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 Stop at 26 Princes Street, Grafton, 1010 Auckland

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PASSENGER NUMBER REQUIRED Tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 10 passengers
All Transport
Shared Accommodation
Awesome Guide
2 x Breakfast
1 x Lunch
1 x Dinner
Cape Reinga
90-Mile Beach & Sandboarding
Hundertwasser Toilets
Kauri Trees
Forest Walks
Optional activities
2 x Lunch
1 x Dinner
Swimming costume
Extra cash for optional activities
Sunscreen / Sunglasses / Sun hat
Comfortable shoes
A light rain jacket (just in case)
Please don’t bring a big bag!

Additional information

AgeUnder 18, 18 or older

Day 1

View an 800-year old Kauri tree and take a short walk through native Kauri bush.

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.


Day 2

After a provided Breakfast in the kitchen we depart for 90-Mile Beach and Cape Reinga. We head to the very top of New Zealand, Cape Reinga. You can take photos by the famous lighthouse and check out the signpost to see how far away from home you are. Lunch is included. Have a go at sandboarding. Depending on the tides you can also drive along 90 Mile Beach in the bus!

IMPORTANT: Bring swimsuit, towel & sunblock

Dinner: Fish & Chips at the famous Mangonui Fish & Chips shop on the way back to Paihia (provided).


Day 3

Check out of lodge and put your bags on the bus.

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)

Parasailing Sky Diving
Hole in the Rock Tour Ferry to Russell
Sailing Evening Kayak Tour
Waitangi Treaty House & Maori Culture Show

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