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Spectacular Bay of Islands

4 Days 1 Country 2 Cities

Discover the beautiful Bay of Islands' marine life and learn about New Zealand history on this Mini Stays trip.

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About this trip

Relax in the beautiful Bay of Islands, discover its marine life and learn about New Zealand history at the Waitangi Treaty Reserve.

Trip type: Mini-Stays

Trip code: ZB4

3 Nights


0 Meals
On-trip Transport

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Spectacular Bay of Islands

Your Itinerary

1. Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

(Flights to arrive day prior.) Depart Auckland by coach for the Bay of Islands. On arrival visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve to learn about New Zealand's early Maori and European history. In Paihia you'll board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose-built catamaran, and meet your experienced local skipper for a cruise through the beautiful clear waters. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. You'll be holding your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space. Take in the unique sights of Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.

Copthorne Resort, Water View

2. Bay of Islands Free Time

You'll have the day at leisure. Relax by the pool, or perhaps take a coach ride via Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga, the northern-most point of New Zealand. Tonight, you can choose to dine at one of the local cafés or restaurants on the waterfront.

Buffet Breakfast

3. Bay of Islands - Auckland

Relax or explore on your own this morning. Perhaps spend time in a local café or ride a historic ferry to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand. Later this afternoon you will return to Auckland.

Buffet Breakfast
The Langham

4. Depart Auckland

You will be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime).

Buffet Breakfast

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Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on mini-stays

    • All hotel charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • It's the right hotels
      With our Insider knowledge, we've handpicked quality hotels to complement this trip. Check the daily itinerary for hotel details and for reviews.

    • Hotel accommodation at Copthorne Resort Water View Bay of Islands and The Langham Auckland

    • Airport transfers in Auckland

    • Four days including sightseeing and Bay of Islands cruise

    • Buffet breakfast daily and dinner on Day 1

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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