New Zealand–The Bay of Islands

  • New Zealand

Walk amongst giant kauri trees, spend the night anchored in a secluded bay, savour a traditional Kiwi barbecue in Paihia

Nature lovers who leave the North Island without stopping off at the Bay of Islands will kick themselves all the way back home (and that’s a looong flight). This four-day trip to this outdoorsman’s paradise features ample time hiking the nature trails and makes the most of all that water with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and sailing. Not enough? A night aboard a houseboat should do the trick. We take care of all the fuss. All you have to do is have the time of your life.

4 days from €255

(€63.80 per day)

Suitable for
18-35 years
Trip Code
ONBI
Travel Style
Yolo
Service Level
Basic
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 20, avg 14
Transport
Private bus
Accommodation
Hostels (2 nights), houseboat (1 night). All nights multi-share.
Meals
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Other
  • Snorkelling in Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal)
  • Overnight boat excursion with included activities onboard like snorkelling, fishing, and kayaking
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Day 1 Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

19:00

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

19:00

accommodation

Nomads Auckland

Optional Activities:

  • Maritime Museum Visit

    Tour the museum’s seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand’s relationship with the sea. Be inspired by the country's most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake, and his many accomplishments, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.

  • Waiheke Island Excursion

    Take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island for a quick, fun getaway. Swim or kayak at white-sand beaches in the Hauraki Gulf. Tour the island's tracks and bush reserves, or sample your way through some of the island’s 19 boutique wineries (the island produces some of New Zealand’s finest reds).

    Price varies depending on if you organize your own transport and tour, or pick a locally organized tour.

Jump right into your adventure by adding the 'Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience' extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1. This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like the Hobbiton Movie Set or local wineries, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

Day 2 Auckland / Bay of Islands

Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal).

Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night.

Private Vehicle

4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling

30m

Grab a snorkel and mask and play Jacques Cousteau. See an array of marine life up close at this amazing snorkelling site and reserve that’s been protected for more than 30 years. Keep an eye out for blue maomaos, eagle and sting rays, octopi, kahawais, dolphins, and orcas!

Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion

20h to 24h

Board a houseboat for some marine fun and a memorable overnight excursion. Go kayaking, swimming, target shooting, shellfish gathering or dolphin spotting – the list is endless. Spend some quality R&R time on a nearby remote island after an active day. Leave your worries behind - all activities and meals on board are included, and the night is spent anchored at a secluded bay.

accommodation

The Rock Boat

Meals Included

  • breakfast
  • dinner

Please note: during the winter months (late April - early November) Goat Island snorkelling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time for the houseboat. As a result, there will be more time for activities on board the houseboat.

Day 3 Bay of Islands / Paihia

Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Opt to go on a dolphin watching tour. Disembark with some time to explore Paihia before a Kiwi barbecue.

Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.

free time

afternoon

Spend free time in this seaside town any way you want - swim, trek or just relax on one of the golden-sand beaches.

accommodation

The Bay Adventurer

Optional Activities:

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Visit

    Learn about the history of New Zealand on this visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. See the historic Treaty House where local Maori signed their accord with the British Crown in 1840, giving the Maori the rights of British subjects (a guided tour is highly recommended). Get a taste of Maori culture with performances of traditional songs and dances and, of course, the infamous Haka!

    Take as long as you want - you can join a guided tour which takes and hour and leaves between 10 and 4 depending on demand

  • Ferry to Russell

    Jump on board the ferry that departs every 20 mins from the main jetty in town. Turn up and pay the skipper when you board. Be sure to double check with the skipper what time the ferry runs until, so you don’t get stuck…

    Head over to New Zealand’s first capital. Explore the town's many highlights, including the old Pompallier Mission, an early French Catholic missionary.

Meals Included

  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner

Day 4 Paihia / Auckland

Enjoy a free morning to relax. Opt to swim with dolphins, skydive, or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Return to Auckland in the early evening where the tour finishes upon arrival.

Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell.

free time

morning

Use free time in this seaside town any way you want. Head out on a marine adventure or just grab some quality R&R on the beach.

Private Vehicle

4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Departure Day (Activities)

Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

Optional Activities:

  • Skydiving

    Please note: there is a 100kg weight limit for this activity.

    Go for this once-in-a-lifetime skydiving opportunity in New Zealand – the Bay of Islands is one of the best places to try it! Skydive over the bay from a range of heights (between 2743-4877m or 9,000-16,000ft).

  • Dolphin Watching Tour

    Spend a morning out in the bay looking for wild dolphins. If circumstances are right (about 50/50), there may be an opportunity to swim with these amazing creatures. Bring your swimwear, towel, warm clothes, and snacks. Don't worry about a wetsuit, mask, snorkel or flippers – they're provided.

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Visit

    Learn about the history of New Zealand on this visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. See the historic Treaty House where local Maori signed their accord with the British Crown in 1840, giving the Maori the rights of British subjects (a guided tour is highly recommended). Get a taste of Maori culture with performances of traditional songs and dances and, of course, the infamous Haka!

    Take as long as you want - you can join a guided tour which takes and hour and leaves between 10 and 4 depending on demand

  • Ferry to Russell

    Jump on board the ferry that departs every 20 mins from the main jetty in town. Turn up and pay the skipper when you board. Be sure to double check with the skipper what time the ferry runs until, so you don’t get stuck…

    Head over to New Zealand’s first capital. Explore the town's many highlights, including the old Pompallier Mission, an early French Catholic missionary.

  • Discover the Bay 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise

    Explore the Bay of Islands in search for dolphins and other aquatic animals before visiting the famous 'Hole in the Rock' – a giant archway through Motukokako Island. Weather permitting, get up close and travel through the arch!

Meals Included

  • breakfast
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