• 2 fabulous ‘low and slow’ flights in a classic DC3 airliner
• Northland, Bay of Islands, Auckland City & West Coast harbours from above!
• Beautiful Karikari Peninsula, Taipa, Mangonui, Kerikeri and more by coach
• Exceptional flightseeing and prepaid ground attractions
• A 3-night stopover in Paihia (Bay of Islands)
• Two leisure afternoons in Paihia for optional activities or relaxation
• Renowned Karikari Estate Café and Winery for lunch and wine tasting
• Iconic Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise (Bay of Islands)
• Award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum of Waitangi
• Feature dinner at the famous Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell
• Historic Kerikeri Mission Station with New Zealand’s oldest buildings
• Hararu Falls and Rainbow Falls
• Significant Kerikeri Winery lunch
• Quality 4 star hotel (Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands)
• Meals every day: Full breakfast (3), Dinner (3), Lunch (2)
• Luxury coach sightseeing and transfers
• Transfers to and from Ardmore Airport (Auckland area only)
• Fully hosted tour (Tour Director/ Host)
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One DC3 Flight - AUCKLAND to KAITAIA by DC-3, then coach to PAIHIA (BAY OF ISLANDS)
Step aboard your classic DC-3 airliner for an exclusive adventure! Take off from Auckland’s Ardmore Airport for a low level flight over Auckland City and the Waitemata Harbour then northwards past the Whangaparaoa Peninsula to skirt New Zealand’s largest harbour, the mighty Kaipara. Cross into the Northland region, pass Dargaville and track ever further north to fly above the renowned Waipoua Kauri Forest then the sweeping Hokianga Harbour. According to tradition the celebrated Polynesian navigator Kupe settled here around 925 AD after sailing from the legendary Hawaiiki.
Land at Kaitaia Airport and transfer to your waiting coach. A short drive will take you out to the unspoiled Karikari Peninsula for a lunch date at the acclaimed Karikari Estate Café and Winery. Enjoy a relaxed and pleasant lunch and wine tasting opportunity in the elegant surroundings of this northern gem.
After lunch, drive around the coast of Doubtless Bay to reach the pretty beachside settlements of Taipa and Mangonui. Continue to Whangaroa Harbour, a delightful east coast inlet that sometimes hosts orca and dolphins. Whangaroa Harbour boasts a busy history that includes whaling, timber milling, cultural skirmishes and mission endeavours. If time permits, there may be a detour here to see Matauri Bay before continuing on to the Bay of Islands. Arrive into Paihia this afternoon and settle into your accommodation for the next three nights.
HOLE IN THE ROCK DOLPHIN CRUISE (No DC3 Flight today)
Join the cruise boat ‘Dolphin Seeker’ at Paihia Wharf this morning for an iconic New Zealand experience. Set off on a fascinating three-hour cruise to search the Bay of Islands for dolphins and other marine life. This natural aquatic playground is home to some 144 islands, ranging from rocky outcrops to large inhabited islands. The sheltered waters of the bay make this the perfect place to see a variety of marine life. Enjoy the views while you journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula to see the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ on Motukokako Island.
Return to Paihia by mid-day. The rest of your day is at leisure so do as much or as little as you please! If you wish, try some of the optional activities on offer. Explore the shopping possibilities or stop awhile in one of the nearby galleries, cafés or bars. Maybe take the ferry across to Russell for a tour of the quaint historic, township. Or try a swim, beach walk, golf, fishing, kayaking, sailing or just some pleasant ‘time out’ relaxation in the delightful beachfront setting. You choose!
WAITANGI and RUSSELL (No DC-3 flight today - Special ‘farewell dinner’ this evening)
Board your coach today for a short drive to Waitangi, the birthplace of our nation. The award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum of Waitangi must surely be New Zealand’s foremost historic attraction. The expansive grounds offer magnificent views over the Bay of Islands while the state-of-the-art Museum of Waitangi offers intriguing insights into the events that shaped our country. The nation-founding Treaty of Waitangi document was signed here in 1840 and your all-inclusive pass gives you a chance to experience everything this historic site has to offer by day.
Explore the historic buildings, museum and scenic parkland of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds then recharge in the onsite café – or just relax and enjoy the views. Enjoy an insightful guided tour and be entertained with a spellbinding cultural performance if you wish. There will be plenty to see, enjoy and experience this morning.
Return to Paihia via Hararu Falls and enjoy a second afternoon at leisure.
Transfer to Paihia Wharf early this evening, and take the short ferry ride to historic Russell for a fun final night ‘feature dinner’ at the famous Duke of Marlborough Hotel. The iconic Duke of Marlborough hotel began life in 1827 as “Johnny Johnston’s Grog Shop”. By the 1830s, Russell (then called Kororareka) was the biggest whaling port in the Southern Hemisphere. With no law enforcement, the town soon earned a colourful reputation among South Pacific sailors and other visitors. Things are different today and the grand old hotel forms a gracious picture on the picturesque Russell waterfront. Return to Paihia by ferry after dinner this evening.
