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Auckland: Bay of Islands Tour with Waitangi Treaty Grounds

1. Auckland: Bay of Islands Tour with Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Take an epic road trip from Auckland to one of the most spectacular parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. This route offers breathtaking scenery of rugged mountain ranges, rainforests, deep gorges, and the clear blue ocean. You will be travelling in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz, in the company of a highly knowledgeable local tour guide.  First, board a boat to make your way through the pristine islands towards the Cape Brett Peninsula and its historic lighthouse. If conditions permit, sail safely in the hands of your knowledgeable skipper through the majestic "Hole in the Rock". Marvel at the bottlenose dolphins and a host of other marine life en route.  Next, enjoy an inspiring cultural experience at the birthplace of New Zealand, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Enjoy an informative tour with your local Maori guide, as well as a high-energy Maori cultural performance. You will also have ample time to explore Waitangi’s heritage buildings, such as the Treaty House, home to the first British resident. Watch live demonstrations in the Carving Studio, and take photos beside the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Visit the Museum of Waitangi, which holds a stunning collection of treasured objects called "taonga" that brings to life the history of the Treaty of Waitangi, the founding document of New Zealand.

Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

2. Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

Set off on a 5.5-hour sightseeing tour of the Bay of Islands, often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”. The tour commences at 9:00 AM from the Waitangi Wharf, where the cruise ship's tenders will bring you to shore. The first stop is at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, where you'll experience this magical glowworm phenomenon on a 1-hour guided tour. From Kawiti, the tour moves onward to Kawakawa, also known as “Train Town”, as the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street. From this point you will proceed toward Puketi Forest, a 15,000-hectare forest containing magnificent stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity. The next stop is Kerikeri, also known for its successful horticulture, niche food products, fabulous chocolates, boutique vineyards, art galleries, and crafts. Here, watch the making of chocolate, taste some treats, and do some shopping during a visit to Makana Chocolates. You will see the “The Stone Store”, New Zealand’s oldest building, and the adjacent “Kemp House” (without allotted time for entrance). Heading back to Paihia, stop at the Haruru Falls, a breathtaking waterfall in a horseshoe shape. Departing the Haruru Falls, the final stop is at the Waitangi Look Out Loop, providing stunning views over Waitangi and the Bay of Islands. The tour will either return you to the tenders in Waitangi or drop you to the township of Paihia, should you wish to explore further before catching one of the shuttles back to the tenders.

Russell: Sundowner Tall Ship Sailing Adventure with Snacks

3. Russell: Sundowner Tall Ship Sailing Adventure with Snacks

Help sail the tall ship, R. Tucker Thompson, around New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Islands at sunset. This shorter, family-friendly trip is perfect if you don't have time for a full day at sea but still want the unique tall ship experience. You'll have a chance to take the helm, help hoist the sails, or ride the bowsprit.  Meet your guide in Paihia or Russell and jump on board. After you set sail and you'll be able to relax and enjoy the views, learn about the history of Paihia, Waitangi, and the Black Rocks, or snap perfect sunset photos.   While onboard you can snack on a shared antipasto platter, or purchase local wines or beers from the licensed cash bar. If you want to help with sailing the ship, just ask your guide.  Your tour includes ferry tickets to Russell, so you can head over earlier in the day and explore the town before boarding the tall ship back to Paihia.

From Auckland: 3-Day Highlights of North Island Tour

4. From Auckland: 3-Day Highlights of North Island Tour

Explore New Zealand's North Island on a 3-day adventure leaving from Auckland. Enter Tolkien's magical Middle Earth at Hobbiton, enjoy an 8-hour comprehensive tour of Auckland's history, culture, and black sand beaches, and visit the Bay of Islands. Day 1 Begin with a hotel pickup in downtown Auckland and head out to the awe-inspiring Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Explore the caves to see their fascinating limestone formations and enjoy a scenic boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto. Next, journey to Middle Earth and marvel at the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set, a picturesque, highly-elevated 1250-acre farm with spectacular panoramic views. See the 44 Hobbit holes, the Shire, and the Green Dragon Inn. Return to Auckland to spend the night at your hotel (not included). Day 2Embark on a comprehensive 8-hour Auckland tour. Learn about Auckland's history and culture from your guide while you tour the countryside of Auckland. See the rugged West Coast and black sand beaches and marvel at the area's unspoiled scenery. Day 3Travel north over the Auckland Harbor Bridge to the Bay of Islands. Marvel at the ever-changing rural and coastal scenery and sub-tropical bush as your drive to Pahia. Embark on a 3-hour cultural journey of discovery through New Zealand’s most important historic site, The Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Begin with a guided tour of the expansive Treaty Grounds. Learn the area's fascinating history and discover the people and events that influenced the past, present, and future of New Zealand. After the tour, enjoy a live Maori cultural performance with an authentic, high-energy concert inside the beautifully carved meeting house. Experience waiata (songs), learn about traditional weaponry, and witness New Zealand’s famous haka (war dance). Explore the museum with its stunning collection of taonga (treasured objects), visit the carving studios, and take a bushwalk to experience the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Next, enjoy lunch before boarding the high-speed catamaran, Dolphin Seeker. Look out its large viewing windows as you cruise past numerous islands in the Bay. Watch for dolphins, whales, and other marine life as you head past Cape Brett Lighthouse. Arrive at the majestic Hole in The Rock. If conditions permit, your skipper will navigate you through the narrow space before returning to Paihia for your return journey to Auckland.

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What people are saying about Waitangi

We were a bit apprehensive about booking an off-ship excursion on our own, but we're very happy we did with GetYourGuide. We booked the 5+ hour excursion which gave us a comprehensive tour of Watangi, Kerikeri, Haruru Falls, Mankana Chocolates, and the Kawiti Glowworm Caves. It was the best tour we've taken in our 15 years of continual traveling. The highlight was the Caves: the glowworms shine far above like the milky way. Unique, in our experience. What took it over the top for us was our guide Nick, who was excited about showing us his magnificent country. An excellent conversationalist, Nick engaged us in topics of our interest. All in all, the tour could not have been better.

Very good guide man, very helpful, talkative, very nice person and very good organiser chloe, help me beyond the limit. Thanks Mrs Bhosale

Great excursion, had enough time at each stop point and the driver was very knowledgeable. the driver was also flexible to our needs.

Guide was excellent and very humorous! We thoroughly enjoyed the day.