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Overnight Visit #1

  • Accommodation:

    Copthorne Hotel Bay of Islands

  • Transport: GreatSights

DAY 01


Depart Auckland for Bay of Islands

12 noon

Arrive Bay of Islands
Lunch at Copthorne
Check into accommodation

1.30 – 4.30pm

Taiamai Tours NCEA curriculum links

Join Taiamai Tours aboard their waka at Waitangi boat ramp (5 minutes walk from Copthorne). Gain a deeper understanding of ancient histories and stories whilst you paddle a 40 ft Waka Taua (War Canoe) on the tidal estuaries of the Waitangi River. This Qualmark endorsed and exclusive war canoe voyage is a perfect combination of eco, spiritual and interactive cultural experiences.


Walk back to Copthorne, where you have time to refresh (in the pool) before starting your evening experience at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

5.30 – 7.30pm

Hāngi & Concert at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. NCEA curriculum links

Walk to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a themed cultural evening. You’ll be treated to a traditional Māori hāngi cooked in a contemporary earth oven. The experience starts at Whare Waka Café with the unveiling of the hāngi, a spine-tingling cultural performance in the Carved Meeting House followed by the hāngi buffet of meats, stuffing, vegetables, breads, salads and steamed pudding.

DAY 02


Breakfast at Copthorne, collect packed lunches

Check out of accommodation


Bay Belle Ferry from Paihia to Russell


Pompallier Mission & Printery NCEA curriculum links

Social and technical history comes to life at Pompallier Mission in a fun hands-on history experience. In this historic 1840’s Printery you are encouraged to try your hand at tanning and leather production, typesetting, printing and bookbinding, as it was done 175 years ago. Listen to the stories of courageous missionaries who made Māori language books and were witnesses to Treaty-making and the Northern wars.


Russell Museum NCEA curriculum links

Only five years after the Treaty signing at Waitangi, Hone Heke’s warriors felled the British flagstaff on Maiki Hill, the inhabitants of Kororāreka fled and the town burned. Russell Museum tells the Battle of Kororāreka story, and others, through artefacts, displays and a short video. See early Māori weapons, weaving and taonga, a 1:5 scale model of Cook’s Endeavour & whaling relics.

12 noon

Lunch at the picturesque Russell waterfront

12.40pm– 4.20pm

Fullers GreatSights Eco Dolphin Experience. NCEA curriculum links

Cruise the Bay of Islands in search of dolphins and whales. Get up close and personal to these amazing creatures with our low viewing decks, then swim with wild dolphins in the warmest waters in New Zealand. Cruise available during summer months.

Depart Paihia at own leisure.

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