A perfect way to get a taste of New Zealand by exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands in three days and two nights. These sub-tropical islands, 140 in total are a taste of New Zealand nature and culture for those who only have a short time to travel in New Zealand.
Opononi in the North Island
Opononi is located on the shore of Hokianga Harbour on the west coast of the Northland region of New Zealand. It doesn't get the attention of the Bay Of Islands on the east coast. That's a shame because anyone visiting here quickly realises what a special place it is.
The Hokianga Harbour is a sheltered area with headlands prominently built out of sand dunes. As the harbour reaches inland bushland and settlements increase. It's a place early Europeans and Maori traded at in the early days. The forests around the harbour were a source of timber, the giant Kauri trees were especially prized. It remains a culturally rich area, something you will experience when visiting.
The Opononi township is low-rise in scale which adds to the charm with accommodation and shops stretching along the main road on the side of the harbour. There's no obstacle stopping you wandering out of your room and onto the shores of the harbour.
Over 25 days you will witness vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wonderous wildlife and some of New Zealand's best produce. Among the sites you will visit include the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all! You'll travel in a small group with a fully qualified local guide, exploring unique destinations and immersing yourself in local culture and New Zealand's beautiful environment.
Join us for an epic cruising adventure in the pristine natural environment of the spectacular Bay of Islands. You will spot wildlife in abundance on this cruise - Dolphins, Whales, Orcas and lots of bird life. Start and finish in Paihia the gateway to the Bay of Islands.
Sale around the 144 Bay of Islands whilst you look out for Dolphins. Encounter these intelligent and playful mammals in their natural environment. You may even have an opportunity to swim with the dolphins in the warmest waters in New Zealand.
A great way to see most of New Zealand by starting in Auckland in the North Island and finishing in Queenstown in the South Island. You can also spend some time exploring Queenstown pre-trip.
Our mission is to get you off the beaten track around New Zealand amongst authentic local culture and our experienced crew has chosen some incredible destinations so you can see more and do more! Travel to the places you're less likely to find in the guide book but the ones you'll be talking about long after the adventure has ended.
This is the perfect pass for those wanting to get out of Auckland and head out to the Bay Of Islands on a 2 day trip. Even better is to get off in Paihia for a few days to fully experience this region and then return to Auckland. If you only take 2 days you'll still have time to see huge kauri trees, snorkel at a marine reserve and go to a native bird recovery centre.