Bay of Islands Activities
Prices Start at $120
Fabulous horse riding in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. From the volcano to the sea, you’ll ride through the forest while enjoying beautiful farmland and ocean views.
Novice riders will be briefed and schooled on riding techniques before embarking on a quiet leisurely horse ride through the forest enjoying beautiful scenery, forestry, ocean views from stunning forestry tracks or from the top of the volcano, and perhaps a splash into the sea at Wairoa Bay.
For more experienced groups we offer the opportunity to trot and canter or perhaps a thrilling gallop if the conditions permit. You may embark on a ride to the volcano, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking 360 views of the Pacific ocean, the islands and the pine forest.
Longer rides will combine forest, Volcano and ocean, with picnic at the volcano or by the sea, even swimming with your horses if the conditions are right.
Hole in The Rock & Dolphin Viewing, Cost $150 8.30am& 2pm, 4.5 hours-
Full Day Cream Trip Cruise, Cost $135, Special $195
Hole in the Rock, Dolphin Cruise
See the best of the Bay of Islands in one day. Designed for nature lovers and those wanting to see all the highlights of the Bay in one day.
This trip is the most extensive historical cruise offered in the Bay of Islands. This cruise follows the path of the original 1927 Cream trip and will take you on a journey back in time as you cruise past the secluded islands, delivering essential supplies and mail to island residents.
This trip will take you through the Hole in the Rock, will have an island stop, visit Motukokako island including Cathedral Cave as well as the Black rocks and Marsden Cross. Fantastic trip on a smaller vessel. Recommended as the best value for money boat trip.
Book Cruise for $140
Island Sailing Adventure
Join us for a Day Sailing Adventure in the beautiful Bay of Islands with a small personalized group. Our main goal is for everyone to experience a day they’ll never forget. You don’t have to be a sailor to join us but you’re more than welcome to take the wheel and help out. We can instruct and show you the ropes, or just sit back, relax and let us do the work.
We drop anchor in a spectacular island bay. You’ll have heaps of time ashore and enjoy a fresh healthy lunch. Try snorkelling, kayaking, have a swim or take a walk.
We cater for all ages and attract friendly people who want to have a fun day, seeing the Bay of Islands at a leisurely pace. As we sail out into the Bay, learn about the areas’ history, marine life and natural wonders.
Cost for sunset sail: $99 per person.
Cost for Full Day Sail, Including Lunch: $179 per person.
Sailing on R. Tucker Thompson
SUNSET SAIL: On this unique sailing ship view secluded islands as the ship sails across the sheltered waters of the Bay. Enjoy an antipasto platter and glass of wine as the sun starts to set. Beverages are not included in the price and can be purchased from the cash bar. The Sun Set Cruise is available from November – April.
FULL DAY SAIL INCLUDING LUNCH: To sail on the tall ship, R.Tucker Thompson, is a fantastic way to experience the Bay with the added bonus of being on a working tall ship. You can get involved and help sail the ship or relax in the sun while cruising along enjoying the stunning scenery. Ride the bowsprit or for a real challenge, or climb the rigging. This will be one of the best and environmentally friendliest way to see the Bay. R. Tucker Thompson is available from November – April.
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The reef diving in the Bay of Islands is volcanic with lots of swim throughs, caves and tunnels. We are lucky that we get a mixture of tropical and temperate fish life because of a warm current that washes our coast. We will often see Stingrays, Scorpion fish, Moray eels and big schools of plankton feeding fish like Demoiselles, Blue Mao Mao and Trevally.
Dive Rainbow Warrior: One of New Zealand premier wreck dives. The Rainbow Warrior was Greenpeace’s flagship vessel. She was on her way to protest French Nuclear Testing on Muroroa Atoll when she was sunk by saboteurs on July 10, 1985 in Auckland Harbour.
Canterbury Dive: Former HMNZS lies in Deepwater Cove at the entrance to the Bay of Islands. 114 meters long she lies in one of the most stunning and sheltered locations in the Bay.
Normal Cost $ 170 (lunch included
Full Day Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach Bus Tour
Experience the top of the North Island and uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region; entrenched in Maori culture, mythology and tradition. On your way, visit the ancient Puketi Kauri forest, with a 20 min boardwalk past 1,000 year old Kauri trees and native bush. Enjoy the opportunity for lunch, alongside the Houhora Harbour.
At Cape Reinga, stand on the northern most tip of New Zealand and watch the Pacific Ocean collide within the Tasman Sea. Later try sand boarding down the massive sand dunes at Te Paki Stream – a fun experience to be had by all. Travel along the vast and empty Ninety Mile Beach, then stop and feel the sand between your toes or help your driver/guide dig for pipi’s (shellfish).
All day bus trip, Departs Paihia at 7am and returns at approx. 6pm.