Bay of Islands & Northland Attractions & Activities

The Northland culture and history is the epitome of New Zealand tourism. The matchless maritime beauty of the place and the easy accessibility to world-class facilities in accommodation and fine dining lure a consistent flow of tourists here. The local terrain and background landscapes are simply breathtakingly beautiful.
There are special holiday packages that offer a grand combination of economic stay and complimentary passes to the local harvested food and wine celebrations, and arts and crafts displays.

Northland is celebrated the world over as a fishing, diving and Northland is popular for the 90 Mile Beach, Cape Reinga, Ahipara, Karikari Peninsula and Doubtless Bay. The regions are regularly visited, but still appear as if waiting to be discovered.

The west coast of Northland is full of local stories about shipwrecks. The region is rich with the traditional kauri logging and gum digging activities that go back in time to the discovery of Northland.

The Bay of Islands region here has a lot of historical significance and flaunts a number of marine activities like snorkeling and scuba diving. There are many online and offline resources that enable you to put together a package tour to Northland. There are many ways to enjoy New Zealand’s food and wine basket. Northland offers aqua adventure options and special cultural encounters and eco experiences that will make your holiday here an affair to remember!

Bay of Islands & Northland Day Tours

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‘Ipipiri’ Overnight Cruise

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The Great Sights 'Ipipiri' overnight cruise through the historic Bay of Islands is a unique journey into the youngest country on earth. This two day cruise will showcase the past and the present of New Zealand's finest sub tropical and maritime destination. Featuring 30 identical ocean view cabins, spread over two decks, all cabins will include full sized ensuites and sea views so that passengers can watch the sun rise and set from the privacy of their cabins (options: one king bed or two single beds) When the ship anchors at sea, the onboard tender (small run-about) will ferry passengers to and from nearby islands to enjoy activities like snorkeling, swimming and kayaking. The crew will help visitors with local information and provide interpretation of the many legends and stories unique to this area. Cruise operates daily from September to April. Guests check-in at 12.30pm at the Paihia Maritime Building. Your cruise depar....
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Cape Reinga Day Tour

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This journey will take you to Cape Reinga, where according to Maori legend, spirits depart on their journey to the homeland - Hawaiki. On your way, visit the ancient Puketi Kauri Forest, with a 20 minute boardwalk past 1,000 year old Kauri trees and native bush. Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Houhora (optional extra for $23 per person). On arrival at Cape Reinga, stand on the northern most tip of New Zealand and watch the Pacific Ocean collide with the Tasman Sea. Ask your driver guide about planting a native tree at Cape Reinga (additional cost). Then take the opportunity to try sandboarding down the massive sand dunes on boogie boards at Te Paki Stream – try it if you dare! A fun experience that is available to all passengers. Your journey along the vast and empty Ninety Mile Beach will provide striking contrasts to the busy and populated East Coast. Feel the sand between your toes as you help your driver guide dig for shellfish (condition....
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Discover Kerikeri

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Discover some of Kerikeri's best keep secrets in this popular afternoon tour. Kerikeri is rich in history and was home territory for the formidable Maori chief Hongi Hika, who terrorised many tribes throughout the North Island in the early 1800s. A shrewd strategist, Hongi made nearby land available for a Church Missionary Society station. He intended to use the mission to secure European weapons and other skills to further his war aims. By 1827, however, Hongi and many of his followers had moved on, leaving Kerikeri to the missionaries and the Reverend Samuel Marsden who established New Zealand's second mission station here. Reverend Marsden is also widely credited with planting the first grapevines in New Zealand. The vines were planted as part of Marsden’s efforts to establish a settlement for the Church Missionary Society at Kerikeri. He recorded the planting in his journal of his second visit to New Zealand: Wine still ....
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Hole in the Rock Morning Cruise

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Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on Dolphin Seeker, a purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as we get you up close to the action from the comfort of Dolphin Seeker. Our catamaran is licensed by DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock – hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the sheltered waters of the Bay. Hole in the Rock Morning Cruise and Optional Island Stopover timings: Departs Paihia 9.00 am Returns Paihia 12.00 for 3 hour cruise Or Returns Paihia 1.00 pm for 4 h....
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Ocean Adventure Express

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Experience the Ocean Adventure that the Bay of Islands is famous for. Speed through the open waters and ride waves. Go offshore to capture the excitement of the Cape Brett Peninsula. Soak up the adventure!

Your Ocean Adventure includes:
• Cruising among the 144 islands
• Visiting the Cape Brett Peninsula and the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock’
• Entering the amazing Cathedral Cave
• Hearing the fascinating tales of the Bay as told by your skipper
• Spotting the wildlife along the way
• The option to include an island stop at Otehei Bay on the Department of Conservation’s Urupukapuka Island#

#Only available on 9.30am and 12.30pm departures, subject to availability

Our high speed Ocean Adventure is a Rigid- hulled Inflatable Boat (RIB) that has great pedigree. It has been used to service offshore oil rigs, as a search and rescue boat and a chase boat during Ame....

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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The essential element of your Bay of Islands visit is the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the Birthplace (Te Pitowhenua) of New Zealand. It was here on February 6th, 1840, that the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, was first signed between Maori and the British Crown. The previous day a draft of the Treaty in English and Māori was discussed before a gathering of about 500 Māori and 200 Pākehā. Many Māori were suspicious of what was intended, but after much debate around 40 chiefs signed the Treaty on February 6th. The Treaty was then taken on a journey around the country to visit the chieftains who had been unable to travel to Waitangi and by September 1840 another 500 chiefs around the country had signed. For individual guests or groups, there is a range of activities to enhance your visit to the Treaty Grounds. The enthusiastic, award-winning guides and events professionals will work to add value and impact to a m....
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