Cruise Around the Bay and Outer Islands
Another star attraction of the cruise along the Bay of Islands includes a visit to the Kawiti Caves that houses thousands of illuminating glow worms making for a spectacular sight besides the gleaming stalactites and stalagmites.
Location: Pahia, Kerikeri, and Urupukapuka islands, Bay of Islands
The ride has a predominant grading of 1-2 (easy-easiest) hence is suitable for any kind of rider. You can try both off and on-road riding on the smooth and wide trail with gentle climbs.
Location: Kaikohe, Bay of Islands
Visit Rainbow Falls
You can spot fantails flitting about or hear the tui call near the falls. Do not forget to take a refreshing dip here in the pool below the falls, or just enjoy a gorgeous close-up view.
Location: Kerikeri 0295, New Zealand
You will be in complete awe of the inshore catches that will include species of trevally, the delicious kahawai, kingfish, grouper and the lip-smacking snapper. You can also opt for light-tackle or salt-water fly fishing here at the Bay.
Location: Paihia, Bay of Islands
The spectacular views of the lush countryside, golden beaches and the turquoise water will amaze you beyond imagination. Sitting on the plane’s edge, building your anticipation, you prepare to make an exit and finally jump. After an insane freefall of 20 seconds you will float beneath a canopy before landing at the drop zone. Flexing your courage muscles you can also take it to the limit and book for a 20,000 feet jump with a free fall that lasts 85 seconds.
Location: 182 Wiroa Road, Kerikeri 0475, New Zealand
Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling
Explore the shipwrecks here, the local beach dives and offshore islands as you try the scallop and crayfish dives. No matter what location you choose for your activity, never part with your underwater camera.
Location: Paihia Dive
Kayaking to Haruru Falls
You will totally enjoy a paddle in modern sea kayaks with spray skirts and rudders to keep the water out. Exploring the mangrove forests up the Waitangi river will let you get close to the falls and click stunning photos as you take thrilling plunge under the waterfall.
Location : 80 Haruru Falls Road, Waitangi 0204, New Zealand
Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
This place represents the signing of Waitangi Treaty: a founding agreement between the British and Maori. You will spend time witnessing the Carved Meeting House, The Flagstaff, The War Canoes, and the Waitangi Museum besides watching a colorful Maori cultural performance while enjoying a sip of your favourite drink.
Location: Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi 0293, New Zealand
Check Out the Hell Hole of the Pacific
Today this peaceful resort town is a complete contrast from the time when it used to be a lawless community. It welcomes visitors to witness its windy waterfront, and the beautiful town that it is today, 200 years since its establishment.
Location: Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
You get to soar to a height of 1300 feet and above as you take in birds-eye views of the whole bay and its islands. Even children as young as 8-9 years can try this activity that lasts ten minutes.
Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Explore Pompallier House
The wonderful stories connected to this place will mesmerize you and you can also explore the award-winning gardens in their spectacular beach-side setting offering mind-boggling views across the bay to Waitangi. Come to the Pompallier house and try some enlightening things to do in Bay of Islands like binding books, tanning a hide and much more.
Location: 5 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Visit Parrot Place
You can get close to the friendly pet parrots and have many photos taken with them. In the walk-through aviaries you can also feed these beautiful parrots while your kids go all out and wild in the picnic area and play park located in the Parrot Place’s premises.
Location: 1 Mission Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
Check Out the Russell Museum
This informative local museum contains tons of Maori artifacts like a small waka (canoe), Maori taonga, an original whaleboat, and game fisherman’s mementos. Stroll through the grounds of the museum and you will discover many Maori herbal plants in the garden here. You will witness Captain Cook’s ship’s massive replica besides several other historical photographs.
Location: 2 York Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Visit Tane Mahuta
Once you are led inside the jungle, you will find the dense canopy blocking out the sun, the temperature dropping and the fading away of the sounds of the world.
Location: Waipoua Kauri Forest 0376, New Zealand
Explore Ninety Mile Beach
You will thoroughly enjoy exploring this secluded beach that offers the most diverse fishing. You can catch the yellowtail kingfish, elephant shark, snapper, salmon, gummy shark and whiting here. The surreal landscape of the beach lets you enjoy the views of the towering sand hills and practice the thrilling and unique sport of sand boarding.
Location: Kaitaia, New Zealand (western coast of the far north of the North Island of New Zealand)