages 5-15
Prices quoted are per person and are room only. Price does not include meals (except lunch on day 2).
Pricing: Twin share is based on 2 people travelling together and sharing one room. Single room and triple share prices are available upon request.
If you don’t have three days then we offer a day trip to the Bay of Islands from Auckland which you can find here.
The map is for indicative purposes only.