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Bay of Islands Tour + Waitangi Treaty House and Russell Tour
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Learn about New Zealand's history on this tour. See where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, a magnificent Maori meeting house, Paihia's waterfront sights, and Russell—New Zealand's first capital.
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Pricing and availability
From $196.80 each  Adults (15 & older) *
From $98.40 each  Children (5 to 14) *
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This day tour from Auckland takes you to Russell, the country's first official center of government. Along the way, tour such sights as Waitangi, the place where Maori and European dignitaries came together to sign a treaty of understanding that formalized New Zealand's future as part of the British Empire. The Treaty grounds are also home to a magnificent Maori meeting house and a large war canoe.

After departing Waitangi, continue across the harbor for a guided tour of Russell, which—in addition to its political history— also has a whaling past. There is enough time to break for lunch or shop along the waterfront before the tour boards a ferry back to Paihia. Once in Paihia, discover its shops, arcades, and the wharf, before getting on an Auckland-bound bus for the return journey.

Inclusions :

  • Roundtrip transportation on buses and ferries
  • All admission fees
  • Guided tour of Russell with knowledgeable English-speaking guide


Approx. 12 hours

Departure time and location:
7:45 AM; from select downtown Auckland hotels

Return time and location:
8 PM; to select downtown Auckland hotels

Children age 4 and younger participate for free provided they do not occupy their own seat. Commentary is offered in English, Spanish, and Japanese. Mandarin is available from January 2010.

Redemption instructions

After booking your activity, simply follow these 3 easy steps:
1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation email or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it is critical to do this before you depart.
3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.

How to exchange your voucher(s):
Reservation confirmation is required. You must call the service provider at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled tour date to confirm your hotel pick-up time and location. The full contact details will appear on your printed voucher(s). On the day of your scheduled tour, please hand your printed voucher(s) to the driver. Your voucher(s) will be exchanged for service.
Terms and conditions

Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled for a 10% cancellation processing fee at any time prior to two days before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.