Tour Description :
||Day 1 Departs 7.30 am Day 3 Terminates 8.00 pm approx
Visit Waitangi, the starting point of New Zealand's future as part of the British Empire. A historical place where Maori and European settlers came together to sign the “Treaty of Waitangi”. Carry on for a guided tour of Russell know for its political and early whaling history before returning to Paihia to your accommodation. Enjoy delicious meals by visiting one of the many restaurants at Paihia and Russell during your stay. Take a trip to the top of the North Island on day two.
Visit Cape Reinga via ninety mile beach and return via the coastal settlements of Manganui and Kerikeri.
Day three cruise via the Bay of Islands out to the well-known Hole In the Rock on Piercy Island. The hole is large enough for the boat to sail through. This region is also rich in marine life, with Dolphins being the celebrity of the area.
Places of Interest:
Day One - Auckland / Russell / Paihia
Head over the HARBOUR BRIDGE via Auckland's northern suburbs. Then your journey takes you along the HIBISCUS COAST which is a popular holiday and retirement resort with beautiful beaches. Later you pass through WHANGAREI - northland's only city and largest port (note - coach does not stop here). Then you will visit the WAITANGI TREATY HOUSE - Site of the historic treaty between the Maori and European pioneers. View a magnificent Maori meeting house and large war canoe.
Travel across the bay by a RUSSELL RETURN FERRY to witness the beginning of European colonization in New Zealand. Join the RUSSELL MINI TOURS for sightseeing around this fascinating township with its early whaling and political history. Enjoy lunch (optional at extra cost) and shopping along the waterfront before joining the ferry back to Paihia. In PAIHIA you get time to explore the busier side of the bay with its shops and arcades. You may even see a big game fish being weighed in at the wharf. Later in the evening you can relax in your reserved accommodation.
STANDARD ACCOMMODATION PROVIDED FOR TWO NIGHTS:
There is an in-house restaurant or you can try one of many restaurants in the village (meals at your own cost).
Day Two - Cape Reinga Day Tour
Join a full day tour to the topmost tip of the North Island. Your journey will take you through the Puketi Kauri Forest and Gumdiggers Park (Early European Settlement) where you will be able to witness the spellbinding huge native Kauri trees, many that are hundreds of years old.
Later, your journey continues through the magnificent Ninety Mile Beach and then the Te Paki Stream where you can climb on the huge Sand Dunes of this dessert-like area. Eventually you reach Cape Reinga the northernmost tip of New Zealand and the meeting point of the Pacific Ocean & the Tasman Sea. A boxed Lunch will be served here.
Start your return journey to Pahia and arrive at your hotel at approx 06:30pm.
Day Three - Cape Brett Cruise / Auckland
Join the cruise in the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands to approach the CAPE BRETT and pass through the famous Hole In the Rock, the highlight of your tour (subject to sea conditions).
Later you have time to explore the delightful URUPUKAPUKA ISLAND. Spend the afternoon on the beach at Paihia, go shopping, sightseeing or laze at the poolside of your hotel.
Join your return coach journey to Auckland from Paihia . Arrive Auckland around 20:00hrs. Pick up from the Maritime Building at 16:20hrs.
Tour Operates Daily:
- From CBD or your Hotel/Motel.
- Departs 7:45 am day one. Terminates approximately 8:00 pm day three.
- Fare includes: Hotel/Motel pickups, Admissions to Waitangi Treaty House and return ferry, Russell tour, 2 Nights Accommodation, Cape Reinga tour, Boxed Lunch on day 2, Cape Brett cruise and tax.
Standard Accommodation Price:
- Single Room - NZ$ 1102.00 per person.
- Share Twin - NZ$ 866.00 per person.
- Share Triple - NZ$ 834.00 per person.