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New Zealand–The Bay of Islands
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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
  • Tour code: 133118
  • Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Auckland, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Auckland

Itinerary

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Day 1: Auckland

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.

Additional Notes:
Jump right into your adventure by adding the 'Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience' extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1.

This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like the Hobbiton Movie Set or local wineries, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Auckland/Bay of Islands (1B, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Please note: during the winter months (late April - early November) Goat Island snorkelling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time for the houseboat. As a result, there will be more time for activities on board the houseboat.

Included Activities:
Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling
Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

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Day 3: Bay of Islands/Paihia (1B, 1L, 1D)

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 (1B)

Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

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 bus
    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