New Zealand–The Bay of Islands

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Walk amongst giant kauri trees, spend the night anchored in a secluded bay, savour a traditional barbecue in Paihia

Tour description provided by G Adventures

Nature lovers who leave the North Island without stopping off at the Bay of Islands will kick themselves all the way back home (and that’s a looong flight). This four-day trip to this outdoorsman’s paradise features ample time hiking the nature trails and makes the most of all that water with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and sailing. Not enough? A night aboard a houseboat should do the trick. We take care of all the fuss. All you have to do is have the time of your life.


Day 1 Auckland
Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands (1B, 1D)
Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal). Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night. Additional Notes: Please note: during the winter months (late April - early November) Goat Island snorkelling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time for the houseboat. As a result, there will be more time for activities on board the houseboat. Included Activities: Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Day 3 Bay of Islands/Paihia (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.
Day 4 Paihia/Auckland (1B)
Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. Travel back to Auckland where the tour ends upon arrival at 6pm. Feel free to book onward travel for after 8pm. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)