EXPLORE – Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands and Northland Scenic Flights and Tours
Our guided tour options and island escapes will also leave you with an appreciation of our local history, culture and coastal environment that is uniquely Northland.
Sea kayaking tours in the stunning Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s marine paradise! Explore the islands, kayak with dolphins, paddle under a waterfall or fish for a delicious Snapper… Enjoy great weather, magnificent scenery and white sand beaches…… This is the best sea kayaking to be had in New Zealand.
Cream Trip – Day in The Bay
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.
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.
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
Discover the hidden nature of Northland with its wealth of untold stories and a culture deeply rooted in nature. Travel to the West Coast where you will meet your local Māori guide who will take you into the ancient forest to see the oldest and most sacred living giant kauri tree in NZ. Through waiata (song) and interpretation discover why Māori believe that this mighty giant is Tane Mahuta, the Lord of the Forest. Spend some time in the seaside village of Opononi before settling back as we follow the historical trading trail. End your day at the Kawiti family glow worm caves where the lights of glow worms will surround you amongst amazing stalactites and stalagmites.
A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – 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.
Hole in the Rock + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry Explore the Bay by land and sea over two days, with a dolphin watching cruise and a trip to New Zealand’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga. Choose either a half-day Hole in the Rock cruise and explore the Bay in search of dolphins while visiting its highlights – or get into the water and swim with these amazing creatures on a Dolphin Eco Experience cruise. Please note Dolphin Eco Experience is not available between 29 April – 25 October 2014; swimming with dolphins is available as an optional extra on the Hole in the Rock cruise during this period.
Great Value Combo Deal – Surf and Swim
Dolphin Eco + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry You’ll get the full Bay of Islands experience with this combo. On your Dolphin Eco Experience cruise, slip into New Zealand’s warmest waters and go swimming with dolphins in their natural environment Surf and Swim Combo
Then take a trip into New Zealand’s Far North and visit Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand. In Māori legend, this is the place where spirits depart for the underworld. Along the way, drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach, see ancient kauri trees and surf down giant sand dunes on a boogie board. Your combo also includes a ferry ride between Paihia and Russell so you can explore this historic township.
Great Value combo deals- The Beginnings
The Cream Trip + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry
Northland is known as the ‘birthplace of New Zealand’ – take a trip through history with this combo. Start with a full day Bay of Islands cruise, following the route of the original Cream Trip, which sparked the beginning of tourism in the region. Spend the day on the water, try boom-netting, swim with dolphins (optional extra) and enjoy an island stopover. Then visit the Far North and discover Cape Reinga, a place steeped in Māori tradition and the northernmost point of New Zealand. Journey through ancient forest, along famous Ninety Mile Beach and even along a stream, where you can try sand-surfing down huge dunes! Your combo also includes a ferry trip to Russell, a charming seaside village with a dark history just waiting to be discovered.
Discover the rugged seaward side of the Bay with its sheer cliffs and caves as well as the sweeping sandy beaches of the inshore islands. Visit the majestic Black Rocks – rare basalt formations found in only three locations worldwide. Keep a look out for marine life, from juvenile hammerhead sharks to little blue penguins. For the true nature lover, extend your day by stepping ashore at beautiful Urupukapuka Island, and take your time exploring its many walking trails before meeting our return boat in the afternoon (8:30am departure only).