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Bay of Islands Tours from Auckland

Bay of Islands Tours from Auckland

One of New Zealand’s most idyllic destinations, the Bay of Islands comprises 144 islands that boast sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and abundant marine life, plus historical significance. Here are a few ways to experience it all from Auckland.

 

Day Trips

You can take a guided Bay of Islands day tour from Auckland that combines a boat cruise with visits to historical sites like the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the Treaty House, and a traditional Maori meeting house. Boat cruises offer the chance to look for penguins, whales, dolphins, seals, and other marine critters. Around Cape Brett, take in dramatic scenery such as the Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island, Grand Cathedral Cave, and the Cape Brett Lighthouse. 

 

Multi-Day Trips

Choose a multi-day tour to explore the Bay of Islands more thoroughly. You can travel to New Zealand’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga; visit nearby Ninety Mile Beach; cruise around the islands; and go snorkeling or hiking. For the ultimate North Island journey, take a five-day tour that includes top attractions such as Whangarei Falls, Waipoua Forest, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and Paihia. 

 

Things to Know

  • From Auckland, the journey to the Bay of Islands takes about three hours by road. Paihia is set about 142 miles (228 kilometers) north of Auckland.

  • Full-day tours typically include admission fees and last 10 to 12 hours, so prepare for a long day.

  • Known as “the winterless north,” the region boasts a semitropical climate that allows for year-round outdoor activity. You can go snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, diving, or boating; look for native wildlife; and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

  • The region is significant to New Zealand’s colonial history as the site of the first permanent European settlement, as well as where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840—which established British sovereignty and led to the formation of the nation of New Zealand.

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3-Day Bay of Islands Tour from Auckland

3-Day Bay of Islands Tour from Auckland

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Explore the Bay of Islands’ rocky islets and pristine beaches on a 3-day tour from Auckland. This comprehensive tour through the Northland includes: a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to discover Maori history; a drive along Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand; a boat cruise through the Cape Brett Hole in the Rock; and a sightseeing tour of historic Russell. Enjoy two nights’ overnight accommodation before returning by coach to Auckland.
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  • 3 days
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Private Tour: Bay of Islands Day Trip from Auckland

Private Tour: Bay of Islands Day Trip from Auckland

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Discover the natural beauty of the Bay of Islands during this 10-hour private tour from Auckland. Travel in a private vehicle with a dedicated guide to the northern tip of the North Island, one of New Zealand's top destinations, famed for its fantastic scenery. Visit the Parry Kauri Park to walk among some of the largest Kauri trees in the country. Trek around Whangarei, then head for the coastal town of Pahia. Opt for a cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous Hole in the Rock. Determine your own itinerary and enjoy personalized attention on this private tour. Light refreshments and round-trip transportation from Auckland are included.
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  • 10 hours
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Bay of Islands Transfer Pass from Auckland

Bay of Islands Transfer Pass from Auckland

Get from Auckland to Paihia in the Bay of Islands the easy way with this bus transfer pass. The handy pass will save you time and hassle in Auckland, so you can maximize your stay in the beautiful winterless north. Plus, enjoy guided commentary on board the bus, which will tell you all about the history, nature, and culture of the Bay of Islands.
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  • 2 days
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