Bay of Islands
AUCKLAND TO THE BAY OF ISLANDS
Day Trips From Auckland
The subtropical region located 50 minutes’ flight from Auckland is the gorgeous Bay of islands, named for the 144 islands dotted throughout waters abundant in marine life. Just three hours’ north of Auckland by road is Paihia, the entrance to the Bay of Islands’ aquatic playground. Spend a day in the Bay of Islands and discover the history of this beautiful region. Experience a voyage of discovery and adventure on an Auckland to the Bay Of Islands day tour.
Our one-day trips from Auckland to the Bay of Islands cover historical sites in New Zealand’s Northland. We typically begin our tour by visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Māori and representatives of the British Crown. Take you can catch a ferry from Paihia to the charming village of Russell, formerly considered the ‘Hellhole of the Pacific’.
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Overnight Trips From Auckland
The farther north you go, the prettier the vistas become. Northland’s mix of natural beauty and fascinating heritage makes for an unforgettable tour for New Zealanders and visitors alike. Continue on with us for a full day excursion north through the beautiful Mangonui Harbour and Coopers Beach and along Ninety-Mile Beach to Cape Reinga at the top of New Zealand.
On our return we have the option of visiting Omapere on the Hokianga Harbour The Hokianga harbour provides shelter from the Tasman Sea and has stunning views to huge sand dunes across the water. You may wish to explore the sand dunes and, if you are adventurous, ride a boogie board down them.
After leaving the Hokianga, you can venture into the ancient Waipoua Kauri Forest for an unforgettable encounter with some of the most significant kauri trees still standing. Te Matua Ngahere (The Father of the Forest) is estimated to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old, with a girth of 16 metres. He stands an impressive 51 metres (167 feet) high. Stand beneath this ancient giant and hear the legend of how he separated earth and sky at the beginning of the world. The nearby Four Sisters are a graceful collection of kauri that have grown close together in sibling harmony.
Next, Dargaville: “The Kumara (Sweet Potato) Capital of NZ”. Dargaville is home to The Dargaville Museum, where you can see the original masts from the famous Greenpeace ship “The Rainbow Warrior” sunk in Auckland harbour in 1985. Along the way south, we can drive along the Kaipara, the largest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere. We may also visit the wonderful Kauri Museum in Matakohe with its many interesting exhibits about colonial New Zealand and the early kauri and gum-digging industries.
Conclude your one- or two-day trip with a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel. You choose the tour and we drive and guide: it’s that easy.
Interested in our Auckland to the Bay of Islands one or two-day tours? Call 021-02699512. We offer great rates and very flexible itineraries. We work in with you.
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