3 Days in the Bay

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.

Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Auckland     Ends: Auckland
Duration: 3 Days
Departs Daily

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Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking

HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
  • Waitangi Treaty House
  • Cape Reinga day tour
  • Ninety mile beach
  • Cape Brett " Hole in the Rock" cruise
  • Kauri Forest
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Day 1: Auckland - Paihia - Cape Brett Cruise
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.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar.

Day 2: Cape Reinga Day Tour
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 by 6.30pm.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar.

Day 3: Paihia - Auckland
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.

Optional extras which can be added to this tour

This tour departs daily

As this is an 'independent' styled tour, you can depart whatever day you like! (subject to availability)

Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)
Single NZ$1,115 per person NZ$1,240 per person
Double NZ$875 per person NZ$940 per person
Triple NZ$825 per person NZ$875 per person

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

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


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 travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
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