Auckland or Paihia, Bay of Islands
What a trip...This is worth every cent. The bay of islands is beautiful. The boat was fantastic. The crew ,food and the whole experience they gave us was magical. We were picked up from our hotel in Auckland and taken on a beautiful 3-4 hour scenic tour through the mountains to Pahia and then embarked on the boat. After traveling through to various islands we canoed to a magical beach and snorkeled for a few hours. Upon returning to the boat a magical afternoon snack was waiting. That evening we traveled further within the bay of islands and a food buffet was set for us all. The cabins are fantastic with huge king beds and cater for everything. The following morning a buffet breakfast was served and we found a huge pod of dolphins and followed them for around an hour. After more scenic island travel we arrived back at Pahia and had the afternoon to ourselves. A HINT..When you do get to Pahia take a cab or tuk tuk to the treaty grounds, it is superb and beautiful. We then took the boat across to Russell and spent the afternoon wandering and relaxing...great place to eat and look. HINT..Check out the old cemetery..After returning from Russell we loaded ourselves back on the bus for our scenic return trip to Auckland. This has to be the best value for money trip around. You are picked up from your hotel and delivered back to your hotel included in the total price. We were gone from 6:45 Thursday morning and arrived back to our hotel Friday night at 8:30. The staff and food and the whole experience is the best I have ever had. All for a cost of $254.