When your ship docks in Waitangi Wharf, explore the beautiful Bay of Islands and see the best of New Zealand’s spectacular North Island. Travel through the Bay of Islands with your guide and take in top attractions including Kawakawa and the Kawiti glowworm caves. Explore the Puketi Forest’s rich ecological diversity, sample New Zealand sweet treats at the Makana Chocolate Factory, and gaze out over the Haruru Falls and the Waitangi River.
Ride a custom-built Waverider coach over the rugged and sandy coastline of Ninety Mile Beach on this full-day guided tour to Cape Reinga. Departing Paihia’s Bay of Islands for the top end of New Zealand’s North Island, you’ll walk under ancient trees in the Puketi Kauri Forest and go sandboarding down a quicksand stream at Te Paki Sand Dunes. Includes lunch and round-trip all-terrain transport from centrally located hotels.
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.
Explore subtropical islands, Maori heritage sites and golden beaches on this cruise around the Bay of Islands from Paihia. Soak up the scenery as you float between the bay’s 144 islands, sail straight through the iconic Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) and tuck into a BBQ lunch or dinner at the stunning Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Along the way, spot dolphins swimming and playing alongside the boat.
Follow the century-old tradition of delivering mail and supplies throughout the Bay of Islands—called a ‘cream trip’—on this full-day cruise by catamaran from Paihia or Russell. See the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett, spend time on one of many islands that make up the Bay of Islands, and search the waters for whales, seals, and other marine life. Onboard the multi-level vessel, an informative crew points out natural landmarks, local homes, and secluded bays. Enjoy time to stroll on a local island or relax on the beach.
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!
Create lasting memories on this half-day tour of the Bay of Islands.
The Bay of Islands is a popular tourist destination in New Zealand. This guided tour shows you an abundance of breathtaking picturesque views giving you plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. The area is often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”, due to the past events that took place there. These historical events led to the shaping of New Zealand.
Your tour will include a Bakery/Café stop for you to grab a coffee or something to eat “on the go”.
This is the perfect trip for all ages, and a great way to see the local highlights without committing to a full day away.
Visit 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga in New Zealand's Far North District. This day trip from Paihia takes you aboard a Dune Rider vehicle, ideal for traversing the gorgeous coastal landscape. Stop at Cape Reinga Lighthouse and the Ancient Kauri Kingdom. Try sandboarding at the Te Paki Stream sand dunes and enjoy a buffet lunch at Waitiki Landing.
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.
Spend a day cruising through the Bay of Islands aboard a deluxe sailboat that sets sail from Russell. Your captain stops at a picturesque island where you have lunch, and time to snorkel, kayak, swim, and walk to a lookout point. Cruise over to The Black Rocks for photo ops of the volcanic formation, keep an eye out for marine life, and hear commentary from your captain about the region.
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.
With spectacular coastline and rich Maori heritage, the Bay of Islands is widely considered among New Zealand’s top attractions. On this tour, explore sites of interest including the coastal towns of Opononi and Omapere, and the Waipoua forest, and delve into subterranean caverns where bright green glowworms thrive in the darkness. With round-trip travel from selected hotels included, see the best of the Bay of Islands in one adventurous day.
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.
Tour the Bay of Islands in style with this private Mustang excursion. Visit some of the most spectacular natural and cultural spots around the bay while enjoy the open-air views from the late model Mustang Convertible. Customize the itinerary to suit your needs, and choose to extend the 4.5-hour tour with wine tastings and lunch at a vineyard if you like.
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.
See some of the natural highlights of the Bay of Islands region on this easy half-day tour—from the very large to the very small. Walk through native forest in search of the mighty kauri tree, and visit glowworm caves to see a natural wonder on the other end of the size scale. This is a handy trip from travelers who are short on time but still want to experience New Zealand’s famous nature.
Get off the state highways and away from the tourist traps on this back-country tour of the Bay of Islands. Take a private jeep down gravel roads and through rolling countryside with a guide to point out rural highlights and landmarks. Learn about the history of the New Zealand Wars as you drive to the historic site of Ruapekapeka Pa; visit the quirky community of Kawakawa, home to the colorful Hundertwasser public toilets; and explore the Taikirau wetland and the ancient kauri forests in Opua Forest.
Your chance to see a live Kiwi Bird at Kiwi North and explore the historic Bay of Islands and in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler or a Mustang GT convertible. On your private 4.5-hour guided tour you will also see historic locations, spectacular waterfalls, panoramic scenery, subtropical rain forests and rural farming areas. You can also extend your tour with a 1-hour option of 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.
Explore the art of the Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group. On your private 5-hour tour you will be guided by a local conceptual visual artist and experience local Maori and international art works, local galleries and outdoor installations. 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.