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3 Day Bay of Islands Winterless North Adventure Tour

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Overview

Experience the “Winterless North” and bask in the sun as you explore New Zealand’s Northland region on the 3 Day Bay of Islands Winterless North Adventure Tour. Make the most of the many stops along the way, and enjoy an assortment of activities, from sky diving to dolphin swimming, while in Paihia.

This tour leaves Auckland and makes a great addition before going on some of our other North Island tours. Come to rest at Haka Lodge Paihia, our welcoming penthouse backpackers offering unparalleled views.

Bay of Islands Winterless North Adventure Tour

Bay of Islands Winterless North Adventure Tour

Bay of Islands Winterless North Adventure Tour

Bay of Islands Winterless North Adventure Tour

Itinerary

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Day 1Auckland to Pahia

Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand!

Today we meet for a continental breakfast at 8.00am in Auckland. Over breakfast, your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximise your time here. Breakfast and the welcome meeting should take around an hour though can take a bit longer with larger groups.

From the big city to remote beaches, we head north of Auckland to begin the tour in the stunning Paihia in the Bay of Islands. We visit Goat Island on our way up north, where we can take a swim or snorkel at this natural marine reserve.

We also visit a tree today. Not just any old tree, this is the mighty Tane Mahuta “the Lord of the Forest” in the Waipoua Forest. Tane Mahuta is the largest known kauri tree standing today; and estimates put his age at between 1,250 and 2,500 years old. Ask him his age when you get there. It's also a little known fact that he's still growing.

Following this, we head to Ngawha springs for a relaxing soak in the the natural therapeutic hot pools. The Ngawha Springs are located in the centre of a geothermally active area: an area that produces a considerable amount of Northland’s electricity – all while feeding over a dozen hot pools of all sorts of colours, element make ups and temperatures.

We'll arrive late afternoon in Paihia where the team at our Lodge will have a hot meal ready and waiting for you. This shared dinner is eaten overlooking the waters of Paihia and is a beautiful way to end day one.

Day 2Pahia

Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Northland region and the spectacular Bay of Islands. Home to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, there are plenty of boat trips out into the bay, as well as other activities to choose from in the area.

You can swim with dolphins, skydive, go sailing or just chill out with new friends and take it all in on one of the many beaches. This is also one of the most historically important areas of New Zealand. Rich in Maori heritage and culture, we’ll have the chance to visit some spectacular waterfalls, take scenic walks or ferry over to one of the islands.

If you would like to visit the very top of New Zealand, you can choose to do a day tour to Cape Reinga, situated where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. You may drive on 90 Mile Beach and try sand boarding on this optional day tour.

If you would prefer to have a relaxing day, you can do one of the many well signposted, scenic walks along the coast or through the bush. Russell is also easily accessed from Paihia and has awesome views, as well as a great selection of restaurants and eateries.

Russell, which used to be known as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’, is also home to New Zealand’s oldest church, Christ's Church, as well as some stunning beaches and lookout points.

Optional Activities - Extra Cost
Day Trip to Cape Reinga
Discover Scuba
Flying Kiwi Parasail
Hole in the Rock Cruise - Paihia
Scuba Diving
Skydiving - Paihia
Swimming with Dolphins - Paihia
Tall Ship Sailing (November to April)
Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

Day 3Pahia to Auckland

Today, we'll visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The grounds are significant to all New Zealanders as this was where the founding document of New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and Maori.

The Hundertwasser Toilets are also on our agenda for the day, in the small town of Kawakawa. This is the only building in the Southern Hemisphere designed by the Austrian born artist Hundertwasser and although these are toilets, you'll never see any others like these anywhere in the world.

As we venture back toward Auckland we take in a bush walk from Whale Bay to Matapouri Bay, where we'll see gorgeous white sand, and clear waters - the perfect setting for a picnic.

We’ve got a few more secret spots and options to visit during the day before heading back to Auckland where your tour finishes around 5pm. If you would like to spend the evening in New Zealand’s biggest city, we can easily book an extra night of accommodation so you can party the night away!

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland to Pahia

Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand!

Today we meet for a continental breakfast at 8.00am in Auckland. Over breakfast, your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximise your time here. Breakfast and the welcome meeting should take around an hour though can take a bit longer with larger groups.

From the big city to remote beaches, we head north of Auckland to begin the tour in the stunning Paihia in the Bay of Islands. We visit Goat Island on our way up north, where we can take a swim or snorkel at this natural marine reserve.

We also visit a tree today. Not just any old tree, this is the mighty Tane Mahuta “the Lord of the Forest” in the Waipoua Forest. Tane Mahuta is the largest known kauri tree standing today; and estimates put his age at between 1,250 and 2,500 years old. Ask him his age when you get there. It's also a little known fact that he's still growing.

Following this, we head to Ngawha springs for a relaxing soak in the the natural therapeutic hot pools. The Ngawha Springs are located in the centre of a geothermally active area: an area that produces a considerable amount of Northland’s electricity – all while feeding over a dozen hot pools of all sorts of colours, element make ups and temperatures.

We'll arrive late afternoon in Paihia where the team at our Lodge will have a hot meal ready and waiting for you. This shared dinner is eaten overlooking the waters of Paihia and is a beautiful way to end day one.

Day 2Pahia

Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Northland region and the spectacular Bay of Islands. Home to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, there are plenty of boat trips out into the bay, as well as other activities to choose from in the area.

You can swim with dolphins, skydive, go sailing or just chill out with new friends and take it all in on one of the many beaches. This is also one of the most historically important areas of New Zealand. Rich in Maori heritage and culture, we’ll have the chance to visit some spectacular waterfalls, take scenic walks or ferry over to one of the islands.

If you would like to visit the very top of New Zealand, you can choose to do a day tour to Cape Reinga, situated where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. You may drive on 90 Mile Beach and try sand boarding on this optional day tour.

If you would prefer to have a relaxing day, you can do one of the many well signposted, scenic walks along the coast or through the bush. Russell is also easily accessed from Paihia and has awesome views, as well as a great selection of restaurants and eateries.

Russell, which used to be known as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’, is also home to New Zealand’s oldest church, Christ's Church, as well as some stunning beaches and lookout points.

Optional Activities - Extra Cost
Day Trip to Cape Reinga
Discover Scuba
Flying Kiwi Parasail
Hole in the Rock Cruise - Paihia
Scuba Diving
Skydiving - Paihia
Swimming with Dolphins - Paihia
Tall Ship Sailing (November to April)
Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

Day 3Pahia to Auckland

Today, we'll visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The grounds are significant to all New Zealanders as this was where the founding document of New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and Maori.

The Hundertwasser Toilets are also on our agenda for the day, in the small town of Kawakawa. This is the only building in the Southern Hemisphere designed by the Austrian born artist Hundertwasser and although these are toilets, you'll never see any others like these anywhere in the world.

As we venture back toward Auckland we take in a bush walk from Whale Bay to Matapouri Bay, where we'll see gorgeous white sand, and clear waters - the perfect setting for a picnic.

We’ve got a few more secret spots and options to visit during the day before heading back to Auckland where your tour finishes around 5pm. If you would like to spend the evening in New Zealand’s biggest city, we can easily book an extra night of accommodation so you can party the night away!

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