Discover the Bay Tour and Russell Mini Tour

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Travel to the birthplace of New Zealand and experience past and present with a sightseeing day tour to the historical Bay of Islands.

Description

Departing Auckland in the morning, you'll cross the Harbour Bridge and travel north on a comfortable and air-conditioned deluxe coaches. Your local driver guide will point out interesting sights and provide entertaining and informative commentary as you journey through farmland and lush native forest towards the Bay of Islands.

Upon arrival, take some leisure time to explore the charming seaside village of Paihia, before taking a short ferry ride across the harbour to Russell, also known by its Maori name Kororareka. From here you will enjoy the Russell Mini Tour by coach. This intimate one-hour tour is led by an engaging guide who has a fantastic combination of historical knowledge and local insight, really bringing the cultural history of the area alive. Although Russell may seem tranquil today, you'll hear all about its rowdy past in the early 19th century when it was a lawless open port, known as the 'Hell Hole of the Pacific'!

Learn about the features that make Russell so significant in New Zealand's history, such as Christ Church (the oldest church in New Zealand), historic Pompallier House, and even the country's oldest licensed pub. You'll also hear more about the world's second oldest game fishing club - the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club, made famous by American author Zane Grey. The tour visits areas which cannot be easily covered on foot, like Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki), which offers stunning 360-degree views of the whole Bay of Islands.

You may also take an optional guided tour of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori and the British Crown, offers a truly unique insight into New Zealand's early history. 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.

After your tour ends you'll have time to wander the township before returning to Paihia, where your coach driver will meet you for the journey back to Auckland.

Available Languages

  • All tours include a comprehensive English commentary by the driver guide while headsets are provided in Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese.

Please Note

  • Tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.

  • Children under 4 years old are free of charge when not occupying a seat.

  • If your hotel is not on the list, you may choose to proceed to Sky City Coach Terminal. Please indicate your choice upon booking.

Includes

  • Admission fees

  • English-speaking guide/driver
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Discover the Bay, Russell and Waitangi Tour with Lunch

Duration: 13 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Admission fees Guided Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds Lunch English-speaking guide/driver

Schedule

  • 07:30-07:20

    Pick-up at Auckland Hotels or Check-in at Sky City Coach Terminal

  • Journey to the Bay of Islands

    Travel on comfortable and air-conditioned deluxe coaches and cross the iconic Auckland Harbor Bridge. See New Zealand's spectacular rural countryside scenery and sub-tropical bush as you head to the Bay of Islands. Your guide will show points of interest as you pass by.

  • Take a Guided Tour of Russell

    Enjoy leisure time upon arrival at Paihia village then hop on a ferry to Russell. Join a mini tour of the area also known as Kororareka with a very insightful local guide. Learn all about the history of Russell and why it earned the ominous nickname, "Hell Hole of the Pacific" in the 19th century.

  • Historic Russell

    Discover why the area has a lot of cultural significance through places such as Christ Church (the oldest church in the country) the historic Pompallier House and its oldest licensed pub. Hear about the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club and get to visit the magnificent Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki).

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Join in the Waitangi Treaty Grounds tour and 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.

  • 20:10

    Check-out at Sky City Coach Terminal or Drop-off at Auckland Hotels

Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
Discover the Bay, Russell and Waitangi Tour

Duration: 13 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Admission fees Guided Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds English-speaking guide/driver

Schedule

  • 07:30-07:20

    Pick-up at Auckland Hotels or Check-in at Sky City Coach Terminal

  • Journey to the Bay of Islands

    Travel on comfortable and air-conditioned deluxe coaches and cross the iconic Auckland Harbor Bridge. See New Zealand's spectacular rural countryside scenery and sub-tropical bush as you head to the Bay of Islands. Your guide will show points of interest as you pass by.

  • Take a Guided Tour of Russell

    Enjoy leisure time upon arrival at Paihia village then hop on a ferry to Russell. Join a mini tour of the area also known as Kororareka with a very insightful local guide. Learn all about the history of Russell and why it earned the ominous nickname, "Hell Hole of the Pacific" in the 19th century.

  • Historic Russell

    Discover why the area has a lot of cultural significance through places such as Christ Church (the oldest church in the country) the historic Pompallier House and its oldest licensed pub. Hear about the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club and get to visit the magnificent Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki).

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Join in the Waitangi Treaty Grounds tour and 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.

  • 20:10

    Check-out at Sky City Coach Terminal or Drop-off at Auckland Hotels

Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
Discover the Bay and Russell Mini Tour

Duration: 13 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Admission fees English-speaking guide/driver

Schedule

  • 07:20-07:30

    Pick-up at Auckland Hotels or Check-in at Sky City Coach Terminal

  • Journey to the Bay of Islands

    Travel on comfortable and air-conditioned deluxe coaches and cross the iconic Auckland Harbor Bridge. See New Zealand's spectacular rural countryside scenery and sub-tropical bush as you head to the Bay of Islands. Your guide will show points of interest as you pass by.

  • Take a Guided Tour of Russell

    Enjoy leisure time upon arrival at Paihia village then hop on a ferry to Russell. Join a mini tour of the area also known as Kororareka with a very insightful local guide. Learn all about the history of Russell and why it earned the ominous nickname, "Hell Hole of the Pacific" in the 19th century.

  • Historic Russell

    Discover why the area has a lot of cultural significance through places such as Christ Church (the oldest church in the country) the historic Pompallier House and its oldest licensed pub. Hear about the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club and get to visit the magnificent Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki).

  • 20:10

    Check-out at Sky City Coach Terminal or Drop-off at Auckland Hotels

lived up to what we envisaged!

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  • (For Check-In) Auckland Hotels Time: 07:30:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 07:20:00

  • (For Check-Out) Auckland Hotels Time: 20:10:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 20:10:00

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Auckland Hotels Time: 07:30:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 07:20:00

Drop-off/Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Auckland Hotels Time: 20:10:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Sky City Coach Terminal (Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland) Time: 20:10:00

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  • Tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.

  • If your hotel is not on the list, you may choose to proceed to Sky City Coach Terminal.

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Reviews

lived up to what we envisaged!

Colleen

Tour went to all the places listed but this was not a guided tour. The coach driver takes you to drop off stops & tells you wh...ere you need to go. The coach was at the meeting point to drive back to Auckland. We prefer guided tours. more

Joan

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made after 2 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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