Tours & activities by STA Travel US from Viator

  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
From USD $166.14

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Explore the Bay of Islands on a full day trip from Auckland and discover the historic sites of Waitangi and Russell. You’ll visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, ferry from Paihia to Russell, New Zealand's first permanent European settlement and sea port, and take an informative tour with a local guide. Before returning to Auckland, enjoy free time to check out Russell’s bustling shops, cafes and museums at your leisure.


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  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
After pickup from your centrally-located Auckland hotel or the Sky City coach terminal, you’ll travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach approximately three hours to Paihia, the jumping off point for touring the Bay of Islands. Relax as you motor along the scenic route and avail yourself of free on board WIFI.

When you arrive in Paihia, you’ll head to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a guided tour of this historical site, where in 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi–considered the founding document of the nation–was signed by 43 Maori chiefs and the British Crown. You’ll visit the Waitangi Treaty House, built in 1832 as a private home and now a museum with informational displays, including a copy of the treaty. Nearby you'll find an elaborately decorated Maori meeting house and a large waka (war canoe) with photographs depicting its construction from gigantic logs.

After visiting Waitingi, you’ll take a short ferry ride to Russell for a 1-hour coach tour of this charming town with a wild past. Find out why Russell was once known as the 'Hellhole of the Pacific' and see historical highlights including the Pompallier Mission, Christ Church, and New Zealand’s oldest pub. From the top of Flagstaff Hill, you’ll get panoramic views over the bay and learn about the historical controversy surrounding the flagstaff in the 1840s.

You’ll have free time to spend at your leisure when the guided tour concludes in Russell. Relax in town and explore Russell’s cafes, shops, waterfront, museum and art galleries featuring Maori artists. After a scenic and informative full-day tour, you’ll reboard your coach and be returned to Auckland.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from selected centrally located Auckland city hotels
Sky City Coach Terminal
Departure Time:

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

12 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes in Auckland at approximately 8:15pm

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Tour with Lunch
Code: GS9R

Bay of Islands day tour with lunch

USD $180.04
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Tour Only
Code: GS9RN

Bay of Islands day tour only

USD $166.14
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Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland

Bay of Islands

  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Round-trip ferry between Paihia and Russell
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Lunch (if option not selected)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Departures and itineraries may be subject to sea and weather conditions.
  • The traveling time between Auckland and the Bay of Islands is approximately 4 hours each way.
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: ANNA P, February 2017

Wonderful day.

Reviewed by: David P, USA, February 2017

Our only complaint was with the weather of that day, we had light rain and leaden skies and sea. But we especially enjoyed the Council House, the Maori guide was incredibly knowledgeable, the history extremely enlightening, the war canoes most impressive. The lunch that was provided was perfect. Russell was most interesting and we had a great guide there. We got shopping in, too! The sun did come out on the way back to Auckland. Our driver on the long runs back and forth was informative and took breaks from talking at times so we felt a good balance was held. We'd do it again on a nicer day!