The sub-tropical Northland region is often referred to as the birthplace of New Zealand and is an area steeped in history with plenty of exciting and fun activities ideal for a family getaway.
Take in the sights and beauty of the Far North as you travel along 90 mile beach on the way to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point. Travel in a top of the range, all terrain 4WD vehicle and sit back, relax and take in the wonderful views as your driver guide immerses you in the culture and history of the area. Highlights include a gum diggers park where an ancient kauri forest was buried thousands of years ago; a drive along 90 mile beach; the opportunity to climb massive sand dunes and boogie board back down; and a walk to the famous Cape Reinga lighthouse where you see the meeting of two mighty oceans, the Pacific & the Tasman Sea. A day of fun, action and spectacular landscapes.
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, swimming with wild dolphins is available at an additional cost. This is a fun cruise the whole family will enjoy!
Your Bay of Islands accommodation is located in the seaside resort of Paihia, nestled on the foreshore of this National Maritime Park. It is a popular destination for local kiwi families as there is so many activities suited to all ages. Be sure to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and take the ferry to the picturesque town of Russell. Fishing, sailing, kayaking, golfing ... your options are numerous.
- Category: Family Holiday
- From: Bay of Islands to Bay of Islands
- Duration: 4 Days
- Valid: 10 Mar 2016 to 30 Apr 2017
- Tour Code: SBBOI4F
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- Day1On arrival, please make your way to the Blue Pacific Apartments. The rest of today is at leisure to enjoy the local sights. (Option to include car hire and to start and finish in Auckland)
- Day2Enjoy a full day 4WD adventure to Cape Reinga via 90 mile beach. A picnic lunch is included.
- Day3Morning Dolphin cruise to Cape Brett & the Hole-in-the-Rock. At leisure this afternoon.
- Day4Free time for some last minute sightseeing before departing Paihia for your next destination.
Short Break Inclusions
- 3 nights self-contained accommodation at the Blue Pacific Apartments
- Dune Rider 4WD adventure to Cape Reinga via 90 mile beach. Picnic lunch included.
- Half Day Dolphin cruise to Cape Brett & the Hole-in-the-Rock.
- (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. 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 $682 pp)
- 1st October 2016 to 30th April 2017 (NZ $822 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I want check availability on this short break what do I do?
Relaxing Journeys needs to confirm availability and provide you with an emailed quote based on the number of people travelling & room type. Select your start date on the right and complete our 'Request Quote' form and one of our tour consultants will be in touch within 24 hours (during business hours).
Isn't it cheaper just to book it all ourselves?
You won't pay more by booking your short break holiday with Relaxing Journeys. We have access to discounted industry rates and special deals, only available to those in the travel trade. So the amount we make on each short break, is the difference between these rates and retail rates that you would pay if you booked it all yourself. Of course, you also get peace of mind that all is organised professionally and you get our fantastic service thrown in! There will be occasions where a property may release a 'walk in' deal that may better our quote, however our prices are the best available at the time of booking.
What happens after I 'Check Availability'?
Your dedicated tour consultant will email you through a quote. If it looks good, then full payment is required to confirm the booking (within 45 days) or a deposit of $100 per person is required outside this period. This must be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). We do not charge credit card fees on our short break packages. If the properties listed in the holiday package are unavailable at this time, we will provide you with alternatives until you are happy.
Can I book this short break if I'm not in NZ, and how do I pay?
We welcome bookings from anywhere in the world. You can see how much each package is using our currency converter on this page. Only the New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) prices on this site are accurate. Prices in other currencies have been converted for your convenience, and are there to help you to compare to your own currency. All of our New Zealand tours are charged in New Zealand Dollars. Your credit card company will convert the amount paid from your currency into NZD automatically for you.
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.