Stray NZ: Patch pass (3 days minimum)
Discover the beautiful Bay of Islands on our Patch Pass. The Far North of New Zealand (aka Northland) is the name give to the land north of Auckland. Expect your own piece of paradise, with a sub-tropical climate, white sandy beaches and forests.
This pass is good for those who just have a few days in New Zealand and want to get out of Auckland - and for those doing other trips who want to add on the Far North of NZ. We include a stop off on the way up in summer for you to have a snorkel or boat trip in Goat Island marine reserve. You also get to reach the very furthest Northern tip - Cape Reinga.
Paihia in the Bay of Islands is also a great small town to spend more time in summer and get some sunshine amongst a picture perfect location.
If you have slightly less time, you can skip out Cape Reinga on the Jack Pass. If you want more, check out the Murphy Pass.
- Goat Island Marine Reserve free snorkelling and glass bottom boat trip (summer only)
- Beautiful Bay of Islands.
- Day trip including Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga, NZ's very, very far north!
- Tree hugging GIANT kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park
Bay of Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Pass Itinerary
Minimum Days: 3-5
Recommended Days: 5
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 Cape Reinga to Paihia
It’s an early start as we head for the very top of New Zealand along a long stretch of sand known as 90 mile beach. We’ll stop at Te Paki Stream for a chance to try dune surfing on some of the biggest sand dunes in New Zealand, then head for Cape Reinga the pointy bit at the top of New Zealand. This is the spot that overlooks the meeting place where the Tasman and Pacific Oceans clash and as legend has it, is the departure point for Maori souls leaving New Zealand to go back to their spiritual homeland of Hawaiki.
NB. You cannot hop off the bus this day.
Accommodation: Hostel along the beach in Paihia.
Optional paid activities: Traditional Kiwi fish and chips option for dinner!
Free activities: Dune surfing.
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.
View this pass online @ http://www.straytravel.com/explore-your-pass-options/hop-on-hop-off/north-island-passes/patch-pass/
See the Timetable tab for departure times.
From Auckland: Mondays, Tuesdays (Spring/Summer-only), Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays