Starting in Auckland, travel north on a comfortable air-conditioned deluxe coach on this Bay of Islands day tour. Sit back, relax and enjoy the informative commentary as you cross the iconic Harbour Bridge, and soak up New Zealand's spectacular scenery of rural countryside and sub-tropical bush en route to the beautiful Bay of Islands.
After arriving in Paihia, you'll board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose built catamaran licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin and whale viewing. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as our experienced local skippers get you up close to the action.
Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. Admire the rock walls towering above you as the skipper navigates right through the narrow space (conditions permitting) before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.
A picnic lunch is available on this tour (extra cost applies). Lunches must be pre-booked by 6pm the day before travel.
06:50-07:15am - Auckland hotel/motel pick ups
07:30am - Departure from 102 Hobson Street, Auckland central
Parry Kauri Park, Morning tea stop, (time permitting)
11:30am - Arrive in Paihia
12:00-01:30pm - Free time to explore Paihia
01:30pm - Hole in the Rock Cruise departs
04:20pm - Cruise returns to Paihia
04:30pm - Coach departs Paihia for Auckland
08:10pm - Auckland arrival - hotel/motel drop offs