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5 Day Bay of Islands and Rotorua Combo Independent Coach Tour

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Overview

5 Day Bay of Islands and Rotorua Combo Independent Coach Tour MapAll the best places a day's drive from Auckland on this Bay of Islands and Rotorua Independent Coach Tour - beautiful oceans, kauri forest, volcanic activity and underground caves... You travel independently using scheduled coach, rail and ferry services.

Flexible Itineraries

Our New Zealand Independent coach tours can be adapted or extended according to your requirements. So if you want to stay longer at any place on the itinerary, let us know, ALL itineraries can be amended.

If you do not find a Tour that suits you, just ask us to provide you with a personalised coach touring holiday.

Accommodation

4 Star Hotels
We have a wide range of 4 star hotel properties. Most hotels in this category generally have swimming pools, fitness gyms, a choice of restaurants, and are usually a little closer to town centres or occupy premium locations. Room types may include standard, deluxe, superior, mountain view, lake view, suites, etc. Many also include 2 and 3 bedroom suites which can offer great value for larger groups.

3 Star Hotels
All our 3 star hotels have restaurant facilities. Meals can be included in your package, if required. Please note that smaller destinations such as Coromandel, Kaikoura, Akaroa, etc. hotels don't usually feature this as an accommodation option.

Motels
Motel accommodations are self-contained facilities. At minimum, a studio unit includes cooking utensils, a hot plate and/or a microwave, toaster, kettle, and crockery and cutlery. Others will include a full kitchen and can include saunas, spas, and swimming pools and sometimes a full breakfast service. Room types include stuido, 2-bedroom, or family units. Our motels are of a very high standard and are generally owned and operated by locals who would love to share their genuine interest in their region with you.

Looking for a fully escorted coach tour? Check out our guided departures here!

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Waitangi in the Bay of Islands

Waitangi in the Bay of Islands

Carved Meeting House at Waitangi

Carved Meeting House at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands

Carved Meeting House at Waitangi

Inside a Whare or Meeting House at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands

Wakas at Waitangi

Sunrise at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands with Wakas

Waitangi in the Bay of Islands

View from Waitangi in the Bay of Islands

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise Bay of Islands

Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise in the Bay of Islands

Cape Brett Lighthouse Bay of Islands

Cape Brett Lighthouse in the Bay of Islands

Urupukapuka Island Bay of Islands

Urupukapuka Island in the Bay of Islands

Maori Greeting at Tamaki Village, Rotorua

Maori Greeting at Tamaki Village, Rotorua

Cooking a Hangi Meal Tamaki Village, Rotorua

Cooking a Hangi Meal at Tamaki Village, Rotorua

Hangi Meal Tamaki Village, Rotorua

Hangi Meal at Tamaki Village, Rotorua

Agrodome Farm Show Rotorua

Agrodome Farm Show, Rotorua

Kiwi Chick at Rainbow Springs Rotorua

Kiwi Chick at Rainbow Springs, Rotorua

Rainbow Trout at Rainbow Springs Rotorua

Rainbow Trout at Rainbow Springs, Rotorua

Bubbling Geothermal Mud Rotorua

Bubbling Geothermal Mud, Rotorua

Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia Rotorua

Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia, Rotorua

Sunset from Skyline Skyrides Rotorua

Sunset from Skyline Skyrides, Rotorua

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Glowworms at Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Stalactites at Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Bay of Islands

You will need at least a night in Auckland before this your.

Auckland to Paihia incl Waitangi, Cape Brett Cruise and lunch
On arrival in the Bay of Islands you will visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a guided tour of the historic place where in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori and the British Crown. Explore the original Treaty House, one of New Zealand's oldest and most visited historic homes and the Te Whare Runanga, a fully carved Maori meeting house, which is representative of all Iwi (regional tribes) in New Zealand. The Waitangi Treay Grounds offer a truly unique insight into New Zealand's early history. Next it's back to Paihia to board the Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise. The experienced local skippers will guide you through the beautiful clear waters aboard Dolphin Seeker, a purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as you cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get you up close to the action from the comfort of Dolphin Seeker. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock - hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.

Then its back to Paihia where the tour concludes
Stay 2 nights Paihia

Day 2Cape Reinga Day Tour

Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region of New Zealand that is rich in Māori culture and tradition. As you travel north, enjoy a taste of the varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forest. Your driver will take you along Ninety Mile Beach, where you will see the waves crash beside the coach. You will have the choice to experience the thrill of sand-boarding. You will also visit the Puketi Kauri Forest and explore Cape Reinga.

Drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Feel the sand between your toes as you help your driver guide dig for shellfish (conditions permitting). Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand-boarding. Clambering up and surfing down the dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping.

Visit the Puketi Kauri Forest and get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Stroll along an elevated walkway as these graceful giants surround you, and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today. Visit Cape Reinga and hear the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together. Leave a living legacy by planting a native tree at Cape Reinga (additional cost – ask your driver guide for more information).

During your Cape Reinga tour, you'll also experience another Kiwi icon: a lunch of delicious fresh fish and chips at the historic Wagener Museum at Houhora. A vegetarian option is available and can be selected when booking.

Your journey home will be equally enjoyable as your tour guide's combination of local insight, extensive historical knowledge and fantastic sense of humour create an unforgettable adventure.

Day 3Paihia - Auckland - Rotorua

Your journey will take you past scenic native forests and sub-tropical bush, before crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge to arrive into the spectacular city scene of Auckland. Continue south into the rich farmland of the Waikato and onto the cultural heart of the North Island and Rotorua City.

You will be collected from Rotorua Coach Depot and transferred to your accommodation.

