Activities, Trips and tours in the Bay of Islands
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Activities in the Bay of Islands

IN IDEAL LOCATIONS our accommodation is perfectly placed for you to explore the beautiful and safe inner Bay of Islands. With stunning walks and a wide range of activities available to enjoy.

We are happy to help you plan your perfect get away.

THE 144 ISLANDS IN THE BAY offer a diverse array of native flora, fauna and marine life and spectacular natural scenery. A broad range of tours operate directly from Paihia and cover not only the Bay but regions further north such as Kerikeri and Cape Reinga.

Local walks

Here are just three of the stunning walks that are easily accessed from most locations.

Opua - Paihia Coastal Walkway

Length: 5.8km, Time: 2hrs/one way

This walk enjoys fabulous views over the bay and a diverse landscape to explore with sandy beaches and mangrove board walk. The walkway takes about 1½ hour and follows the caost between Paihia and Opua with its Ferry, General Store, Marina and wonderful café. Alternatively head to Paihia and its many restaurants and cafes.

Okiato to Russell Walkway

Length: 8.2 km, Time: 4hrs/one way

A more challenging walk, take the track to Opua, catch the ferry over to Okiato and walk on to Russell. This track has coastal stretches, a fabulous boardwalk and mixed native bush: the home of many Kiwis’. It requires a reasonable level of fitness. This walk can be combined with the coastal walk above to make a great circular walk.

Oromahoe Kauri Stand

This walk is well worth the short 10 minute drive from Piahia, or 5 minutes from Opua.

This little known short walk is a gem! The DOC track takes you down into the bush to a viewing platform that opens onto a stunning Kauri stand. Drive 5km along Oromahoe road, and keep your eyes out for the DOC sign on the left. This is one of the best-kept local secrets.

Kayak & Walks

With Kayaks available in Paihia, why not explore the safe waters of the inner bay. Paddle to Russell or Omata estate vineyard for lunch, picnic on ToreTore, or catch your own snapper for the Bar B Q, maybe spot a dolphin or two on the way.

Toretore/Te Wahapu

Take a kayak from Paihia & maybe pack a picnic. Toretore is a small inland that can be seen across the Bay and is an enjoyable and reasonably easy journey. Once you have safely pulled the Kayak up the beach, it’s only a short walk – 500m or so – along the island and to the peninsula, however, it’s quite narrow and thrilling, provides stunning views and a good place to have a picnic lunch.

Other activities in the local area

Ask Stewart and Sandy about the broad range of tours that can be arranged directly on request and not only cover the bay but regions further north such as Kerikeri and Cape Reinga.

Here are few ideas to get you started

WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS - Visit the historic site where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown. Cultural performances, guided tours, the Waka (canoe) House, audio-visual shows, and much more..

EXPLORE NZ - BAY OF ISLANDS - Offering a broad range of cruises and tours - Cape Brett 'Hole In The Rock', Swim with the Dolphins, Dune Rider to Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach, Otehei Bay, and Urupukapuka island.

Paihia - A Jewel of the Bay of Islands, Whether your interest is culture, fine dining, adventure, or the enjoyment of our shimmering waters, superb beaches and abundant wildlife, you will find it here in Paihia, the friendly centre of your Far North experience.

Kerikeri, "So nice they named it twice". Kerikeri was the winner of NZ's Top Small Town in 2000 and it's not hard to see why. Blending Historic Attractions, Arts & Crafts, Horticulture, and modern lifestyles it established the framework for New Zealand's bi-cultural society.

Russell, Can you hear Russell calling? Russell (Kororareka) is a small, historic seaside village and has provided a haven for visitors since the 1700s. It reflects the tranquility of earlier times and with it's vibrant cosmopoliton community, attracts visitors from New Zealand all over the world.

Hundertwasser Toilets - Kawakawa, Experience first hand these truly unique toilets - a work of art, from the grass roof to gold balls, ceramic tiles, bottle glass windows, mosaic tiling, copper handwork, cobblestone flooring, individual sculptures and a living tree integrated into the design structure.

Scenic Flights & Tours, - Enjoy spectacular scenic flights over New Zealand's maritime playground with Salt Air. Fly by either plane or helicopter and experience Northland "Best seen from above".

Waipoua Forest, - A superb Forest Sanctuary abounding with rare New Zealand flora and fauna, mighty kauri, kiwi and ferns amongst a sub-tropical rainforest. Home of Tane Mahuta "Lord of the Forest" - the largest kauri tree in NZ.

Dive the Rainbow Warrior, - Sunk as a recreational diving wreck, the Rainbow Warrior sits upright on a white sandy bottom in around 25 metres of water. The wreck plays host to a myriad of marine life from the beautifully coloured jewel anemones to many species of fish in all shapes and sizes.

Food and Wine Trail, - Taste and sample what's grown and produced in the North - quality and freshness. The Trail delivers a truly worthwhile visitor experience.