The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand's most spectacular destinations to visit year round. Take some time out to relax and gain an insight into Māori culture and early European history in the ‘birthplace of New Zealand’.
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Buy your Bay Escape TravelPass here
Minimum 1 days of travel
Start anywhere en-route
Includes Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
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 can book from Auckland to Whangarei, Whangarei to Kawakawa and Kawakawa to Paihia).
When booking tours you must book to and from the stops shown. View our TravelPass tours page for more information.
Starting in Auckland, head north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Its warm sheltered waters make it the perfect place to swim with dolphins and view a variety of marine life.
Your travel pass 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.
Return to Auckland, home of the Harbour Bridge, Sky Tower and Rangitoto Island.