Bay of Islands coach
Let someone else do the driving and grab a bus to the Bay of Islands
. Ticket prices are reasonable, the views are good, and you'll usually get a halfway break.
Seats can get booked out, especially in the summer, so it's recommended to book ahead - send them an email or fill out a ticket request on their website.
Check what time your bus arrives and maybe book your accommodation before you leave - nothing worse than arriving and everything is closed!