2 Day Bay of Islands

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This popular tour begins with a chauffer – driven trip from Auckland through lovely Rodney District along beautiful coastlines and over the breathtaking Pohuehue Viaduct, up through Northland, to the Bay of Islands.

Our first stop is Kerikeri, where we will have a leisurely café lunch in gorgeous surroundings. Then we will visit the historic and fascinating Mission House, New Zealand’s oldest standing European building. The garden, first dug in 1820 and cultivated ever since, recalls this mission period. The Stone Store, New Zealand’s oldest standing European stone building, was built in 1832-36 to house wheat. The buildings contain relics and displays of their own history and are notable as scarce examples of Regency buildings in New Zealand.

From Kerikeri, we will travel back to Paihia, where you will be taken on a guided tour of the unrivaled Waitangi Treaty Grounds, overlooking the Bay of Islands. This is New Zealand’s pre-eminent historic site. It was here on February 6, 1840, that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown. You will come away much richer in knowledge of the people and history of New Zealand. This is the perfect time to check in to our premium Paihia accommodation for free time until the following morning.

At 9:30 a.m., we will meet and make our way to the wharf to catch a fast boat over to romantic Russell. While in Russell, we will visit Pompellier House for a fascinating and informative guided tour, including printing press and leather tanning demonstrations. We will also visit historic Christ Church and cemetery, have lunch at a lovely café, and if you like, get an old fashioned scoop of ice cream! Then we catch the fast boat again for a 1 ½ hour trip out to Hole in the Rock. We will take you through the inner and outer islands of the Bay to the awe-inspiring scenery of Cape Brett, then cruise through the Hole in the Rock and explore deep into Cathedral Cave.

After arriving back at the Paihia wharf, we will head back to Auckland, last but certainly not least, stopping in Kawakawa to visit the amazing Hundertwasser Toilets! You have to see them to believe them!

Then you relax in luxury while we do the driving back to Auckland.