In the Bay of Islands you can find unbelievable natural beauty, amazing beaches and a host of islands make for an idyllic aquatic playground and ultimate retreat.
Visit the top of New Zealand with a half day tour to Cape Reinga. The initial stage of the tour consists of a flight up to Cape Reinga via Northland’s spectacular harbours, such as the Whangaroa Harbour and the Rangaunu Harbour. We also pass across some beautiful beaches such as Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach. From Ninety Mile Beach we then fly inland where we land at our airfield, which is only 20km from the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Once on the ground a comfortable air-conditioned mini-bus will meet the aircraft. It will take you on a 2½ hour tour around the top of New Zealand.
After a 20 minute drive, we reach the Cape Reinga Lighthouse where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Our local guide will accompany you on your walk to the lighthouse, sharing the myths and legends or this very spiritual area. We then rejoin the vehicle for a short drive to Tapotupotu Bay where we enjoy a freshly baked light refreshment. There is time for a stroll on the beach, and a quick swim if desired, then we move across to the Te Paki quicksand stream with its giant sand dunes; (we have sleds available for those who wish to experience the exhilaration of sliding down the sand dunes and try some “sand surfing”). The return flight to the Bay of Islands includes some of the most spectacular coastal scenery Northland has to offer.
Swimming with dolphins in their world is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Dolphins, whales, fish, sea birds, penguins and other wildlife are frequently encountered in the spectacular marine environment at the Bay of Islands. Join our luxury 20m high speed catamaran, designed specifically for the sea conditions of the Bay of Islands area. Our guides are some of the most experienced in the Bay and will educate and ensure you get the most from your eco-adventure.
This is your unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these beautiful marine mammals. See the abundance of marine mammals and wildlife the Bay of Islands is famous for. Our modern high speed luxury catamaran is purpose built for dolphin and whale watching and offers easy access to the water and hot showers. This is truly a unique opportunity and is especially spectacular in the Bay of Islands.
- Category: Scenic Break
- Avge Rating: 5 (1 Reviews)
- From: Bay of Islands to Bay of Islands
- Duration: 4 Days
- Valid: 10 Mar 2016 to 30 Apr 2017
- Tour Code: SBBOI4C
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- Day1On arrival at Kerikeri airport make your way to the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. (Option to include car hire and to start and finish in Auckland)
- Day2Half day fly/4WD tour to Cape Reinga. Remainder of day at leisure
- Day3Swim with dolphins cruise
- Day4Make your way out to the airport for your onward flight.
Short Break Inclusions
- Three nights’ accommodation at the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
- Breakfasts are optional
- Half day tour to Cape Reinga including return flights, guided ground tour and morning tea
- Swim with the dolphins cruise
- (Option to include car hire and to start and finish in Auckland)
Short Break Exclusions & Extras
Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. Airport transfers are at your own expense, read our FAQ's for more information. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.
Short Break Small Print
Valid for the following travel periods:
- 10th March 2016 to 30th September 2016 (NZ $897 pp)
- 1st October 2016 to 30th April 2017 (NZ $1026 pp)
Accommodation & activities are offered subject to availability at the time of booking. A credit card deposit is required to secure a booking. Please refer to our booking terms and conditions.
Bay of Islands & Cape Reinga Flightseeing & Cruise Reviews
Reviews from past clients of Relaxing Journeys. 1 Reviews. Average Rating 5.0 of 5.
5We fully enjoyed our experience, despite poor weather conditions meant that we had the flight cancelled 10 mins before departure due to bad weather which was very disappointing but fortunately we were able to complete the flight on the day we were supposed to leave due to conditions improving and we had a little flexibility in our departure time. The swimming with Dolphins was good despite not being able to swim with them because they had baby Dolphins, however they put on a good display for us. The only downside was the Copthorne Hotel. This was below standards that we had experienced in New Zealand and is what I would call a budget hotel that needs to be upgraded.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If I want check availability on this short break what do I do?
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Isn't it cheaper just to book it all ourselves?
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What happens after I 'Check Availability'?
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Can I book this short break if I'm not in NZ, and how do I pay?
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Can I book things like internal flights & car hire to go with my short break if it's not included?
Some short break packages do not include (or may not require) a hire car, or internal flights. Relaxing Journeys can organise these extras for you and include them in your quote if you wish - or you can just book the short break 'as is', and organise everything else yourself. These extras can be requested after choosing your date and clicking 'Confirm Availability' on the right of this page.
What about airport transfers? If not, what would you recommend we do on arrival?
The cost of getting to & from the airport to your accommodation is generally not included, although on some occasions it is, in which case we have specifcally mentioned it in the itinerary. There are always plenty of taxis or shuttles waiting at the airport. You also have the option in most cases to catch a bus into the city centres.
What happens once I have booked my short break?
Once your deposit has been paid and you have received your deposit confirmation, we will organise your short break and when completed (normally within 48 hours) we will email you confirmation. When you pay your balance (45 days before the start date) we will email you a 'Short Break Voucher' shortly after along with your arrival information and everything else you need. Print this off and take it with you to NZ.
What happens once I have booked my short break?
Your deposit is non-refundable. Relaxing Journeys would have already booked and confirmed all the components of your holiday and we will have to cancel everything and adhere to each suppliers cancellation policy. Should it become necessary for you to cancel your reservation 45 days or more prior to departure date, your deposit only shall be forfeited. Cancellations made within 45 days of departure date will incur the following charges: (Expressed as a percentage of the confirmed tour & holiday price plus your deposit).
44-22 days prior to departure - 25%
21-10 days prior to departure - 35%
9 days or less prior to departure - 50%
Why should I book this short break with Relaxing Journeys?
That's a no-brainer! All of the short break holidays on our website are exclusive and unique to Relaxing Journeys. We are New Zealands' leading inbound touring specialist, with an in-depth knowledge of New Zealand and it's regions. Our expertise will ensure your New Zealand holiday is second to none, and we have locals on the ground in NZ in case anything needs attending to while you are here.