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  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
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, the Bay of Islands is the water playground of the North Island. Learn about Maori culture, travel to the northernmost point of New Zealand and take a cruise through the famous "Hole in the Rock".

Highlights

  • 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

Day 1 - Auckland to 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 Maori and the British Crown. Spend the rest of your day at your own leisure. Accommodation at the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar.

Day 2 - Cape Reinga, Bay of Islands

Your tour departs this morning and takes you through Puketi Kauri Forest, an ancient subtropical rainforest. You'll travel along the aptly named Ninety Mile Beach to the northernmost point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga. A BBQ lunch is included, followed by an afternoon museum visit before returning to Paihia. Accommodation at the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar.

Day 3 - Bay of Islands to 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.

Accommodation: The Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands has a sub-tropical 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 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

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