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2 Day Bay of Islands Short Escape Tour

Experience the tropical Bay of Islands including the historic Waitangi Treaty grounds and a cruise to the hole in the rock.

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New Zealand independent tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$430 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Auckland

2 days/1 nights

Hotel 3 star

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This tour also includes
- Shuttle Transfer - Waitangi to Paihia
- Shuttle Transfer - Paihia to Waitangi
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch
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Brief itinerary - 2 Day Bay of Islands Short Escape Tour

Day 1: Auckland to Bay of Islands including Waitangi tour
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 2: Cape Brett and Hole in the Rock Cruise then to Auckland

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Day 1 - Auckland to Bay of Islands including Waitangi tour

2 Day Bay of Islands Short Escape Tour - Day 1
Auckland to Paihia by InterCity Coach

Heading north to the Bay of Islands takes you along the coast road past the seaside villages of Orewa and Waiwera. Then its on to the township of Puhoi, New Zealand's only Bohemian settlement, then Warkworth and the harbour side city of Whangarei and the unique township of Kawakawa. Arriving into the sub tropical Bay of Islands you are greeted with bush clad hillsides dropping to golden sand beaches. Paihia is the main tourist centre in the bay and has a great beach side atmosphere.

Shuttle Transfer - Paihia to Waitangi

You will be met by a Total Tours representative at your hotel and will be taken to Waitangi. If your shuttle has not arrived within 5 minutes of the designated pick up time, please phone the number provided and get them to locate the pre-booked transfer for you.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Guided Tour and Cultural Performance

Waitangi is one of New Zealand's most historic sites where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the local Maori and the British Government. This two day pass allows you access to the Treaty of Waitangi Grounds and includes admission to the Te Kōngahu Museum and Te Rau Aroha Museum and a Maori Cultural performance. During your guided tour, you'll learn about the history of the treaty and discover the stories and events that shaped New Zealand. The cultural performance inside the carved meeting house includes waiata (singing), poi, a display of Maori weaponry and the haka - a war dance New Zealand is well known for.

Shuttle Transfer - Waitangi to Paihia

You will be met by a Total Tours representative at Waitangi and will be taken back to your accommodation. If your shuttle has not arrived within 5 minutes of the designated pick up time, please phone the number provided and get them to locate the pre-booked transfer for you.

Your accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

Meals included: Lunch

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Day 2 - Cape Brett and Hole in the Rock Cruise then to Auckland

2 Day Bay of Islands Short Escape Tour - Day 2
Hole in the Rock Cruise 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 by InterCity Coach

Leaving the magical Bay of Islands behind you head south on State Highway 1 back towards Auckland, the city of sails, the route takes you through Kawakawa, affectionately known as 'train town'. The farming regions of Wellsford and Warkworth accompany you the rest of the journey before passing through the suburbs of the North Shore and crossing the harbour bridge and into the heart of Auckland City.

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