Bay of Islands Weekend Escape

A coastline of golden beaches and rocky outcrops circles the stunningly beautiful Bay of Islands.  Scattered with 150 islands, this region with its blue-green ocean, golden beaches and abundant wildlife, is renowned as a maritime adventure playground. Steeped in a rich and colourful history, the Bay of Islands is known as the birthplace of the nation of New Zealand.  The area was discovered by Kupe the legendary Maori navigator, visited by Captain Cook in 1769 and is home to the historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

 

Standard Package Features

  • 3 nights at Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia in a (Standard Room) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Waitangi Day Pass – Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds - rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped the nation of New Zealand. Explore the Treaty House and marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes (waka taua). Includes admission to the Museum of Waitangi, admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a guided tour and a Maori cultural performance.
  • Fullers Cape Reinga Day Trip – Depart Paihia on a full day coach tour to Cape Reinga. Travel north with a stop at Gumdiggers Park for a guided tour then it is on to Ninety Mile Beach. Opportunity to stop to get your feet wet, see wildlife and sledging down the giant sand dunes along the Te Paki Quicksand Stream.  Lunch is included.  At the Cape Reinga Lighthouse see where the green Tasman Sea and blue Pacific Ocean meet – this area is of special significance to the Maori people as they believe it is from there the spirits of the dead begin their journey to the next life.  On the return journey visit the Ancient Kauri Kingdom at Awanui and also the well known Fish and Chip shop at Mangonui for a snack of fresh fish (own cost).
  • Ferry to Russell – return ticket
  • Salt Air – Hole in the Rock scenic 20-minute helicopter flight. Departing from the beachfront helipad in Paihia the flight heads across Russell with views over to Opua and surrounds before tracking along the stunning peninsula coastline to Cape Brett and it’s lighthouse where you will experience an exciting turn to fly around the Hole in the Rock.

Superior Package Features:

  • 3 nights at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands in a (Superior Room) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Waitangi Day Pass – Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds - rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped the nation of New Zealand. Explore the Treaty House and marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes (waka taua). Includes admission to the Museum of Waitangi, admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a guided tour and a Maori cultural performance.
  • Fullers Cape Reinga Day Trip – Depart Paihia on a full day coach tour to Cape Reinga. Travel north with a stop at Gumdiggers Park for a guided tour then it is on to Ninety Mile Beach. Opportunity to stop to get your feet wet, see wildlife and sledging down the giant sand dunes along the Te Paki Quicksand Stream.  Lunch is included.  At the Cape Reinga Lighthouse see where the green Tasman Sea and blue Pacific Ocean meet – this area is of special significance to the Maori people as they believe it is from there the spirits of the dead begin their journey to the next life.  On the return journey visit the Ancient Kauri Kingdom at Awanui and also the well known Fish and Chip shop at Mangonui for a snack of fresh fish (own cost).
  • Ferry to Russell – return ticket
  • Salt Air – Bay of Islands Coastal Discovery 30 - minute helicopter flight. This is an extended version of the Hole in the Rock flight adding in more of the remote coast line on the eastern side of the Cape Brett peninsula, and on the return extra views towards the Kerikeri inlet, over the Black Rocks, Waitangi and Paihia.

Premium Package Features:

  • 3 nights at Paihia Beach Resort & Spa in a (Poolside Studio) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Waitangi Day Pass – Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds - rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped the nation of New Zealand. Explore the Treaty House and marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes (waka taua). Includes admission to the Museum of Waitangi, admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a guided tour and a Maori cultural performance.
  • Ferry to Russell – return ticket
  • Salt Air – Cape Reinga Fly/Drive Half Day Tour. Transfer from Paihia to Kerikeri Airport then fly up the west coast by light aircraft, with low level views of the world famous Ninety Mile beach before landing at a private airfield near Cape Reinga. Transfer to a comfortable air conditioned minivan vehicle for a 2.5 hour guided ground tour exploring the top of New Zealand including Cape Reinga Lighthouse, where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet and Te Paki Sand Dunes where you can join in some Sand Tobogganing fun. Fly down Northland’s stunning eastern coastline, much of it is untouched and not accessible by road.  Transfer back to Paihia.

