Disembark from your cruise ship and explore one of New Zealands top cruise ship destinations, the Bay of islands.
The Bay of Islands provides a warm welcome to its cruise ship visitors, offering a multitude of day tours, activities and things to see and do both on the water or on land.
The Bay of Islands is renowned as a marine playground with a multitude of ways to enjoy being in, on and under the water, from cruising through the 144 islands to the famous Hole in the Rock, the opportunity to see dolphins and other marine life and for the adventurous you can take a guided Jet ski through these stunning islands with stops on remote and idyllic beaches. Feel the wind through your hair sailing through these stunning islands.
For the passengers that wish to explore themselves you can hire a car for the day or for the ones that like a little exercise then check out the electric bikes they are simple and safe to ride, either ride like a regular bike or set the E-assist level from eco to turbo depending on the amount of effort you want to put in or if you need a little help up those hills.
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Catering to small personalised groups, there is no better way to spend a day in the Bay of Islands than on the water and what better way than to set sail on and experience a day sailing amidst the 144 islands of the Bay of Islands with hundreds of bays and beaches waiting to be explored learning about the area’s history, its diverse marine life with dolphins, penquins and other seabirds frequently sighted, step ashore Kayak or take a swim, Island walks or just simply chill-out.
The Bay of Islands is best seen from above with unique memorable scenic flights by aeroplane or helicopter taking in the panoramic scenery of Northland’s coastline and its many remote islands. the ultimate helicopter experience is the the opportunity to land by helicopter on top of the iconic landmark of ‘Hole in the Rock’ on Salt Air’s newly built helipad. Surrounded by steep cliffs, over a 150 metres high giving the best vantage point in the Bay of Islands.
Skydiving over the Bay of Islands is arguably the most scenic and picturesque skydive you can do in New Zealand, letting you experience the 144 islands of the Bay of Islands from the air.
Enjoy stunning aerial landscapes of the Bay of Islands on New Zealand’s highest Kiwi Parasail at 1200 ft with a choice of single, tandem or triple flights.
Helicopter flights are located on the Paihia waterfront being the departure and return point for all helicopter scenic flights, and Kerikeri airport for scenic flights by plane and tandem skydive.
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are New Zealand’s most important historic site and an absolute must-do when you are in the Bay of Islands – rich in history, stunning scenery and a cultural performance not to be missed. Take the ferry to the historic seaside village of Russell for a stroll around this beautifully preserved village.and explore the historical points of interest with Russell mini Tours. Visit the historic church and Pompalier House. Round it off with and quench your thirst at New Zealand’s first licensed hotel ‘The Duke of Marlborough’
There are plenty of things to keep the cruise ship visitor entertained with plenty local walks if you fancy stretching your legs, capture a bit of local history with one of the local small bus tours catering to small groups giving a sense of life in Northland, visit the charming towns of Kawakawa and Opua, taking in the Glow Worm caves and the famous Kawakawa toilets If you want something more of a workout, try cycling part of the Twin Coast Cycle Way.
There’s a regular artisan market on Paihia’s village green where you can purchase locally made arts and crafts, or browse the local shops & eateries.