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Thrifty Tours3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour including a Dolphin Cruise and Cape Reinga Trip from Auckland

Visit the beautiful Bay of Islands, a year-round destination and birthplace of our nation. Journey to New Zealand's northernmost point, Cape Reinga. Discover our cultural heritage at Waitangi Treaty grounds and experience the natural beauty of the region on a scenic Dolphin seeking cruise.

 New Zealand independent tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Auckland
 3 days/ 2 nights
 Hotel 3 star
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Waitangi Celebrations
Bay of Islands

At a glance - 3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour including a Dolphin Cruise and Cape Reinga Trip from Auckland

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia inc Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 2: Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Day Tour inc Picnic Lunch. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 3: Paihia to Auckland and Hole in the Rock Cruise.

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3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour including a Dolphin Cruise and Cape Reinga Trip from Auckland - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia inc Waitangi Treaty Grounds

3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour including a Dolphin Cruise and Cape Reinga Trip from Auckland - Day 1

Auckland to Paihia including Waitangi Treaty Grounds with GreatSights

Your journey into the 'winterless North' begins as you cross over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge. Along the way your driver guide will keep you informed and entertained, pointing out sites of interest as you drive through rolling farmland and lush native forest into the Northland region. Take a brief morning tea break in Kaiwaka, your tour continues past Whangarei and through Kawakawa before arriving at the seaside town of Paihia.
On arrival in the Bay of Islands visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a guided tour of the historic place where in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Māori and the British Crown. Explore the original Treaty House, one of New Zealand's oldest and most visited historic homes and Te Whare Runanga, a fully carved Maori 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. You'll have the rest of your day at leisure to explore Paihia and relax.

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.

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 2: Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Day Tour inc Picnic Lunch

3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour including a Dolphin Cruise and Cape Reinga Trip from Auckland - 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: 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

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 3: Paihia to Auckland and Hole in the Rock Cruise

3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour including a Dolphin Cruise and Cape Reinga Trip from Auckland - Day 3

Getting from Paihia accommodation to the Wharf

This morning you will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Fullers Bay of Islands and will be transferred to the Maritime Building to connect with your morning cruise.

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).

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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