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Bay of islands

Ranked as one of NZ’s top summertime destinations, the Bay of Islands made up of 144 tropical islands is renowned for its subtropical climate, stunning sandy beaches, endless activities and attractions along with great dining options too. For those that love beaches and water activities, this place is paradise.

We have chosen some of the best & most popular activities for you to experience. Our professional, local tour operators will share their knowledge of the Bay of Islands with you.

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hole in the the rock

The most popular half day cruise in the Bay of Islands. Join your cruise in either Paihia or Russell and take in the stunning views as we head out through the islands to Cape Brett in search of dolphins & other marine life along the way.

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Take a trip to Otehei Bay

Get away for a day to an island that’s set amidst the beautiful Bay of Islands. Hire a kayak or SUP & explore some of the spectacle, secluded bays that Explore the island by foot on one of the many self-guided walking tracks, or simply lay back and enjoy the white sand beaches with crystal clear water, perfect for swimming.

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Nau mai Haere mai – Welcome to New Zealand’s most important historic site. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, rich in  history and stories of the momentous events which shaped our nation. Gain a deeper understanding of Maori culture during your guided tour

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Parasail Bay of Islands

Welcome to New Zealand’s Highest Parasailing flight @1300 feet. Jump on board our specialised parasail boat for the high-flying experience of a lifetime. Take a solo, tandem or triple parasail flight and soar high above the tranquil waters of Paihia, Russell and the Bay of Islands.

Paihia Dive

Paihia Dive is the Bay of Islands best little dive shop in Northland, offering dive trips to the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior, the Canterbury and scenic reef dive sites in the Bay of Islands. Learn to dive with the best. Paihia’s Padi Open Water courses start every Monday and run for four days.

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Wildblue Fishing Charters

The Bay of Islands is known as the Anglers Eldorado, for its abundance of fish and their world record size. Whether you want to go fishing for a few hours or for a full day trip to catch Snapper, large Kingfish or big game fish, Wildblue Charters has the comfort and capabilities to provide an amazing fishing experience.

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Barefoot Sailing Adventures

The Bay of Islands is a truly magical place to go sailing with its myriad of some 144 islands, calm, pristine waters, golden sand beaches and islands to explore. View an abundance of marine wildlife that may include birds, seals and dolphins

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the cream trip

If you want to see all the highlights of the Bay of Islands in one day then this is the cruise for you. The Cream Trip takes in the awesome ‘Hole in the Rock’, with an island stop at Otehei Bay. Enjoy a walk up to one of the many island lookouts that give you 360 degree views over the many islands of the bay.

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Carino Day Sailing

There is no better way to spend a day in the Bay of Islands than on the water sailing on the 50ft sailing catamaran ‘Carino’. Enjoy island stops and scenic walks, swim, sunbathe then enjoy a BBQ lunch back on deck. There is a possible opportunity for dolphin viewing in the afternoon 

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Bay of Islands Kayaking

What better way to experience the marine paradise of the Bay of Islands than with a sea kayaking tour. Kayak on  pristine waters exploring coves and bays. If you are lucky you may see dolphins and whales. We will equip you with the latest and safest kayaks and gear.

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Cape Reinga & 90 mile beach

No visit to New Zealand is complete without a journey to the top of the North Island. Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region rich in Maori culture and tradition on a full day return tour. Enjoy a taste of New Zealand’s varying and beautiful landscapes.

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Discover the bay

Discover the Hole in the Rock, view dolphins and visit Otehei Bay on this premium cruise and experience. With a nature guide on board, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and ask questions as you journey across the sea.

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Salt Air Scenic Flights

Salt Air provide unique scenic flights by helicopter that take in the panoramic scenery of Northland’s coastline, its many remote islands and landing on the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Salt Air also offer scenic flights by helicopter or plane to Cape Reinga at the top of New Zealand. Check out the options for your next adventure.

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Days Out Fishing Charters

Days Out Fishing Charters will make your fishing adventure an experience to remember. Within a short distance from shore you can catch Snapper, Trevally & Terakihi. Kingfish and Snapper are targeted  to the reefs to the North and around the famous Hole in the Rock.  

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Bay of Islands sea Shuttle

Our custom designed boat enables us to take you to the most secluded beaches where you can step straight from the boat onto the beach without getting your feet wet! We cater to a maximum of 20 guests allowing us to “escape the crowds” Enjoy island walks, wildlife spotting, scenic cruising, snorkelling and paddleboarding.

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Skydive Bay of Islands

Skydiving over the Bay of Islands Islands is arguably the most scenic and picturesque skydive you can do in New Zealand, experiencing the marvel of the 144 islands of the Bay of Islands from the air. If the weather permits, you may even catch a glimpse of the Cavalli Islands to the north too!

Waitangi Golf Course

The Waitangi golf course offers a stunning 18 Hole course, that provides an exciting ever changing challenge to the golfer, but also offers the most panoramic sea and island views of any other golf course in New Zealand. 

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Paihia Horse Treks

One of the best ways to discover the natural beauty of New Zealand is through horse riding. Paihia Horse Treks are committed to providing the best quality horse riding experience for all the family, from beginners through to advanced riders, with their team of well trained horses.

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Puketi Forest Guided Walks

With over 360 indigenous species of plants, this ancient Kauri rainforest is one of the most diverse in New Zealand. Join an intimate guided day or night walk through the Puketi Forest. Experienced guides with a passion for conservation share their stories and knowledge.

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Grand Cru Fishing Charters

Operating in the beautiful Bay of Islands on a 42ft Capricorn Cruiser.  Offering fishing, big game fishing, sightseeing and overnight charters tailored to your individual requirements. Target Marlin, Tuna, Kingfish and Snapper & cruise Northland’s coastline visiting iconic sights such as the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

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Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

It offers 30 scenic trails of varying difficulty with great flow and features. If you don’t have a bike ‘Paihia Mountain Bikes’ stock high quality full suspension, front suspension and the super popular electric mountain bikes, all perfect for exploring the huge amount of trails.

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Tango Jet Ski Hire

Tango Jet Ski Tours & Hire provide jet skis  for hire to ride around the bay & offer adventurous guided tours through the Bay of Islands to the famous Hole in the Rock.  Stop off on a secluded island or take refreshment at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island.

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R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

Experience sailing on a tall ship on the ‘R.Tucker Thompson’ through the spectacularly beautiful Bay of Islands. With the wind behind you, this is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to see the Bay. 

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