All about the 3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour

Explore the birthplace of our nation with a Bay of Islands tour. One of New Zealand's most popular places to visit. The most beautiful beaches on the North Island.

Departing on Saturdays in Summer and Sundays in Winter for 3 days of fun, this tour takes you 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. Day 2 sees you taking a boat trip to the hole in the rock and dolphin spotting. 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. 

The perfect adventure for a long weekend in New Zealand from Auckland.

3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour Itinerary - 3 days

  • Day 1 Summer: Auckland to Paihia
    Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your journey kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, known by those who live here as the ‘city of sails’ because of its location between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours, making it a boaters and yachters paradise.
    Pick-ups start at your accommodation bright and early, before we head north to the seaside town of Paihia, gateway to the Bay of Islands. We stop en-route to hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native Kauri, enjoy a hike to a beautiful waterfall and stop for lunch and a swim at scenic Waipu Cove. This is followed by a trip to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds (own expense), before settling into our accommodation where you’ll have a group meal and the evening free to relax. (D)
    Accommodation included: Beachfront hostel
    Activities included: Tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest, Waipu Cove
    Optional activities: Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Day 2 Summer: Paihia to Hokianga
    This morning we take a wildlife cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life. There’s no better way to see it than by boat - keep an eye out for wild dolphins.
    In the afternoon it’s off to the Hokianga Harbour, where we will see the huge sand dunes. Tonight you have the option to take part in a Maori-guided twilight encounter, where you’ll visit the Waipoua Forest, learn about Maori legends and the spiritual inhabitants of the forest, and visit the largest Kauri tree in the world, the “God of the Forest” Tane Mahuta (own expense). Finish the day with a Kiwi classic for dinner, traditional fish and chips. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Waterside lodge
    Activities included: Bay of Islands wildlife boat trip
    Optional activities: Footprints Waipoua twilight encounter, bone carving
  • Day 3 Summer: Hokianga to Auckland
    We start the morning with a ferry ride across the Hokianga Harbour to go sand boarding down massive dunes (weather dependent) before we start to make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest. Here we will have the opportunity to see NZ’s largest Kauri trees. We visit the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in the beautiful crystal clear waters surrounded by a pure white sandy beach, before returning to the ‘Big Smoke’ Auckland for a late afternoon arrival. We hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! (B)
    Activities included: Hokianga Ferry ride, sand boarding, visit Waipoua Forest (NZ’s largest Kauri trees), swim in the Kai Iwi Lakes
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Real Kiwi Says:
A 3-day adventure from Auckland that shows you the wonderful nature of the Bay of Islands. These are bucket list places we take you to and include the Bay of Islands on a wonderful wildlife cruise then try Sand Boarding on giant sand dunes! The north of the north island of New Zealand is one of the best places to visit in New Zealand! Perfect in summer and winter.

3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour Price information
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Tour code: TB3
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$545
Multi-share (Shared facilities) October 2019 to April 2020
$630
Twin/Double October 2019 to April 2020
$705
Single October 2019 to April 2020
$569
Multi-share (Shared facilities) October 2020 to April 2021
$658
Twin/Double October 2020 to April 2021
$738
Single Sole-Use October 2020 to April 2021

Departure information

Starts

Sundays 26 of April 2020 and October 2020 to April 2021

 

Ends
Auckland


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Itinerary is subject to change due to cultural or seasonal conditions
*Twin / Double upgrades based on two people sharing.
During the winter months, tours will operate in conjunction with the Stray Travel Network allowing all Real Kiwi winter departures to be 100% guaranteed.

Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small daypack.

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