Bay of Islands Tours from Auckland

By Viator, July 2014

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A verdant archipelago blessed with sun-soaked beaches and turquoise waters teeming with exotic marine life, the Bay of Islands is among New Zealand’s most idyllic destinations. The collection of 144 islands is dotted around the northeastern coast of the North Island and makes a popular choice for day or multi-day tours from Auckland. 

For many day-trippers, the highlight is a boat trip around the Bay of Islands, where you’ll have the chance to spot seals, penguins, whales and dolphins. A Cape Brett Cruise also takes in some of the islands’ most dramatic sites, sailing through the aptly-nicknamed "Hole in the Rock" at Motukokako Island, visiting the Grand Cathedral Cave and stopping by the famous Cape Brett Lighthouse. 

The islands aren’t just known for their scenery—the Bay of Islands is also home to New Zealand's first permanent European settlement, Russell, and the legendary Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840—perhaps the single most important event in the history of New Zealand’s colonization. Take a Bay of Islands day trip from Auckland and you’ll get the best of both worlds, visiting the Waitangi Treaty House, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and a traditional Maori meeting house, as well as cruising along the coast and hitting the beach.
Of course, if you really want to explore the north, a day trip simply isn’t long enough, so opt for a three-day Bay of Islands tour from Auckland and travel to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point, then visit the nearby Ninety Mile Beach before cruising around the islands. Or take the ultimate journey around the North Island—a five-day private tour of Auckland and the Bay of Islands, checking off landmark sights like the Whangarei Falls, the giant kauri tree of Waipoua Forest, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Paihia. 

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Best 5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Do and see it all on a five-day adventure from Auckland that takes you to Waitangi, Rotorua, Waitomo and Middle-earth! Your journey reveals the history and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,007.84

Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 97 Reviews

Explore the Bay of Islands on a full day trip from Auckland and discover the historic sites of Waitangi and Russell. You’ll visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.63

3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

This comprehensive 3-day tour of the Bay of Islands is ideal for the first time visitor to New Zealand. With natural beauty, rocky islets and pristine beaches, ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $691.76

Best Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise departs Auckland

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 15 Reviews

Jump aboard a catamaran to Cape Brett Lighthouse and the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. It's the Bay of Islands' most popular cruise!

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.70

Private Tour: 5-Day Auckland and Bay of Islands Trip

Experience the beauty of Auckland and New Zealand's Bay of Islands on this private tour over five amazing days. After an Auckland city tour, venture to the ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,323.27

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