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Slip through the famous 'Hole in the Rock' in New Zealand’s Northland during this half-day Bay of Islands cruise by high-speed catamaran. Pass rocky outcrops, sandy beaches and an array of islands as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, and Motu Kokako Island. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine and birdlife.
Meet your boat at the Maritime Building in Paihia or The Strand Wharf in Russell to start your 3-hour Bay of Islands cruise. ( NOTE From March 19th 2020 to October the 23rd 2020 cruise is 4 hours duration 9.00am to 1.00pm and includes a 40 minute Island stopover )
Soaking up the varied landscape of some 144 islands, you'll make your way out to the remote Cape Brett Lighthouse and before visiting the famous Cape Brett Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island.
Listen as your experienced crew share local history and ecology via an informative commentary , keep your eyes peeled for dolphins , whales and other marine and bird life as you cruise through and past many of the 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands
Don't want the journey to end? Hop off in Russell or Paihia after your cruise for more exploring before using your complimentary Russell/Paihia ferry ticket to get back.
Follow the century-old tradition of delivering mail and supplies throughout the Bay of Islands—called a ‘cream trip’—on this full-day cruise by catamaran from Paihia or Russell. See the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett, spend time on one of many islands that make up the Bay of Islands, and search the waters for whales, seals, and other marine life. Onboard the multi-level vessel, an informative crew points out natural landmarks, local homes, and secluded bays. Enjoy time to stroll on a local island or relax on the beach.
Mark from Private Backroad Tours was amazing. He was knowledgeable and took us on a wide area tour of the Bay of Islands. His air conditioned car was very comfortable and he made us feel very welcome. Such a friendly guy. I recommend this tour to everyone from Tania, David, Donna & Phil
Our group of four had a wonderful informative day with our guide Tui, what a beautiful lady, we left it up to her to show us around this picturesque area, nothing was too much trouble.
If you get a chance to visit the Marsden Estate winery for a tasting GO! you wont be disappointed
The four of us (adults) fitted comfortably in the Jeep.
Tui picked us up from the cruise ship and made sure we were returned in time to catch our tender.
All four of us would highly recommend this day trip.
Thank you again for a great day
We had a great time with Mark. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the area. You could tell he loves giving his tour. He was able to get us to all the points of interest before the ships tour buses got there or as they were leaving which made it easy for us to see things and take photos without crowds. I would strongly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Bay of Islands
On this half-day private tour of the Bay of Islands you’ll get to travel in a luxury, late-model Jeep Wrangler, for a unique sightseeing experience. Receive personalized attention from your driver and guide, as this tour is just for you and your party. The itinerary is fully customizable, so you can go at your own pace and choose from local historic sites, waterfalls, rainforests, and more.
Create lasting memories on this half-day tour of the Bay of Islands.
The Bay of Islands is a popular tourist destination in New Zealand. This guided tour shows you an abundance of breathtaking picturesque views giving you plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. The area is often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”, due to the past events that took place there. These historical events led to the shaping of New Zealand.
Your tour will include a Bakery/Café stop for you to grab a coffee or something to eat “on the go”.
This is the perfect trip for all ages, and a great way to see the local highlights without committing to a full day away.
Discover the beauty of the Waitangi River estuary and experience Maori traditions during a 3-hour cruise in a traditional canoe (waka) with a local Maori guide. Learn traditional paddling techniques in the calm waters of the estuary and make your way to Haruru Falls. Your guide shares informative commentary about Ngapuhi customs and history, and points out wildlife as you glide along. Disembark to visit a Ngapuhi meeting house and perhaps meet people from this Maori community. You'll also learn the moves of a 'haka' — an ancient Maori war dance.
The Bay of Islands is not only renowned for its beautiful landscapes and Maori heritage—it’s also home to some of the Northlands most popular vineyards. On this tour, travel in the comfort of a private vehicle and enjoy a customized itinerary as you explore the region’s wineries. Visit up to four different wineries, sample a variety of local wines, and stop at attractions such as Rainbow Falls and the Kerikeri Mission Station along the way.
The Bay of Islands encompasses 140 small, mostly undeveloped islands surrounding North Island. Explore a few highlights on this half-day tour with a local guide. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the site of the first treaty between British settlers and the indigenous Maori people. You’ll also visit Haruru Falls, Kemp House, Rainbow Falls, Rewa‘s Village, the Stone Store, St. James’ Anglican Church, and more.
