Aerial views of the stunning Bay of Islands
Aerial views of the stunning Bay of Islands
Beautiful Beach Scenery & Muriwai Beach Gannet Colony
Beautiful Beach Scenery & Muriwai Beach Gannet Colony
Scenery in the Bay of Islands
Scenery in the Bay of Islands
Russel town views and dolphin watching cruise
Russel town views and dolphin watching cruise
Glow Worm Caves in Auckland
Glow Worm Caves in Auckland

Bay of Islands Kotare (Small Group Tour)

3 nights from £1,109 per person

Overview

Experience the idyllic beauty of Northland, brimming with secluded white sand beaches, azure waters and captivating wildlife in the form of seabirds, dolphins and whales on this fantastic four day small group tour. The Bay of Islands area has a wonderfully tropical feel to it, making it the ideal destination for a short break as part of your New Zealand adventure. Your small group of 10 to 18 people will make the trip feel intimate and special, with your trip becoming more personalised to you and your tastes and needs. (MOA).

Highlights

  • Visit the fascinating kauri museum, Matakohe, and walk with Maori guides in the Waipoua Forest
  • Take a ride across the Hokianga Harbour to explore the sand dunes
  • Embark on a dolphin cruise to the Hole in the Rock
  • Explore the Kawiti glow worm caves
  • Wander along the historic waterfront of Russell

Please note: The prices listed are for the tour only and do not include international flights; this tour would be a great add-on option as part of your New Zealand holiday.

Whats included?
  • Internal travel
  • Sights and excursions
  • Tour guide throughout
  • 3 breakfasts
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Day 1

Auckland – Hokianga

On day one you’ll join your tour at the Viaduct Harbour, before departing to Muriwai Beach on the west coast of Auckland. At this beautiful beach, a real kiwi favourite, you’ll be able to explore the cliff-top to see views of the Tasman Sea and the Muriwai gannet colony.

Afterwards, you’ll continue north to Matakohe Kauri Museum to learn about the Kauri Forests, and spend the afternoon discovering the ancient Waipoua Forest. In the evening you will be welcomed with a special 'Karakia' from our hosts before relaxing over a drink in our beachside accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga

Day 2

Bay of Islands

Start your day with a cruise across Hokianga Harbour with your local guide, Pete. He'll tell you why all kiwis have heard of Opononi and take us on our first foray across the harbour for a walk to explore the gigantic sand dunes – you could even add a bit of adrenaline to the mix and body board down them. You’ll then visit Kerikeri whilst journeying onto Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, ending at Waitangi Treaty House, where local Maori signed the treaty with Queen Victoria’s representatives in 1840.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel and Resort (Breakfast included)

Day 3

Russel Township

From the town of Paihia you’ll take a scenic cruise out to the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett and the famous “Hole in the Rock”. In the afternoon you’ll disembark in Russell, the country’s first capital with a vibrant past. The next few hours are at your leisure – we’d recommend ending the day with an ice cold refreshment at the historic Duke of Malborough, overlooking the Russell waterfront.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel and Resort (Breakfast included)

Day 4

Auckland

On your last day you’ll journey to Waiomio Valley, where a Kawiti family will guide you through the secluded Kawiti Caves, exploring the Milky Way cavern filled with thousands of glowworms. The caves are named after the famous Maori Chief of the area and still belong to their family - your guide will be a descendant of Kawiti too!

Afterwards you’ll return to Auckland Viaduct where your tour will end.

(Breakfast included)

  • Internal travel on an air conditioned coach (max 18 travellers)
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Hotel (3 nights)
  • Excursions as listed: Northland’s Kauri Museum, walk with Maori guides through Waipoua Forest - visit Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest), relaxing and picturesque cruise across the Hokianga Harbour, Cruise to the Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock, visit Kerikeri’s iconic Stone Store, learn about New Zealands history on a visit to the Waitangi Treaty House, marvel at the Kawiti Caves and their luminous glowworms.
  • Tour guide throughout, local guides

Please note - International flights are not included in the price shown.

Tour 2019 Departure Dates: Nov 14

Tour 2020 Departure Dates: Jan 5, Jan 12, Jan 26

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