Head north from Auckland to the bewitching Bay of Islands where the skies are a brilliant blue and the sea sparkles like diamonds.
Stop at historic Waitangi, birthplace of the New Zealand nation. See the former Resident’s house, now a Visitor Centre. Learn about Maori culture and the story of the all-important Waitangi Treaty.
Then board a luxury catamaran for a delightful cruise through pristine waters to Cape Brett Lighthouse. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting wildlife such as seals, dolphins, penguins and other seabirds.
After passing Motukokako Island the excitement grows as you make a passage through the famous "Hole in the Rock", before sailing on to Grand Cathedral Cave.
Enjoy a picnic and relax on board as the catamaran meanders gently through the Bay of Islands on the return to port.
For your Bay of Islands & Cape Brett Tour from Auckland you will be picked up from your hotel in downtown Auckland at around 0645h (06:45am). Alternatively you can meet the coach at Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland, at 0730h (07:30 am).
Your route takes you across Auckland Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay Of Islands. The journey takes around 3 hours and 30 minutes. A brief stop (time permitting) will be made at the Parry Kauri Park where you can view some of the world’s biggest trees – the magnificent kauri, a native of New Zealand.
Seven hundred years ago Bay of Islands was the landing point for one of the large Maori migration canoes bearing members of the Ngapuhi Iwi (tribe). In 1769, it was visited by Captain Cook, who gave the area its name. Later the Bay became the first part of New Zealand to be settled by Europeans.
You will visit Paihia, one of the earliest New Zealand towns, and Waitangi, the “birthplace of the nation”, where the Treaty of Waitangi between the Maoris and the Europeans was signed in 1840.
You will visit the Waitangi Treaty House and Grounds. Features of interest include:
• The Treaty House : one of New Zealand's oldest historic homes
• Te Whare Runanga: fully carved Maori Meeting House
• One of the world's largest Maori ceremonial war canoes
• Naval Flagstaff marking the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed
Then board a high-speed catamaran for a cruise in the Bay of Islands. Your boat will whisk you through clear blue waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.
At Motukokako Island you will sail right through the famous Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) and on to the Grand Cathedral Cave. On the return journey you will go more slowly and meander through the inner islands.
The crew will tell you about the local history and ecology and you will may see a variety of marine wildlife including whales, seals, dolphins, penguins, and other sea and bird life. A picnic lunch is provided on board.
On completion of your cruise, rejoin your coach for your return journey to Auckland. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at the place where you were picked up.
Excellent - One of the better tours nI have undertaken. Excellent Driver/Guide. Very Informative and made everyone feel welcome. The coach was very clean and the driver ensured...John McFarlane
Great guide/driver. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour....Norman Brenner
We booked the tour from the UK prior to flying out and we were a bit sceptical about whether it would all go to clockwork - it did. It was our first tour in NZ and we thoroughly...Gary Brewerton
Approx 12 hours
0730h (07:30am) from Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland. Hotel pick-ups commence 0645h (06:45 am)
Duration: Approx 12 hours
Your hotel in inner Auckland
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Alternatively you can be picked up from SkyCity Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland
The tour ends at your hotel in Auckland or SkyCity Travel Centre
Wear comfortable shoes and casual clothing. Bring swimming gear and sun-lotion. Don’t forget the camera!
Upon arrival in Auckland, please call the number on your voucher at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your departure time and location.
Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
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