Embark on this scenic cruise through the picturesque Bay of Islands where we'll search for dolphins living in the wild. The skipper will also choose a spot to snorkel in the beautiful clear waters of the Bay of Islands! Enjoy full commentary on-board as you learn about the local marine and wildlife and the conservation efforts being made to preserve this stunning natural habitat.
*Please note that due to Department of Conservation regulations, swimming with dolphins is not permitted in the Bay of Islands.
To tourists, the Bay of Islands is best known for its beaches and cruises. On this full-day tour, you’ll be able to get out of the area’s tourist hotspots in a luxury Jeep and explore some of its hidden gems. Discover seaside Opua and vibrant Kawakawa, walk between the ancient kaura in Opua Forest, and get stunning photo-ops at Waitangi Valley and Haruru Falls.
Tour the Bay of Islands in style with this private Mustang excursion. Visit some of the most spectacular natural and cultural spots around the bay while enjoy the open-air views from the late model Mustang Convertible. Customize the itinerary to suit your needs, and choose to extend the 4.5-hour tour with wine tastings and lunch at a vineyard if you like.
Enjoy a private half-day sightseeing tour of the Bay of Islands region led by a knowledgeable guide. Personalize the itinerary with options including historical sites like the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, The Stone Store and Kemp House in Kerikeri, and Russell — where Europeans first settled in New Zealand. See St Paul's Anglican Church in Paihia, learn about Maori culture at Rewa‘s Village, and admire natural attractions including marine wildlife, Haruru Falls and Rainbow Falls. Or check out wineries and gourmet shops with handmade treats, fine wine and fresh seafood.
Swap your cruise ship for a traditional Maori war canoe on this interactive shore excursion from Paihia. The history and ecology of the Bay of Islands is best understood with a local, and you’ll paddle with a Ngapuhi guide who shares Maori traditions via the age-old art of storytelling. Learn ceremonial chants and visit a ‘marae’ (meeting ground) plus receive an all-inclusive day pass to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Take a picturesque drive from the Bay of Islands to Auckland on a one-way coach tour from Paihia. The 4-hour journey departs in late afternoon and heads south from the Northland through rugged landscapes and scenic countryside. Listen to onboard commentary about this North Island region and enjoy views of native bush and farmland before crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge into the city, with drop-off at your hotel.
Experience an exclusive maori cultural guided tour through one of the last native Kauri forests in New Zealand. Walk through this forest found in the beautiful Bay of Islands and learn how the maori people traditionally used the trees, plants and birds of the forest to heal, protect, nourish, entertain and support their growing families.
Discover the realities of the true state of the forests now by learning how the introduction of species from other countries have impacted on the precious New Zealand flora and fauna and meet the passionate conservationists that are striving hard to protect and preserve the real treasures of this beautiful country.
Explore the art of the Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group. On your private 5-hour tour you will be guided by a local conceptual visual artist and experience local Maori and international art works, local galleries and outdoor installations. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and talk with your local driver.
Explore award winning wineries of the Bay of Islands and Northland in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler or Toyota 4x4 with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group included in the price. On your private 4-hour guided tour you will visit at least three of Northland's vineyards and see historic locations, panoramic scenery and rural farming areas away from the crowds. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and talk with your local driver.
Enjoy this full-day Excursion from Auckland to the Bay of Islands & Whangarei Falls. Including pickup and drop-off from your centrally located hotel in Auckland, a 3-hour guided boat cruise tour with full commentary, 3-hour private scenic drive each way with beautiful scenic stops for photo taking.
Explore award winning wineries of Russell in the Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler or Toyota 4x4 with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group included in the price. On your private 4-hour guided tour you will visit two of Russell's vineyards, one each end of the tour, and see historic locations, panoramic scenery, forests and rural farming areas away from the crowds. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and talk with your local driver.
Due to the seasonal opening hours of the wineries this tour is only available during the Northland summer season.
Your chance to see a live Kiwi Bird at Kiwi North and explore the historic Bay of Islands and in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler or a Mustang GT convertible. On your private 4.5-hour guided tour you will also see historic locations, spectacular waterfalls, panoramic scenery, subtropical rain forests and rural farming areas. You can also extend your tour with a 1-hour option of a visit to the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and talk with your local driver.