Fly UK to San Francisco. Own transfer to 4* hotel for 1 night stay
Own transfer to port, embark Queen Elizabeth for 16 night cruise
Depart Auckland this morning and travel through spectacular scenery of native forests and sub-tropical bush to the foreshores of the National Maritime Park, arriving at the seaside town of Paihia. On arrival in Paihia, experience a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Following this, travel by ferry to Russell where you will enjoy a one hour tour by coach. You'll see remarkable views of the Bay of Islands from Flagstaff Hill and learn about the major historical sights of Russell including Pompallier Mission House and Christ's Church. Your tour concludes back in Paihia.
Journey into the Far North on this off road adventure. Take in all the highlights of this isolated and dramatic region of New Zealand. Watch the waves crash down on the expansive sands of 90 Mile Beach. Absorb the beauty of the landscape as your driver captivates you with stories of small communities and cultural legends. Experience the rush of speed as you sandboard down glistening white sand dunes at Te Paki stream and struggle up the steep slopes again for just one more ride. Discover the tranquil atmosphere at Cape Reinga a cultural and spiritual landmark where you will observe the power of two great oceans meeting at the tip of the landscape. Along the way you'll enjoy a buffet lunch at Waitiki Landing; entrance to Gumdigger's Park; a visit to the Ancient Kauri Kingdom workshop; the spectacular drive along 90 mile beach; boogie boarding down huge sand dunes and of course Cape Reinga lighthouse. On the return journey you'll stop in at the famous Mangonui Fish Shop where you can sample New Zealand's favourite dish, Fish and Chips (at own cost).
Commonly known as the ‘winterless north’ New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is made up of over 140 subtropical atolls. Renowned for its untouched beaches, abundant marine life and idyllic climate, this tropical paradise ticks all the boxes. Spend some time on a remote stretch of beach, or cool off during a ‘swim with dolphins’ ocean safari. If diving is your thing, take the morning to descend the Rainbow Warrior - The Greenpeace flagship sunk by French saboteurs in 1985. Wander around Russell, a whaling port founded in 1843. Learn about our culture in historic Waitangi, the site where The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the Maori and European settlers dictating the terms by which New Zealand would become a British colony. Take a travel day to Cape Reinga, the very top of the North Island.
Take in the bay’s serenity as you cruise the 144 islands dotting the natural harbour. See the world renowned Piercy Island ‘Hole in the Rock’ and marvel at the abundant marine life through the underwater cameras - custom built for dolphin and whale watching. Have lunch in Otehi Bay on Urupukapuka Island - with the option to explore - before catching your ride back to the mainland. Overnight 4* stay in Auckland