Bay of Islands: Full Day Tour from Auckland162 reviews
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Pass By: Auckland Harbour Bridge, Curran St, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
Departing Auckland in the morning, you'll cross the Harbour Bridge and travel north on one of GreatSights' comfortable and air conditioned deluxe coaches. Your local driver guide will point out interesting sights and provide entertaining and informative commentary as you journey through farmland and lush native forest towards the Bay of Islands.
Stop At: Parry Kauri Park, Turdor Collins Drive, Warkworth, Auckland New Zealand
Visit giant Kauri Trees
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House, Waitangi National Trust Estate New Zealand
Experience a guided tour of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds where in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori and the British Crown. Explore the original Treaty House, one of New Zealand's oldest and most visited historic homes and the Te Whare Runanga, a fully carved Maori meeting house, which is representative of all iwi (regional tribes) in New Zealand. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds offer a truly unique insight into New Zealand's early history
Duration: 45 minutes
Pass By: Christ Church, Church Street, Russell New Zealand
Upon arrival, take some leisure time to explore the charming seaside village of Paihia, before taking a short ferry ride across the harbour to Russell, also known by its Māori name Kororāreka. From here you will enjoy the Russell Mini Tour by coach. This intimate one-hour tour is led by an engaging guide who has a fantastic combination of historical knowledge and local insight, really bringing the cultural history of the area alive. Although Russell may seem tranquil today, you'll hear all about its rowdy past in the early 19th century when it was a lawless open port, known as the 'Hell Hole of the Pacific'!
Stop At: Flagstaff Hill, Russell New Zealand
Enjoy amazing views of Russell & the Bay of Islands
Duration: 10 minutes
Pass By: Pompallier Mission and Printery, The Strand, Russell New Zealand
Learn about the features that make Russell so significant in New Zealand's history, such as Christ Church (the oldest church in New Zealand), historic Pompallier House, and even the country's oldest licensed pub. You'll also hear more about the world's second oldest game fishing club – the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club, made famous by American author Zane Grey. The tour 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.
- Lunch (if option selected)
- Local driver guide
- Live commentary on board
- Free on board WiFi
- Round-trip ferry between Paihia and Russell
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House
- Lunch (if option not selected)
102 Hobson St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick ups need to be requested at least 24 hours prior.
Hotel pick ups in most cases will be earlier. Please check with provider open til 8pm - Toll free within NZ 0800744487
Returns to original departure point
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants must sit on laps
- Departures and itineraries may be subject to sea and weather conditions.
- The traveling time between Auckland and the Bay of Islands is approximately 4 hours each way.
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Booking Terms and Conditions
When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:
What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.
What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.
What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.
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