Bay of Islands – where New Zealand began

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    Discover the maritime playground of the Bay of Islands. This is where the tale of New Zealand’s colonisation began, boasting sights such as New Zealand’s oldest buildings in Kerikeri; New Zealand’s first capital city and ‘Hellhole of the Pacific’, Russell; and the iconic Waitangi Treaty Grounds near Paihia, which you’ll visit. Complete the Northland experience with an incredibly scenic flight to Cape Reinga, where you’ll land and visit the picturesque lighthouse.

    Package includes:

    • Three nights accommodation
    • Four days full size sedan rental car hire with full insurance and GPS
    • Half day tour to Cape Reinga by fixed wing plane
    • Guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
    • Some meals as detailed below

    Staying at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel
    01 Jun-31 Aug – From NZD$1,080.00 per person on room only basis.

    The Duke is located on the waterfront in the picturesque village of Russell in the beautiful Bay of Islands, a great place to recharge the batteries, catch up with friends or simply enjoy the moment. With easy access to an exciting array of activities and excursions, the 190 year old property has a combination of rooms and suites which enjoy views across the water to Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Paihia. The hotel dining room offers an international cuisine and is considered one of Russell’s best restaurants.

    Staying at the Sanctuary at the Bay of Islands
    01 Jun-31 Oct – From NZD$1,440.00 per person including breakfast daily and dinner with wine on one evening.

    The Sanctuary offers elegance, style and luxury in a private, native bush reserve a few minutes drive from Paihia, the bay’s major township. With five guest rooms the two level cedar-clad lodge overlooks the Veronica Channel and the regular ferry route between Paihia and the charming, historic town of Russell. Dinner at The Sanctuary is highly recommended, using the freshest of Northland produce, locally purchased seafood and local grain fed beef and award winning cuts of lamb.

    Staying at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs – please contact us for pricing.

    Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and the Cavalli Islands. A splendid plantation style lodge hosts elegant living rooms and a beautiful dining room with outdoor decks overlooking the ocean. The magnificent spa facility nestles at the edge of a native totara forest along with 22 guest suites. Cuisine reflects the abundant local produce and wine from around the world.





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