New Zealand–The Bay of Islands
4 days with G Adventures Rating:
Restricted to Ages 18-39
Day 1 Auckland
Arrive at any time. It’s time to make some memories! Join your CEO and group for a night out in Auckland. Choose to enjoy dinner somewhere tasty as a group before heading to Giapo Ice Cream Parlour — contributor to Planeterra. Afterwards, check out craft beer bars downtown like, Little Creatures and Habana Jones. Make sure you take loads of pictures because you’ll want to remember this special night.
Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.
Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands
Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal). Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night. While on board, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins that may be frolicking nearby! (B, D)
Day 3 Bay of Islands/Paihia
Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Disembark and explore Paihia before enjoying dinner with the group.
Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Paihia/Auckland
Enjoy a free morning to relax. Opt to skydive or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Return to Auckland in the early evening where the tour finishes upon arrival.
Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. (B)
All This Included
Nature lovers who leave the North Island without stopping off at the Bay of Islands will kick themselves all the way back home (and that’s a looong flight). This four-day trip to this outdoorsman’s paradise features ample time hiking the nature trails and makes the most of all that water with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and sailing. Not enough? A night aboard a houseboat should do the trick. We take care of all the fuss. All you have to do is have the time of your life.
Hostels (2 nts)
Paihia, New Zealand: The Bay Adventurer (or similar)
Auckland, New Zealand: Jucy Snooze Auckland (or similar)
Houseboat (1 nt)
Paihia, New Zealand: Rock Boat Cruise (or similar)
All nights multi-share
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