Note that this tour utilizes a variety of accommodation including hostels. See the 'About Accommodation' section of the trip details for more information.

New Zealand—The Bay of Islands

4 days,Auckland to Auckland

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

Nature lovers who leave the North Island without stopping in at the Bay of Islands will kick themselves all the way back home (and that’s a looooong flight). This 4-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.

What's Included

  • Snorkelling in Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Overnight boat excursion with included activities onboard like snorkelling, fishing and kayaking.
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. (Allow USD50-75 for meals not included.)
  • Hostels (2 nts), houseboat (1 nt). All nights multi-share.
  • Private bus
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 20, avg 14

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Itinerary Notes

Please note that most accommodation in New Zealand is multi-share, you can read more in the trip details in our about accommodation section.

Day 1 Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Bay of Islands (1B,1L,1D)

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

Please note: For the departure on August 13th 2014, the itinerary has changed because the boat house will be dry docked for maintenance. For Days 2 and 3 the group will overnight in Paihia.

Day 3 Paihia (1B,1D)

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 with some time to explore Paihia before an evening barbecue.

Please note: For the departure on August 13th 2014, board a yacht for a full day trip to Bay of Islands. Included lunch, kayaking, snorkelling and island walks.

Day 4 Auckland (1B)

Enjoy a free morning to relax or choose one of many activities from dolphin swimming, skydiving to checking out the historic island Russel or Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Return to Auckland early evening where the tour finishes upon arrival at 6pm. Feel free to book onward travel after 8pm.

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