You can start and finish in Auckland, Christchurch or any other place around the circuit. You need about 4 weeks and it's an excellent way to really get to see and experience all of what NZ has to offer - the North of the North to the deep South! As always the longer you have the better so you can get off at your favourite places for a few more days (or weeks!).
All about the The Jack Pass
Explore the birthplace of our nation with a Bay of Islands tour. One of New Zealands most popular place to visit.
Depart to the north of Auckland up to the Paihia the gateway to the Bay of Islands. Always a beautiful ride up from Auckland past small towns and wonderful forests. Then its time to be by the beach and experience culture at the Waitangi Treaty ground. Paihia can be a great night out with some funky bars and pubs. You can also try sandboarding! We see the big Kauri trees as we drive back down to Auckland on the third before saying goodbye to your new friends.
Perfect adventure north in New Zealand.
The Jack Pass Itinerary - 2 days
Auckland to Paihia
Haere mai (welcome)! Your Stray adventure kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. We depart northbound for the relaxed seaside town of Paihia, gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands. We stop en-route for a chance to swim at scenic Waipu Cove, before cruising up to Paihia for a relaxing afternoon in the stunning Bay of Islands. If the weather is unsuitable for a stop at Waipu, we will visit the Parry Kauri Forest Park to hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native kauri, on our way to Paihia.
*Winter only: We stop to hug the kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest Park, then express to Paihia.
Accommodation: Hostel along from the beach.
Optional paid activities: Catch the ferry to historic Russell (NZ’s former capital), skydiving, Hole in the Rock cruise, kayaking.
Free activities: Swim at Waipu Cove (summer only), tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest (wet weather/winter option).
Paihia to Auckland
Enjoy a sleep in and morning at your leisure. Sail or cruise around the Bay, walk to nearby Haruru Falls or just hang out on the beach. Mid-afternoon we jump back onboard the Stray bus, destined for the bright lights of Auckland. We hope you had a blast on your Stray adventure!
Optional paid activities: Sailing, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, fishing.
Free activities: Walk around Paihia or Haruru Falls, go for a swim or relax on the beach.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from central Auckland accommodation
Minimum days: 2
Recommended days: 2
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