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

3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland

Explore the Bay of Islands’ rocky islets and pristine beaches on a 3-day tour from Auckland. This comprehensive tour through the Northland includes: a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to discover Maori history; a drive along Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand; a boat cruise through the Cape Brett Hole in the Rock; and a sightseeing tour of historic Russell. Enjoy two nights’ overnight accommodation before returning by coach to Auckland.


  • Three-day Bay of Islands tour from Auckland
  • Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Scenic drive through Puketi Kauri Forest
  • Visit New Zealand's northernmost point at Cape Reinga
  • Cruise through the famous Hole in the Rock
  • Tour of historic Russell
  • Two nights' accommodation in Paihia
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Auckland

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland

3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland

Relax with overnight accommodation in the Bay of Islands township of Paihia on this 3-day guided tour, round-trip from Auckland. You’ll travel by coach and cruise boat, exploring the historic towns, kauri forest, pristine coastline and waterways of New Zealand’s northland.


Day 1: Auckland – Paihia, Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland on an air-conditioned coach via the Auckland Harbour Bridge, heading north along the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Arriving in the town of Paihia, also known as the jewel of the Bay of Islands, you'll visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. It was here that the 1840 treaty was signed between the Maori and the British Crown. Spend the rest of your day at your own leisure.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar

Day 2: Paihia – Cape Reinga – Paihia (L)
Your tour departs this morning and takes you through the Puketi Forest, an ancient subtropical kauri rainforest. You'll travel along the aptly named Ninety Mile Beach to the northernmost point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga. A barbecue lunch is included, followed by an afternoon museum visit before returning to Paihia. 

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar

Day 3: Paihia – Bay of Islands cruise – Russell  Auckland
This morning you will board the Fullers Cruise for a memorable trip to Cape Brett and Piecy Island, traveling through the famous Hole in the Rock (weather permitting). On your return, disembark in Russell, the first capital of New Zealand, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this historic township. Board the ferry back to Paihia, then rejoin your coach for the return to Auckland, where your tour concludes.

The Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands has a subtropical resort ambience and is situated at the entrance to the seaside town of Paihia. It is a pleasant stroll into town to access the main wharf, visitor activities, fine dining and shopping. All rooms include Sky TV, minibar, fridge, telephone, high-speed internet access, hair dryer and ironing facilities. Hotel facilities include 24-hour reception, swimming pool, internet kiosk, lounge bar and restaurant.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We only had 4 days and this tour was perfect. We saw and covered so much that we could not have if we did on our on in that time. The drivers, tour guides were amazing, organised and professional, but most of all fun! Accommodation was clean and the staff were lovely. I can't say enough good things about my three day tour in the beautiful Bay of Islands. I would highly recommend this tour if you don't have a lot of time, but want to make the most of the time you have.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was an excellent trip, well organized, full of surprises and real value for money. The Scenic Hotel was excellent as were the breakfasts. The drive along the sands is a keeper as is the tour of Russell.
Overall, most enjoyable and I would defiantly recommend it to friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The whole tour was amazing and superb value for money. Everyone involved was so helpful and enthusiastic and there was such a wide range of different activities involved. The accommodation in the Bay of Islands was superb and there was just the right amount of downtime. We thought that if anything you undersold it on the website.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

Shuttle pick up from Auckland hotel and return was very efficient and did not involve coach going to every hotel in city. Hotel in Bay of Islands was good, nice pool, friendly staff and easy walk to restaurants and ferries. Delivery and collection of luggage to hotel worked extremely well.
Tours were all excellent.Loved the trip to Cape Reinga and 90 mile beach. Driver/guide was excellent and spent time showing party how to board down the dunes safely. Boat trip to Hole in the Rock and Russell Town were very enjoyable and we loved seeing so many Dolphins.
Excellent value and well worth doing. Many thanks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

I recently returned from a three day trip to the Bay of Islands organized by Viator travel.
I can’t praise the company highly enough. Every detail was covered, all the pick-ups were efficient and on time and the individual trips were wonderful.
The various guides were so well informed and helpful and the accommodation was more than adequate. A short but memorable trip to an utterly stunning part of the world. Highly recommended. Rose

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

A very informative and well organised tour that fitted in what we wanted to do. All elements of the tour were excellent value for money and I would highly recommend this tour as a way to see all of the northern part of North Island.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2011

We had a marvelous experience. Due to weather (Cyclone Wilma) tour operator had to use heroic measures to get us to Paihia. Once there, the tour proceeded with ease. Unforgettable scenery and such lovely accommodations. We look forward to booking another tour on our next visit to New Zealand.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

A fun and informative trip! So many great sights all packed into one holiday!

4 star rating: Recommended July 2011

Fabulous time in the Bay of Islands!! Worth doing!!

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