PAIHIA to KERIKERI (coach), then KERIKERI to AUCKLAND by DC-3
Step aboard your coach this morning, drive to Kerikeri and visit the historic Kerikeri Mission Station, established in 1819. The Mission Station was built with the protection and blessing of local Maori chiefs who hoped to encourage European trade and technology during a period of tribal warfare and increasingly frequent foreign ship visits. You will see New Zealand’s oldest buildings here – the Georgian era Kemp House (1822) and nearby Stone Store (1832) standing proud in a pleasant riverside location that has seen some 200 years of Maori and European interaction.
See Kerikeri township and district, renowned for its successful horticulture, niche food products, boutique vineyards, art galleries, cafes and crafts. Visit 27 metre high Rainbow Falls afterwards if you are keen then drive on to a significant local winery for lunch.
Transfer to nearby Kerikeri Airport after lunch to meet your DC-3 for the last flight of your tour.
Take off and fly south, passing Whangarei (Northland’s only city), then track down the eastern coastline at low level to fly above Waipu, Matakana and Warkworth. There should be views of the forested Coromandel Peninsula, Little Barrier Island, Great Barrier Island and the expansive Hauraki Gulf along the way. Enjoy gentle country scenes near the end of the flight then turn into the final approach to land at Ardmore Airport for the conclusion of your DC-3 Air Tour adventure.
Breakfast and Lunch included
T & Cs
Booking Terms & Conditions
Tour prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST. Prices are per person, twin share basis. An additional price applies to guarantee single person room occupancy.
Deposit, Payment and Acceptance of Terms: A deposit of NZD$500 per person is required to confirm the booking. Payment of the deposit confirms the tour client has read and accepted the Tour Booking Terms & Conditions and a contract has been formed. Full payment can be made at any time but is required no later than 90 days prior to departure (full payment is required for bookings made less than 90 days from tour departure).
Deposit and Full Payment Options: CHEQUE – Payable please to Pacific Trailways Ltd. INTERNET BANKING – Pacific Trailways Ltd. BNZ Account number 02-0400-0116109-001. CREDIT CARD - Visa and Mastercard only.
Cancellation Charges and Refunds for client cancellation: All cancellation charges apply ‘per person’. For cancellation 90 days or more prior to tour start date, loss of deposit applies. For cancellation: 89 – 61 days prior to tour start date: cancellation fee is 40% of the tour price 60 – 00 days prior to tour start date: cancellation fee is 100% of the tour price. No refund can be made once the tour is underway and there are no refunds for unused tour components.
Travel Insurance. Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended from time of booking. Cancellation fees will not be waived in any circumstances where travel insurance may have covered you.
Cancellation by Pacific Trailways: 1. Tour Operation. If the tour cannot operate due to insufficient numbers, Pacific Trailways reserves the right to offer an alternative departure, or a full refund. 2. Aircraft Operation (prior to tour departure). If the featured DC3 aircraft is rendered unable to operate before the tour starts, Pacific Trailways will make every effort to arrange a similar aircraft. If another aircraft cannot be chartered, Pacific Trailways will refund all monies paid. In the cancellation circumstances above (1. & 2.), a full refund of tour price paid will be the full extent of our responsibility to you the client. Any additional costs you may incur as a result of cancellation by Pacific Trailways will be your responsibility and we expect you to seek remedy via travel insurance cover.
Further Conditions: Itinerary amendments. Pacific Trailways reserves the right to amend the itinerary if/as necessary due to weather and/or operational requirements and to substitute accommodation, transport and sightseeing services if required. If weather conditions on a particular day (or days) prevent safe flying, Pacific Trailways accepts the professional decision of the DC3 Captain (Pilot in Command) to determine whether or not the aircraft will fly on the day. If a ‘no-fly’ decision is made, ground transport will be substituted on the affected day/s to continue the tour and meet itinerary obligations.
Aircraft Operation (during the tour). In the event the chartered DC3 aircraft is rendered unserviceable or unable to operate for any reason during the tour, Pacific Trailways will make every effort to use suitable chartered aircraft and/or scheduled air services to complete the affected tour sectors. If suitable chartered and/or scheduled air services are not available, Pacific Trailways reserves the right to substitute ground transport to complete the affected tour sectors. If air or ground transport is substituted for DC3 flights for any reason above, no refund or reimbursement applies and the air or ground transport substitution is the full extent of our responsibility to you.
Luggage on tour – limits per passenger. (1.) One small to medium soft-sided cabin/overnight bag weighing no more than 10 kg (22 pounds) that can be stowed in the DC3’s forward hold each day to meet NZCAA safety regulations (the DC3 has no overhead lockers). (2.) One piece of luggage with a total length, width and depth of no more than 140 cm (56 inches) and weighing no more than 20 kg (44 pounds). Note: Your DC3 aircraft has no onboard space for large luggage. Ground crew will transfer your large luggage items from hotel to hotel by van, each day of the tour. On occasions when same-day connections are not possible we will advise you (ahead of time) to take an overnight bag on the aircraft to carry your next day’s clothing and personal items with you.
