After hotel pickup in Auckland, settle aboard your coach for the drive to Paihia, the starting point for your Bay of Islands tour. Your driver-guide passes over the Auckland Harbour Bridge en route to your Northland destination.
On arrival, start with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, site of New Zealand’s founding document established between invading British forces and 43 Maori chiefs in 1840. See the signed Treaty of Waitangi in the Treaty House, along with a traditional Meeting House and Maori waka (war canoe).
Enjoy a picnic lunch (if option selected), or feel free to bring your own.
In the afternoon, board a high-speed catamaran for your Bay of Islands sightseeing cruise. Zip across the waves past sandy beaches and rocky outcrops as your captain navigates toward the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Upon reaching Motukokako Island, make the thrilling pass through the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett, and continue on to view the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.
Focus your camera on an array of wildlife including possible whales, seals, dolphins, penguins, and other marine creatures. Listen as the crew explains the local history and shares ecological features of the varied island landscape.
You’ll return to Paihia to rejoin the coach for the journey back to Auckland, ending your full-day tour with hotel drop-off.