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Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise. A three hour drive or 35 minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.

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Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) $2,865

Explore the beauty of New Zealand's North Island in Depth. Take a Dolphin Cruise in the Bay of Islands before visiting the Glow Worm caves in Waitomo and learning about the Maori Culture in Rotorua and tasting some of the worlds most renowned wines in Napier.

Duration: 16 Days (15 Nights) $4616

Explore all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands such as the breathtaking Milford Sound. Enjoy the stunning views on one of the world's great scenic train journeys, the TranzAlpine. Enjoy 4 two night stays including the beautiful Bay of Islands where you will board a luxury catamaran to the famous Hole in the Rock.

Duration: 18 Days (16 Nights) $5,724

Explore all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands such as the breathtaking Milford Sound. Enjoy the stunning views on one of the world's great scenic train journeys, the TranzAlpine. Enjoy 4 two night stays including the beautiful Bay of Islands where you will board a luxury catamaran to the famous Hole in the Rock.

Duration: 16 Days (15 Nights) $7314

Experience all the iconic attractions of the North and South Islands without breaking the budget. This popular tour includes an extensive list of attractions including the breathtaking Milford Sound cruise and the world famous TranzAlpine rail journey, and finishes with 2 nights in the spectacular Bay of Islands.

Duration: 17 Days (16 Nights) $2,595

Discover the very best of New Zealand on Topdeck's Grand Kiwi tour between Auckland and Christchurch. From North Island's Bay of Islands and Tongariro National Park to South Island's Milford Sound and Fox Glacier, New Zealand's incredibly diverse natural beauty is revealed. Visit cool Wellington, quaint Christchurch and adventure capital Queenstown; anyone for a bungy jump?! As the locals would say, Topdeck's Grand Kiwi is sweet as bro!

Duration: 17 Days (16 Nights) $4,925

Be amazed by New Zealand's contrasting landscape on a 17 day Best Buys Guided Holiday. Saunter along the picturesque Hibiscus Coast to the breathtaking Bay of Islands where you'll take a scenic cruise to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. You have free time to explore the Bay of Islands before travelling to Auckland then onto the Glow Worm Grotto of the Waitomo Caves where you'll wind your way through the caves. End the day with a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert. Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life then choose to see the sights of Rotorua your way. En route to Wellington, stop at spectacular Huka Falls and then enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Meet the fur seals at Ohau Point the travel to see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, the Church of the Good Shepherd and Mt Cook. Tour the sights of Dunedin and be awe-struck by the incredible sights of Fiordland National Park before enjoying free time in exciting Queenstown. Franz Josef, a rare and still advancing glacier is the next stop and choose to see its majesty on foot or from the air. Board the TranzAlpine Train where you'll pass the incredible scenery of the Southern Alps en route to Christchurch where your Guided Holiday finishes.

Duration: 18 Days (17 Nights) $6,795

Discover the best of New Zealand on an 18 day First Choice Guided Holiday. Travel along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to the magical Bay of Islands where you can choose from one of the many Included Choice sightseeing experiences. See the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve before dining at The Langham in Auckland. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Auckland then head south to the Waitomo Caves tracing New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato. You'll be amazed by the Glow Worm Grotto as you snake through the caves by boat with a local guide. Take an orientation tour of Rotorua upon arrival and finish your day with a Maori Hangi feast and concert. Experience Rotorua your way with a range of Included Choice sightseeing options before travelling to Huka Falls en route to Wellington. Cruise the Cook Strait to the South Island and enjoy a 'You're Invited' barbecue lunch on Morelea Sheep Farm. Continue south to Queenstown visiting Dunedin and the shores of Te Anau. Cruise on the majestic Milford Sound passing Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Choose from a range of Included Choice experiences in action packed Queenstown before heading to incredible Franz Josef Glacier. Watch a jade jewellery demonstration before continuing to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You'll then traverse the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train finishing up in Christchurch.

Duration: 19 Days (18 Nights) $5,538

Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes and the intriguing history of New Zealand at a leisurely pace. As well as discovering all the major attractions, including the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, also explore the lesser known regions such as Napier, a town famous for its beautifully preserved art deco architecture and the Wairarapa, a fine wine region with an off-the-beaten-track charm.

Duration: 19 Days (18 Nights) $6317

Designed for the rail enthusiasts to enjoy the best of New Zealand. Experience the romance of four spectacular rail journeys, the majesty of an exclusive overnight cruise in the Milford Sound and the luxury of coach travel. This fully escorted holiday of New Zealand will showcase scenery by rail, sea and road.

Duration: 19 Days (18 Nights) $5775

Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes and the intriguing history of New Zealand at a leisurely pace. As well as discovering all the major attractions, including the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, also explore the lesser known regions such as Napier, a town famous for its beautifully preserved art deco architecture and the Wairarapa, a fine wine region with an off-the-beaten-track charm.

Duration: 19 Days (18 Nights) $8407

Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes of New Zealand all at a leisurely pace. Visit all the -must see' attractions through the North and South Islands as well as some of the lesser known regions such as the art deco city of Napier and the food and wine regions of the Wairarapa and Blenheim.

