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This was a great way to have a glimpse of the Bay of Island when you have limited time in New Zealand, it takes a whole day but really worthwhile and very informative.
Loved this tour! Paihia is so beautiful. I want to go back and stay there for a few days. Our driver, Ben, was funny, engaging and very knowledgeable. The entire tour was so well choreographed. It was an easy and nice flow and we didn't feel rushed and could just enjoy the locale. Book this tour!
This tour is long a lot of driving and only one hour to enjoy the beach so it only if you gonna stay a couple days over the island
Russell is my favorite island. Amazed how friendly people were.
This was a great trip! The guide was great, the stops were fantastic, and Everywhere was just beautiful. A long day, but worth it. Also, the lunch option is a great way to go.
This was great tour, our tour guide Rachael was really knowledgeable and kept us entertained during the long journey to the bay of islands.
A wonderful day. An experienced, knowledgeable driver. A good variety of activities.
Comfortable bus, although we miss having a pocket for our guide book and a tablet for our tea/coffee cup! Knowledgeable and pleasant driver, Polite and attentive. Although it is a long drive, the scenery along the way makes it worthwhile. As we cannot plan the weather well in advance, we chose the Russell Tour, not the cruise. It proved to be the right choice because those who were on the cruise had a miserable time. Pouring rain throughout!. We did not see much of the islands, but our time in Russell was most pleasant!. Was it worth 12 hours of driving from Auckland? Some will say yes, some will say no...It depends on what one is looking for...
Martha and Nathalie Blouin,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
It is a bit of a ride from Auckland to the Bay of Islands - however our wonderful bus driver/ tour guide kept our attention with his dry humor and excellent storytelling skills about the land and the various groups who have touched it over time. There is a wonderful new museum displaying the changes to the land made by the first people of the Pacific Islands great cultural perspective and the side by side impact of the Europeans and their view of land and the people. We spent time across the bay in Russell as well.
We had a great full day trip to The Bay of Islands from Auckland with our driver/guide Ben. Ben had so much local knowledge but also had some fun facts, and if you like fishing, then Ben is your guy to talk everything fish with. Unfortunately on this tour, there was no wifi on the bus, but that was okay because Ben was easy to listen too, and we had a couple of stops along the way. The Waitangi Treaty was amazing, and Fuller do a wonderful job with their organization and ferries etc.
The ferry across to Russell is a must, and if you can, you should do the guided mini bus tour with John. John was very informative, seemed to know everyone, and everyone seemed to know him. Russell has many shops and a few restaurants but without the tour, I think Russell would be just like any other town. You need to tour to know what all of the places were and the history behind them.
It's a long day, but thank you Ben and John for your wonderful knowledge, and also the lovely talkative man at Waitangi sorry I can't remember his name for the great history lesson.
Excellent tour - very efficient excellent commentary - a thoroughly worthwhile day out
This may have been a long day but it provided a great flavour of what the Bay of Islands has to offer. The tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds was the perfect length and really interesting and the little tour around Russell was also a great introduction to the area. Our driver Rachel was always really clear about what we were doing and somehow managed to keep up an interesting commentary for the 3.5 hour journey there, telling some great stories in amongst lots of interesting facts. All-in-all, a very enjoyable day
My husband and I had a few days to spend in Auckland, and wanted to enjoy some sightseeing. This was a great choice! We enjoyed a full day of beautiful scenery, knowledgeable guides, and no worries about time details, all was welll explained. Just a note that the two tours we did book all start from downtown, which was a little challenging for us, since we stayed out by the airport. Taxi for two downtown was 35 though, and cheaper than a bus. I would do this again!
David P USA
Our only complaint was with the weather of that day, we had light rain and leaden skies and sea. But we especially enjoyed the Council House, the Maori guide was incredibly knowledgeable, the history extremely enlightening, the war canoes most impressive. The lunch that was provided was perfect. Russell was most interesting and we had a great guide there. We got shopping in, too! The sun did come out on the way back to Auckland. Our driver on the long runs back and forth was informative and took breaks from talking at times so we felt a good balance was held. We'd do it again on a nicer day!
A great day visiting the birthplace of New Zealand. The Bay of Islands is picturesque.
The place is totally worth the visit!! The driver was great!!!
Excellent driver and tour guides. Very informative. Lovely place to visit and so glad we made it part of our trip
Such an enjoyable trip! Rachel was great, funny and so accommodating! Highly recommend!
Long drive but bay of islands is really nice, we had nice weather, saw a lot of dolphins and sealions.
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