Bay of Islands Heritage Experience

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From $325.07

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Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 13 hours

Departs: Auckland, Auckland

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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The Bay of Islands is an island paradise, has a long, fascinating, and often wild history. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area rich in culture and traditions. There is plenty to make your time in the Bay of Islands a memorable experience. Embark on a voyage to one of New Zealand’s most historic locations, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and take in the sights of Russell on an intimate coach tour. You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to must-dos in the Bay of Islands!

What's Included

A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

A personal insight into New Zealand's earliest European history

Admission to 1 hour Russell Mini Tour

Admission to Cultural Performance at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Admission to Guided Experience at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

Complimentary refreshments and water on board

Discover some of the 144 stunning islands in the Bay of Islands

Enjoy a high-energy Maori cultural performance

Explore the historic site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed

Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

Journey by boat across the pristine Islands

Learn about New Zealand's history and Maori culture

Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

Return ferry ride from Paihia and Russell

Tour this tranquil seaside town through Russell Mini Tour

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum

What's Not Included

Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge




Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Easy and good fitness level required.
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Please also bring a jersey or coat if it is cold.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • This is a guided walking tour and sensible walking footwear is recommended.
  • You are welcome to bring your own food. There is also hot and cold food available for purchase on board , or pre-order a picnic lunch as an add-on.
  • Bring a camera or a phone with camera capability as this is the perfect place to get some great experiences photos.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, walking shoes, Sun protection, jacket/warm layer, & any essential personal items.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an absolute must-do when you are in the Bay of Islands – rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped our nation. Take time to wander through the beautiful grounds of the Waitangi estate, complete with extensive gardens, bush tracks, beaches, and fabulous views over the Bay of Islands and beyond. Enjoy an inspiring and interactive experience as you discover Waitangi’s two contemporary museums, powerful Maori cultural performances, informative guided tours, lush native forest and gardens, carving studio with live demonstrations, marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, the world’s largest ceremonial war canoes (waka taua), a quality café in tranquil surrounds, and so much more, all with stunning views over the Bay of Islands.

3 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Board the Fullers ferry to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand and a significant place in history for both the Māori and European settlers. Getting to Russell from Paihia is easy, so within 15 minutes you have the freedom to explore on the other side. Take in the sights of Russell on an intimate one-hour coach tour combining historical knowledge and local insight. Learn about significant sites like the Pompallier House and Christ-Church and stand atop Flagstaff Hill for stunning Bay of Islands views. We take a ferry to return to Paihia.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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