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Sail the Bay of Islands on a working tall ship aboard the famed ‘R. Tucker Thompson,’ built in the tradition of a 100-year-old Northland schooner. Ply the waters of the pristine bay, where you can help hoist the sails, climb the rigging or simply relax on board, then swim while anchored in a sheltered bay in the maritime park. Enjoy morning tea and a barbecue lunch, with an optional complimentary ferry ride from Paihia to Russell, where your vessel departs.
Let seafaring experts show you the best of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands by land and by water on this adventure cruise. With 144 different isles, it can be hard to know where to start, but your captain and crew know all the best spots to swim, snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, and spot marine life. Hop off at two hand-picked islands for a hike to panoramic lookout points and beachside tea with biscuits.
Explore the historic Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler or Toyota 4x4 with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group. On your private 4.5-hour guided tour you will see historic locations, spectacular waterfalls, panoramic scenery, subtropical rain forests and rural farming areas away from the crowds. You can also extend your tour with 1-hour options of a winery lunch or a visit to the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and talk with your local driver. We have one guide who also speaks Dutch and another who also speaks Italian, French and Spanish. Request them and if they are available your day can be even more relaxing!
Discover the Bay of Islands by helicopter, with an optional landing at the Hole in the Rock. See Cape Brett from above during an aerial tour from Paihia, narrated by a professional pilot. Fly over Russell and Waitangi en route to the Hole in the Rock. Upgrade to land atop the iconic natural landmark, with an optional walk led by a Maori guide.
Experience with us and help protect our wild dolphins!
Surrounded by deep blue waters, vivid green islands and diverse wildlife, sailing on Carino NZ our 50ft catamaran is the best way to experience the stunning bay of islands.
We are a small, local family owned and operated wildlife cruise. Join us on our marine wildlife conservation vessel.
On board help to set sails or sit back and relax.Time to take a deep breath and unwind.
Watch for wild dolphins in their ocean habitat. We are only yacht licensed to view wild dolphins in the Bay.
Viewing wild dolphins in their natural habitat is an amazing and wonderful experience.
A portion of every fare contributes directly to marine mammal conservation – Protect the future
While we are sailing, watch for our local little blue penguins and our crazy diving gannets.
An island stop is included, where you get to explore a historic scenic island walks, snorkeling at the beach. Bbq lunch aboard Carino NZ, a cash bar available.
Take a Bay of Islands shore excursion to the Puketi Rainforest for a half-day guided hike from Waitangi Wharf. You’ll follow a moderately strenuous footpath though a subtropical rainforest of lofty kauri trees and pass by cascading waterfalls as your guide shares local knowledge of rare bird and plant species. Enjoy morning tea on this small-group tour, limited to eight people for a personalized experience. Port pickup and drop-off included.
Fly over the Northland coastline on a scenic flight between Paihia and Cape Reinga. Soar above Ninety Mile Beach before landing for a 2.5-hour minibus tour at the top end of New Zealand's North Island. Visit Cape Reinga Lighthouse, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, then stroll along the beach at Tapotupotu Bay and surf the sand dunes of Te Paki. Look down on remote Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay on your return flight. Includes morning tea and round-trip hotel transfers.
This full-day Bay of Islands tour has been especially designed for cruise ship passengers, so you can get the most out of your short time in the area. You can choose to see natural spots like waterfalls and glowworm caves, or sites of historical importance, like the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi. The choice is yours, as this is a private tour just for you and your party.
Explore the Bay of Islands from the seat of a 350 Chev Trike for a fun-filled and memorable experience. You can choose from three different routes that include some of the area’s must-see sights, or combine them all for a longer trip. Your driver keeps you safe and gives you local insights into the Paihia area. This tour is wheelchair accessible, so anyone can join.
The Bay of Islands is home to some of the North Island’s most beautiful natural scenery, dotted with lush islands and white sand beaches. On this tour, set sail around the bay, relax on deck as you admire the views, and head ashore at Roberton Island, where you can hike, swim, or stroll along the beach. Upgrade to a full-day cruise and spend the rest of the day on the beaches of Urupukapuka Island.
Take this great value for money, and family friendly, express afternoon tour to the Kawiti Glowworm Caves. Explore the family owned cavern with your local Maori guide, and see thousands of amazing glowworms on the cave roof. This is a great chance to see these famous New Zealand icons on this short but interesting tour.
Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years - we have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands.
Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is commentated from start to finish - we delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!
Race around native bush and back-country on the Northland coast at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, located a short drive north of Waitangi and Paihia. Hire a top-of-the-line mountain bike and ride like the wind around some of the Park’s trails. Choose from over 20 trails – some suitable for beginners, others ready for more experienced riders.
The Rock overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands is the only overnight cruise in the area to offer such a wide range of activities, including kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, island walks, and more. Enjoy adventure activities as well as time to relax in peaceful nature. As this is an all-inclusive tour you don’t need to worry about any logistics. Just show up ready for fun.
Soak up all the North Island highlights on this 5-day journey from Auckland by coach, including a Bay of Islands cruise to see the Hole in the Rock. Your itinerary includes a drive along Ninety Mile Beach at Cape Reinga; enjoy an overnight stay near the bubbling hot springs of Rotorua; a visit to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride through Glowworm Grotto; and a Hobbiton Movie Set tour to see filming locations for ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Listen to informative commentary on board.
Hop in a helicopter for a 20-minute aerial tour over the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett. When your cruise ship docks at the Bay of Islands, enjoy a bird’s-eye view over the historic townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi. View the iconic natural landmark from above while your professional pilot narrates the sights on this scenic helicopter flight.
Discover the beauty of the Waitangi River estuary and experience Maori traditions during a 3-hour cruise in a traditional canoe (waka) with a local Maori guide. Learn traditional paddling techniques in the calm waters of the estuary and make your way to Haruru Falls. Your guide shares informative commentary about Ngapuhi customs and history, and points out wildlife as you glide along. Disembark to visit a Ngapuhi meeting house and perhaps meet people from this Maori community. You'll also learn the moves of a 'haka' — an ancient Maori war dance.
Go exploring on a private tour by Jeep Wrangler through the forests of the Bay of Islands. By heading inland, you'll have the chance to see the kauri trees native to this subtropical environment, as well as historical sites and farming regions away from the crowds. A winery lunch option is available for an additional cost.
This full-day Bay of Islands tour with wine tasting is designed for cruise ship passengers who want to make the most of a short stay in the area. You’ll travel with a private guide, so you have the freedom to adjust the itinerary, go at your own pace, and ask questions. Visit several must-see sights around the Bay and some of New Zealand’s best vineyards at Kerikeri, all on an easy day trip.
The Bay of Islands is one of the most visited attractions of New Zealand’s North Island, and this private 6-hour tour from Paihia combines all its highlights with wine tasting in the Kerikeri wine region. Along the way, discover New Zealand’s colonial history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, marvel at natural wonders such as Haruru Falls and Wharepuke Falls, and immerse yourself in Maori culture at Rewa‘s Village.
The Bay of Islands is one of the most visited destinations of New Zealand’s North Island, but it has the traffic to match. Escape the crowds on this private 6-hour tour and enjoy a personalized itinerary, taking in attractions such as Wharepuke Falls, Rewa’s Village, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and Rainbow Falls.
The Bay of Islands encompasses 140 small, mostly undeveloped islands surrounding North Island. Explore a few highlights on this half-day tour with a local guide. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the site of the first treaty between British settlers and the indigenous Maori people. You’ll also visit Haruru Falls, Kemp House, Rainbow Falls, Rewa‘s Village, the Stone Store, St. James’ Anglican Church, and more.
Embark on this scenic cruise through the picturesque Bay of Islands where we'll search for dolphins living in the wild. The skipper will also choose a spot to snorkel in the beautiful clear waters of the Bay of Islands! Enjoy full commentary on-board as you learn about the local marine and wildlife and the conservation efforts being made to preserve this stunning natural habitat.
*Please note that due to Department of Conservation regulations, swimming with dolphins is not permitted in the Bay of Islands.
To tourists, the Bay of Islands is best known for its beaches and cruises. On this full-day tour, you’ll be able to get out of the area’s tourist hotspots in a luxury Jeep and explore some of its hidden gems. Discover seaside Opua and vibrant Kawakawa, walk between the ancient kaura in Opua Forest, and get stunning photo-ops at Waitangi Valley and Haruru Falls.
Spend the day exploring the Bay of Islands on a full-day cruise from Paihia. Participate in activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, gathering fresh sea food, exploring WWII remains, and trekking across islands to visit ancient Maori fortifications. Refuel with a buffet lunch midday and spend some time relaxing on a secluded beach.