Stay 2 nights Rotorua

Day 4Explore Rotorua

Discover Rotorua Morning Sights tour 

Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna as well as the New Zealand Kiwi. Then see NZ's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome.

Tamaki Maori Village cultural tour and dinner
Journey back in time to a Pre-European lifestyle experience of customs and traditions. Enjoy the night's festivities with the people of Tamaki Maori Village as you are treated to a banquet of succulent foods cooked the traditional Maori way. Rediscover the Maori village as it comes alive to the sound and activities of tribal songs, dances, myths and legends and browse throughout the largest after hour's tribal market place in Rotorua. Includes dinner.

Day 5Rotorua - Waitomo - Auckland

Enjoy this tour from Rotorua to Auckland including a guided tour of the fascinating Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Leaving Rotorua in the morning you travel through lush farmland including the intriguing Fitzgerald Glade where the roadside trees arch overhead to form a tunnel of natural greenery. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. You finish the tour with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms. At the conclusion of the Glowworm Cave tour we take a break at the magnificent Waitomo Caves visitor complex. You continue this afternoon by driving to Auckland, through the beautiful King Country and Waikato regions.

You will need at least a night in Auckland before this your.

Cost per person (Twin Share)

  • Motel (self-catering): from NZ$1,635
  • 3-Star Accommodation: from NZ$1,612
  • 4-Star Accommodation: from NZ$1,855

Prices quoted are per person and are room only. Prices do not include meals. Please contact us for Self-Drive option prices.

Twin share price is based on 2 people traveling together and sharing one room. Single room and triple share prices are available upon request.

* Please Note*

Prices are estimates only, and are subject to availability and exchange rates when booking, seasonal or holiday price surcharges (such as Christmas/New Year and Easter); as well as special events that may be on. Please forward a request and we will be happy to forward a quote.

Payment

  • Deposit: 20% of the package cost or N$250 per person (whichever is the greater) at time of booking
  • Full Payment: 60 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full no more than 6 days after booking

Cancellation Charges

  • Cancellation Fees up to 100% can apply after booking. Extra deposits or full payment may be requested to cover these charges prior to booking

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Bay of Islands

You will need at least a night in Auckland before this your.

Auckland to Paihia incl Waitangi, Cape Brett Cruise and lunch
On arrival in the Bay of Islands you will visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a guided tour of the historic place where in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori and the British Crown. Explore the original Treaty House, one of New Zealand's oldest and most visited historic homes and the Te Whare Runanga, a fully carved Maori meeting house, which is representative of all Iwi (regional tribes) in New Zealand. The Waitangi Treay Grounds offer a truly unique insight into New Zealand's early history. Next it's back to Paihia to board the Hole in the Rock Dolphin Watching Cruise. The experienced local skippers will guide you through the beautiful clear waters aboard Dolphin Seeker, a purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as you cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get you up close to the action from the comfort of Dolphin Seeker. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock - hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.

Then its back to Paihia where the tour concludes
Stay 2 nights Paihia

Day 2Cape Reinga Day Tour

Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region of New Zealand that is rich in Māori culture and tradition. As you travel north, enjoy a taste of the varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forest. Your driver will take you along Ninety Mile Beach, where you will see the waves crash beside the coach. You will have the choice to experience the thrill of sand-boarding. You will also visit the Puketi Kauri Forest and explore Cape Reinga.

Drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Feel the sand between your toes as you help your driver guide dig for shellfish (conditions permitting). Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand-boarding. Clambering up and surfing down the dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping.

Visit the Puketi Kauri Forest and get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Stroll along an elevated walkway as these graceful giants surround you, and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today. Visit Cape Reinga and hear the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together. Leave a living legacy by planting a native tree at Cape Reinga (additional cost – ask your driver guide for more information).

During your Cape Reinga tour, you'll also experience another Kiwi icon: a lunch of delicious fresh fish and chips at the historic Wagener Museum at Houhora. A vegetarian option is available and can be selected when booking.

Your journey home will be equally enjoyable as your tour guide's combination of local insight, extensive historical knowledge and fantastic sense of humour create an unforgettable adventure.

Day 3Paihia - Auckland - Rotorua

Your journey will take you past scenic native forests and sub-tropical bush, before crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge to arrive into the spectacular city scene of Auckland. Continue south into the rich farmland of the Waikato and onto the cultural heart of the North Island and Rotorua City.

You will be collected from Rotorua Coach Depot and transferred to your accommodation.

Stay 2 nights Rotorua

Day 4Explore Rotorua

Discover Rotorua Morning Sights tour 

Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna as well as the New Zealand Kiwi. Then see NZ's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome.

Tamaki Maori Village cultural tour and dinner
Journey back in time to a Pre-European lifestyle experience of customs and traditions. Enjoy the night's festivities with the people of Tamaki Maori Village as you are treated to a banquet of succulent foods cooked the traditional Maori way. Rediscover the Maori village as it comes alive to the sound and activities of tribal songs, dances, myths and legends and browse throughout the largest after hour's tribal market place in Rotorua. Includes dinner.

Day 5Rotorua - Waitomo - Auckland

Enjoy this tour from Rotorua to Auckland including a guided tour of the fascinating Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Leaving Rotorua in the morning you travel through lush farmland including the intriguing Fitzgerald Glade where the roadside trees arch overhead to form a tunnel of natural greenery. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. You finish the tour with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms. At the conclusion of the Glowworm Cave tour we take a break at the magnificent Waitomo Caves visitor complex. You continue this afternoon by driving to Auckland, through the beautiful King Country and Waikato regions.

You will need at least a night in Auckland before this your.

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