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4-Day Bay of Islands Tour
Product Code: 1113-114862
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Explore the gorgeous Bay of Islands
  • • Discover the beauty of New Zealand's North Island
  • • Snorkel in Goat Island Marine Reserve
Tour Code
1113-114862
Duration
4 days
Departure City
Auckland
End City
Auckland
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Marine, Backpacker, Nature, Adventure

Explore the waters of the world by cruise, kayak or surf board; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Guided, Escorted

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity; Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate, Strenuous

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking; Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Itinerary
Day 01
Auckland

Auckland

Hotel: Nomads Auckland or similar

Today, arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

**Optional Activities**

- Maritime Museum Visit

Tour the museum’s seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand’s relationship with the sea. Be inspired by the country's most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake, and his many accomplishments, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.

- Island Excursion

Take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island for a quick, fun getaway. Swim or kayak at white-sand beaches in the Hauraki Gulf. Tour the island's tracks and bush reserves, or sample your way through some of the island’s 19 boutique wineries (the island produces some of New Zealand’s finest reds).

Tips:
Joining hostel: Nomads Auckland (address: 16-20 Fort Street Auckland 1010).

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Bay of Islands

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Hotel: The Rock Boat or similar

We'll depart early and travel to a local reserve filled with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world, and you'll learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand.

Then we'll snorkel at the Goat Island Marine Reserve to see abundant sea life (seasonal).

Then we'll continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat - your home for the night.

Tips:
During the winter months (late April - early November) Goat Island snorkeling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time for the houseboat. As a result, there will be more time for activities on board the houseboat.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands - Paihia

Hotel: The Bay Adventurer or similar

Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkeling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Or opt to go on a dolphin watching tour.

Then we'll travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.

**Optional Activities**

- Waitangi Grounds Visit

Learn about the history of New Zealand on this visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. See the historic Treaty House where local Maori signed their accord with the British Crown in 1840, giving the Maori the rights of British subjects (a guided tour is highly recommended). Get a taste of Maori culture with performances of traditional songs and dances and, of course, the infamous Haka!

- Ferry to Russell

Head over to New Zealand's first capital. Explore the town's many highlights, including the old Pompallier Mission, an early French Catholic missionary.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Auckland

Paihia - Auckland

Enjoy a free morning to relax. Opt to swim with dolphins, skydive, or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Return to Auckland in the early evening where the tour finishes upon arrival.

**Optional Activities**

- Skydiving

Go for this once-in-a-lifetime skydiving opportunity in New Zealand - the Bay of Islands is one of the best places to try it! Skydive over the bay from a range of heights (between 2743-4877m or 9,000-16,000ft).

- Dolphin Watching Tour

Spend a morning out in the bay looking for wild dolphins. If circumstances are right (about 50/50), there may be an opportunity to swim with these amazing creatures. Bring your swimwear, towel, warm clothes, and snacks. Don't worry about a wetsuit, mask, snorkel or flippers - they're provided.

- Waitangi Grounds Visit

Learn about the history of New Zealand on this visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. See the historic Treaty House where local Maori signed their accord with the British Crown in 1840, giving the Maori the rights of British subjects (a guided tour is highly recommended). Get a taste of Maori culture with performances of traditional songs and dances and, of course, the infamous Haka!

- Ferry to Russell

Head over to New Zealand’s first capital. Explore the town's many highlights, including the old Pompallier Mission, an early French Catholic missionary.

Tips:
Your flight must depart no earlier than 8:00pm.

Visiting Attractions

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Professional Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
  • Snorkeling in Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal)
  • Overnight boat excursion with included activities onboard like snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 2 night hostels, 1 night houseboat
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Service fee to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
    - Discover the Bay 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise: NZD 95.00
    - Swim with Dolphins Cruise: NZD 89.00 (+NZD 15.00 POB to swim)
    - Waitangi Treaty Grounds: NZD 25.00 (admission only)
Special Notes
  • Service Level: Basic. Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • Physical Grading: Average. Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Travel Style: Yolo. Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travelers.
  • Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in New Zealand as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.
  • Please note that most included breakfasts will consist of cereal, milk, bread and spreads, juice, tea and instant coffee. Having a simple breakfast together most days allows us the flexibility to get on the road early and get from point A to B all that much faster.
  • The vans are mini-coaches. Occasionally with smaller group sizes we will use smaller, equally comfortable 13-seater vehicles. All mini-coaches tow a trailer for luggage and camping equipment (when needed). All groups have one CEO/Driver. The vehicles are factory built with comfortable seats and air-conditioning. It is mandatory to wear a seatbelt while riding in our vehicles.
  • Most nights are multi-share. Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is very common in New Zealand and is the way you will be spending most of your nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavor to your trip.
  • Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in New Zealand, couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.
  • Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Towels and soap are not always provided at overnight stops, so it's best to bring your own for bathing. Bathroom and showering facilities are shared and are very rarely en-suite.
  • While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Also, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Price is per pax based on multi-share.
* Age requirement: 18-39 years of age.
* Trip type: small group with max 20, avg 14.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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