short break icon 4 Day Short Break

Spectacular Bay of Islands

  • Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

  • Hole in the Rock

    Hole in the Rock

  • Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

  • Waitangi Treaty Reserve

    Waitangi Treaty Reserve

  • Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

Tour codes: ZB4R, ZB4S

Prices From

$779

adult twin ?

$623

child ?

$979

single ?

Accommodation Standards

Itinerary

On this Short Break, for a more diverse experience, you’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of like-minded travellers each day. As it departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland by coach for the Bay of Islands. On arrival in Paihia visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve. You’ll have time on your own to learn about New Zealand’s early Maori and European history and take in highlights such as the Maori War Canoe (Waka) and Meeting House (Marae). Then board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose-built catamaran, and meet your experienced local skipper for a cruise through the beautiful clear waters. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic ‘Hole in the Rock’. You’ll be holding your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space. Take in the unique sights of Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms (Standard) or Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms (Superior), 2 nights

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’

Today is a free day for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps head back out on to the water and go on a dolphin-watching cruise, or take a coach trip up to Cape Reinga, the very top of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Experience a day of sailing aboard a historic tall ship, or enjoy wine tasting around Kerikeri. Tonight you’re free to dine as you wish. You may want to experience a ‘Kiwi tradition’ – fish and chips on the beach, or glide down the Waitangi River on board the Ratanui for a dinner cruise (all own expense).

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Bay of Islands – Auckland

This morning why not spend time in a local café or perhaps take a ferry to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy a relaxing journey back to Auckland, through lush farmland scenery and past stunning coastal vistas, over the harbour bridge into the city.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Auckland (Standard) or The Cordis (Superior), Auckland.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Farewell from Auckland

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime).

Included Meals: Breakfast

Note: This itinerary is valid for departures from 1 Oct 2017.

4 Day Short Break

Departs

Daily 6.45am from Auckland

Returns

Morning of day 4 at Auckland

Need Accommodation?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts (3)
  • Dinner (1)
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Return airport transfers - flight details to be provided 14 days prior to travel

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required.

Accommodation Standards & Prices

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Tour with Standard Accommodation (ZB4R)

Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands Garden View Room
Where you'll be staying
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms  
  • Scenic Hotel Auckland  
> More detail
FROM
$779
adult twin ?
$623
child ?
$979
adult single ?

Tour with Superior Accommodation (ZB4S)

Executive Room Langham Hotel Auckland
Where you'll be staying
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms  
  • The Cordis  
> More detail
FROM
$885
adult twin ?
$708
child ?
$1195
adult single ?

Prices above may vary according to your departure date. 



Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Your choice of accommodation standards

Choose from a range of accommodation standards. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

  • Standard (R)

  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
    Tau Henare Dr, Paihia 0200, North Island
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    • Features
    • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
    • Wi-Fi
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini Bar
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Phone
  • Scenic Hotel Auckland
    380 Queen Street, Auckland 1010
    • Scenic Hotel Auckland Studio Room
    • Scenic Hotel Auckland Lobby
    • Scenic Hotel Auckland Exterior

    Located in central Queen Street, Scenic Hotel Auckland is in the heart of the Auckland central business district (CBD). This beautiful four-star Auckland hotel has transformed the landmark art deco MLC building into elegant and spacious apartment style accommodation.

    Scenic Hotel Auckland welcomes guests to enjoy stylish inner-city accommodation that offers space and convenience. A lavish renovation of this heritage building blends its fabulous art deco architecture with a contemporary feel and modern comforts.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Kitchenette
    • Sky TV
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Iron
    • Hairdryer
    • Refrigerator
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
    Tau Henare Dr, Paihia 0200, North Island
    • Copthorne Bay of Islands - Waterview Room

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    • Features
    • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
    • Wi-Fi
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini Bar
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Phone
    • Work Desk
  • The Cordis
    83 Symonds St Grafton, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
    • The Cordis Executive Room

    The Cordis Auckland exudes a timeless elegance that celebrates the past, yet embraces the future. As a luxury Auckland hotel, we will enchant you with our tradition of graceful living.

     

    • Features
    • LCD TV
    • Work Desk
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Deluxe Marble Bathroom
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Manual temperature control
    • Blackout drapes/curtains
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Room service
    • Business Facilities
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Satellite TV
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Phone
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