Bay of Islands Winterless North Tour
- Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
- Location: Auckland, New Zealand
- Product code: bay-of-islands-tour
Experience the Northland region of our country and soak up the sunshine. With plenty of stops along the way and a huge range of activities to do while you are in Paihia ranging from scuba diving to sky diving, this is the best way to experience the "Winterless North".
ALL HAKA TOURS INCLUDE
ORIENTATION TOUR - We give you the low-down on every location
COMFORTABLE TRANSPORT - With plenty of room to spread out
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST EVERY DAY - Heaps of options for everyone (you too, vegans!)
HIGH-END HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION - Dorm share, upgrades available
EXPERIENCED LOCAL GUIDE - Friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about NZ
SMALL GROUPS - MAXIMUM 16 - Because you're more than just a number!
Discover NZ's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas
Journey through National Parks
Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of New Zealand
Feast on a fish and chip dinner with spectacular Bay of Islands views
Check out the wacky and wonderful Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa
Marvel at Hokianga Harbour’s giant sand dunes
Explore the Northland East Coast’s stunning beaches and coastal walks
Plus many surprise stops along the way
DAY 1 – AUCKLAND TO PAIHIA
Kia ora! Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa! Hello and welcome to New Zealand –The Land of the Long White Cloud!
After our 8am welcome breakfast, we’ll kick off our tour with a leisurely scenic drive to the subtropical “Winterless North”. The Northland region is home to some seriously ancient and impressive kauri forests. We’ll stroll through the largest of these – the Waipoua Forest – to meet Tāne Mahuta, the largest of them all. At over 1,250 years old and over 51 metres tall, he’s looking pretty good for his age. We reach the town of Paihia, the jewel of the Bay of Islands, in the early evening. As the sun sets, we’ll treat you all to a fish and chips feast overlooking the water. It doesn’t get more Kiwi than that!
DAY 2 – PAIHIA
With more than 140 sub-tropical islands dotted around the coastline, how will you spend your day in the Bay? Hitting the water is the best way to enjoy the coves and beaches of this corner of paradise, and the options are endless. Cruise through a natural rock archway, explore the ocean floor on a scuba mission, sail in search of the local dolphins, or snorkel your way around beautiful islands. Check out our awesome add-ons for ideas or hit up your guide for inspiration. Tonight hop on board a catamaran for a Sundowner Cruise! Departing in the evening, you'll enjoy some smooth sailing aboard a catamaran and explore the inner bays of Paihia, Opua, Russel and Waitangi from a different perspective. Whatever you choose, you’ll have epic stories to swap with your travel buddies tonight as the sun sets on an awesome day.
DAY 3 – PAIHIA TO AUCKLAND
Today, discover the Bay of Islands’ important role in New Zealand’s history with a trip to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. We love bringing you here, it’s a truly unforgettable insight into Māori culture. The 35-metre carved waka (ceremonial war canoe), the world’s biggest, is a must-see. After lunch we say goodbye to the Bay. We make time for a very special rest stop in Kawakawa to check out the grass-roofed, mosaic-covered, cobblestoned Hundertwasser Toilets. There’s even a living tree in there. There are some beautiful waterfalls around the area, if you know where to look – and we certainly do! So we’ll stop off at one of them, depending on the weather and what your Haka Guide’s favourite spot is. We head back to Auckland via Northland’s east coast, which boasts stunning beaches and coastal walks. Be sure to have your swimwear handy – if time permits, your Haka Guide will take you to some of their top locations! After an epic day, we reach the bright lights of the City of Sails in the early evening.