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4 Day Auckland RETURN Bay of Islands and Northland Private Tour

Experience the natural beauty that Northland has to offer. From its stunning beaches to a wide range of ocean activities, explore the breathtaking landscapes or simply relax and soak up the sun. Learn about New Zealand’s interesting Maori history and understand why this is the ultimate holiday destination.

Day 1: Auckland via Waipoua Forest to the Bay of Islands
Day 2: Bay of Islands highlights
Day 3: Day trip to Cape Reinga
Day 4: Bay of Islands along the east coast back to Auckland
  • Visit some of the oldest Kauri trees in New Zealand
  • Visit Cape Reinga and see where two oceans meet
  • Witness some of the most stunning scenery Northland has to offer
  • Have the option of experiencing some of New Zealand’s rich and unique history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Have the option of taking a variety of cruises or fishing trips in the famous Bay of Islands
4 Day Auckland RETURN Bay of Islands and Northland Private Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours4 Day Auckland RETURN Bay of Islands and Northland Private Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours4 Day Auckland RETURN Bay of Islands and Northland Private Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours4 Day Auckland RETURN Bay of Islands and Northland Private Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours4 Day Auckland RETURN Bay of Islands and Northland Private Tour
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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: We will collect you from your Auckland accommodation where we then head north to the magnificent Waipoua Forest. Home to some of New Zealand’s largest kauri trees, you can experience one of the amazing Footprints Waipoua Tours. Walk through rare flora and fauna to gaze in awe at these beautiful trees while hearing the interesting stories and legends of the forest told by a Maori guide. You can meet “The Father of the Forest” which is the oldest known Kauri tree in the world. Before the tour ends you will have the memorable experience of meeting Tane Mahuta, New Zealand’s largest kauri tree which is regarded as “Lord of the forest” and you will surely see why.

We then head to Opononi which became famous in the mid 1950’s by a friendly dolphin named Opo who let children ride on her back. From here we overlook the beautiful Hokianga Harbour and its stunning sand dunes. From the Opononi wharf you could catch a water taxi over to these massive sand dunes on the other side of the harbour and try sandboarding. This provides you with quite a thrill as you will slide down the sand dunes on boogie boards.

We then head to the stunning Bay of Islands for a little slice of paradise.

Accommodation in the Bay of Islands region.

Day 2: We make our way to the beautiful town of Paihia which is rightly referred to as “the jewel of the Bay of Islands”. Whether you are after a day filled with adventure or want to simply relax, Paihia has something for everyone.

You have the option to explore the very best of the Bay of Islands including the spectacular Hole in the Rock a number of ways including a boat cruise, catamaran, or even by jet ski. If you are in luck you may also get to sight some dolphins and whales along the way. If spotting dolphins isn’t quite enough for you, how about you book a tour that offers an amazing experience where you can get up close and personal when you swim with them.

If you are after a truly unforgettable experience then we can arrange for you to get up close to the Hole in the Rock, landing by helicopter on the newly built helipad situated on top of the island. Here you will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery and you have the option of learning the island’s unique history and its cultural significance from a Maori guide. Very few people have ever experienced the island this way, would you like to be one of them?

Other options you may be interested in doing while in the Bay of Islands include; fishing charters, parasailing, kayaking or diving.

You can take a short ferry ride over to romantic Russell if you are interested in dining at some outstanding seaside restaurants or exploring some historic buildings including Pompallier Mission and Christ’s Church.

If you are interested in discovering more about New Zealand’s unique history, then visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must-do! This is our most important historic site as this is where the Treaty of Waitangi – New Zealand’s founding document was signed in 1840. Here you can visit the Museum of Waitangi, the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved Meeting House and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. You’ll hear stories about the momentous events that helped shape New Zealand and guided tours and cultural performances are available for your enjoyment.

Accommodation in the Bay of Islands region.

Day 3: After breakfast we can head to the top of the North Island to the beautiful Cape Reinga where you can watch from the lighthouse as two oceans collide. Be sure to have your camera ready as you won’t want to miss the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. However, you also have the opportunity to take either a helicopter or aeroplane scenic flight which provides an excellent way to travel to Cape Reinga while also getting to experience some of the most spectacular coastal scenery that Northland has to offer. You’ll see some beautiful harbours and beaches, some of which are only accessible by either air or sea. This option can also provide you with the experience of “sand surfing” which entails sliding down Te Paki’s giant sand dunes on boogie boards. Whichever way you choose to see Cape Reinga it will be a memory you won’t ever forget.

After a wonderful day exploring the far north we then take you to one of our natural treasures - the stunning Matauri Bay with its beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.

