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The Best of the Bay of Islands

3 Day Tour Auckland - Paihia - Auckland.

Price from £358 per person

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This Gray Line tour departs daily from Auckland, picking up and dropping you back at your hotel by deluxe touring coach. A driver/guide provides a full commentary all the way. A choice of standard and premier hotel accommodation is offered, including a picnic lunch on day 2. Other meals are at your own expense.

  • Pick Up From Hotel
  • Luxury Coach
  • Guided Tour of Waitangi Treaty House and Grounds
  • Guided Tour of Russel, New Zealand´s First Centre of Government
  • Day Trip Via 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga at the Top of the North Island
  • 3-Hour Cruise to Cape Brett Hole-In-The-Rock

Itinerary

Day 1:  Auckland to Russell
Travel north from the city over the Auckland Harbor Bridge to Whangarei (New Zealand´s most northern city) before arriving in the Bay of Islands. En route (if time permits) a stop is made at the Parry Kauri Park to view a magnificent stand of NZ native Kauri Trees. On arrival at the Bay of Islands, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where Maori and Europeans came together to sign a treaty of understanding formalizing New Zealand´s future as part of the British Empire. Continue by boat across the bay to Russell, NZs first centre of government. Enjoy a drive by mini coach with commentary by your driver through and around this quaint little township. Transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2:  Cape Reinga
Travel to Cape Reinga, at the top of the North Island in air conditioned luxury aboard a purpose built coach. During the journey travel along 90 Mile Beach, NZ's longest. Spectacular scenery all the way and a chance to see marine life in their natural environment in this isolated area. A picnic style lunch is included on this day.

Day 3: Cruise and return to Auckland
Transfer to Paihia wharf to board a high speed catamaran for a cruise via the Bay of Islands to the famous Hole-in-the-Rock on Piercy Island. The hole is large enough for the boat to sail through (subject to weather conditions) and also rich in marine life. Whales, Dolphins and hundreds of Sea Birds diving on huge shoals of fish are often seen during the trip. Informative commentary and a visit to Urapukapuka Island are also included before returning to Paihia. Afternoon at leisure before joining your coach back to Auckland, arriving at approx 8 pm.