Bay of Islands is located in the Northland and it gets its nickname “the winterless north” because of the 2000 hours sunshine and warmth the region is drenched in each year. The area is also full of history – Hokianga Harbour was the landing place for Maori explorers’ first canoes over 1,000 years ago. The combination of warm weather, history, geographical diversity and natural beauty makes the far north a must see!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bus terminal at 26 Princes Street, 1010 Auckland|
|WHAT TO BRING||
|Age||Under 18, 18 or older|
Visit the internationally famous Hundertwasser Toilet, the only building in the Southern Hemisphere designed by the Austrian born artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Arrive in Paihia, the birthplace of NZ and the entrance to 144 islands in the Bay of Islands. Check in to the accommodation. Your guide can help you choose a place to dine out or you can prepare your own meal in the excellent shared kitchen at the lodge.
IMPORTANT: Bring swimsuit, towel & sunblock
Dinner: Fish & Chips at the famous Mangonui Fish & Chips shop on the way back to Paihia (provided).
Take part in optional activities, see “Additional Info” above. These will be explained to you by your guide on Friday. If you just want to chill and relax, Paihia Beach is a fabulous and safe place to swim or you can do one of the many well signposted, scenic walks along the coast or through the bush. Russell is a 10-minute ferry ride from Paihia and has awesome views, as well as a great selection of restaurants and eateries.
LUNCH: Make your own arrangements for lunch based on the time between your activities.
After a great morning we venture back to Auckland. Approximate Arrival time in Auckland 7pm.*
*Times are approximate, please allow for variances in times due to unforeseen situations and depending on options chosen.
Fun Optional Activities (Extra Cost)