New Zealand—The Bay of Islands
Day 1 Auckland
Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.
Day 2 Bay of Islands (1B,1L,1D)
Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees, native to New Zealand these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to the European settlement in New Zealand. Continue to the Goat Island Marine Reserve where snorkelling amongst abundant sea life is an included activity. *Please note: during the winter months (late April - early Nov) Goat Island snorkling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time on The Rock (the boat where you will be spending the night). As a result, there will be more time for activities on board The Rock. Continue on to the Bay of Islands and embark on the boat which will be your home for the night. All activities and meals on board are included. Activities include: fishing, kayaking, swimming, target shooting, shell fish gathering, dolphin spotting and walking on a remote island. The night is spent anchored at a secluded bay. On Day 3 enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland, walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended. Waitangi is the location where on 6 February 1840, European settlers and local Moari signed an agreement on ownership of the land, and gave M?ori the rights of British subjects. The Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of New Zealand. An optional visit to the treaty grounds with a guided tour is highly recommended (approximate cost NZD$25). Overnight in a hostel in Paihia and savour an included barbeque dinner. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 km Please note: For the departure on August 13th 2014, the itinerary has changed because the boat house will be dry docked for maintenance. For Days 2 and 3 the group will overnight in Paihia. On Day 3, the group will board a yacht for a full day trip to Bay of Islands. Included lunch, kayaking, snorkelling and island walks.
Day 3 Paihia (1B,1D)
Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russel. Travel back to Auckland where the tour end upon arrival at 6pm. Feel free to book onward travel after 8pm. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 km
Day 4 Auckland (1B)