Toyota Camry or similar full size sedan automatic

(5 pax / luggage capacity 2 Large + 1 Small suitcases)

Collect: Kerikeri Airport
Return: Kerikeri Airport
Includes hire, unlimited kilometres and standard motor vehicle insurance and GST.
Airport Collection Fee applies (NZ$51.75 – pay direct). One-way hire applies (NZ$57.50 – pay direct). Late ferry fee will apply for vehicle collection from a ferry location after 1830 hours (NZ$57.50 - pay direct).
Discuss insurance buy-down options with Budget staff at time of collection and pay direct for excess reduction should you choose this option.  Rental vehicle hirers will be required to put down a security deposit by credit card issued in their name (minimum NZ$100 + credit card fee). This will not be activated if the vehicle is returned undamaged, on time, to the pre-arranged depot with a full tank of gas.
A full and valid drivers licence must be presented (must be in English).
For guidelines on driving in New Zealand view www.DriveSafe.org.nz

Toyota Highlander or similar full size SUV automatic

(5 pax / luggage capacity 3 Large + 2 Small suitcases)

Collect: Kerikeri Airport
Return: Kerikeri Airport

Includes hire, unlimited kilometres and standard motor vehicle insurance and GST.
Airport Collection Fee applies (NZ$51.75 – pay direct). One-way hire applies (NZ$57.50 – pay direct). Late ferry fee will apply for vehicle collection from a ferry location after 1830 hours (NZ$57.50 - pay direct).
Discuss insurance buy-down options with Budget staff at time of collection and pay direct for excess reduction should you choose this option.  Rental vehicle hirers will be required to put down a security deposit by credit card issued in their name (minimum NZ$100 + credit card fee). This will not be activated if the vehicle is returned undamaged, on time, to the pre-arranged depot with a full tank of gas.
A full and valid drivers licence must be presented (must be in English).
For guidelines on driving in New Zealand view www.DriveSafe.org.nz

Coastal Kayakers – Half Day Guided Trip

Your half day tour begins at Waitangi Beach where you paddle up the sheltered waters of the Waitangi Estuary to spend time exploring the fascinating Mangrove forests and Haruru falls.  At the falls you can test your skills by paddling under the waterfall or just relax and enjoy refreshments on the beach. Your experienced and friendly guides will regale you with local legends and point out different examples of marine life and historical points of interest along the way.

Fullers – Hole In The Rock Cruise

Enjoy a half-day cruise out into the clear waters of the Bay meandering around the idyllic beaches of the islands that make this area so popular.  Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock which conditions permitting, the skipper navigates through as well as taking in the impressive Grand Cathedral Cave.  Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise.  On the return to Paihia pass several remote islands, fringed with golden sand beaches.

Kawiti Caves

Your 30 minute guided tour will follow a wooden boardwalk through a 200 metre limestone cave system. Once inside, you will see thousands of glow worms spread across the ceiling surrounded by breath taking stalactites and stalagmites.

Standard Accommodation

Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia

Located on the waterfront and only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is the ideal base from which to explore the historic and scenic Bay of Islands area. All 100 rooms and 13 waterfront suites offer all the modern amenities a guest could need, as well as the hotel's general amenities including a swimming pool, an indoor spa, fitness room and game room.

Superior Accommodation

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

The Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is sat amongst beautiful landscaped sub-tropical gardens and located at the enterance to the seaside town of Paihia. It's a pleasant stroll into town to the main wharf, restaurants/cafes, shopping and many of the attractions and activities that the area has to offer. This four star hotel is a resort styled retreat with it's lush gardens, stunning location and relaxed atmosphere. All 114 guest rooms and suites are supplied with all the amenities a guest could need and offer the luxurious comfort and relaxation of a stay on the bay of Islands.

Premium Accommodation

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

The Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel is located in the picturesque sea-side town of Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Guests can enjoy the comforts and relaxing atmosphere of the resort whilst still remaining minutes away from the many attractions and activites the Bay of Islands have to offer. Designed with guest's comfort in mind, this boutique resort and spa offers amenities such as outdoor swimming pools, a spa, the Glasshouse kitchen and bar, complimentary Wi-Fi and stunning ocean views from all 21 guest rooms and suites.

Bay of Islands Weekend Escape 

Based on two travellers sharing one room - per person/share twin basis

 

Standard

Superior

Premium

Full size sedan rental vehicle - 4 x 24 hours

Full size SUV rental vehicle – 4 x 24 hours

01 June 2020 – 31 October 2020

 from NZ$775.00

 from NZ$905.00

 from NZ$1495.00

NZ$221.00

NZ$259.00

01 November 2020 – 31 March 2021

 from NZ$815.00

 from NZ$950.00

 from NZ$1575.00

NZ$244.00

NZ$319.00

01 April 2021 – 31 May 2021

 from NZ$775.00

 from NZ$905.00

 from NZ$1495.00

NZ$221.00

NZ$259.00

Optional Extras

Per person prices – based on 2 people sharing

 

Coastal Kayakers

 

Fullers – Hole in the Rock Cruise

 

Kawiti Caves

Valid from 01/06/2020-31/05/2021

NZ$89.00

NZ$114.00

NZ$38.00

Prices are in New Zealand dollars based on cash or cheque payment only.  

