Bay of Islands Day Tour with Russell Mini Tour
- 12 hours 40 minutes
- Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
- Offered in: English and 3 more
Travel to the birthplace of New Zealand and experience past and present with a sightseeing day tour to the historical Bay of Islands.
Departing Auckland in the morning, you’ll cross the Harbour Bridge and travel north on one of GreatSights’ 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 Māori name Kororāreka. 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.
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.
- Operates daily
- Historical Tour
- Visit Flagstaff Hill
- Pompallier Mission House
- Christ Church
- Free WiFi and USB charge points on board GreatSights coach
7:30 amTour departs SkyCity Bus Terminal
11:40 amCoach arrives in Paihia
- Ferry from Paihia to Russell (at your leisure, last ferry 1.30pm)
2:00 pmRussell mini tour departs
3:00 pmRussell mini tour returns
- Ferry from Russell to Paihia (at your leisure, last ferry 4pm)
4:30 pmCoach departs Paihia
8:10 pmTour returns SkyCity Bus Terminal, Auckland
Available from selected inner-city hotels.
Change or cancel your booking FREE up to 2 hours before departure.
Reference tour code: GS9RNW
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