2 Day Bay of Islands Short Escape Tour
Experience the tropical Bay of Islands including the historic Waitangi Treaty grounds and a dolphin cruise to the hole in the rock.
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At a glance - 2 Day Bay of Islands Short Escape Tour
Day 1: Auckland to Bay of Islands including Waitangi tour and Russell mini tour. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia
Day 2: Cape Brett and Hole in the Rock Cruise then to Auckland.Back to top
Day 1: Auckland to Bay of Islands including Waitangi tour and Russell mini tour
Auckland to Paihia including Waitangi and Russell with GreatSights (Includes Lunch)
Starting in Auckland, 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: 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
Day 2: Cape Brett and Hole in the Rock Cruise then to Auckland
Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock with GreatSights
Take a glimpse into New Zealand's earliest European history as your luxury catamaran passes by the township of Russell (Kororareka) and many of the historic and culturally significant islands in the Bay, before heading out into open sea. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the stunning Motukokako Island, home of the majestic Hole in the Rock. As we venture into the dramatic Hole in the Rock (conditions permitting) hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Watch out for water drops if you are seated on the top deck! Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the sheltered waters of the Bay. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins along the way.
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.