Bay of Islands Attractions & Activities
Bay of Islands Kayaking
With options of Eco Kayak Tours and Kayak Fishing you can spend up to a day enjoying the Bay of Islands from the water. Tours depart daily with skilled guides to show you around most of the 144 islands in the bay and take you to the best kayak fishing spots!
Blue Sea Fishing
Blue Sea Fishing Charters offer groups the opportunity to catch some big game fish in the Bay of Islands. All world records for Striped Marlin, Yellowtail Kingfish and Snapper are held along this stretch of coast. They cater for all types of experience from learners to experienced anglers.
Top Trail Cycle Tours
Enjoy a bike tour with Top Trail Cycle Tours on your trip to the Bay of Islands. The trail is around 2 – 3 hours depending on your chosen speed and is easy going with only a few gentle slopes and smooth surfaces. This trail takes you through some beautiful Northland countryside and offers spectacular photographic opportunities. Cycles and helmets can hired as well as drop off and picks ups by arrangement.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is New Zealands most important historic site. The Bay of Islands is host to this history rich location where momentous events occurred and shaped our nation. There are guided tours available as well as cultural performances available as combo deals.
The Rainbow Falls in the Bay of Islands are some of the most spectacular in New Zealand. Sheltered by native trees during the wheelchair accessible walk up to the three viewing platforms you will be amazed by this natural, picturesque Bay of Islands attraction. Listen out for some native New Zealand birds as you stroll along the edge of the water.
Rainbow Warrior Shipwreck
The Rainbow Warrior Shipwreck is a popular dive site for diving enthusiasts. Providing a home for all types of Reef life you will be amazed with the ship as well as the life now living on and around the wreck. The wreck can be reached by a small boat only.
Hole in the Rock
The Bay of Islands is home to one of New Zealand’s most unusual and spectacular rock formations along the coastline, best known as the Hole in the Rock. Cruises will take you past Cape Brett Lighthouse and you are guaranteed to see Dolphins. You will be taken through the Hole in the Rock and then have the opportunity to stop off at one of the picturesque beaches on the way back.
90 Mile Beach
Ninety Mile Beach is the stretch of coastline that stretches from Ahipara to Scott Points in the far North. The beach is actually only 88kms in length and is an official highway – mostly only suitable for 4WD vehicles. As well as driving along this beautiful stretch of coastline you can try surf casting, swimming and bodyboarding down the sand dunes.
Cape Reinga is the north westernmost tip of the North Island in New Zealand. Known by Maori as the points where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld this is a very special place. Generally considered to be the point at where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean clash you can watch the unsettled waters from the light house.
Kawiti Glow Worm Caves
You can discover the magic of the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves when visiting the Bay of Islands. There are guided tours available through the Kawiti caves for you to experience one of New Zealand’s wonders with your family. Journey through the cave and its hidden chambers where the glow worms fill the cavern as far as you can see.
Travel down 90 Mile Beach on a Dune Rider giving you the chance to get to Cape Reinga and boogie board down the sand dunes. Departing from Paihia daily you can take advantage of this day trip for the family especially if you don’t have your own transport! The best way to experience the far North.
Makana Chocolate Factory
Makana Confections produce some of New Zealands best boutique chocolates. These hand-made chocolates are made on locations and when visiting you can see how they are made, taste some samples and choose from a large selection great for gifts.
Historic Stone Store
The Stone Store is New Zealand’s oldest stone building. This construction was originally built for holding New Zealand mission supplies and wheat. This didn’t last long and the building was then used as a kauri gum trading store. Today the historic Stone Store is a local tourist attraction with classically branded Kiwiana available to purchase.
Kingdom of Zion
The Kingdom of Zion, formerly known as Zion Wildlife Gardens is open daily for guided tours and general admission. You will get to meet all of the big cats the park as well as have the opportunity to visit them during feeding times. There are coach tours available from Paihia.