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Activities and Attractions in the Bay of Islands

As agents for local tour operators, Phil and Wendy can help you with free information and advice about activities and attractions for your Bay of Islands holiday.

You can see a variety of Air, Land and Water based activities below, feel free to pre-book any of these with us directly.

Air-Based Activities

Cape Reinga Half Day Fly/Drive Excursion

Two incredible scenic flights taking in both of Northland’s spectacular coastlines including the world famous 90 mile Beach before landing 20km south of Cape Reinga. 2½ hour guided vehicle tour around the very tip of the North Island and the incredibly spiritual Cape Reinga.

Price: NZ$450 per person (Includes return flights, guided ground tour, refreshments and GST)

Helicopter Hole in the Rock Scenic Flight

Enjoy a scenic flight over the beautiful Bay of islands. Fly over the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the main island group to the world famous “Hole in the Rock”. The townships of Russell, Paihia & Waitangi are also viewed from the air. Optional upgrades including landing on the Hole in the Rock is a magical experience. Alternatively stop over at one of the 144 islands in the Bay for a few hours and return by boat to Paihia later in the day.
Prices from $260.00 per person

Bay of Islands Parasailing

New Zealand’s highest parasail!

Enjoy stunning aerial views of the Bay of Islands at 1200ft from the perfect safety of a custom-designed boat. Suitable for the entire family, no physical restrictions or experience required. Take off and landing is from the back deck of the boat and a choice of single, tandem or triple flights.

From $99.00 per person (tandem/triple basis)
$129.00 per person single basis

Land-Based Activities

Cycling Adventures


From Opua Marina to Kaikohe as a one day 40km ride.  A fairly easy ride along historic coal railway, to Kawakawa with its vintage railway and famous Hundertwasser Toilets. Kawakawa to Kaikohe provides more rail history along with great rural and bush scenery.

Pickups available from Paihia. $100.00 per person – self guided.      

Cape Reinga Wanderer Tour

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island’s Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua).

Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and tradition, on a full-day return tour from Paihia or Kerikeri. Experience the thrill of driving along 90 mile beach and sand boarding on the giant dunes.

Hokianga Day Tour including Tane Mahuta

Journey into a unique part of New Zealand, first discovered by Kupe the voyager. Visit the 2.8 million year old Wairere Boulders and the Waipoua Forest, and meet a national icon, the mighty kauri tree Tane Mahuta on a full-day tour from Paihia. Enjoy a lunch stop at the picturesque Hokianga harbour.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Treaty Grounds are a “must see” when you visit the Bay of Islands. This is the place where the founding document of New Zealand as it is today was signed between the British and the Maori in 1840.

The Cultural Performance and evening Hangi at Waitangi are highly recommended.

Comprehensive Day Pass $50.00
Hangi & Concert $105.

Water-Based Activities

Hole in the Rock Cruise

Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on Dolphin Seeker, our purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Cruise past many of the 144 islands and take in the sights of the Hole in the Rock and the rich history and scenery that makes up the bay of Islands. Island stopover included as well as a bonus free ferry ticket to extend your day. ****Combine with the Cape Reinga Full Day Tour to create great savings on your Combo Deal

Cream Trip

Take part in the Bay of Islands most famous cruise. The “Cream Trip” began in 1927 and remains a popular cruise with tourists today. You will have a full Day in the Bay including dolphin encounters and swimming ( additional fees apply), discovering the Hole in the Rock, delivering mail , boom netting , Island stopover for lunch and learning the history of the Bay of Islands through informative and interactive commentary.

Dolphin Eco Adventure

Get up close to view and swim with Dolphins in their natural environment in New Zealand’s warmest waters. Travel on our purpose built 35 seat intimate vessel with an experienced passionate crew which will get you as close as possible to these amazing creatures. Swim is included and wetsuit, snorkel and mask are supplied. Terms and conditions do apply.

Tall Ship Sailing Full Day Excursion in the Bay of Islands

Experience a day on the water on the R. Tucker Thompson, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner with her own unique history. Be as active as you like and take the helm, help set the sails, ride the bowsprit and climb the rigging or simply relax while the crew command this impressive ship as it sails around the Bay of Islands.

Fishing Adventures

Do you crave the thrill of the bite? The satisfaction of a successful fight? The kudos of catching a bigger fish than your mates? That’s why self-confessed ‘fish-a-holic’ Matt invites you to join him onboard ‘Anglers Anonymous’, his 29 foot sport-fishing boat, for some ‘fishing therapy’ in the beautiful Bay of Islands, at the Far North of New Zealand’s North Island.

Whether you’re staying in Paihia, Russell, Opua, Waitangi, or anywhere in between, they will can pick you up and drop you safely back on the wharf again after an enjoyable fishing trip.

4-Hour Snapper Fishing charter $99pp Max 8 persons. 6-Hour Kingfishing charger $250pp  Max 6 persons

Diving, Snorkelling, Water Taxis

For a range of options for diving, snorkelling adventures or water taxis to get you out to one of those fabulous island walks, enquire here for more information or specific prices.

Sea Kayaking

Fully guided Half Day
Departing daily from our base at Waitangi Beach we paddle up the sheltered waters of the Waitangi Estuary to spend time exploring the fascinating Mangrove forests and Haruru falls.
NZ$95.00 per person

Carino Full Day Sailing & Dolphins

Day Sailing Adventure including dolphin watching

  • 9.30am – 3.45pm
  • Daily – weather permitting
  • Paihia & Russell, pickup from wharf
  • Relaxing Day sail
  • A chance to feel the magic of Dolphins
  • Untouched beaches on Island stopover
  • Safe and easy Snorkelling
  • Beautiful island scenic walks
  • BBQ Lunch

$143.00 per Adult, $103.00 per Child, Including BBQ lunch