QUOTE ONLY

  • No reservations are held.   Deposit required to proceed with making reservations
  • All pricing is subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary at time of reservation
  • Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, availability of services - we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services actually confirmed
  • All touring is subject to favourable weather, road, flying and sea conditions
  • Cancellation/amendment fees apply

INCLUDES:

  • Items and services as specified in the itinerary only
  • NZ GST at 15% (government imposed tax and subject to change without notice)

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfares are not included
  • Any meals unless otherwise specified within the itinerary
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
  • Any services not mentioned within the itinerary
  • Special event surcharges – surcharges and closeouts may apply
  • Items of a personal nature eg. laundry, internet access, phonecalls, excess luggage etc
  • Any credit card or bank fees
  • Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended
  • Any further Government taxes or duties that may be introduced
  • When renting a vehicle (if applicable)
    • Petrol/oil/CDW insurance for rental vehicle (airport/ferry terminal collection/return fee / bond / excess applies - pay direct)
    • Rental vehicle additional Fees - pay direct
    • GPS Navigational System
    • Car parking fees

All bookings are subject to our normal terms and conditions

Booking Terms and Passenger Information

 
BOOKING TERMS

QUOTE ONLY.  NO RESERVATIONS ARE HELD.  Subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary when travel dates are set.  Additional surcharges may be applicable during Special Events and/or statutory public holidays, e.g. Christmas, Easter etc.  Occasionally due to special event surcharges or supplier requirements etc, deposits or full payment will be required – you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

If you book a holiday with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.

TOUR PAYMENTS AND BOOKING TERMS:

  • Costs are based on the Travel Date selected and are subject to the availability of the accommodation and other services specified.
  • Until we have a confirmed booking from the requested services, we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services confirmed.
  • Once we have finalised all costs based on your confirmed itinerary you will be asked for a non-refundable deposit of no less than $200.00 per person.
  • Full pre-payment is due not later than 35 days prior to arrival in New Zealand.  Bank account details and swift code for international telegraphic transfers will be on the invoice.  Payment by Visa or Mastercard is also accepted at a 3% surcharge.  Credit card payments may only be made in New Zealand Dollars.

BOOKING AMENDMENTS/CANCELLATION SCHEDULE:  

Amendments: The first amendment made to a confirmed booking is free of charge.  Any subsequent amendments made to the same booking will incur a NZ$50.00 fee per service already confirmed.

Cancellation Fees:  

In the event of passengers cancelling their booking, the following cancellation fees will apply on a per person basis (not per booking).

  • 31+ days prior to the client’s arrival, loss of non-refundable deposit plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 15 to 30 days prior to arrival: 40% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (60% refund)
  • 8 to 14 days prior to arrival: 60% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (40% refund)
  • 2 to 7 days prior to arrival: 80% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (20% refund)
  • 0 to 1 days or less prior to arrival: 100% cancellation fee

Please note that any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – see your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.

No refunds on any unused portions of any itinerary.  The exception is if a sightseeing service is cancelled by operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc and the operator authorises a refund.  Any such refunds will be processed through agent.  Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers. 

COVID19 CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:

Covid19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to Covid19, we have negotiated special terms with our suppliers which would override ‘normal cancellation’ terms as outlined above;

If the New Zealand Government imposes travel restrictions that would impact our ability to deliver your travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable airline cancellation fees.  If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

If a passenger has been tested positive for Covid19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive Covid19 test), we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION AND NEW ZEALAND LAW

It is your responsibility to comply with any New Zealand immigration, customs and/or quarantine regulations when entering New Zealand and to comply with New Zealand laws when in the country.  We will not, under any circumstances, have any liability or responsibility to you if you do not comply with any customs and immigration rules and regulations or if you fail to comply with any laws during your holiday.

ACCOMMODATION

Check in time at most hotels is 2pm or 3pm.  If you are arriving earlier, the hotel will store your luggage until your room is ready.  Alternatively, you may wish to pre-register your hotel room for immediate check in – an extra nights’ charge will apply.  Upon check in, most hotels will request an imprint of your credit card to cover any personal extras.  If you do not have a credit card, they may ask for a cash deposit.

ITINERARIES

The itinerary was correct at the time of printing, but it is subject to change without notice.  Your itinerary could change due to road or weather conditions, changes imposed by other tour operators or a range of other factors outside our control.  You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary. 

