3 Day Bay of Islands Tour

A truly enjoyable Bay of Islands tour combining stunning scenery, Maori culture and a ‘hole in a rock’. For good measure, you’ll also drive along a national highway, a beach, 90 Mile Beach that is. And if you always wanted to try bodyboarding but don’t like the water, here’s your opportunity... down a giant sand dune.

3 Day Bay of Islands Tour

A trip to the very top of the North Island with a bevy of beautiful islands for you to feast your eyes upon. Whether you want to poke around in the quaint wee shops, soak up the sun in the mild temperatures, or sit on the idyllic beaches, this Bay of Islands tour will have you dreaming for more.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 3 days
Tour Code: 3B

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Bay of Islands

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cape Brett - Hole in the Rock Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Cape Reinga day tour

Day By Day Itinerary

Bay of Islands Day Tour including Historic Russell Tour

Travel north via the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands.

On arrival in the Bay of Islands, visit the historic Waitangi Grounds, site of the historic treaty between Maori and European pioneers. View a magnificent Maori meeting house and a large war canoe then transfer to the Paihia waterfront to join a dolphin watching cruise to Cape Brett.

Travel through the famous “Hole in the Rock” and through Grand Cathedral Cave (weather permitting). A picnic lunch is included.

Stay: Paihia

New Zealand Tours

Today we travel to the top of the North Island – Cape Reinga.

Walk out to the lighthouse and see where the Pacific Ocean collides with the Tasman Sea. This beautiful region is steeped in Maori legend and mythology. Highlights of the journey include a visit to the Kauri Forests, sand tobogganing down the massive sand dunes at Te Paki Stream and travelling by coach down Ninety Mile Beach. Lunch is included. Return to Paihia approximately 6.30pm.

Stay: Paihia

Bay of Islands Day Tour including Historic Russell Tour

Free time in Paihia today. You might like to take the ferry across to the beautiful township of Russell – NZ’s first capital (extra cost) or just relax in any one of the cafes.

Depart Paihia late afternoon for your journey back to Auckland.

This tour is available as a Self Drive Tour

Average Score: 5 (1 rating)
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I wanted to write and let you know we had a wonderful trip and everything worked smoothly. The guides/drivers for the two days were excellent and the accommodations though not fancy were clean, quiet, and the location was really good. We were blessed with good weather and the only little bid of rain was on the bus ride back to Auckland.

We are now on our ship heading and we are looking forward to seeing more of New Zealand.
Thanks again.

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $852 NZD $960 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $834 NZD $911 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,072 NZD $1,228 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.
Frequently Asked Questions – Independent Tours

What is an Independent Tour?
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people traveling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are traveling independently.  However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.

What dates do your tours depart?
The Pacific Travel Independent Tour programme operates on a daily basis (with daily departures) using the services of Great Sights, InterCity, Interislander and KiwiRail. All tours are subject to availability at time of booking.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours 2+ days in length include coach travel, transfers, accommodation and sightseeing activities where specified. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers and comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

I am travelling alone – can I pay the triple or twin share rate and be linked with other travellers?
No, unfortunately. You must pay the single room – per person cost.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior accommodation option includes breakfast. No other meals are included in the tour cost except where stated in the itinerary. The coach makes various refreshment / comfort stops throughout the day where food can be purchased. Each evening you are free to relax and dine at you choice of restaurant either on site if you choose Superior accommodation, or just a short walk into town if staying in Standard accommodation.

Is Halal food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country.

Do Independent Tours have a tour escort?
As these tours are Independent, you do not have an escort traveling with you. However all coach drivers are experienced professionals. They will share their vast knowledge of our country with you by providing an informative commentary on most routes.

Can I add in additional nights to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra nightly rates.

What is the difference between Standard & Superior accommodation? 
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast.

Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers. We endeavour where possible to book accommodation that is within easy walking distance of the centre of town.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we are more than happy to help you plan a customised tour.

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
Each passenger may take 2 pieces of luggage (max 25kg each). For safety reasons, each passenger is limited to one carry on item (max 5kg). We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made 30 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 30 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit.
Cancellations 0 – 29 days prior to travel: no refund.
Booking amendments made by you. An amendment fee may be charged, to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday, so it is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights. Pacific Travel Ltd does not sell travel insurance.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia. Information on the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase.

3 Day Bay of Islands Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 3B From $834 Per Person Departs: Daily A truly enjoyable Bay of Islands tour combining stunning scenery, Maori culture and a ‘hole in a rock’. For good measure, you’ll also drive along a national highway, a beach, 90 Mile Beach that is. And if you always wanted to try bodyboarding but don’t like the water, here’s your opportunity... down a giant sand dune. Enquire about this tour

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