3-Nights New Zealand: The Bay of Islands - 18-to-Thirtysomethings
New Zealand: The Bay of Islands
Now's the time to explore New Zealand on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Water babies, unite! Nature is calling your name to this four-day trip through New Zealand's Bay of Islands. Explore this outdoorsman’s (or outdoor person's, rather) paradise full of hiking trails, secluded swimming and snorkelling spots, and endless coasts for kayaking and sailing. Not enough for ya? A night aboard a houseboat should do the trick. We take care of all the fuss. All you need to do is have the time of your life.
Walk amongst giant kauri trees, spend the night anchored in a secluded bay, savour a traditional Kiwi barbecue in Paihia
Hostels (2 nts, multi-share with 4-6 people), houseboat (1 nt). All nights are multi-share on this trip.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Group Size Notes
Max 20, avg 14
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends. Snorkelling in Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Overnight boat excursion with included activities onboard like snorkelling, fishing, and kayaking. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
3 nights from $529 per person
Supplier: G Adventures
Auckland is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, with the cosmopolitan city centre complemented by great escapes within half an hour of downtown. Indulge in Auckland's shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine and experience some of the many attractions and adventure activities on offer. There is never a shortage of things to do in the City of Sails. Sights to see include Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Zoo, and Museum of Transport and Technology.
Bay of Islands
Rich in legend and history, the Bay of Islands is New Zealand's cradle of European civilization, with many points of interest relating to early European and Maori settlement. There are many "firsts" associated with the Bay of Islands, such as the first European community, the oldest home and church in the country and the first capital of New Zealand, among others. Reserves have been established to protect what is left of the once vast native kauri forests with magnificent trees rivaling California's redwoods. Major sites in the Islands include historical Waitangi, Paihia, a subtropical marine resort popular as a starting point for bay cruises and fishing excursions, and Russell, one of the oldest towns in New Zealand known as the “Hell Hole of the Pacific”. Anglers still regard the Bay of Islands as a top fishing area, while residents cherish its unhurried pace, balmy climate and serenity. Other sights include Motukako Island, Kawhiti Caves, Maori Meeting House, and the Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park.
Just north of North Island, Paihia was founded by Henry Williams and his wife, Marianne in 1823. This town is known for its many "firsts of New Zealand" such as: the first church, the first game of cricket played and the first printing press. "The Jewel of the Bay of Islands" is a thriving settlement popular to its visitors who seek exploration, gastronomical ventures, outdoor expeditions and plenty of discovery. Here, you can swim with dolphins, hike to Haruru Falls, witness authentic Maori culture and even try sand-boarding!
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