Duration: 19 Days (18 Nights) $9167

The ultimate small group tour combining four spectacular rail journeys and five scenic cruises including the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise. Travel on our ultimate small group touch coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle with 2 door access and panoramic windows.

Duration: 20 Days (19 Nights) $4,089

Experience the diversity this stunning country has to offer. From cruising through the Bay of Islands, visiting glow worm caves, enjoying a traditional Maori feast in the North Island to riding the Coastal Pacific & TranzAlpine trains, sighting penguins in Dunedin and cruising Milford Sound in the South Island. This inclusive itinerary provides all the main highlights of New Zealand. It also allows free time to choose from a wide range of activities that suit your interest.

Duration: 21 Days (20 Nights) $5,115

Combine New Zealand and Australia on this 21 day in-depth independent package. Visit the well known spectacular highlights of Rotorua, Milford Sound, Sydney, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef. Go off the beaten path and cruise the Hole in the Rock, take a boat ride through glowworm caves at Waitomo and get up close and personal with the penguins in Phillip Island. This itinerary will give you the ultimate Downunder experiences! Independent packages can be adjusted to suit your travel interests, time frame and budget.

Duration: 22 Days (21 Nights) $4,455

Enrich yourself in the diverse landscapes that you will see across New Zealand. Get a chance to see the Bay of Islands, Coromandel peninsula, Rotorua, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef Glacier, Doubtful sound and much more.

Duration: 5 Days (4 Nights) $799

Duration: 5 Days (4 Nights) $270

The Northern Island of New Zealand has some of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the country. For those interested in a self-drive holiday, The Britz Northern Adventure is a short, four day escape that allows you to see the best this area has to offer. Rich in history and culture, New Zealand also offers a wide variety of wildlife and the perfect mix of busy cities and laid-back country towns. The best time of year to visit is summer, where all of the roads are accessible and you can make the most of the water activities on offer. Whenever you decide to go, a road trip on one of New Zealand's best drives will be a once in a life time opportunity that you will never forget.

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights) $1095

The 7 day Northern Explorer is a Topdeck tour of New Zealand's North Island between Auckland and Wellington. See the stunning Bay of Islands, explore Auckland and Wellington, hike in Tongariro National Park (aka Mordor), tour Maori-influenced Rotorua and even spend the night on a Maori marae. Eat New Zealand lamb, soak in Rotorua's hot springs and bungy jump near Lake Taupo on this unforgettable Topdeck NZ adventure!

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights) $2875

Discover the majesty of New Zealand's North Island on an 8 day First Choice guided expedition. Take in the beauty of the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Mt Ruapehu, Wellington and more!

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights) $2450

Designed for the time conscience traveler but still providing an extensive tour at a relaxed pace. Enjoy the wonders of the North Island including Wellington, cultural Rotorua, the beautiful Bay of Islands and Auckland.

Duration: 9 Days (8 Nights) $2,799

Duration: 9 Days (8 Nights) $2973

Beginning in Auckland the 'City of sails', travel North to the stunning Bay of Islands where you will enjoy a two night stay, board a catamaran to Cape Brett to the famous Hole in the Rock then experience the real Middle Earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, soak up the culture of Rotorua and art deco history in Napier finishing in the 'Coolest little Capital' - Wellington.

Duration: 9 Days (8 Nights) $4274

Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes of New Zealand all at a leisurely pace. Visit all the -must see' attractions through the North Islands as well as some of the lesser known regions such as the art deco city of Napier and the food and wine region of Blenheim.

Duration: 13 Days (12 Nights) $4164

Experience some of the best New Zealand & Australia has to offer on the custom group itinerary. You will enjoy a Maori Hangi dinner in Rotorua, a gondola ride for spectacular views in Queenstown, a NZ Farm Stay, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, an Aussie bush BBQ and more!

Duration: 13 Days (12 Nights) $3,366

Experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands, the vibrant city of Sydney, the culture of Ayers Rock and the remarkable Great Barrier Reef on this custom group itinerary.

In the beautiful Bay of Islands you can take a boat cruise, swim with dolphins, dive, fish or just relax in the sun. Be sure to visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of New Zealand's most significant historic sites. On land, enjoy beautiful river and seaside walking tracks or encounter the mighty Kauri Tree in pristine subtropical rainforest.


Top Things to See and Do: 

  1. Dig for tuatua (a native shellfish) in the sand at low tide
  2. Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  3. Swim with dolphins
  4. Go sailing, big game fishing or kayaking
  5. Take a cruise or speed boat to the tip of Cape Brett
  6. Walk to Haruru Falls, a horse-shoe shaped waterfall
  7. Take in history, art and fruit in the town of Kerikeri

Travel Tips:

As New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, it has opposite seasons to those living in the northern half of the world.

Weather/ Climate: 

Season: Temperature Range (Celsius)  Seasonal Comments
Spring  11°C to 18°C  
Summer 15°C to 24°C  
Fall  13°C to 21°C  
Winter 8°C to 16°C  

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