Bay of Islands Explorer

6 Days
Auckland to Auckland
From (AUD)
$ 4,195
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Auckland > Auckland

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Sub-tropical, unspoilt and fascinating; the picturesque Bay of Islands features 144 islands, incredible natural beauty and a whole lot of history.
For those keen to explore a single region of New Zealand, this is the ideal itinerary. Spend time in Auckland, sampling all the experiences on offer from food and wine tasting to sightseeing on the harbour before heading to the Bay of Islands. Wander through giant kauri forests and learn about the history of early pioneers in the Northland region. Choose to cruise around the bay, or visit the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand, the romantic town of Russell. Finish your journey at Cape Reinga, a sacred place where two oceans meet and where an 800-year-old tree stands waiting to help M-aori spirits begin their final journey home. By the time you return to Auckland you’ll be deeply moved by the splendour, spirituality and hospitality of this magnificent and mythic region.
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6 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Auckland

    Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for your two night Special Stay. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at tonight’s welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Auckland


    Sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively, take a leisurely harbour cruise, discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast, or join a small group sightseeing tour of Auckland.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Orbit 360 at Sky City, or dinner at the hotel’s Grand Millennium Brasserie.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Auckland > Paihia

    Travel north towards the Bay of Islands and visit the Kauri Museum to learn about the history of the local pioneers.


    Seeing  the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to stories from your Maori guide about the ‘Lord of the Forest’.


    Relax over an evening drink watching the sunset from your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Paihia


    Take a lunch cruise or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell. Alternatively, cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting), or join a Taste of the Bay tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Paihia


    Journey to the top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga – and enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Paihia > Auckland

    Discover the birthplace of modern New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide. See the world’s largest waka, a ceremonial war canoe, over 70 years old but still used every year on 6 February to celebrate New Zealand’s Waitangi Day.


    Enjoy an authentic Maori cultural performance inside the beautifully carved meeting house including a traditional Maori welcome, waiata (singing), poi, stick games, M-aori weaponry, as well as the famous haka.

    Head south via the city of Whangarei and arrive back in Auckland where it’s time to bid a fond farewell to your new friends and the wonders of New Zealand. 

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted group touring
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 12 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • 10 meals – 5 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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