February 10th – February 14th
Bay of Islands Extension
Pre-Tour Extension – England Tour of New Zealand 2023
- 4 nights’ accommodation on a B&B basis in Auckland and Paihia.
- All overland domestic transfers in New Zealand.
- Admission fees for the Hole in the Rock Cruise, Waitangi Treaty Grounds guided tour, The Kauri Museum.
- Not Out Travel Tour Manager.
Time Until Tour
Bay of Islands Extension Itinerary
Arrive Auckland International Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
The remainder of the day and evening is yours at leisure to explore this beautiful city.
Saturday 11th February
Auckland to Paihia
Breakfast at a local café – approximately 5–minutes’ walk from your accommodation.
Travel north across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and past the lovely Pacific Coast beaches of Orewa and Waiwera. Drive on through Dargaville to the Waipoua Kauri Forest to see Tane Mahuta, which is the largest kauri tree in New Zealand. Continue around the Hokianga Harbour which has special spiritual significance for local Māori and cross the Northland Peninsula to Paihia in the Bay of Islands.
The township of Paihia is popular for its convenient location in the Bay of Islands and vicinity to the Bay’s historical and scenic sights. The wharf, Paihia’s focal point, caters for island and adventure cruises as well as the ferry connection between Paihia and Russell.
Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Sunday 12th February
This morning take a Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock. Depart on a scenic boat trip through the bays while keeping a look-out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the Hole in the Rock, which your skipper skilfully navigates through (conditions permitting) as well as taking in the Grand Cathedral Cave. On the return to Paihia pass several remote islands, fringed with golden sand beaches.
In the afternoon visit the Waitangi Treaty House for a guided tour. It was here on 6 February 1840 that Māori and British settlers signed an historic agreement which gave birth to the nation of New Zealand. The Māori Meeting House in the grounds is a superb example of the skills of Māori wood carvers and flax weavers.
Monday 13th February
Spend the day at leisure to explore the region or relax in Paihia, which is renowned as the birthplace of the nation of New Zealand as well as for its beautiful beaches and wildlife.
Pre–booked/pre–paid sight seeing activities available, these will be communicated at a later date.
Tuesday 14th February
Paihia to Auckland
Afterwards continue south arriving in Auckland City via the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Once you arrive in Auckland, check-in to your Test tour hotel and meet your fellow tourists.
Travelodge Hotel Wynward Quarter, Auckland
10th – 11th February (1 night)
Kingsgate Hotel, Paihia
Range of Room types
11th – 14th February (3 nights)
International Flights – Outbound leg example
Included – From London Heathrow
SQ319 & SQ4283
- Depart London Heathrow: 20:35
- Arrive Singapore: 17:30 +1
- Depart Singapore: 18:40
- Arrive Auckland: 09:35 +1
Local Example – surcharge may apply
EK20 & EK448
- Depart Manchester: 20:40
- Arrive Dubai: 07:55 +1
- Depart Dubai: 10:05
- Arrive Auckland: 11:05 +1
Bay of Islands Extension
Single Occ. Surcharge £300