FORCE MAJEURE

You agree that we have no liability to you and will not pay any compensation to you where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. In these terms, ‘force majeure’ means any event that has an impact on your Packaged Tour which we or the other operator (where relevant) could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid.  Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pilferage, epidemics, pandemics, forced quarantine, medical or customs regulations, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, compliance with any law or government restraint order, rule regulation, strikes, lock outs, or any other cause not reasonably within the control of our control.  We reserve the right to cancel, amend or reschedule your Packaged Tour during or following any force majeure and if we do so you agree that we will have no liability to you for any direct or indirect consequences of the cancellation, amendment or rescheduling.

 

ADDITIONAL TERMS WHEN APPLICABLE:

GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND – LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR RAIL SERVICES

(Northern Explorer; Coastal Pacific; Tranz Alpine)

  • One item of check-in baggage per person
  • Maximum weight for a single bag is 32kgs
  • Bags weighing over 23kgs will require two crew members to lift onto the train – assistance from the passenger may be required
  • Wheeled cabin bags and backpacks are classed as check-in luggage
  • Two additional items of baggage can be purchased for $20.00NZD including GST per piece – pay direct at the station
  • Repack bags available to buy at the station for $10.00NZD – pay direct at the station

BUDGET RENTAL CARS:

Additional fees:

The following fees apply – they are extra and payable direct each time a vehicle is collected in a non-continuous hire. (Non-continuous hires mean hires with more than 24 hours break between them).

NZ$51.75 Airport/Ferry Terminal Collection/Return Fee

NZ$57.50 One Way Fee

Budget Protection Plan - Excess Reduction  Applicable  1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020

Compact, Intermediate and full sized sedans: Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4025.00 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault. This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$28.75 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

SUV, People Movers & Hybrid Sedan:  Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4887.50 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault.  This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$33.35 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

 

$1610.00 incl GST will be charged if a windscreen (front or back) is cracked or broken that require replacement.

Chip on windscreen will cost $69.00 incl GST

 “RSN” (Roadside Assistance Package)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$6.90 per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

Roadside Assistance covers:

  • Out of fuel (Up to $10 fuel delivery)
  • Key replacement for lost keys/keys locked in vehicle
  • Flat Tyre Assistance
  • Tyre Replacement (just the tyre – the rubber) excludes the spare wheel/wheel cover/hubcap
  • Flat Battery

Roadside Assistance PLUS Package (available from April 2019)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$11.50 incl GST per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

  • Covers Roadside Assistance include the benefits as above plus 1 Windscreen replacement free of charge

Credit card

At the time of vehicle collection, clients are required to present a bank issued credit card issued in their name (card must have embossed numbers on front of card).  A preauthorisation will be taken as security and for any additional products and services.  This is payable direct.  The preauthorisation balance will vary, with a minimum of NZ$100.00 and any further amount calculated on estimated payable direct charges (for optional extras such as additional insurance coverage, airport/ferry terminal fees, one-way fees, or accessories such as baby seat, GPS unit etc).  After return of the vehicle, the preauthorisation will be released (approximately 3-days after return of vehicle), and any actual charges will be processed.

The preauthorisation can be made by any major international credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard or Diners Club).  Budget does not accept electronic or prepaid or preloaded or reloaded debit cards or cash payments for excess, bond etc.

Any additional charges over what has been included in the nett rate will be collected direct from the client – eg. fuel, additional coverages, additional hours, accessories, fees etc.

A card transaction may apply.  This fee is general between 2-3% of the total payable direct charges.

Driver Licence/ Minimum Age

All drivers must be 21 years old or over and hold a current non-probationary drivers licence (with a full and accurate English translation shown on the licence) from their home county.  An international driver’s permit must be accompanied by a home country licence.  The international driver’s licence or permit must be in English, or an accurate English translation of the licence or permit must be given.  An accurate English translation means that the translation must be given by a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or an overseas issuing authority or a translation service acceptable to the New Zealand Transport Authority.

There is no maximum age to hire a vehicle.  There is no charge for additional authorised drivers, however they must meet the criteria of the Driver’s Licence requirements.  Additional drivers must be registered on the Budget Rental Agreement, and prior to driving they must visit a Budget branch in New Zealand to show their full and valid driver’s licence.

Driver’s licence must be carried whenever driving in New Zealand.

GPS units are available with rental vehicles at extra cost.  These GPS units can be reserved in advance if requested, but the customer must pay for the unit hire direct to Budget Rentals at the time of collection.  Costs are NZ$11.45 per day, or NZ$57.45 per week, or NZ$114.95 per month incl GST.  In the event of the unit being lost, damaged or stolen while on rent to client, the client will be charged NZ$230.00 incl GST.