We will be staying in Auckland just after Christmas for 3 days. One of the days we will do a tour/trip to Bay of Islands.
My question is should we do one of the organised tours from Auckland which includes the treaty grounds, morning tea, cruise to hole in the rock and back to Auckland (12-13 hour trip)
Catch the coach one way, to Paihia and do our own thing there? then catch tour/coach back in the late afternoon to Auckland, this way we have more free time and can do/see what we want to around there?
Does anyone know roughly how much the cruises are from Paihia out and around the islands? or canoes out to them? etc