The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand's most spectacular destinations to visit year round. And best of all, it’s located just a few hours north of Auckland. Take some time out to relax and gain an insight into Māori culture and early European history in the ‘birthplace of New Zealand’. Get out on the water on a half-day dolphin watching cruise and explore the region by sea.
Your pass is divided into the following 'legs'. You can book travel in either direction (i.e. follow the itinerary from top to bottom, or bottom to top). You can also stop as often as you like along the way on each leg (for example, on the Auckland to Paihia leg you could book from Auckland to Whangarei, Whangarei to Kawakawa and Kawakawa to Paihia).
IMPORTANT: When booking tours you must book to and from the stops shown.
The resort town of Paihia is in the Bay of Islands - a haven for marine life, including dolphins and whales.
Your TravelPass includes a half-day cruise around the Bay of Islands to the ‘Hole in the Rock’ at Cape Brett. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and other marine life.
See why Auckland - New Zealand's biggest city - is one of Lonely Planet's top cities to visit. This harbour city has great shopping and scenery.