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Bay of Islands Treaty House and Dolphin Swim

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Key Highlights

  • The Bay of Islands is one of NZ′s top destinations
  • Stunning scenery and glorious photo-opportunities
  • Swim with friendly dolphins in their natural habitat!
  • See the birthplace of the New Zealand nation
  • Includes guided walk at Waitangi Visitor Centre
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    12 hours

    Start time

    0730h (07:30am)
    Hotel pick-ups starts from 0645h (6:45am) Duration: 12 hours

    Meeting Point

    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 readch directly at Sky City Travel Centre, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland.

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off at your hotel in Auckland.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Make friends with dolphins and step back into history on this enchanting day out from Auckland.

    Cross the magnificent Auckland Harbour Bridge and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands, famous for its sparkling seas and bright blue skies.

    Enjoy the ultimate marine adventure when a high-powered catamaran whisks you out into the Bay for a swim with dolphins. An unforgettable experience.

    Take a guided walk around Waitangi, birthplace of the New Zealand nation. See the former Resident’s house and learn the fascinating history of the all-important Waitangi Treaty. Enjoy compelling displays about Maori culture and see the magnificent war canoes and carved Maori meeting house.

    Choose from two options for this tour – with picnic lunch or without.


    For your Bay of Islands Treaty House and Dolphin Swim you will be picked up from your hotel in downtown Auckland at around 0730h (07:30am).

    There are two options for this delightful tour. You can choose to have a picnic lunch included in the package or to buy your own lunch during the day.

    Your route takes you across Auckland Harbour Bridge and north along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay Of Islands. Travel through spectacular scenery of native forests and sub-tropical bush to the foreshores of the National Maritime Park, arriving at the seaside town of Paihia for a Swim with the Dolphins cruise. On the way you will make a stop at Kaiwaka for morning tea (payable direct).

    Surrounded by white-sand beaches and pretty bays the Bay contains more than 140 islands and plentiful marine life. Seven hundred years ago it 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.

    On arrival, you will be taken in a jet-powered catamaran into the National Maritime Park. Conditions permitting, you have the chance to get up close and even swim with dolphins in their natural environment – a wonderful opportunity to experience these magnificent mammals at play.

    You will stop at Urupukapuka Island, where those who have not opted for the packed lunch can purchase a range of delicious snacks and meals at the Zane Grey Cafe.

    You will also visit Waitangi, the “birthplace of the nation”. It was here that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed here in 1840. The Treaty was an agreement between the early European Settlers and the indigenous Maori people to establish New Zealand as a British Colony.

    You will enjoy a guided walk at Waitangi Treaty House. 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.

    • The Naval Flagstaff marking the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

    • Waitangi Visitor Centre, with audio visual and live cultural performances.

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in a coach
    • English-speaking driver/guide
    • 4- hour “Swim with Dolphins Cruise” (weather permitting)
    • Wetsuits, flippers and snorkel/mask provided
    • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Guided Tour
    • Packed picnic lunch (if option selected)
    • Entrance fees


    • Morning tea break
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    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.

    06 February (Waitangi Day) does not include the visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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