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5 Day Classic Bay of Islands – Superior Coach Tour

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​See the highlights of the beautiful Bay of Islands on this 5 Day Coach Tour taking in Auckland as well as Paihia, the area’s main town. See the birthplace of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and travel by launch cruise to the famous Cape Brett Hole in the Rock. Visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum which tells the story of the Kauri tree and the regions early settlement, the displays are superb and their story fascinating. 

During the course of the tour you will also have free time in the Bay of Islands to experience some of the unique and regional optional sightseeing activities available.

  •  Pre-planned itineraries with all the iconic places and activities
  • Great value- one price includes your sightseeing, activities and breakfasts & dinners
  • Expert Coach Captains sharing their local knowledge, providing insight to local history, culture and the people
  • Guaranteed departures
  • Premium 4 star air conditioned coaches
  • Meet and Greet Service on arrival into New Zealand
  • New Zealand office for on the ground support


  • 4 nights accommodation in centrally located hotels
  • Dining Inclusions – 4 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
  • Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • Hibiscus Coast
  • Explore the Bay of Islands
  • Visit Whangarei
  • Matakohe Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty House
  • Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise
  • Return Airport to hotel transfers
  • Meet and great upon arrival
  • Exclusive travel kit – includes day bag, travel diary & pen. ticket wallet, souvenir baggage tag and umbrella

Other Information

Iconic Sightseeing
Auckland Tour
Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Hole in the Rock Cruise
Entry to Kauri Museum

Wonderful Bay of Islands
Parry Kauri Park, Warkworth

Seat rotation plan
When you travel on a Kirra Coach Tour your Coach Captain maintains a daily seat rotation plan to ensure you get to know 
all your travelling companions and enjoy the scenery from a different vantage point each day.

Smoking policy
All our coach tours are smoke free and are restricted to smoking during the frequent sightseeing, photographic and comfort stops. We request non-smoking hotel rooms for the comfort of our entire tour group. Travellers who prefer accommodation without such limitations are asked to make their preference known when making reservations and again at the beginning of their tour.

Travelling Alone 
As a single traveller we give you the option of a guaranteed single room when you purchase the single supplement. Alternatively, as a single traveller not paying the single supplement, we will match you with another traveller on a twin share basis of the same gender. There may be instances that there are no other single travellers on the tour and in these cases we will provide you with a single room at no extra cost.

Triple discount
When sharing a triple room a saving of 5% applies to your tour price. If you also require pre and post accommodation
we have prices available on request. Please note most room configurations are double or twin in which case the third bed is likely to be a rollaway. We are unable to cater for 4 adults wishing to share one room. A triple discount does not apply to tours including the Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

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Arrive Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand and Auckland, New Zealand’s City of Sails. You will be met with a smile and transferred to your hotel by a Kirra Tours representative. As you travel into the city center you will spot Skytower, Auckland’s iconic landmark. Your accommodation this evening is less than half a block from this landmark.


Rydges Hotel, Auckland

Auckland to Bay of Islands

Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and drive north along the Hibiscus Coast skimming past the many seaside villages on the Whangaporoa Peninsula. Travel to Matakohe for a visit to the Kauri Museum that houses an exceptional display highlighting the region’s early settlement and kauri gum industry, which was so important to the region’s early development. Continue north through Kawakawa to Paihia. On arrival into Paihia we meet our local Maori guide, who will provide a comprehensive insight and history of the Bay of Islands, before a visit to New Zealand’s birthplace, Waitangi. A self guided tour through the famous Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and giant war canoe, all set in spectacular grounds overlooking the bountiful Bay of Islands. This afternoon you will experience a launch cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett. 

Cruise past many of the islands of the Bay. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Your Kirra Tours Coach Captain will meet you at the wharf to transfer to your accommodation this evening.


Tanoa Hotel, Paihia

Bay of Islands

A day free for you to relax and enjoy the many optional activities available. Your Kirra Tours Coach Captain will happily assist with all details. We highly recommend a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most point. At Cape Reinga you view the blending of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and an understanding of the Maori myths and legends of the area, go sand boarding down the giant sand dunes and travel along Ninety Mile Beach the highway of the north. 

