The Bay of Islands bus pass takes you from Auckland to Paihia in the 'winterless north'. Here you will find the beautiful Bay of Islands, with its 144 islands and amazing beaches. The place has an awesome selection of water and land based adventure activities. Take the opportunity to go fishing, sailing, nature walking, or just relax on one of the great beaches in the area.
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Departing Auckland, we stop at Whangarei Falls on our way North, arriving in the Bay of Islands around midday. Check out the sights surrounding Paihia, including New Zealand's most historic location Waitangi - the 'Birthplace of the Nation'. Northland is rich in history and Māori culture and with its crystal clear water, huge kauri forests, and plentiful islands to explore - you will soon see why Kiwi Experience heads up north. See dolphins, ride out to the famous hole in the rock, or go kayaking, fishing, diving, Parasailing, or just relax on the beach!
It’s an early start today as we head up to New Zealand’s Northernmost Point - Cape Reinga. Along the way, we make a couple of stops where you will learn more about the history and Māori legends of the area. The first stop is the Puketi Kauri Forest where you can get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Our next stop is the legendary Sand Surfing at Te Paki Stream, not for the faint-hearted! Clamber up massive sand dunes and then ‘surf’ down the dunes on your stomach, a sure way to get the heart pumping. From here we visit the famous Cape Reinga, a must-do for locals and visitors alike. Hear stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Don’t forget to grab that gram at the famous lighthouse and see the point where the Tasman Sea meets the mighty Pacific Ocean. On our way back to Paihia, we drive along 90 Mile Beach in a custom-built coach. Feel the sand between your toes as you help your driver dig for shellfish, and then cook them once you get back to the hostel.
Departing mid-afternoon, you have the best part of the day to experience one of the many activities on offer in the Bay, or simply chill on the beach with a good book. The drive back to the “big smoke” is relaxed and we have you back in the city in time to find some dinner in Auckland and hit the town.
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