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