Bay of Islands and Historic Russell Tour from Auckland
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- Discover the birthplace of New Zealand in the scenic Bay of Islands
- Explore the charming seaside village of Paihia
- Learn the cultural history from local guides
- Hear about the landmark features of the once lawless open port of Russell
DescriptionTravel to the birthplace of New Zealand on a day trip to the Bay of Islands from Auckland. Cross the Harbor Bridge and travel north aboard an air-conditioned bus. Look in wonder as your driver points out interesting sights and provides an entertaining and informative commentary as you drive through farmland and lush native forest. Get some free time to explore the seaside village of Paihia, before taking the ferry to Russell, also known by its Māori name, Kororāreka. Take a 1-hour bus tour to get an insight into the local history, and hear about the rowdy early 19th-century past when it was a lawless port known as the Hell Hole of the Pacific. Learn about landmarks from the history of New Zealand, such as the oldest church, historic Pompallier House, and the oldest licensed pub in the country. Access areas hard to reach on foot, such as Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki) with its stunning 360-degree view of the whole Bay of Islands. Wander the township at leisure before returning to Paihia for the bus ride back to Auckland.
IncludesRound-trip transportation by bus
Informative and entertaining commentary
Free Wi-Fi on board the bus
Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off on request
Food and Beverages
Easy cancellationCancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
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