We are on an escorted tour, and have a choice.
1. We can do a Fly/Drive to Cape Reinga in the morning on our own, and they can supposedly get us to Opua around 1:30pmto join an overnight cruise on the Ipipiri. This cruises the Bay of Islands, docks overnight at a bay, and then takes us back the next day to Paihia which we can explore until the coach picks us up and takes us back to Auckland.
2. Alternatively, we can do a Fly/Drive to Cape Reinga in the morning on our own, and then spend time on land in the Bay of Islands the first day. The next day, we can take a catamaran cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock, meander through the inner islands, viewing sandy beaches and rocky outcrops, then relax on a secluded bay. Following the cruise, a coach takes us back to Auckland.
Which of the two choices would you pick, and why?