3 Day Bay of Islands Tour

City to sea, towering sand dunes to small beach side communities, local foods and local people – the best three day tour of the North depating Auckland!


Hugging mighty Kauri trees, hiking to waterfalls and swimming in coves. You’ll get the opportunity to explore the sacred Treaty of Waitangi grounds (the site where the founding document of NZ was signed) and spend a morning taking in the stunning Bay of Islands via boat. If you’re lucky, you may see dolphins amongst many other local marine life.

The gigantic sand dunes of Hokianga are a sight to behold, either from the base or as you zoom down on a boogie board. Swim in the ocean, or swim in the crystal blue freshwater Kai Iwi lakes – or do both! So much adventure to be had!

Besides the great accommodation, friendly staff, superb guides and like minded travellers, you’ll get to sample classic Kiwi Kai (food) including the iconic Fish ‘n’ chips of Hokianga.

For 2 nights and 3 days this trip will keep you engaged, mind body and soul!

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 7

Fitness Requirement: Easy

What's included

  • Experienced tour guide
  • Meals and touring as indicated
  • Multi-share accommodation (or upgrade to twin/double)
  • Activities as indicated on your itinerary

What To Bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes/boots
  • Bathers/towel
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera


Day 1 : Auckland to Paihia
Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your journey kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, known by those who live here as the ‘city of sails’ because of its location between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours, making it a boaters and yachters paradise. Pick-ups start at your accommodation bright and early, before we head north to the seaside town of Paihia, gateway to the Bay of Islands. We stop en-route to hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native Kauri, enjoy a hike to a beautiful waterfall and stop for lunch and a swim at scenic Waipu Cove. This is followed by a trip to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds (own expense), before settling into our accommodation where you’ll have a group meal and the evening free to relax. Accommodation included: Accommodation close to the Beachfront Activities included: Tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest, Waipu Cove Optional activities: Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Meals :Dinner

Day 2 : Paihia to Hokianga
This morning we take a wildlife cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life. There’s no better way to see it than by boat - keep an eye out for wild dolphins. In the afternoon it’s off to the Hokianga Harbour, where we will see the huge sand dunes. Tonight you have the option to take part in a Maori-guided twilight encounter, where you’ll visit the Waipoua Forest, learn about Maori legends and the spiritual inhabitants of the forest, and visit the largest Kauri tree in the world, the “God of the Forest” Tane Mahuta (own expense). Finish the day with a Kiwi classic for dinner, traditional fish and chips. Accommodation included: Waterside lodge Activities included: Bay of Islands wildlife boat trip Optional activities: Footprints Waipoua twilight encounter, bone carving
Meals :Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 : Hokianga to Auckland
We start the morning with a ferry ride across the Hokianga Harbour to go sand boarding down massive dunes (weather dependent) before we start to make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest. Here we will have the opportunity to see NZ’s largest Kauri trees. We visit the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in the beautiful crystal clear waters surrounded by a pure white sandy beach, before returning to the ‘Big Smoke’ Auckland for a late afternoon arrival. We hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! Activities included: Hokianga Ferry ride, sand boarding, visit Waipoua Forest (NZ’s largest Kauri trees), swim in the Kai Iwi Lakes
Meals :Breakfast


The tour is scheduled to depart every Sunday from 30th September 2018 - 28th April 2019 and then from 15th September 2019 - 26th April 2020

When booking please provide your requested departure date.

Departure pick-up time will be approximately 7am. The exact time of pick up from your Auckland accommodation will be confirmed with you.

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Scenic Tour / Sightseeing

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