Discover the best of Auckland and the historic Bay of Islands with this great value two tour combo.
Day 1 – Auckland City Sights Morning Tour
Departs 9:45am, returns 12:45pm
Spend a morning discovering some of Auckland's most scenic highlights, from city streets to harbour vistas. Travel through the city centre, along eclectic Karangahape Road and fashionable Ponsonby to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, for fantastic views of the Hauraki Gulf and urban skyline. Pass through the Viaduct Harbour and visit bustling Queen Street on your way to the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park. After visiting the Domain with its expansive green spaces, formal gardens and native bush, the tour continues to Parnell Village for a short morning tea stop (own expense). This chic shopping destination features restored historic buildings full of boutique, craft and specialty stores.
Next, take a ride along Tamaki Drive on the waterfront to Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, a fantastic outlook and the perfect place to capture views of the city and its harbour. The tour will then take you back along the waterfront before returning to downtown Auckland.
Day 2 – Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise
Departs 7:30am, returns 8:10pm
Starting in Auckland, travel north on one of GreatSights' comfortable and air conditioned deluxe coaches. Sit back and relax as Northland's spectacular scenery passes by your window.
After arriving in Paihia, you'll board the Dolphin Seeker, our purpose built catamaran licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin and whale viewing. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as our experienced local skippers get you up close to the action.
Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. If conditions permit, your skipper will navigate right through the narrow space before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay. Once back in Paihia you'll board the return coach to Auckland.
Optional Extra: Add a guided tour of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds 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.
Useful info: This tour combo must be taken over two consecutive days in the abovementioned order. Please note accommodation is not included with this tour combo. Search for other great value combo tours here.
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Free WiFi is available on board coaches between Auckland and Paihia on this tour