Bay of Islands Discovery

2 NIGHTS

Destaques

  • Pristine coastline
  • Wildlife encounters
  • Maori culture

Proximidade

  • By car: 3 hr 30 min from Auckland

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Just a three and a half hour drive north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula. Embark on a journey of discovery and enjoy the beauty of this areas endless coastlines and abundant marine wildlife.

Day 1: Auckland - Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands, Northland, Northland & Bay of Islands

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Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

Find out more about about Paihia and the Bay of Islands

Destaques

  • Cruise the Bay of Islands
  • See the world's largest Kauri tree
  • Encounter marine life

Depart from Auckland and journey north via SH1. A short detour will lead you to The Kauri Museum where you can learn the history of mighty Tane Mahuta before having morning tea at the Gumdiggers Café next door. Browse Maori art at the Kings Theatre before arriving in Paihia - the ideal base for exploring the Bay of Islands. 

 Cruises from Paihia take visitors out and about in the bay; don't miss the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett. It is also the gateway to some excellent day walks.

Day 2: Explore Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands
Dolphin spotting, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Fraser Clements

Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

Find out more about Russell and the Bay of Islands

Destaques

  • See and swim with dolphins
  • Maori Culture
  • Pub meal in Russell

From the picturesque towns of Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri, you can access almost all the Bay has to offer. Whilst boating, fishing, and swimming with dolphins are some of the favourite maritime activities, the area is also rich with history and authentic Maori culture with plentiful stories to discover.

Embark on a voyage of marine discovery when you join a daily cruise, charter a yacht or hire a sea kayak. Explore around Tapeka Point - just north of Russell to experience an abundance of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more.

Day 3: Bay of Islands - Auckland

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Sara Orme

Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

Find out more about Russell and Paihia

Destaques

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds guided tour
  • Enjoy a hangi (earth oven feast)
  • Game-fishing

Enjoy a morning experience in Russell or Paihia before heading south to Auckland. En-route visit the historic Treaty House at Waitangi Treaty Grounds or stop in Whangarei Town Basin in the city centre. A detour towards the Tutukaka Coast to explore more pristine coastlines is also recommended.

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