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2 Day Bay of Islands Short Escape Tour
Independent daily departures, Auckland to AucklandNZ$594 from per person twin share, low season
Experience the tropical Bay of Islands including the historic Waitangi Treaty grounds and a cruise to the hole in the rock.
Auckland to Paihia including Waitangi and Russell with GreatSights (Includes Lunch)
Starting in Auckland early, travel north to the Bay of Islands. After arriving in Paihia, visit neighbouring Waitangi for a guided tour of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Explore the original Treaty House, one of New Zealand's oldest and most visited historic homes and the Te Whare Runanga, a fully carved Māori meeting house, which is representative of all iwi in New Zealand. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds offer a truly unique insight into New Zealand's early history.
After returning to Paihia, take a short ferry ride across the harbour to Russell. From here you will enjoy the Russell Mini Tour by coach. Learn about the features that make Russell so significant in New Zealand's history, and visits areas which cannot be easily covered on foot, like Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki), which offers stunning 360-degree views of the whole Bay of Islands. After your tour ends you'll have time to wander the township before returning to Paihia. This tour includes a delicious picnic lunch pack.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Lunch
- Check in time: 2 pm
- Check out time: 10 am
- Walk time to shops/restaurants: 10-15 mins
- Parking: onsite free parking
- Internet facilities: On site free access
- Restaurant on site
- Breakfast service available
- Dinner service available
- Bar on site
- Tea/coffee facilities in room
- Room service available
- Laundry facilities: On site
- Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
- Swimming pool
- All rooms non smoking
Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock with Fullers GreatSights
Board your cruise and take in the stunning views as you glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over and Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’. According to Māori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space. Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise, and have your camera ready as you get up close to the action. The purpose-built catamaran is licensed by DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing and the crew have years of experience locating dolphins in these waters. Dolphin Seeker has indoor and outdoor seating available, and the largest outdoor viewing decks in the Bay of Islands.
Paihia to Auckland with GreatSights
Enjoy a relaxing sightseeing tour from Paihia to Auckland. The afternoon departure time allows you to spend a full day in the beautiful Bay of Islands before returning to Auckland. Your local driver guide will point out scenic highlights as you travel through farmland and past native forests. At the end of your journey, enjoy the spectacular views from the Auckland Harbour Bridge as you arrive in Auckland's central city by night.