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Auckland to Hokianga and Bay of Islands 3 Day Private Tour

Experience some of the most beautiful landscapes New Zealand has to offer, enjoy participating in an amazing Maori Cultural Experience, see some of the world’s greatest trees and experience the world famous Bay of Islands
Duration: 3 Days
Location: Northland
Group Type: Private
Price From: NZ$1155 pp
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What our guests are saying:
"Our guide was determined that we would have a great time despite the dreary weather. Our guide encouraged us to, despite the weather, take a boat tour. We were so glad we did! We only wish we had more time to spend in the area."

Explore the experiences included in this tour:

Day 1.

Auckland to Hokianga and Bay of Islands 3 Day Private Tour - Dargaville


The Kumara (Sweet Potato) Capital of NZ

We collect you at your Auckland city accommodation at 9am and drive north through lovely countryside with rolling hills and typical New Zealand farmland. 

We drive along the Kaipara as the largest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere on the way to Dargaville, “The Kumara (Sweet Potato) Capital of NZ”. Here we will stop briefly outside the Dargaville Museum, so you can see the original masts from the famous Greenpeace ship “The Rainbow Warrior”, which was sunk in Auckland harbour in 1985. 

Auckland to Hokianga and Bay of Islands 3 Day Private Tour - Hokianga Harbour

Hokianga Harbour

Choose your evening in Hokianga Harbour

Enjoy an early dinner before departing on the Footprints  Waipoua Twilight Encounter Tour (own cost if you decide to include it).  

Located on Northlands rugged West Coast, let Kupe’s (NZ’s first discoverer) descendants take you on a night guided walk. Friendly, experienced local Māori guides willingly share their knowledge, stories, song and the playing of musical instruments to enlighten and enhance this tranquil and spiritual location. 

Stand before some of the world’s largest trees Tane Mahuta (God of the forest) and Te Matua Ngahere (Lord of the forest) and learn about their very special significance to Maori. 

Day 2.

Day 2. - Bay of Islands Day

Bay of Islands Day

Choose your Bay of Islands experience

When arriving in the Bay of Islands at around lunchtime, you have the option of boarding a cruise to see the famous Hole in the Rock and possibly some Dolphins and Whales that call this area home. Depending on sea conditions, you can also book as an option a Swim with the Dolphins for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with these amazing animals. Or how about combining a fishing trip with a sightseeing cruise in this famous fishing destination, or seeing the Bay of Islands from the comfort of a sailing boat?  

Please note the Bay of Islands Cruises or fishing trips are at your own cost but we will be happy to advise and book a suitable cruise for you. This cruise can also be booked for the next morning, depending on weather conditions. 

Day 2. - Paihia or Russel

Paihia or Russel

End the day in Paihia or Russel

Arrive back iPaihia or Russell and take a stroll along either lovely waterfront. Finish the day with a nice bottle of wine in one of the several romantic restaurants in this area. Or take a passenger ferry across to Paihia or romantic Russell with its lovely restaurants before taking the ferry back for a well-deserved rest. 


Day 3.

Discover Waitangi

Explore New Zealand’s rich history 

You have the option of visiting the historic Waitangi Treaty House to explore New Zealand's unique history. The Waitangi Treaty House is the place where Governor Hobson and the Paramount Chiefs of Aotearoa (New Zealand) signed the document which formed our bi-cultural nation in 1840. 
You can visit Te Tii, New Zealand’s most famous Marae, or meeting place, where every year on Waitangi Day (February 6) the Prime Minister, the chiefs of Maoridom and the people of Aotearoa New Zealand meet to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.  Below the Treaty House and the Marae near the water’s edge lies Ngatokimatawhaorua, the huge, beautifully carved waka of the Ngapuhi Iwi who are the tangata whenua or local people here. 

Day 3. - Discover Waitangi

Day 3. - En-route to Auckland

En-route to Auckland

Stop at top attractions

On the 3-hour drive to Auckland, stop at the iconic Hundertwasser toilets at Kawakawa – a living piece of art created by the world-famous Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. 
Choose to stop at the Kawiti Caves and see pure white limestone formations and hidden chambers with Glowworms - a great addition for those who are unable to see the famous Waitomo Caves.
Drive along Bream Bay with its glorious white sandy beaches and views across to the volcanic islands Marotini and Taranga (The Hen and Chicken Islands), as well as the aptly-named Sail Rock. 


Have a break at subtropical Whangarei

Stop for a break at Whangarei, Northland’s largest town, and the Brynderwyn Ranges, from where it is only about an hour until Auckland and its iconic landmark the Skytower appears on the horizon. 

Day 3. - Whangarei