Northland, Family Activities

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  • Ages 7+

    Bumper Ball - Whangarei

    There's a new buzz in Whangarei and it's called Bumper Ball! Bump, roll and flip over whilst trying to score a goal against your opponents!   Hilarious to play and to watch, Bumper... read more

  • Ages 6+

    O'Neill Surf Academy - Northland & Matakana

    O'Neill Surf Academy has THE best range of surf experiences for families! They offer Kids Only - 90 minutes sessions, Family Surf Lessons - 2 hours (for 2 adults & up to 3 kids), P... read more

  • Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands - Paihia

    Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands offers the most extensive range of Bay of Islands cruises. See all the top Bay of Islands attractions, like the famous Hole in the Rock, beautiful Urupukapuka Island and the Cape Brett Peninsula as well as dolphins, whales and other marine life. Go swimming with dolphins, sail on the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson or experience an Island Adventure. Cruises depart daily from Paihia and Russell.

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  • Papatuanuku Earth Mother Tours

    Experience an exclusive maori cultural guided tour through an amazing native kauri forest.
    Learn how maori traditionally used the trees, plants and birds of the forest to heal, protect, nourish, entertain and support their growing families.
    * Knowledge of traditional trapping methods for food.
    * Modern pest control trapping methods used today.
    * Option to try traditional maori medicines.
    * Listen to the haunting sounds of a traditional maori instrument.

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  • Ages 5+

    Bay of Islands Parasail

    Bay of Islands Parasail offers you the ultimate way to see this spectacular island paradise.  Enjoy an experience that the whole family will love!  You can choose to take a solo, tandem or triple parasail flight (all children must fly with an accompanying adult), and soar high above the waters taking in the memorable views. Trips take one hour and fly time for each parasail is approx 10-12 minutes.  When you're not in flight there are plenty of great opportunities to take photos, enjoy the views and to anticipate the thrilling ride of all other people flying.  You can also choose to enjoy a private customised Bay of Islands (1.5 or 2.5 hour tour) that includes flying and either an Island tour or a Hole in the Rock Tour.  Photo and video packages available.  Minimum age 5 years. 

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  • Whangaroa Harbour Water Transport

    Whangaroa Harbour Water Transport lets you enjoy the scenic Whangaroa Harbour by boat. Our 90 minute ‘Discover Whangaroa Harbour Tour' will provide you with a close up look at the beautiful beaches, bays, tall cliffs and lush green foliage that make the harbour one of the most beautiful in the world.
    Our tour will provide you with entertaining, insightful, and informative information about the historic harbour. The harbour tour also has a strong emphasis on ecology, told in the context of the stories of the local community. We promise to make the tour personalised to satisfy your explorer’s curiosity.

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  • The Rock Adventure Cruise

    The Rock is New Zealand's biggest house boat, she is purpose built and offers a warm, homely, stable environment for cruising the Bay of Islands. With a capacity of 36, the Rock is suitable for travellers of all ages who enjoy great company, new experiences, and who don't mind getting their feet wet.  Our overnight cruise allows guests to encounter everything the Bay has to offer and reflects the adventurous Kiwi spirit. The Rock features a spacious and open downstairs living area that includes a bar, dining area, lounge, pool table, piano and open fire.  Outside has an open deck that is the ideal platform for the onboard activities. Upstairs all cabins have sea views and doors that open onto observation decks perfect for viewing the scenery and wildlife. Includes fun activities like target shooting, dusk fishing, night kayaking, snorkeling, island exploring and more.

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  • Ages 8+

    Explore :: Swim with Dolphins

    Discover dolphins in their world. Cruise the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands and spot these playful mammals leaping and dancing over waves. Take the plunge and join them for an unforgettable encounter…suitable for all ages.

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  • Ages 2+

    Horse Riding Auckland and Pony Rides

    Our ponies are perfectly suited to little ones who will have their very own special pony and personal trainer. Instuction is one on one, where we can pamper you with all our attention. Make your child's dreams come true, only 40 minutes from central Auckland. Enquire about our fun school holiday programmes and fabulous Dream Pony Parties.

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  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, overlooking the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand's pre-eminent historic site. It was here on February 6th, 1840, that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown. Visit the Birthplace of a Nation (free entry for all New Zealanders) and enjoy a range of tours and activities.

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  • Salt Air Scenic Flights

    Salt Air can offer you a unique and memorable experience of the Bay of Islands and Northland from the air with spectacular coastline views and island scenery. 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.

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  • Ages 10+

    Bay of Islands Kayaking

    The Islands of the Bay are surrounded by white sand beaches and rocky coastline. There are caves to paddle into and explore and the water is crystal clear. Full day out, suitable for all ages with average fitness.

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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.