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New Zealand–The Bay of Islands

Nature lovers who leave the North Island without stopping off at the Bay of Islands will kick themselves all the way back home (and thats a looong flight). This four-day trip to this outdoorsmans 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.

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  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ONBI/133118
  • Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Paihia, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Auckland

Itinerary

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Day 1: Auckland

Arrive at any time.
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.

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Day 2: Auckland/Bay of Islands

Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.
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.

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Day 3: Bay of Islands/Paihia

Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Opt to go on a dolphin watching tour. Disembark and explore Paihia before a Kiwi barbecue.
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.

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Day 4: Paihia/Auckland

Enjoy a free morning to relax. Opt to swim with dolphins, skydive, or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Return to Auckland in the early evening where the tour finishes upon arrival.
Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Snorkelling in Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal)
    • Overnight boat excursion with included activities onboard like snorkelling, fishing, and kayaking
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (2 nts), houseboat (1 nt). All nights multi-share
    • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Walk amongst giant kauri trees
  • Spend the night anchored in a secluded bay
  • Savour a traditional Kiwi barbecue in Paihia