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

Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland

This day trip from Auckland to the Bay of Islands covers historical sites of New Zealand’s Northland, including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the seaport of Russell. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House, then take a ferry from Paihia to the first European settlement where a local guide leads you on an insightful tour. Opt for lunch, and venture into the shops, museums and cafes of Russell during your free time, before hotel drop-off in Auckland by coach.

Highlights

  • Bay of Islands day trip from Auckland
  • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and take a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty House
  • See a traditional Maori meeting house and a huge waka (war canoe)
  • Take the Bay of Islands ferry from Paihia to the town of Russell, site of New Zealand's first European settlement
  • See the highlights of Russell, including the Pompallier Mission, Christ Church, and Flagstaff Hill
  • Have free time to check out the beaches, cafes, shops and museums at your leisure
  • Lunch included (if option selected)

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What You Can Expect

Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland

Maori Statue, Waitangi

Board your comfortable coach upon pickup from your hotel or the Sky City coach terminal in Auckland, then settle in for the approximate 3-hour drive to Paihia, the starting point for your Bay of Islands tour.

Make use of complimentary onboard Wi-Fi as you motor along this scenic route through New Zealand’s Northland. On arrival, disembark for the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds and learn how the nation’s founding document — the Treaty of Waitangi — was signed between the British Crown and 43 Maori chiefs. Peruse informational displays and a copy of the 1840 treaty on a tour of the Waitangi Treaty House museum, erected as a private home in 1832.

Admire the ornately carved Maori meeting house and on-site waka (war canoe), constructed from enormous logs, before a quick ferry ride delivers you to the quaint town of Russell.

Board a coach for a 1-hour tour of what was formerly considered the 'Hellhole of the Pacific.’ Your guide narrates Russell’s main sights as you pass by Christ Church, the Pompallier Mission and New Zealand’s oldest pub. Snap photos of the Bay of Islands from the summit of Flagstaff Hill, before you have free time to relax in town. 

Perhaps explore the Maori art at one of the galleries, stroll the waterfront or settle in at a cafe (lunch included if option selected). Then re-board the coach and conclude your day trip with a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The trip was great

Mikolaj M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good and informative tour. Nicely planned, so you do not have to rush and run all the time. Quite amazing views.

WILLIAM W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very enjoyable day but no time allowed to eat our lunch

Sandra C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This day trip was excellent. The bus was very comfortable. The driver was excellent, the scenery was amazing. We really enjoyed the trip around Russell and the driver was very informative. My friend loved her trip in the helicopter. Very good value for money.

Peter K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We very much liked our Bay of Islands tour and will recommend it to others. Thank you, Pete of California

Nadia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour

alehtsan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Recommend overnight stay. When you have a chance at Russell, you can stay for another hour before coming back at 4pm. The beaches are great and not that crowded, wish I had done an overnighter to explore Russell a bit more.

alehtsan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Recommend overnight stay. When you have a chance at Russell, you can stay for another hour before coming back at 4pm. The beaches are great and not that crowded, wish I had done an overnighter to explore Russell a bit more.

alehtsan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Recommend overnight stay. When you have a chance at Russell, you can stay for another hour before coming back at 4pm. The beaches are great and not that crowded, wish I had done an overnighter to explore Russell a bit more.

alehtsan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Recommend overnight stay. When you have a chance at Russell, you can stay for another hour before coming back at 4pm. The beaches are great and not that crowded, wish I had done an overnighter to explore Russell a bit more.

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