Bay of Islands Tour
On this 3 day Bay of Islands tour from Auckland, we’ll travel to Northland and explore some of the Bay of Islands before heading back to Auckland. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Paihia, Russell, Waitangi and some of the 144 islands that make up the magnificent Bay of Islands.
Venture with us on our Bay of Islands tour to the region known as ‘The Winterless North’! While we can’t promise sunshine 100% of the time, we can assure you that you’ll get to explore some truly spectacular scenery and have plenty of opportunity to take part in some once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Lush green hills, sweeping beaches, epic marine life, giant sand dunes, idyllic islands, and settlements steeped in culture and history – the Northland and Bay of Islands region is truly special.
We love this area so much that we have our own accommodation here! Haka Lodge Paihia boasts amazing views out to the Bay of Islands and some of the nicest and most knowledgeable staff.
We’ll have plenty of included activities and stops on our Bay of Islands tours including visiting Tāne Mahuta - the Lord of the Forest, taking time to explore Waitangi Treaty Grounds, short walks through lush subtropical rainforest, enjoying fish and chips at sunset, visiting picture-perfect waterfalls and a sundowner cruise aboard a catamaran!
Optional activities include skydiving, scuba diving (both beginner or advanced), or cruises around the bays in search of the local sea-life! Or simply enjoy the town of Paihia or take the ferry to historic Russell.
Bay of Islands Tour Tips:
As you build your tour online, you will see many optional activities available to add – but remember, none of these are compulsory. Not sure which activities to choose? No problem. Once you've paid a deposit and secured your seat you can add activities anytime until 60 days prior to departure.
Activities can be pre-booked or purchased on the road - just let your tour guide know. We can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre-booking any activities you especially want to do.
This tour is great if you want a magical, yet quick escape to soak up the sun – but it needn't end after 3 days, as our 7 day North Island Adventure tour also departs Auckland and takes in a a huge array of highlights en route to Wellington.
As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to book accommodation with us in Auckland the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on day 1 makes for a stress-free morning. Accommodation is included on the last night of your tour.
Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (Included)
We love giving guests this opportunity to learn about Māori culture and the birth of our nation.
See one of the world's largest trees (Included)
Tāne Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) really is awe inspiring. See for yourself!
Enjoy an included catamaran sunset sailing experience around the Bay of Islands.
Auckland to Paihia
We start the tour with a scenic drive to Northland, visiting ancient forests and giant sand dunes. At sunset, we’ll treat you to a Kiwi-as feast of fish & chips!
How will you spend your day? Skydive? Scuba dive? Cruise on a catamaran? Visit the Hole in the Rock?
Paihia to Auckland
We’ll take time to explore Māori culture and New Zealand history before our return to Auckland. On our journey, we’ll visit waterfalls, walks and some very famous toilets!
What's included on every adventure tour:
- Small groups, up to 16 people
- Passionate Kiwi guides
- Comfortable bus transport
- High-end hostel accommodation
- Tasty continental breakfasts every day
- Experiences to teach you about our unique Māori culture
What's also included on this tour:
- 3 nights of accommodation in dorm share
- Continental breakfast every day
- Fish & chips dinner with spectacular Bay of Islands views
- Sundowner Cruise aboard a catamaran in the Bay of Islands (summer only - we'll provide a surprise activity in winter)
- Marvel at the Hokianga Harbour and its giant sand dunes
- Visit Tāne Mahuta – a giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest
- Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of New Zealand
- Check out the Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa
- Take in amazing coastlines and golden beaches
- Plus surprise stops on the way
ENHANCE YOUR TRIP WITH ADD-ON ACTIVITIES AND UPGRADES
Your tour includes all the essentials but you can add extra wow-factor to your tour by adding on the activities and accommodation upgrades that suit you best.
Optional activities you can add to this trip at checkout:
Optional accommodation upgrades and add-ons for this trip:
Bay of Islands Winterless North Tour
- Price from (NZD)
- Deposit only
Only $99 to secure your seat unless you book within 45 days of departure. Once your spot is booked, you can log in and customise your tour with any extra experiences or activities up to 45 days before departure.
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