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Home. Auckland to Paihia

Auckland to Paihia

Travel to the Bay of Islands on a bus tour from Auckland. 

The far North of New Zealand is considered a sub-tropical paradise and enjoys warm weather most of the year. Heading North from Auckland we'll stop off en-route for a chance to swim at scenic Waipu Cove before cruising up to Paihia for a relaxing afternoon in the stunning Bay, or when the weather is a bit colder we stop at Parry Kauri Forest Park (free) to hug a few beautiful old native Kauri trees before traveling express to Paihia. 

Paihia is famous for world-class diving, water activities and dolphin spotting and the New Zealand locals love to holiday up here. If you want to get right up to Cape Reinga at the very top of the North Island to see the two oceans (the Pacific Ocean and Tasman sea) visibly collide and the place Maori believe is the departure point for Maori souls leaving New Zealand to go back to their spiritual homeland of Hawaiki, you'll need to choose the Far North Pass 

What is Stray?

Stray is a hop-on hop-off guided adventure bus network which spans the whole of New Zealand and visits all of the highlights as well as some ‘off the beaten track’ destinations for a really unique New Zealand experience.  Your driver guide will let you in on local secrets and introduce you to places and activities that will, quite simply, blow you away.  

Bus Passes & Tours

Auckland to Paihia (Bay of Islands)

FAR NORTH (Flexible)

FarNorth Freestyle Pass Stray NZ
Freestyle Pass
  • Auckland to Paihia 
  • Day trip to the top of the North Island (Cape Reinga) 
  • Visit Waipu Cove or a Kauri Tree Park (weather dependant)
  • Free Dune Surfing 
  • Stay as long as you like in Paihia
  • Return to Auckland 

BAY & BACK (Flexible)

bay of islands view
Freestyle Pass
  • Auckland to Paihia (Bay of Islands)
  • Visit Waipu Cove or Kauri Tree Park (weather dependant)
  • Explore the beach, forest, waterfalls and the historic township of Russell 
  • Stay as long as you like in Paihia 
  • Return to Auckland when you're ready. 


WORSLEY: 3 Day Tour

Worsley Journeys Summer Stray NZ
Stray Journeys
  • Auckland to Bay of Islands twin coast loop 
  • Accommodation, activities, guide and meals included
  • Dolphin spotting cruise, sandboarding, Maori guided forest twilight encounter

Duration: 3 Days