Full Day Discover The Bay Including Dolphins: Travel to the magnificent Bay of Islands in this full day sightseeing tour from Auckland. Experience the wild beauty of pristine sandy beaches and native forests and learn all about the strong Maori cultural tradition in the area. The tour also includes a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock as well as a chance to swim with dolphins.
After being picked up from your hotel, we’ll leave Auckland over the spectacular Harbour Bridge. Just sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Hibiscus Coast as we head northwards towards Paihia, traditional point of departure for the Bay of Islands.
On arrival at Paihia, you’ll visit the Waitangi Treaty House and grounds where the Founding Treaty of the Nation was founded and see a traditional Maori meeting house and a huge waka (war canoe).
Next you’ll board a catamaran for a memorable sightseeing cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock. You’ll sail past secluded sandy beaches and rugged rocky outcrops as we head for Cape Brett Lighthouse. Remember to bring your camera because the variety of marine wildlife in these waters has to be seen to be believed. Whales, seals, dolphins, penguins are all common sights. Weather permitting we’ll pass through the famous Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island and travel on to view the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.
Conditions permitting, you will have the chance to get up close and even swim with dolphins in their natural habitat - a wonderful opportunity to experience these magnificent and friendly mammals at play.
A packed lunch is included. On completion of your cruise, rejoin the coach for the return journey to Auckland.
Meeting/ pick-up point: Hotel pick up in selected Auckland central city hotels.
Duration: 12 hours.
Start/opening time: 7.30am.