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Bay of Islands day tour from Auckland

from/per person NZ$335
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Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland

Our day tour of the Bay of Islands includes the ‘Hole in the rock’ and dolphin boat cruise, time to explore historic Russell or a guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds (an extra $35).

We head north out of Auckland, across the harbour bridge before we drive through beautiful scenery of native forests and farmland. Your guide will talk with you about the rich history of the areas we travel through. We arrive in Paihia in the stunning Bay of Islands late morning and you can either visit historic Russell or visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds (extra cost) before your boat cruise – you can see the options below:

When we arrive in Paihia you board the ferry to historic Russell (10 minutes ride away). You will have over two hours  to explore Russell and have some lunch before boarding your afternoon Bay of Islands cruise.

From Paihia your guide will take you on the short drive to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where one of their local guides will take you on a one hour tour of the grounds. 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 a chance to buy some lunch before you board the afternoon boat cruise.

This upgrade is available when you are booking online after you have chosen your date of travel and number of people.

Afternoon boat cruise:

Discover the spectacular scenery, captivating wildlife and rich history of this New Zealand paradise on our quintessential half day Bay of Islands cruise.

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 be waiting to meet you off the boat for the return trip to Auckland. We return you to your Auckland accommodation around 8.30pm

If you want to spend longer in the area and also visit Cape Reinga then check out our three day tour option here.

Tour code BAY1 – $335 per adultbook with confidence auckland day tour

Tour includes:

  • Dolphin and Hole in the Rock boat cruise of the Bay of Islands
  • Ferry ticket to historic Russell
  • Optional upgrade to tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Full commentary drive to the Bay of Islands
  • We travel up and back as a small group in a luxury vehicle
  • Return to Auckland

Tour info:

$335 NZD
$167.50 NZD
13.00 hours

Note – a minimum of 4 people are required for this tour to run

This tour runs from 1st Oct to 29th April and runs on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays

Child price for ages 5-15. Due to the winding roads, this tour is not appropriate for young children.

If you want to spend longer in the area and also visit Cape Reinga then check out our three day tour option here.

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