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Bay of Islands with Historic Russell & Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Bay of Islands with Historic Russell & Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Bay of Islands with Historic Russell & Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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Departing Auckland in the morning, travel north to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Upon arrival, take some leisure time to explore the charming seaside village of Paihia. Enjoy a guided tour through Waitangi Treaty Grounds and learn about the beginning of New Zealand's modern history, before taking a short ferry ride across the harbour to Russell. Take in this historic township's many sights on a scenic coach tour. After your tour ends you'll have time to explore Russell before returning to Paihia, where your driver guide will meet you for the journey back to Auckland

  • 1 day
  • Mobile & printed vouchers accepted
  • Free Cancellation
    Fully refundable when canceled up to 24 hours prior to departure.

Highlights

  • Return coach travel from Auckland
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds guided tour
  • Russell Mini Tour: Christ Church, Pompallier House, Flagstaff Hill
  • Free wifi on board coach

Includes

  • Listed hotel/motel pick ups and drop-offs
  • Full tour commentary in English
  • Multilingual headsets available in Mandarin, Spanish, and Japanese
  • Guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Return Ferry to/from Russell
  • Russell Mini Tour
  • Wifi on board

  • Meals

Please Note

  • If you would like Multilingual Headsets which provide commentary in Mandarin, Japanese or Spanish, please select this in the ‘optional extras’ menu when booking. They are free of charge

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Discover the beauty and history of the Bay of Islands on your day tour from Auckland. The Bay of Islands is just a few hours north of Auckland and it takes its name from the 144 islands in this pristine marine wonderland. The region is also home to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Māori and representatives of the British government.

See the small rural townships and rolling countryside of the Northland region as you make your way from Auckland to the vibrant seaside resort town of Paihia.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and see the place where the historic treaty was signed that shaped New Zealand. Many of the guides descend from the signatories to the Treaty, and this personal connection will enhance your visit. View a magnificent Māori marae (meeting house) and large ceremonial waka (war canoe) - Ngātokimatawharua, the largest waka in the world.

Next, take a short ferry ride from Paihia to the township of Russell. Russell was New Zealand's first capital city, and today is a popular big-game fishing base filled with historic charm. Learn about its intriguing history on a one-hour Russell mini-tour, taking in sights like Christ Church (the oldest church in New Zealand), Flagstaff Hill and the country's first licensed pub.

After returning to Paihia by ferry, you'll have time to explore its shops and arcades before rejoining your coach for the return journey to Auckland.

06:50-07:15am - Auckland hotel/motel pick ups
07:30am - Tour departs from 102 Hobson Street
11:30am - Arrive Paihia
12:00pm-1:00pm - Waitangi Treaty House, Māori Meeting House and War canoe
1:30pm - Ferry departs for Russell
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Russell Mini Tour
4:30pm - Return to Paihia by Ferry. Coach departs Paihia for Auckland
8:10pm - Auckland arrival - hotel/motel drop offs

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