3 Day Bay of Islands Snapshot

3 Day Bay of Islands Snapshot

The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s great holiday destinations - enjoyed by 'kiwis' and international visitors alike. It is a part of New Zealand that is both stunningly beautiful and historically significant. See two oceans collide and discover the place of leaping, experience wild dolphins up close in their natural habitat and hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the majestic Hole in the Rock.

Tour Info

Tour Name: 3 Day Bay of Islands Snapshot
From: Auckland to Auckland
Valid: May 18 - Mar 19
Price:
From (NZD) $753 per person
Duration: 3 Days
Tour Code: SBBOI3I

Inclusions

2 nights accommodation at the Kingsgate Autolodge Hotel
Luxury coach transport and hotel transfers
Optional breakfasts
Daily departures

Short Break Exclusions & Extras

Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Auckland to Bay of Islands

From Auckland travel north over the Harbour Bridge to Whangarei and Paihia. After checking in at the Kingsgate Autolodge Hotel, visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds – it tells New Zealand’s story of two peoples coming together as one, under the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The remainder of day at leisure for you to explore the seaside town of Paihia. There are many sightseeing activities and attractions to cater for all interests and budgets There’s something for everyone … whether you’re an adrenaline seeker, nature lover, culture vulture or sun worshipper.

Day 2
Bay of Islands Sightseeing

Enjoy a full day tour to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand. There are numerous stops for you to take in the scenic highlights and activities. They start with the easy twenty minute boardwalk through the Puketi Kauri Forest.

Then thunder along Ninety Mile Beach and sledge down the sand dunes there. Take a swim and dig for shellfish. See the picturesque village of Mangonui. Your Coach Captain’s local knowledge and informative commentary will make this trip one to remember.

Day 3
Bay of Islands Sightseeing & return to Auckland

This morning it’s a Dolphin Cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole-in-the-Rock. Enjoy a cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands aboard ‘Dolphin Seeker’, a purpose-built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Cruise past the Cape Brett lighthouse before arriving at the majestic Hole-in-the-Rock. Hold your breath as the skipper navigates you through the narrow space and wonder at the rock walls that tower above you.

Stop at Urupukapuka Island and take time to swim and relax on a sandy beach. If conditions are suitable, you can upgrade your itinerary to include a swim with wild dolphins. This is a fun cruise the whole family will enjoy!

Late afternoon depart Paihia by coach for Auckland.

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There are 10 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.5 out of 5.

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18/09/2017
The tour was very enjoyable and as described in the itinerary. Both drivers on the first 2 days were knowledgeable on the places we visited, especially Robin who provided us tourists interesting information as we drove along and about the places we were about to see. Our accommodation, Kingsgate Hotel was well-appointed and accommodating. Two little comments that I would like to point out though : (1) The lock on our hotel room was changed on the second day and my friend and I were frantic that we could not open the door. A little warning / a little note posted on the door would have been most helpful and avoided undue anxiety on our part. (2) The water kettle was terribly grotty inside we should have complained to front desk before my friend proceeded to clean it. It looked like Housekeeping was not as thoroughly doing their job. We wondered about the bedsheets and pillow cases also if they were freshly laundered. In general though, the place was conveniently located and easy to find.
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25/03/2017
Everything went well even the weather. We were prepared for wet weather but we were fortunate it was bright and sunny at every place we visited as if we brought the Malaysian weather to the Bay of Islands. It only rained when we were travelling in the coach.All arrangements went according to schedule. The Scenic Hotel was superb. The driver guides were knowledgeable and helpful. We were delighted to have chosen this tour. Our last visit was 19 years ago. Good to be back. We will not hesitate to use the services of Relaxing Journeys. Thank you Toni for looking after our booking.
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27/12/2016
Apart from a worry about the transfer from Skycity to the airport on return we had a super time. Many thanks.
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23/09/2016
Really enjoyed all the travel side of the tours. The scenery of course was magnificent, would do it all again. Coach drivers, Kenny and Chris were great, Rachel was ok but of course didn't have much input as her only job was to get us back to Auckland safely which she of course did. Boat crew out to hole in the rock were fantastic. Only down side to trip and it wasn't a major one was the accommodation felt a little tired and old, food wasn't up to scratch in their restaurant. But all up we loved it and would really like to do it all again one day. Thank You, Toni and the team for your help in making this happen.
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03/05/2016
Professional staff and exceptional service both at Relaxing Journeys and Great Sights, this is a rare find nowadays! Everything went perfectly and was exactly as mentioned in the detailed itinerary. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone needing a short break and would definitely look at travelling again with Great Sights and Relaxing Journeys.
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25/12/2015
We had a fantastic time on this trip. Leanne was an amazing help booking our trip last minute over the busy Christmas / new year period and everything was perfect. All went according to schedule. Places recommended were fantastic and we loved it. Would definitely use Relaxing Journeys when we come back to see the South Island.
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10/03/2015
Very enjoyable tour - a little longer in some towns for meals would help as sometimes the service is slow when a full bus arrives.
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23/01/2014
I really enjoyed the whole tour to the Bay of Islands, such a beautiful place, but the highlight for me was the 90 mile beach drive and body-boarding down the enormous sand dunes ! Our driver for that day was full of information and very friendly. The cruise to the hole in the rock was good and we saw lots of dolphins up close, but I would recommend getting off in Russel on the way back, a real little gem, I spent a very relaxing 2 hrs there and had a lovely lunch overlooking the Bay.
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28/06/2013
It was a wonderful holiday. the driver was knowledgeable.
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05/02/2013
Great tour to see lots with no driving. Good service, safe drivers with good local knowledge & humor. Rest stops appropriate for a large group. Good food. A very pleasant way to see New Zealand. Thank you Kirby for your help.
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Departures: May 18 - Mar 19
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