We strive in making sure you have a range of options so you can choose the best fit for you, however for your last night’s accommodation we highly recommend The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs which is Northland’s premier luxury destination. You will be surrounded by outstanding 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. From a private pink beach to a world-class golf course to a luxury spa, there is surely something here that everyone will love.

There are also a range of other lovely accommodation options in the Matauri Bay area which we will happily arrange for you on your behalf if you wish.

Accommodation in the Bay of Islands region.

Day 4: You have the morning to enjoy all that Matauri Bay has to offer before we set off on our way back to Auckland.

We will head to Kerikeri which is the largest town in Northland and is rich in history. Here you can see some of the most historic buildings in New Zealand, including the Stone Store and Kerikeri Mission Station. To stretch your legs you can follow a quick and easy walk to see the stunning Rainbow Falls.

Our next stop is the Kawiti Caves where you can see pristine rainforest and breathtaking rock formations. Here you have the option to discover the magic of Northland’s ultimate glowworm experience by entering a 200 metre limestone cave system where galaxies of glowworms await. You’ll learn all about the lifecycle of these glow worms and even get close enough to see its body and tail light which is a stunning blue/green colour.

From here we head south to Whangarei where we stop at the town basin which is filled with some lovely cafes, restaurants, art galleries and museums you can take some time to look around at.

Once we depart Whangarei we make our way back down to Auckland where we will drop you off at your city accommodation.

Rate Information: (NZ$)

Rates: 01 April & 30 September (Low Season)*

5 or more Adults price per adult per day: $345
4 Adults price per adult per day: $395
3 Adults price per adult per day: $495
2 Adults price per adult per day: $695

Rates: 01 October & 31 March (High Season)*

5 or more Adults price per adult per day: $395
4 Adults price per adult per day: $445
3 Adults price per adult per day: $545
2 Adults price per adult per day: $745

Please note: Accommodation and attractions/entry fees and meals are not included and are at your own cost however we are more than happy to provide you with recommendations and arrange these for you.

Children 4-11 years 50% off adult price

This Tour is available for a minimum of 2 people. If you would like to make a booking for one person click here to enquire.

Tour Type: Private Tour

View our Additional Information section below for a breakdown on the difference between Small Group Tours and Private tours, along with all inclusions explained.
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Additional Information

Tour Inclusions:

Pick-up and drop-off services, our knowledgeable and friendly professional guiding services in a Luxury Vehicle, all guide and vehicle expenses including guide accommodation and guide meals. All taxes are also included. Our Experienced Host-Guides (Kaiarahi) not only become your local host but can lead you to popular local places and share with you our knowledge of New Zealand’s special cultures, cuisine, cityscapes and coastlines along with its unique flora and fauna.

All our private tours can be customised further specially for you. Any of our private tours can start from the final location instead and be enjoyed travelling the other way.         

Please bring: Please bring comfortable clothing/shoes for changeable weather, sun protection, any personal medication, your camera and a smile! Where possible we encourage you to leave behind any unnecessary valuable items.

Age Information:

  • Adults are from 12 years
  • Children's age is between 4 and 11 years
  • Infants age is 0-3 years (Please note: we are only able host infants on our Private Tours)
  • Our Private Tours can be for any number of guests

General Information:

All our Private Tours can be offered in foreign languages such as German, French, Spanish and others but are subject to availability and additional fees apply. Please request this additional service at the time of booking along with any other special requirements (i.e. dietary requirements, mobility issues, medical information / equipment requests, children’s ages for NZ child seat rules, special reasons for travel, etc)

On Private Tours pick-up and drop-off locations can be at your designated accommodation, airport, cruise ship or other location. Please specify the location when booking. When pickup is from a designated meeting place including cruise ship terminal or airport, we would really appreciate receiving our guest’s mobile phone number with the booking. This helps us greatly to locate our guests just in case when we are not picking up directly from your accommodation.

Our Different Tour Types:

Small Group Tours are operated on a non-exclusive basis with other guests min 2 pax and max 15 pax and are priced on a per person basis.

Private Tours
are operated exclusively for our guests and are priced per day per passenger for any group size from 1 pax to any number required.

Please note: when we incorporate visits to attractions on Private Tours (these must be specifically stated as included, otherwise entry fees to attractions are NOT included on our Private Tours), these may or may not be private depending on what is booked. Our Private Tours on the other hand will be private just for your party.

Cancellation Policy:

Click here to view our most up to date Cancellation Policy located on our Terms and Conditions page.
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Maximum 15 People
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Neill Sperath is a passionate New Zealander by choice. He is of Irish and German descent and has become a proud New Zealander and a New Zealand citizen since relocating from Europe many years ago, after falling in love with New Zealand and Ceillhe. Previous to that he lived mainly in Ireland and Germany and is well travelled, having visited over 50 countries so far. Before coming to New Zealand Neill managed several large shopping centres in Europe.
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