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  • Perfect Day - Dive Tutukaka

    This amazing day trip really lives up to its name! The spectacular Poor Knights Islands are a wonderland of discovery, waiting to be explored by you, so why not jump in a kayak, explore a cave, go snorkelling or just relax and take in the sights on this incredible adventure.

    Dive Tutukaka offer this ultimate, non-diving trip on a custom-built boat with indoor and outdoor seating, air-conditioning and plenty of shading, two levelled decks and an amazing live, underwater ‘fish cam’ that feeds live shots directly into the boat!

    During your trip, you will be able to partake in sea-mammal and other wildlife spotting, kayaking, snorkelling, swimming and cave exploration, as well as learning about the amazing history and facts about the incredible Poor Knights Islands area. To top it all off, you will indulge in a delicious buffet lunch!

    Child price for under 15 year olds.

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  • Ages 5+

    Bay of Islands Parasailing

    Parasailing is the ultimate way to view the stunning Bay of Islands. Jump on board the specialised parasail boat for an experience of a life time, soaring above the tranquil blue waters of Paihia, Russell and the Bay of Islands. Choose to fly on your own, with a friend in tandem or even with the whole family on a triple flight. Your flight will be 1,300 feet high in the sky, no one else flies you higher for 360 degree views and don't forget to keep an eye out for Dolphins!

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  • Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Tour

    At the very top of the North Island of New Zealand, there is an oasis of unrivalled beauty – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua in Māori). This amazingly scenic area is a must-see for those who want to experience the wonder of Māori tradition and culture, as well as for those who just want a great, fun-filled day.

    Setting off from Paihia, your first stop takes you in to the gorgeous Puketi Kauri Forest. The ancient, 2,000 year-old giant kauri trees stand majestic against the forest backdrop.

    The climb up to the iconic Cape Reinga Lighthouse allows you to view the tremendously powerful waves below you, as the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide. Enjoy your lunch while gazing out at Taputaputa Bay before entertaining yourself with some cricket, rugby, Frisbee or just enjoy relaxing after your meal. Heading along Te Paki Stream, you encounter the mammoth sand dunes that the area is popular for; and what are sand dunes good for? Sand boarding of course! The effort of walking up the huge sand dunes is well rewarded by the fast, fun-filled journey back down on your provided board. Simply awesome!

    Driving along the almost untouched 90-mile beach makes you feel as though you are exploring a deserted tropical island!  As the sun starts to fade, you can enjoy a world-famous meal of fish and chips overlooking the sparkling water at Mangonui.

    Child rates for 5-14 year olds.  Under 5s are free of charge.

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  • Bay of Islands Sea Shuttle Day Tour

    Escape the crowds on an island getaway around the Bay of Islands. With island walks, wildlife spotting, snorkeling, paddle boarding and the boat cruise this is an awesome day of fun for the family!

    Keep a look out for marine life and shore birds that inhabit the area including dolphins.

    The tour has a maximum group size of 20 so this is a great option if you are looking for a smaller, personalised and interactive cruise in the Bay of Islands. Child prices for 4-12 year olds, under 4s go FREE.

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  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

    During your Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise, you will see this amazing icon yourself, see dolphins, whales and other marine life as well as have the chance to catch your own lucky drop of water from within the Hole.

    Lifetime Dolphin Viewing Guarantee 
    The Dolphin Seeker is licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin viewing, and the highly experienced and friendly crew are very adept at locating the dolphins or whales. They even offer a 'Lifetime Dolphin Viewing Guarantee', which means that if the crew can't find any dolphins or whales on the day, you receive a 'go again for free' voucher, so you can take the tour again. Thankfully, it is a rare event to not spot the friendly, curious marine mammals, so make sure you keep an eye out for the common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life during the day.

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  • Ages 7+

    Kayaking- Bay of Islands

    Explore the Islands, get close to marine life or get soaked under a waterfall. Each tour guarantees the perfect day out in the Bay of Islands!

    Island Escape Tour - Full Day
    This trip includes the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation and free time to explore the bay. Minimum age 10 years.

    Haruru Falls Tour - Half Day
    Get close to the famous Haruru Falls on this sea kayak tour. Haruru stands for "big noise" and it certainly lives up to its name when you are feeling the power of them from underneath. Minimum age 7 years.

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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

  • Explore Group - Dune Rider Tour

    Discover the Far North on our purpose-built off road vehicle. Visit gumdiggers park, Cape Reinga, drive along 90 Mile Beach, boogie board down massive sand dunes and more! Fascinating commentary,drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach, climb the giant sand dunes and boogie board back down. Visit Cape Reinga then the ‘world famous' Mangonui Fish shop for the freshest fish and chips (included in the price).

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sheepworld

    One hour’s drive from Auckland will take you to this 30 acre Farm and Nature Park where children can feed the farmyard animals, meet more exotic animals like alpacas and emus and follow the eco-discovery trail. Be entertained by the working sheep dog demonstration and take your turn at sorting the sheep into their pens!  Sheepworld also offers birthday parties for all ages. You can enjoy exclusive hire of the marquee for two hours, drinks and a selection of four items from the birthday party menu, entry to Sheepworld Farm and Nature Park attractions, food to feed the farmyard animals and the birthday boy or girl can feed the baby lamb or goat! The marquee is right next to the fun playground so there is plenty for them to do. Minimum of 10 children required.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Strategy Tag - Whangarei

    Strategy Tag has been operating in Mangapai Road, Whangarei for 20years!  We have been giving people of the North the most awesome game of paintball and give our customers the best in service, facilities and field. Birthday party packages available.  Minimum age: 12 years.

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    • Phone: 09 432 2477
    • Location: 158 Mangapai Road RD 8, Whangarei
  • The Parrot Place

    The Parrot Place is a Bird Display and Breeding Centre set in the heart of Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. We have approx 300 birds from all over the world and run a successful breeding and rearing programme.

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    • Phone: 09 407 5146
    • Location: 1 Mission Road, Keri Keri, Bay of Islands
  • Makana Confectionery – Bay of Islands

    See how chocolates are made, try a few samples and buy some to take home! This visit to Makana’s boutique chocolate factory will make anyone with a sweet tooth very happy!

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    • Phone: 09 407 6800
    • Location: 504 Kerkeri Road, Bay of Islands
  • AE Fun Park Whangarei

    Activities include Paintball, Laser Tag, Paintball Tanks, Clay Shooting, Flying Fox, Target Shooting, Mini Putt and Archery. Minimum ages may apply; please contact us for details.

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    • Phone: 09 432 3534
    • Location: 203 Hayward rd, Whangarei.
  • Ages 10+

    Paihia Paintball

    Set among rolling farmland and Northland bush Paihia Paintball has one of the best paintball courses in the country packed with hard-core features including a flying fox, waterways, bridges and towers. There are three different courses to choose from and a variety of missions to keep the paint flying and the fun levels high!

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  • Waipu Museum

    The Search for Paradise.  Small, regional museum following the dramatic story of one of the most remarkable global migrations in NZ history and one of the most famous Scottish migration sagas. Interactive exhibitions and displays.

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    • Phone: 09 432 0746
    • Location: 36 The Centre, Waipu, Northland
Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

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.