3-Day Auckland to Bay of Islands Return Tour
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3-Day Auckland to Bay of Islands Return Tour

3 days
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Day 1: Auckland to Paihia
Today we head north to the seaside town of Paihia stopping en-route to hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native Kauri. We will also take a hike to visit a beautiful waterfall and stop for lunch and a swim at the scenic Waipu Cove. We'll visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds (own expense), before settling into our accommodation where you are free to relax with one of the best views in town.
Accommodation: Beachfront hostel
Activities included: Visit to Parry Kauri Forest, Waipu Cove beach walk or swim
Optional activities: Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Day 2: Paihia to Hokianga
This morning we board a wildlife cruise around the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life. In the afternoon it’s off to Opononi and Hokianga on the West Coast, where we will be greeted by a local Maori guide who will give a traditional welcome to the area. You have the option to take part in a Maori guided twilight encounter, where you’ll visit the Waipoua Forest, learn about Maori legends and the spiritual inhabitants of the forest.
Accommodation: Comfortable quality lodge
Activities: Wild life boat trip, bone carving, Footprints Waipoua twilight encounter
Meals: Breakfast + Dinner
Day 3: Hokianga to Auckland
The day starts with a ferry ride across the Hokianga Harbour to go sand boarding down massive dunes (weather dependent); before a stop off to visit the mighty Waipoua Forest to admire NZ’s largest Kauri trees 'Tane Mahuta'. On route back to Auckland we will visit the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in the beautiful crystal clear waters that are surrounded by white sandy beach.
Activities included: Hokianga Ferry ride, sand boarding, visit Waipoua Forest and Tane Mahuta, swim in the Kai Iwi Lakes
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  • Experienced local tour guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned mid coach
  • 2 nights accommodation and transfers
  • Meals including: Breakfast (2), Dinner (2)
  • Wildlife boat trip spotting dolphins and other marine life in the Bay of Islands
  • Sand boarding in sand dunes at Opononi
  • Visit Tane Mahuta 'God of the Forest' in Waipoua Forest
  • Hokianga and Russell Ferry included
  • Local taxes
Not included
  • Food and drinks, other than those listed under inclusions
  • Extra optional activities which can be booked directly with your Driver (pay as you go)
  • Airport pick-ups and drop-offs
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour pricing is based on quad share, however Twin and Single packages are available for this tour
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Luggage is limited to one bag or suitcase per person (maximum weight of 15kgs), plus one day pack to carry onboard with your valuables. The carriage of any excess of oversized luggage is at Stray's discretion and must be approved prior to travel.
  • Travel Insurance: Not included with this tour. It is strongly recommend that passengers have their own insurance to cover against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings and inability to travel on the confirmed departure date
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
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