TOURS & BUS PASSES / 3 Day Bay of Islands Winter Adventure Tour

3 Day Bay of Islands Winter Adventure Tour

On this three day winter tour of the New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, you’ll experience the stunning Far North of the North Island. Have no fear of getting stuck in ice, as the Bay of Islands is subtropical year round.  

During the winter months (May - October), you have two options on Day 2. You can either head to Cape Reinga at the top of NZ (90 Mile Beach, dune surfing, two oceans clashing) or Hokianga to see Tane Mahuta, Maori history and a beautiful harbour. Depart at 7am to Cape Reinga or 8am to Hokianga.


  • Bay of Islands wildlife cruise
  • Visit Tane Mahuta, the ''Lord of the Forest'', in the Waipoua Forest near Hokianga
  • Sand Boarding
  • Experience Maori culture on a guided twilight encounter

What's Included

All transport: You'll travel in our comfortable mini-buses

Experienced tour guide: Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Accommodation: 2 nights’ dorm-share accommodation in a quality backpacker hostel close to the beach. Upgrades to twin (NZD $70pp) and single (NZD $140) rooms are available.

Top rated activities:

- Paihia: Day trip to see the meeting of two oceans at NZ's northernmost point, Cape Reinga
- Cape Reinga: Sandboarding on massive sand dunes.
- Paihia: Hole in the Rock marine cruise

Important Notes

  • Departure Time: 730am

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Number of Days 3

Starts: Auckland Finishes: Auckland

Tour Type: Small Group Tour


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KIA ORA! Welcome to New Zealand. We depart 7.30am and head north to the stunning Bay of Islands today. On the way you’ll learn about the rich local European and Maori history. We will head straight to the Bay Of Islands after seeing some giant Kauri trees where you will have some free time to explore this seaside town. In the afternoon you go to Russell on the ferry.


Hostel along from the beach


Included: Russell Ferry, tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest.

Today you travel to the northernmost point of the country, the spiritually significant Cape Reinga. Visit 90 Mile Beach, try dune surfing and see the clashing of 2 oceans! Sample some of the best fish and chips available on your way back to Paihia.


Hostel along the beach


Included: Cape Reinga day trip, surf sand dunes

We'll explore the Bay of Islands a bit further today, before heading south to the Big Smoke - Auckland. We will do the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise and make an island stop in the bay. Be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life as they're often spotted in this area. Around mid-afternoon we will head back to Auckland to spend the night, before continuing onto the rest of the North Island.


Central city hostel


Included: Hole in the Rock marine cruise.

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