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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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Seat-in-Coach Touring

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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 Viewed 6 times in the last 7 days

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Day 1 - Auckland to Pahia, 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 - Dune Rider Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach Tour

Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga 3 day Tour - Day 2
Dune Rider to Cape Reinga with Explore

This full day tour in the unique Dune Rider vehicle is the best way to explore the Far North. Let the driver immerse you in the culture and history of the area, while taking in the amazing scenery. The Dune Rider vehicle is purpose built to go off-road in comfort with air conditioning, reclining seats, plenty of leg room and sloping floors for great viewing. Your full day tour begins with an early morning pick up at your accommodation, and includes a freshly prepared buffet style lunch, a visit to Cape Reinga lighthouse to view the meeting of the two oceans, a beach stop on 90 Mile Beach, boogie boarding down huge sand dunes at Te Paki stream and time at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom.

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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