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Bay of Islands Kotare (Small Group Tour)

3 nights from $1,389 per person

  • Included:
  • Accommodation
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
  • Internal travel
  • Sights and excursions
  • Tour guide throughout
  • 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner
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Experience the idyllic beauty of Northland, brimming with secluded white sand beaches, azure waters and captivating wildlife in the form of seabirds, dolphins and whales. The Bay of Islands area has a wonderfully tropical feel to it, making it the ideal destination for a short break as part of your New Zealand adventure. (MOA)


  • Visit the fascinating kauri museum, Matakohe, and walk with Maori guides in the Waipoua Forest
  • Take a ride across the Hokianga harbor to explore the sand dunes
  • Embark on a dolphin cruise to the Hole in the Rock
  • Explore the Kawiti glow worm caves
  • Wander along the historic waterfront of Russell

Please note: The prices listed are for the tour only and do not include international flights; this tour would be a great add-on option as part of your New Zealand vacation.


Day 1


You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure, getting to know the ‘City of Sails’. Why not take a trip to the top of the Sky tower for phenomenal views of the landscape below or head to some of the restaurants and shops in the nearby districts.

Overnight: Sebel Suites

Day 2


Leave Auckland for Muriwai Beach today which is situated on the west coast and just a short walk from a gannet colony which nests on the cliffs. Continue north to the Matakohe Kauri Museum which is dedicated to the behemoth trees New Zealand is famed for. Just north of Dargaville, you’ll enter the Waipoua Forest with Maori guides in search of the Tane Mahuta – the largest standing kauri tree known in existence.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel Resort (Dinner included)

Day 3

Bay of Islands

In the morning, embark on a cruise across the Hokianga Harbor to explore the sand dunes – if you’re feeling energetic, you may wish to body board down the dunes as well. Afterwards, take a ferry to Kohukohu to drive over to Kerikeri which is known for citrus orchards. Take some time to explore the area before heading for Waitangi in the Bay of Islands.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel Resort (Breakfast included)

Day 4

Bay of Islands/Russell

Cruise from Paihia to a maritime park of 144 islands on a purpose-built catamaran for dolphin spotting and swimming. Alternatively, you can take a scenic cruise through the area and to the famous Hole in the Rock. You will disembark at Russell which is an interesting past, once being the haunt of whalers and sealers in the 19th century. Spend some time exploring the town and wandering along the waterfront, before joining the coach once again to drive up Flagstaff Hill to admire the views. Afterwards, catch a ferry to Opua to drive back to Waitangi.    

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel Resort (Breakfast included)

Day 5


Visit the Waitangi Treaty House to learn about the Maori culture and heritage at the place where local Maori signed a treaty with Queen Victoria’s representatives in 1840 – a significant moment in New Zealand’s history. Take a tour of the Kawiti glow worm caves in the Waiomio Valley, before continuing on to Auckland via the Brynderwyn Hills.

Overnight: Sebel Suites (Breakfast included)

Day 6


Today is the final day of your trip – enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your flight.

(Breakfast included)


What’s Included

  • Internal travel: Coach; Ferry
  • Hotels (5 nights)
  • 5 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Visit to Kauri Museum; Walk with Maori guides in the Waipoua Forest; Ferry across Hokianga Harbor; Dolphin cruise to Hole in the Rock; Visit to the Waitangi Treaty House; Tour of the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves
  • Tour guide throughout

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