Auckland or Paihia, Bay of Islands
This was a totally enjoyable experience. We travelled by coach to Paihia and were transferred to Ipipiri for a delightful sail around the Bay of Islands. Afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast were all of a very high standard. The crew on the boat were friendly and professional. Activities, for those inclined, looked great. On return to Paihia there was plenty of time to explore, visit the Treaty Grounds before returning to Auckland by coach.
Auckland, New Zealand
An early start ensured that we arrived at Hobbiton before the crowds, Our bus driver and the guide at Hobbiton were both excellent. Walking around Hobbition was delightful and lunch at The Shires was delicious. A short morning tea break, and an ice-cream stop on the way back to Auckland by 3 pm were both enjoyable. My only reservation would be that for those with mobility problems need to be aware that the walking on gravelled paths, and with some hills, might prove a little challenging.
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