Other recommended optional tours are Discover Hokianga, Discover Kerikeri, Russell Mini Tour, or go swimming with the dolphins on a Dolphin Eco Experience. Tonight you can choose the optional activity Culture North Night Show, a re-enactment of the story of The Maori & European forefathers set in the meeting house of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with dramatic lighting, a powerful script and uplifting music & songs. Duration is 2 hours and afterwards you can mingle with the cast. 

Optional Extra: Bay of Islands Overnight Cruise Option


Tanoa Hotel, Paihia

Bay of Islands to Auckland

This morning a launch cruise takes you through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett. Cruise past many of the islands of the Bay, keeping a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you make your way past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock – hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space into the Grand Cathedral Cave. 

Head back into the sheltered waters of the bay. Upon reaching Paihia, board your Kirra Coach and bid farewell to the Bay of Islands. Your journey will take you south past scenic native forests and sub-tropical bush, before crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge and arriving into Auckland City.


Rydges Hotel, Auckland


It is farewell to your new found friends and travelling companions. You will be transferred to Auckland International Airport in ample time to join your flight home. This completes your New Zealand Holiday.

Tour Starts Tour Ends Tour Status Normal Rate Acrossnz Discount Rate
Fri 13 Mar 2015 Tue 17 Mar 2015 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,240.00NZ $1,178.00
Fri 27 Mar 2015 Tue 31 Mar 2015 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,240.00NZ $1,178.00
Fri 10 Apr 2015 Tue 14 Apr 2015 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,240.00NZ $1,178.00
Fri 24 Apr 2015 Tue 28 Apr 2015 OPENNZ $1,240.00NZ $1,178.00
Fri 01 May 2015 Tue 05 May 2015 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,110.00NZ $1,056.00
Fri 22 May 2015 Tue 26 May 2015 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,110.00NZ $1,056.00
Fri 12 Jun 2015 Tue 16 Jun 2015 OPENNZ $1,110.00NZ $1,056.00
Fri 31 Jul 2015 Tue 04 Aug 2015 OPENNZ $1,110.00NZ $1,056.00
Fri 04 Sep 2015 Tue 08 Sep 2015 OPENNZ $1,110.00NZ $1,056.00
Fri 18 Sep 2015 Tue 22 Sep 2015 OPENNZ $1,110.00NZ $1,056.00
Fri 30 Oct 2015 Tue 03 Nov 2015 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 13 Nov 2015 Tue 17 Nov 2015 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 27 Nov 2015 Tue 01 Dec 2015 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 11 Dec 2015 Tue 15 Dec 2015 OPENNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 25 Dec 2015 Tue 29 Dec 2015 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 01 Jan 2016 Tue 05 Jan 2016 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 08 Jan 2016 Tue 12 Jan 2016 OPENNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 15 Jan 2016 Tue 19 Jan 2016 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 22 Jan 2016 Tue 26 Jan 2016 OPENNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 29 Jan 2016 Tue 02 Feb 2016 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 12 Feb 2016 Tue 16 Feb 2016 OPENNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 26 Feb 2016 Tue 01 Mar 2016 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 04 Mar 2016 Tue 08 Mar 2016 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 11 Mar 2016 Tue 15 Mar 2016 OPENNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 25 Mar 2016 Tue 29 Mar 2016 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 08 Apr 2016 Tue 12 Apr 2016 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 22 Apr 2016 Tue 26 Apr 2016 OPENNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 29 Apr 2016 Tue 03 May 2016 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,305.00NZ $1,240.00
Fri 20 May 2016 Tue 24 May 2016 OPENNZ $1,179.00NZ $1,120.00
Fri 17 Jun 2016 Tue 21 Jun 2016 OPENNZ $1,179.00NZ $1,120.00
Fri 29 Jul 2016 Tue 02 Aug 2016 OPENNZ $1,179.00NZ $1,120.00
Fri 02 Sep 2016 Tue 06 Sep 2016 OPENNZ $1,179.00NZ $1,120.00
Fri 16 Sep 2016 Tue 20 Sep 2016 OPENNZ $1,179.00NZ $1,120.00
Fri 30 Sep 2016 Tue 04 Oct 2016 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,179.00NZ $1,120.00
Fri 14 Oct 2016 Tue 18 Oct 2016 GUARANTEEDNZ $1,179.00NZ $1,120.00

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