Day 1 Arrive Auckland
On arrival at Auckland Airport private transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 Auckland – Paihia, Bay of Islands (220 km)
This morning make your way to the rental car city depot where you will collect your rental car for your exclusive use. Depart Auckland for your journey north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. On arrival in Paihia enjoy a visit to the historic Waitangi Treaty House. It was here in 1840, that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped the nation. Explore the Treaty House and marvel at one of the world’s largest carved war canoes Take time to wander through the beautiful grounds of the Waitangi estate, complete with extensive gardens, bush tracks, beaches, and fabulous views over the Bay of Islands and beyond. Visit the Waitangi Museum and enjoy a cultural performance.
Day 3 Bay of Islands
The subtropical Bay of Islands is a top New Zealand destination. It is known for its stunning coastal scenery and wildlife; its warm waters, sandy beaches and beautiful islands. Full day at leisure and time to enjoy the many sights and activities on offer. Recommended optional tour: Take a guided tour to the northern tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga. Eerie and unforgettable, magical and entrancing, the Cape casts its spell on those who venture here to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views and watch the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean crashing together. Discover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Maori culture and tradition.
Day 4 Bay of Islands – Auckland (220 km)
This morning make your way to the Maritime Building on Paihia Wharf to join a Cape Brett “Hole in the Rock” cruise. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks on the cruise through sheltered waters and islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life from the comfort of the purpose-built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Enjoy the views on the cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock, where the skipper navigates through the narrow space and rock walls soar above. This afternoon depart Paihia for your return journey to Auckland. On arrival drop off your rental car to Auckland Airport depot or add additional days.