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Jewels of the Bay

3 Day Guided Holiday | Auckland Return

This adventure may be short, but it’s certainly sweet. Think of it as a travel amuse bouche – a taster to inspire further trips to New Zealand. In just 72 hours on this NZ holiday you pack in a lot of attractions, from Auckland’s windswept harbour, dotted with yacht sails, to the gem-like Bay of Islands, its archipelago of subtropical islets ideally explored on a cruise. Wherever this NZ tour takes you, expect a dose of heritage and Māori culture. Discover how and where New Zealand became a member of the Commonwealth and explore the streets of the country’s first European settlement and seaport.

Prices From CODE: UBOI

$1330

Adult Twin i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over). All prices are per person, land only unless otherwise indicated.
Above lowest price is based on 2024-10-13 departure

$1615

Single i A person, who must be 18 years and over, travelling alone, must pay the single room price. All prices are per person, land only unless otherwise indicated.
Above lowest price is based on 2024-10-13 departure
Prices above are per person in USD
Single rooms are limited and subject to availability
Child prices may be available on request

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Trip Details

trip-details-whats-includedWhat's included

  • •Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
    • Centrally located Premium 4 - 4.5 star hotels

trip-details-diningDining

  • • 1 Dinner
  • • 2 Full Breakfasts

trip-details-flight-infoFlight Information

  • Day Prior – flights to arrive any time into Auckland Airport
    Day 3 – flights to depart after 7.00pm from Auckland Airport 
    Flights are not included in the holiday price
    Return airport to hotel transfers are included in the holiday price

trip-details-what-to-bringWhat to Bring

  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera

trip-details-fitness-level-requirementsFitness Requirements

    Low level of fitness required

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We hope you slept soundly, because today is jam-packed with adventures. Hit the road in the morning for a scenic sojourn to the Bay of Islands. This pocket of the country deserves its name – there are more than 140 subtropical islets off the coast here. It’s undeniably beautiful, but it also holds a special historical secret; this is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, between Captain William Hobson and Māori chiefs. Your guide, likely a descendant of one of the original signatories, will explain the significance of the site, while pointing out the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and a carved meeting house. You wanted an introduction to New Zealand heritage on day one – you got it.

  Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort

  Included Meals: Dinner

If there’s a travel destination that inspires wanderlust, the Bay of Islands is it. Today, trip the light fantastic and head off in whatever direction you please. Perhaps out on to the water to ride the waves aboard a historic tall
ship, glass of New Zealand wine in hand. Or maybe on a mini-tour around the romantic town of Russell, the country’s first permanent European settlement and seaport. Fun fact: the town’s streets retain their original names and layout from 1843. Just ask your Travel Director for touring tips – and places to wine and dine come dusk. This part of the country was made for blazing sunsets.

  Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort

  Included Meals: Breakfast

If you’ve never heard of Whangarei, you’re probably not alone. But today, New Zealand’s most northerly city is well and truly on your radar. A place where waterfalls meet beaches, galleries meet museums, Whangarei is the country in a tantalising snapshot – a union of nature and forward-thinking culture. Explore at your leisure before sinking back into your seat for the mesmerising commute back to Auckland.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Jewels of the Bay

First Choice

3 Day Guided Holiday

Auckland Return

This adventure may be short, but it’s certainly sweet. Think of it as a travel amuse bouche – a taster to inspire further trips to New Zealand. In just 72 hours on this NZ holiday you pack in a lot of attractions, from Auckland’s windswept harbour, dotted with yacht sails, to the gem-like Bay of Islands, its archipelago of subtropical islets ideally explored on a cruise. Wherever this NZ tour takes you, expect a dose of heritage and Māori culture. Discover how and where New Zealand became a member of the Commonwealth and explore the streets of the country’s first European settlement and seaport.

Highlights

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide Centrally located Premium 4 - 4.5 star hotels
  • Comfortable walking shoes Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat Water bottle Warm layers in cooler months Camera
  • Flights to and from the start/end of your trip are not included in the trip price. Day Prior – flights to arrive any time into Auckland AirportDay 3 – flights to depart after 7.00pm from Auckland Airport  Return arrival and departure airport to hotel transfers are included.
  • Flights to and from the start/end of your trip are not included in the trip price. Day 1 – flights to arrive any time into Auckland AirportDay 4 – flights to depart after 7.00pm from Auckland Airport  Return arrival and departure airport to hotel transfers are included.
  • Low level of fitness required

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

Optional Experiences

Please note, prices for Optional Experiences are subject to change.

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Experiences for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The experiences can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Bay of Islands - Highlights Tour (Bay of Islands)

Adult: $210.00 NZD
Child: $185.00 NZD

Enjoy a guided Bay Of Islands Tour. The Bay of Islands is a popular tourist destination in New Zealand. With an abundance of breathtaking, picturesque views, there are plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. Create lasting memories with a Bay Of Islands Highlights Tour.

Bay of Islands - Highlights Tour

Fullers Hole in the Rock Cruise (Bay of Islands)

$150.00 NZD Adult, $75 NZD Child

Board your cruise in Paihia or Russell and take in the stunning views as we glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’. This four-hour cruise includes an island stopover, and the Hole in the Rock. If you are lucky you may spot dolphins, which are prolific in the area.

Fullers Hole in the Rock Cruise

Cape Reinga/ Ninety Mile Beach Scenic Coach Tour via 90 Mile Beach (Bay of Islands)

NZ$170 Adult NZ$85.00 Child

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand-boarding. Clambering up and surfing down the dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping. Enjoy a lunch of delicious fresh fish and chips at the historic Wagener Museum at Houhora. A vegetarian option is available and can be selected when booking.

Cape Reinga/ Ninety Mile Beach Scenic Coach Tour via 90 Mile Beach

Discover Russell - Mini Tour (Bay of Islands)

NZ$35 Adult NZ$17.50 Child

This intimate one-hour coach tour visits many of Russell’s iconic locations that make it so significant in New Zealand’s early history. See Christ Church (the oldest church in New Zealand, famed for the bullet-holes in its walls); historic Pompallier House, home to Bishop Pompallier’s Catholic Mission and the oldest industrial building in New Zealand; and even the country's oldest licensed pub! Your tour will be led by an engaging guide whose combination of historical knowledge and local insight will bring the culture and history of the area to life.

Discover Russell - Mini Tour

Tall Ship Sailing - R Tucker Thompson (Bay of Islands)

NZ$179 Adult NZ$89.00 Child

This is a fantastic opportunity to go sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. During this full day sail, why not take your turn on the helm, hoist the sails or climb the rigging? And enjoy the included morning tea and delicious BBQ lunch served on board.

Tall Ship Sailing - R Tucker Thompson

Salt Air Scenic Flights Half Day Cape Reinga by Air (Bay of Islands)

Adult: $480.00

See some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer in a half day tour. Fly 1 hour up the West Coast, spend 2 ½ hours exploring the very top of New Zealand in a mini bus, then 1 hour flying back down the East Coast.

Salt Air Scenic Flights Half Day Cape Reinga by Air
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