Stray NZ: Jack/Jackson pass (2 day minimum)
This pass is perfect for those travellers with a few days in Auckland - or for those who want to add on the Far North of New Zealand to other trips.
Bay of Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Pass Itinerary
Minimum Days: 2-3
Recommended Days: 2-3
Travel Day: Auckland to Paihia
Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your Stray adventure kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, known by those who live here as the ‘city of sails’ because of its location between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours, making it a boaters and yachters paradise.
We depart for the beautiful Bay of Islands, bound for the relaxed seaside town of Paihia often called the ‘gateway to the Bay’. We stop en-route for a chance to snorkel at the Goat Island Marine Reserve, New Zealand’s first marine reserve, before cruising up to Paihia for a relaxing afternoon in the stunning Bay. If the weather is unsuitable for a stop at Goat Island, we will visit the Parry Kauri Forest Park to hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native Kauri, on our way to Paihia.
*Winter only: We stop to hug the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest Park, then express to Paihia.
Accommodation: Hostel along from the beach.
Optional paid activities: Catch the ferry across to historic Russell (New Zealand’s former capital), skydiving, Hole in the Rock, diving.
Free activities: Snorkeling at Goat Island (summer only), tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest (wet weather/winter option).
Travel Day: Paihia to Auckland
Enjoy a sleep in and morning at leisure. Sail or cruise around the Bay, walk to nearby Haruru Falls or just kick back and relax on the beach. We leave mid-afternoon on the mighty orange bus destined for the bright lights of Auckland.
Accommodation: Central Auckland hostel.
Optional paid activities: Sailing, swimming with dolphins, kayaking, fishing.
Free activities: Walk around Paihia or Haruru Falls; go for a swim or relax on the beach.
See the Timetable tab for departure times.
From Auckland: Mondays, Tuesdays (Spring/Summer -only), Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.