Far North Lighthouse Experience

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Tour is rated as #3 in destination Auckland
Duration 📅

3 Days

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Group, Private, Small Group

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Airconditioned Vehicle

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Fully guided return transfers from Auckland
Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD
Complimentary refreshments and water on board
A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the journey
Luxurious temperature-controlled transportation in a minibus
Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities
Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish
Admission to Guided Experience at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Admission to 1 hour Russell Mini Tour
Admission to Cape Reinga- 90 Miles Beach coach tour
Free use of sand boards at the Sand Dunes
A delicious locally-prepared lunch
Admission to 4 hours Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Engaging and informative commentary in English
Indoor and outdoor seating with large viewing deck

From: $1,575.00

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💎 Why we love it ?

The Bay of Islands is a natural playground offering a huge variety of activities to keep you entertained for days. With scenic landscapes to explore by land, sea or sky, abundant wildlife including the playful dolphins, plenty of rich and colourful history and of course water sport opportunities around every corner. There is plenty to make your time in the Bay of Islands a memorable experience. Embark on a voyage of discovery and enjoy the beauty of this area when you join a daily cruise to hole in the rock, to one of New Zealand’s most historic locations, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and take in the sights of Russell on an intimate one-hour coach tour and drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga- The Far North Light house.

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Far North Lighthouse Experience

Itinerary At a Glance

  • Day 1: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Russell Mini Tour & Overnight Stay in Paihia
  • Day 2: Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Full Day Tour and Overnight Stay in Paihia

  • Day 3: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise and return to Auckland

Tour Highlights


  • Discover some of the 144 stunning islands in the Bay of Islands on a scenic cruise

  • Journey by boat across the pristine Islands & learn about New Zealand’s history and Maori culture

  • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum

  • Explore the historic site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed

  • Join an informative guided tour with a local guide

  • Enjoy a high-energy Maori cultural performance

  • Admire iconic buildings, breath-taking examples of Maori architecture, and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe

  • Tour this tranquil seaside town through Russell Mini Tour

  • A personal insight into New Zealand’s earliest European history

  • Visit areas of historical interest which cannot be easily covered on foot

  • Stand atop Flagstaff Hill for 360° views of the Bay


  • Travel along of 90 Mile Beach to see the rugged views of the West Coast

  • Have fun sand boarding at the Giant Sand Dunes of Te Paki and drive up the infamous quicksand stream.

  • Lunch at the picturesque Tapotupotu Bay set between the hills of Cape Reinga

  • Visit Cape Reinga for unforgettable sights! sacred site for the Maori people and amazing panoramic views of the clashing Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean, and more

  • Iconic WWII Lighthouse, one of the most visited and photographed lighthouses in New Zealand


  • Journey to the iconic Hole in the Rock

  • Listen to entertaining live commentary from your local Nature Guide

  • Stop off at Urupukapuka Islandand lunch stop at Otehei Bay

  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour island stop-over and walk, swim, paddle board, kayak or relax

  • Keep a lookout for dolphins, whales, or orcas(at mother nature’s discretion)

  • Marvel at the breath-taking scenery en route

Paihia is only a few hours’ drive from Auckland, yet it feels like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. Heading up north is a great way to maximise a long weekend. the ‘Winterless North’, the traditionally milder weather of this area is one of many good reasons to venture north on a road trip. This experience is full of things guaranteed to bring pleasure.

Day1: Waitangi Treaty Grounds & Russell Mini Tour

Paihia is the perfect place to get amongst it in the Bay of Islands. No trip to the Bay of Islands would be complete without some time spent in or on the water. With 144 islands, each surrounded by the clear blue ocean, the Bay of Islands really is the place to get your feet wet! Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds where you will gain an understanding on New Zealand’s history. 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, and so much more, all with stunning views over the Bay of Islands.

Next, we board the Fullers ferry to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand and a significant place in history for both the Maori and European settlers. 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 back to Paihia and you will have the rest of your day at leisure to explore Paihia and relax with an overnight stay.

Day 2: Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Experience

Be ready for a journey like no other with a full-day coach tour into the Far North tip of New Zealand.

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Māori culture and tradition. As you travel north, enjoy a taste of New Zealand’s varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of Northland’s rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forest.

Drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand-boarding. Clambering up and surfing down the dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping. As you approach Cape Reinga, hear the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together.

Day 3: Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise Experience

Take a half-day Hole in the Rock cruise and explore the Bay in search of dolphins while visiting its highlights. You could be watching dolphins as they leap and play in sheltered waters – or keep an eye out for other marine mammals like whales and seals. Cruise in and out of beautiful unspoilt islands, see the remote Cape Brett Lighthouse and the impressive Hole in the Rock at Motukōkako Island. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life, have your camera ready as we get you up close to the action. Hot and cold refreshments are available for purchase on board, meals & snacks can be purchased on our stop at Urupukapuka Island or feel free to bring your own.

At the end of your journey, enjoy the spectacular views from the Auckland Harbour Bridge as you arrive in Auckland’s central city by night. Your journey home will be equally enjoyable as your tour guide’s combination of local insight, extensive historical knowledge and fantastic sense of humour create an unforgettable adventure.

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  1. Jason S

    Wow. What else can I say. Was awesome and so cool to walked along the swing bridges and platforms with the lights in the dark of the forest

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  2. aditeey2021

    The service provided by Karthik was amazing he was knowledgeable and super cooperative and would recommend him for future as super affordable and was helping when needed.

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