Seat change daily. To provide a fair and equitable viewing experience for all tour participants a daily seat change policy applies aboard the DC3 aircraft (and in tour coaches). The process will be explained during the tour and all tour party members are expected to participate.
Hotels. Tour accommodation is on the basis of standard ‘twin or double’ rooms that may not include lake, or scenic, or sea views.
Guaranteed Single tour members. Limited single occupancy rooms may be available at the time of booking. To secure a guaranteed single occupancy room, the Single Room Supplement price must be added to the per person share twin price.
Twin share rooming for single tour members. Single travellers may book ‘twin share’ basis and Pacific Trailways will make every effort to select appropriate same gender roommate pairings. Single travellers booking on this basis must accept that there is no guarantee of compatibility with your selected roommate and that smoking is not permitted in rooms.
Smoking. New Zealand Government laws forbid smoking in public transport, tour coaches, aircraft, airport terminals, accommodation, restaurants, bars, cafes and other recognised public places. Opportunities to smoke will be made available as possible within these boundaries and in circumstances that do not cause discomfort to non-smoking tour members.
Personal expenses. Items and/or services not specified as included under ‘Highlights and Inclusions’ are deemed to be personal expenses and are not included in your tour price. Items considered to be personal expenses may include but are not limited to scheduled airfares and taxes, accommodation and meals and transport not included under ‘Highlights and Inclusions’, food not included on the regular tour menu, drinks, personal items, laundry, passport and visa fees, excess baggage, fuel surcharges, optional excursions and gratuities.
Personal belongings and lost items. Valuables on tour should be kept to a minimum and packed in your hand luggage along with personal items such as a camera, phone, small personal appliances, essential changes of clothing, toiletries and other personal items. You are responsible for your personal items at all times and must ensure you have adequate travel insurance cover in the event of any loss.
Health requirements. Payment of the deposit is a warranty by you that you or any persons covered by your booking are sufficiently fit and healthy to undertake this tour and associated travel arrangements. Pacific Trailways reserves the right (at its discretion) to remove tour participants who prove unable to meet these health requirements or who prove to be incapable of caring for themselves or who become a hazard to themselves or other tour members. No refund applies in such circumstances if the tour has commenced and Pacific Trailways is not responsible for any associated travel arrangements or repatriation costs.
Passport & Visa Requirements. It is the client/s total responsibility to meet passport and/or visa requirements for travel to and from New Zealand. Pacific Trailways is not responsible for, nor liable for, any loss or damage suffered by the client (or any person covered in the booking) resulting from client/s failure to meet required passport and visa conditions.
Pre and post tour connecting transfers, transport and air travel. Transport and travel before and after your tour are not included in your tour arrangements and these are your responsibility. Pacific Trailways will make every effort to keep your DC3 Air Tour to the stated itinerary schedule but is not responsible for any missed connections before or after your tour.
Tour map. The tour map included on the website and in the brochure is not necessarily to scale. The map depicts an indication of the daily itinerary and route however the actual tour route may vary from the depicted tour route if operational or safety requirements make route changes necessary or desirable.
Illustrations. All photographs in this brochure, Pacific Trailways Facebook site/s and Pacific Trailways website illustrate and depict genuine events, places, occurrences and experiences. The use of these illustrations and images does not guarantee that such events, places, occurrences and experiences will necessarily be experienced or seen as depicted in the photograph or illustration.
Force Majeure. Force Majeure means an event or circumstance that is beyond the reasonable control of Pacific Trailways Ltd and that could not have been reasonably prevented by Pacific Trailways Ltd. It may include, but is not limited to, war, armed conflict, criminal damage, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity or the possibility or threat of any such activity, natural disaster including but not limited to earthquake, volcanic eruption, cyclone, hurricane, tornado, tsunami, flooding, high or low water levels, fire, landslide, adverse weather conditions, nuclear or other industrial accident causing environmental contamination, or any change of law. In the event that Pacific Trailways Ltd cancels or changes your tour arrangements in any way due to a Force Majeure event, Pacific Trailways Ltd will not be liable to refund any part of your tour deposit or tour purchase price paid by you if Pacific Trailways Ltd subsequently changes or cancels your tour arrangements in connection with a Force Majeure event. As such Force Majeure events cannot be predicted and are beyond the control of Pacific Trailways Ltd it is your responsibility to purchase travel insurance that will adequately cover you against these risks.
Additional costs. Pacific Trailways is not responsible for any additional costs which may be incurred by tour participants as a result of events beyond the company’s control. Examples may include (but are not limited to) strikes, industrial action, weather or any other man-made or natural occurrence.
New Zealand law applies. All Pacific Trailways Booking Terms and Conditions and operations are governed by the laws of New Zealand and all parties submit to the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.
3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (4-star)
Classic DC3 Airliner
Luxury coach for ground sightseeing
Transfers to & from Ardmore (Auckland area only)
Itinerary Visits and Activities
Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Museum of Waitangi
Karikari Estate Café and Winery
Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Kerikeri Winery Lunch
and much more!...