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Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga 3 day Tour

This 3 day tour includes coach travel with Great Sights, a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a Russell mini tour, a full day adventure to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach plus a Hole in the Rock Cruise.

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New Zealand independent tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$745 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Auckland

3 days/2 nights

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Brief itinerary - Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga 3 day Tour

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Waitangi Treaty Grounds tour and Russell tour. Accommodation: Averill Court Motel, Paihia

Day 2: Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach Tour. Accommodation: Averill Court Motel, Paihia

Day 3: Hole in the Rock Cruise then return to Auckland this afternoon.

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Day 1 - Auckland to Paihia, Waitangi Treaty Grounds tour and Russell tour

Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga 3 day Tour - Day 1
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.

Your accommodation: Averill Court Motel, Paihia

The Averill Court Motel is just 10 minutes walk to the centre of Paihia and 1 minute from a great swimming beach. All units feature kitchen facilities, microwave, TV, radio and fridge and other facilities included swimming pool, spa pool, barbecue area and a guest laundry.

Meals included: Lunch

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Day 2 - Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach Tour

Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga 3 day Tour - Day 2
Cape Reinga - Scenic Coach Tour via Ninety Mile Beach with Fullers GreatSights

As you travel north, enjoy a taste of New Zealand's varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forest. Drive along the shores of Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Feel the sand between your toes as you help your driver guide dig for shellfish (conditions permitting). Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand surfing. Visit the Puketi Kauri Forest and get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Stroll along an elevated walkway as these graceful giants surround you, and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today. Visit Cape Reinga and hear the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together. During your Cape Reinga tour, you'll also experience another Kiwi icon: a lunch of delicious fish and chips at the historic Wagener Museum at Houhora. Your journey home will be equally enjoyable as your tour guide's combination of local insight, extensive historical knowledge and a fantastic sense of humour create an unforgettable adventure.

Your accommodation: Averill Court Motel, Paihia

The Averill Court Motel is just 10 minutes walk to the centre of Paihia and 1 minute from a great swimming beach. All units feature kitchen facilities, microwave, TV, radio and fridge and other facilities included swimming pool, spa pool, barbecue area and a guest laundry.

Meals included: Lunch

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Day 3 - Hole in the Rock Cruise then return to Auckland this afternoon

Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga 3 day Tour - Day 3
Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock with Fullers GreatSights

Board the Dolphin Seeker 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 dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise, and have your camera ready as you get up close to the action.

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.

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