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Responsible travel: Auckland – Upper North Island road trip - DAY 3-4

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Ecocruz offers a 3 DAY CRUISE / ISLAND TIME ON A PREDATOR FREE SANCTUARY. All activities are guided, but you always have the option to explore by yourself or to just sit back and relax. Ecocruz is the original Bay of Islands multi day sailing cruise – enjoy the Bay the way the locals do. Join the friendly crew and discover the Bay of Islands Maritime Park on a 3 day/2 night sailing adventure aboard the Manawanui, a 22-metre ketch.


This is a down-to-earth nature cruise, taking you off the beaten track to give you a real taste of the marine environment and the beautiful landscapes of this unique coastal region in the Far North of New Zealand.

Trips depart Tuesday and Friday, November-May

  • Passenger numbers are limited to 10 per trip to ensure a personal atmosphere
  • Accommodation is in private double cabins or shared 4-berth bunk rooms

Ecocruz is a strong supporter of several environmental groups in the Bay of Islands. A sustainable, responsible tour operator deserves the support of visitors to the Bay of Islands.


  • Visit REWA’s Village, part of historic Kororipo Pā and historic Stone Store complex to understand traditional medical and herbal practices and the role of the bush in the lives of the traditional inhabitants of New Zealand, the Maori.
  • Stone Store, the oldest continually operated shop in New Zealand
  • Heritage walkways, waterfalls and places of interest check out Kerikeri short walks


Meet artists, meet locals, greet new friends and relax in the balmy sub-tropical climate exploring the Bay of Islands. You will walk through a replica pre-European Maori village with its plantings introducing the medicinal and herbal applications of the flora of New Zealand for its inhabitants.

The Stone Store
@Waitangi Treaty Ground


Travel like a local and catch the ferry to Pahia and Waitangi. Cycle or walk to the historic treaty grounds.


  • Te Rau Aroha Museum narrating the story of Maori battalions and their contribution to the defense of Aotearoa New Zealand. The main exhibition, Price of Citizenship Te Utu o Te Kiriraraunga uses contemporary interactive multimedia messaging to engage the audience.
  • Cultural performances in the Te Whare Rūnanga and local guides explain the significance of Waitangi as one of the sites for the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The treaty was signed between the British Crown and 500 Maori chiefs. The treaty established the foundations for the British colony.
  • Waitangi grounds include a carving studio open to the public for viewing, a traditional Maori waka (canoe) and walks
  • Waitangi, one of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites, is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and more than 500 Maori chiefs. The treaty agreed the terms by which New Zealand would become a British colony.
  • View a full sized replica of the Treaty and learn about Maori culture and the events leading up to the Treaty. The museum Te Kongahu conducts regular guided tours.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
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