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Bay of Islands Full-Day Express Tour From Auckland

Product ID: 27913
Explore Paihia and Cape Brett on the tip of New Zealand’s North Island on a combined full-day cruise and coach tour from Auckland. Discover the area's most renowned sites, with free time in Paihia and a 3-hour eco-cruise around Cape Brett.
About this activity
Duration: 12.5 hours
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  • Discover the Bay of Islands from Auckland
  • Enjoy informative commentary from your expert crew
  • Cruise out to the remote Cape Brett Peninsula
  • See secluded islands and pristine beaches aboard your cruise
  • Look out for dolphins and whales who frequent these waters
Full description
Climb aboard your deluxe air-conditioned coach in central Auckland and wave goodbye to the city for the day as you travel north into rural New Zealand. Watch as rolling hills give way to the subtropical bush and listen to informative commentary from your driver en route to Paihia. Upon arrival in Paihia, enjoy free time to peruse the small shops and boutiques of this quaint seaside village. 

After exploring Paihia, board your deluxe catamaran and glide out towards the open ocean, past some 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands. Glimpse at secluded islands and pristine beaches and keep watch for dolphins and whales, as you head towards the remote Cape Brett Peninsula. See the famous lighthouse perched on the headland and the famed Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island. Marvel as your skipper expertly guides your boat through the tight space (weather and ocean conditions permitting) before heading back into the sheltered waters of the bay. Upon arrival back in Paihia, board your deluxe coach once again for the return journey to Auckland.
  • Pick-up from your hotel/motel in Auckland
  • Transportation by deluxe coach
  • English commentary from driver/guide
  • Audio commentary in German, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin (on request)
  • 1.5 hours of free time in Paihia
  • 3-hour Cape Brett cruise
  • Local taxes and fees
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuity (optional)

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Know before you go
• Children under 3 years travel free if a seat is not required (meals will be charged accordingly)
• The duration of the tour, including transportation, is approximately 12.5 hours
• Taped multilingual commentary in German, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin is available on request. Please inform the supplier upon the reconfirmation of your booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 64 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    4.2 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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The tour was fantastic. Our bus driver was very knowledgeable about New Zealand and we enjoyed her interesting commentary. The 3 hr boat tour was wonderful - we were treated to a large pod of dolphins frolicking and cavorting very close to our boat early on in the trip and the scenery throughout was splendid.

March 9, 2020

Our guide was "Kenny" who made our trip interesting and so much fun! The bus ride was terrific. When we arrived at the Bay of Islands we had lunch at a local restaurant. Very nice places to eat. Our boat trip included whale and dolphin watching (we saw both!!!) We also went through the "hole in the rock". I would recommend this activity to anyone.

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February 6, 2020

It was too windy for us to go through the hole, but it was still a great trip. We saw a pod of dolphins, but no whales...

February 11, 2020

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Product ID: 27913