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Close encounter with friendly dolphins
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Perfect for all ages and skill level
Day 1: Auckland - Paihia, Waitangi Treaty Grounds After being picked up from central Auckland, set out on the around 4.5 hour journey to the Bay of Islands, traveling aboard a comfortable coach. Listen to your driver's commentary as you cross Auckland Harbor Bridge, and head out of the city through farming countryside and sub-tropical bush, stopping along the way for morning tea (own expense).
The first destination is Paihia, where you will join a guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the historic site where the Treaty of Waitangi (New Zealand's founding document) was signed. Learn more about New Zealand's history and Maori heritage as you explore the Treaty House, visit a traditional Maori meeting house, and marvel at the 35-meter-long hand-crafted Waka (canoe) which is still used today.
Your afternoon is free to explore Paihia. Alternatively, it's a short ferry ride from Paihia to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand, where highlights include The Duke of Marlborough, New Zeland's first pub, and the Pompallier Mission, where you can learn how to tan and bind a book.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia: Standard accommodation is at Kingsgate hotel or similar. Superior accommodation is at Scenic hotel or similar.
Day 2: Paihia - Cape Reinga- Paihia Make an early start and set out by coach on a full-day tour to Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand. Along the way, stop to explore the ancient Puketi Kauri Forest, visit the famous Ninety Mile Beach, or sand-board down the massive dunes (optional). On arrival at Cape Reinga, walk out along the coastal cliffs to the Cape Reinga lighthouse and hear about the area's Maori legends as you gaze out across the meeting point of the Tasman and Pacific Oceans. A lunch of traditional fish and chips is included (vegetarian option available; please advise upon booking).
Return to Paihia in time for dinner (own expense) in the early evening.
Day 3: Cruise, Paihia - Auckland Your morning begins with pickup from your hotel and a short transfer to Paihia Wharf to board a Dolphin Seeker boat.
Set sail across the Bay of Islands, passing natural landmarks such as the Hole in the Rock, and looking out for common and bottlenose Dolphins along the way. If the weather is good, you can opt to upgrade your cruise (payable direct) to include a swim alongside the dolphins in their natural environment.
After the cruise, you'll have time for a quick bite to eat (own expense) before boarding the coach back to Auckland. The coach will arrive into the Auckland Intercity depot on Hobson St at approximately 5.45pm, where your tour ends.
2 nights accommodation
Guided Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Fish and Chips for lunch on day 2
Dolphin Seeker scenic cruise
Live commentary on board most coaches
Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Child and infant rates include usage of bedding already in place, rollaways or cots need to be paid for directly to the hotel if needed.
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
Transport is wheelchair accessible however be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair