Bay of Islands Coastal Escape

Explore the fairytale coastal landscapes of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands on this idyllic escape, offering the perfect dose of romantic and relaxation.

Journey Overview

Explore the fairytale coastal landscapes of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands on this idyllic escape. Sail through the glistening bay, uncovering hidden island wonders on a shared catamaran cruise. Panoramic views on exhilarating aerial explorations paired with luxury vineyard dining are sure to leave you satisfied in every sense. Based at the secluded garden haven of Donkey Bay Inn, this indulgent escape offers the perfect dose of romantic and relaxation.

Journey Highlights

  • Base yourself in the luxurious clifftop haven of Donkey Bay Inn
  • Be whisked away on a private scenic helicopter flight over the dramatic Hole in the Rock
  • Savour a three-course champagne lunch at award-winning Sage Restaurant at Paroa Winery
  • Embark on a discovery of the beautiful Bay of Islands with a relaxing cruise
  • Immerse yourself in artistic discovery with visits to the kaleidoscope of local galleries

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bay of Islands

On arrival into the Bay of Islands Airport, meet your A&K driver and transfer by private vehicle to Donkey Bay Inn, your garden haven, where the remainder of the day is yours to relax.
Donkey Bay Inn

Day 2: Bay of Islands

Start with a sky-high adventure as you soar over the dramatic and beautiful Hole in the Rock on a scenic helicopter flight. Experience the natural vista from the air and on foot, with the option to land on the island and stand in awe of the natural wonders, surrounded by steep cliffs over 150 metres high. Your helicopter tour will conclude at the award-winning Sage Restaurant at Paroa Bay winery for a three-course champagne lunch before being transferred back to your accommodation with the afternoon at leisure.
Donkey Bay Inn | BL

Day 3: Bay of Islands

After breakfast transfer by limousine to the Russell ferry, continuing by water to Paihia.

It is here you’ll embark on your shared Bay of Islands sailing adventure, a peaceful way to explore this magnificent area. On board, lend a hand to hoist the sails or sit back and relax as the sails catch the breeze and you cruise across the waves past many of the 144 islands in the archipelago. Enjoy the spectacular scenery o and watch wild dolphins and seabirds in their ocean habitat. before your skipper picks the best of the islands to disembark and explore, with swimming, snorkelling and nature walks just some of the activities on offer. Enjoy a BBQ lunch back aboard your catamaran before sailing back to Paihia and returning to Russell by ferry. Please note: Your sailing adventure is subject to favourable sea and weather conditions.
Donkey Bay Inn | Meals: BL

Day 4: Bay of Islands

Today is at leisure to enjoy the Bay of Islands region. You could head out on the water by kayak, settle in for a seafood feast at one of the many outstanding eateries, or embark on a bush walk or coastal stroll. History buffs might visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the site of the signing of the country’s founding document.

With many galleries to discover and epicurean delights to be found, the day is sure to delight, however you choose to enjoy it.
Donkey Bay Inn | Meals: B

Day 5: Depart Bay of Islands

Your escape comes to an end today, as you meet your A&K driver in the lobby and transfer by private vehicle to the Bay of Islands Airport for your onward flight.
Donkey Bay Inn | Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Donkey Bay Inn, Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands Coastal Escape

Donkey Bay Inn commands wide-ocean views from a gated, private peninsula on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, a short walk ... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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