Northland, Family Activities

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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ages 4+

    Thunder Trike Tours

    Have awesome thrills on a 350 V8 Chev Trike on a 30-minute or 60 minute tour from Paihia.
    When you go for a ride on the Thunder Trike you will want to ride for miles. It has been built for comfort and with a low centre of gravity, the bike has less roll and amazing grip around corners.
    You will enjoy the scenic Bay of Islands, whilst having the time of your life. A definite bucket list experience.
    Choose from 3 different routes including Haruru Falls and Waitangi, Opua or a 60-minute combination of all.
    This tour is for a minimum of 2 people.  Looking for something a little different? Fancy giving the kids a real thrill? Good news, Thunder Trike Tours caters for children too!

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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 5+

    Bay of Islands Mountain and E Bike Hire

    Located in Opua Marina at the start of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail, Bay of Islands Mountain & Ebike hire have a range of bikes to suit all ages and fitness levels.
    Located 750 metres from the start of the Twin Coast Trail, we aim to help our customers enjoy all the trail has to offer.
    All bikes are $85 per day or $55 for a half day (4 hours)
    Each hire includes: Helmet, high viz vest, maps and tuition
    We also offer shuttle transport to and from any point on the Twin Coast Trail accessible by road

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  • Discover the Bay :: Explore

    Cruise and discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area that is soaked in rich culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings.

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  • Waipu Horse Adventure

    Waipu Horse Adventures offers a unique opportunity to experience the Bream Bay and Waipu coastline on horseback. Our super team of horses are fully trained to offer you a wonderful experience.
    Our ride takes you along the beach and around the popular horse trails along Uretiti Beach.
    Small cosy groups of up to 5 people with a friendly guide experienced in dealing with novice riders.
    Rides are for 1 hour.
    All levels are caterd for although we expect consideration to be given to others of a lesser ability.

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  • Explore Group - Hole in the Rock Tour

    Cruise and discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area that is soaked in rich culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings. Your cruise includes:
    •Crusing among the 144 islands with skipper's commentary
    •A visit to the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock' and when conditions permit travel through it
    •Viewing dolphins on over 90% of our trips, we are the only ‘Hole in the Rock' trip with a lifetime dolphin viewing guarantee.
    •Island stop at Otehei Bay on the Department of Conservation's Urupukapuka Island Other tours and combos available, including riding on the dunes, swimming with dolphins and racing on sailing yachts. 

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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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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.