Bay of Islands was lovely, despite bad weather. We walked to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and paid $40.00 per adult entry fee. The children were free. We saw the Maori traditional dance and song performance. It was very entertaining. After touring the grounds, we caught the shuttle into Pahia and then the Ferry over to Russell. We had lunch at the pub and then caught the Ferry back to tour the markets and souvenir shops. We found transport to be very reliable and well planned in Bay of Islands. It's very easy to do you own thing here with free shuttles etc.
Visited: Nov 07, 2017
Although our segment involved mostly sea days, the shore excursions we did take were good, typically we never go the independent route on shore excursions but use those provided by the cruise line. One in particular illustrates how Princess stands out here----"We were confused about meet times one morning at the Bay of Islands, so when we showed up for our muster time they told us our excursion had already left. Anyway, bummer, but then, the shore rep said you can get on "this one" if you want instead, which was leaving just then. We took it. We were supposed to be on a rain forest type hike and glow worm cave visit, which we were regretting due to all the rain. As it turned out, the alternative was much better and dryer, plus the one we were to be on they didn't even get into the caves as they flooded and during the rain forest hike portion everybody got soaked. Mistakes sometimes turn out for the better.
Visited: Jan 22, 2018
Just beautiful, we really enjoyed it all especially the Maori women singing. The coffee on the pier was also fabulous. I recommend catching a ferry to the islands across the Bay
These are 140 islands and words don't describe how beautiful this area is. The island are easy to move around. I highly recommend to skip the excursions to Russell via Oceania, the ferry is cheaper and very efficient. Also, skip the lunch cruise around the island, it is not worth it, wasted money.
Visited: Nov 19, 2017
Paihia was lovely (we arrived on a Saturday) , there was an arts and crafts market, and plenty of tours available. There was a small shopping village for the things you may have forgotten. We took the ferry $25NZD return for 2 adults to Russell where we walked along beach front and had a beer (it was St Patrick's day) at the famous Duke of Marlborough hotel. Fantastic place.
Yes, Yes, Yes. What a wonderful place, The Treaty Grounds the birth place of New Zealand is well worth a visit. Number one excursion is the ferry ride to Russell a magic little town that will make you have an outstanding day.
Loved this visit. Took a tour of Paihia & had booked a Kerkeri Discovery tour but as we had to be back on board by 3pm we couldn't do this tour. Would love to have taken more time to actually cruise a bit more of the Bay of Islands. Weather was perfect.
Visited: Mar 04, 2018
Beautiful. Coastal walk to Paihia, lovely village good local craft market and great coffee and New Zealand ice cream at Cellinis.
Visited: Aug 04, 2017
A Port to look forward to. Very good Market with much hand made and local products, all at reasonable prices. Good Township within walking distance and the Locals provided bus transportation from the Tender to the town. Take a helicopter flight over the islands and again, make sure you have your camera charged. An fantastic experience and worth the money.
Visited: Apr 11, 2019
Excursion to Hole in the Rock and cruise of Bay of Island. Wind too strong to go through the Hole in the Rock but a great morning on the water. Loved the whole area.
Visited: Feb 05, 2018
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