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  • Bay of Islands: Island Hopper Day Sailing Cruise from Paihia

    1. Bay of Islands: Island Hopper Day Sailing Cruise from Paihia

    Embark on a magical day sailing adventure in the Bay of Islands. Experience the Kiwi barefoot culture for yourself as you step straight from Paihia's beachfront onto a modern catamaran.  Set sail through the bay's 144 islands to a remote island stopover aboard Kopiko, a 33-foot performance catamaran built for speed, comfort, and style. Lend the friendly crew a hand with sailing the boat, or spread out with plenty of deck space where you can grab a bean bag and chalk up some leisure time. Discover a wealth of wildlife from seabirds, stingrays, seals, penguins, to dolphins.  Arrive in a stunning bay, where you'll anchor close to the beach. Step off onto the island and enjoy a delicious packed lunch at a stunning picnic spot of your choice. Enjoy short walking trails, picturesque views, snorkeling, paddleboarding, swimming, or digging your toes into the sand. After your island adventures,...

    Amazing value for money. We got 4 hours sailing, 2 hours to snorkel / paddle board / take an island walk, morning tea / lunch / and an afternoon drink. The hosts are lovely, safe, and organised. Skip the big tour boats and do something different - like this. We will go again when next in the bay of islands.

  • Bay of Islands Small Group Afternoon Cruise & Island Tour

    2. Bay of Islands Small Group Afternoon Cruise & Island Tour

    Check-in at the Salt Air Office at 3.20 PM, before setting off along the sheltered coastline for a scenic cruise. Stop off at Roberton Island (also known as Twin Lagoons) for a 10-minute native bush walk to a breathtaking 360-degree lookout over the bay. After the walk, explore the tidal lagoons before climbing back on board. Cruise among the stunning islands of the Bay, keeping an eye out for wildlife.  Then, stopover at one of the Bay of Islands’ most secluded and unfrequented bays to try some new activities. Snorkel and explore the underwater reefs, stroll on an island trail, give stand-up paddle-boarding a try, relax on the beach or jump in the water for a swim. Make the afternoon your own with the activities that interest you most. Finally, board the boat for the return scenic cruise back to Paihia, arriving at 6:30 PM.

    My friends and I had an amazing experience, we got to explore two islands and were able to paddle board and snorkeling in one of them. Gear is provided. We visited Robertson Island and the views were amazing! Our friendly tour guide gave us interesting facts about the history during the tour. Highly recommend this tour :) My highlight was seeing a stingray :)

  • Bay of Islands: Late Afternoon Sailing Cruise

    3. Bay of Islands: Late Afternoon Sailing Cruise

    Board Northland’s iconic tall ship the R. Tucker Thompson for a 2-hour sail on the inner bay. Get involved and help hoist the sails or sit back and relax as you pass around a shared antipasto platter. Enjoy a drink from the cash bar and experience the beauty of a traditionally rigged vessel under sail. Ferry tickets to Russell are included in the tour price, so why not head over early and spend an afternoon exploring the historic village or dine in one of the many excellent restaurants after your sail. The ship is operated as a not-for-profit charitable trust with proceeds from sailing activities used to support youth sail training programs over the New Zealand winter.

    Delightful cruise on a genuine sailing ship. If you are adventurous, put on the climbing harness the ship provides and climb as high as you want in the rigging, even standing on the top gallant yard, or for those of less courage go out on the bowsprit. Absolutely wonderful experience.

  • The Rock Adventure Day Cruise

    4. The Rock Adventure Day Cruise

    You’ll get picked up at 8.15 am at the Paihia Wharf by sea shuttle which will take you on a smooth cruise to a remote and quiet bay where The Rock has been anchored overnight. After arrival and a quick safety brief haul anchor and get underway for an exploration of the islands. Go Kayaking, snorkelling, gathering fresh sea food, explore WWII remains, trek across islands enjoying stunning vantage points, and visit ancient Maori fortifications. If conditions allow, gather mussels from the kelp-covered outer reefs to enjoy on the way home (along with the unique experience of eating sea urchins raw if you’re brave enough). You will have time to enjoy the remote beaches - perfect for a game of beach cricket or volley ball. On the homeward cruise, enjoy those mussels, freshly steamed, and watch out for the abundant marine and bird life…hopefully you’ll even see dolphins! Arrive back at Paih...

    Impossible not to have fun on board The Rock. Great family fun. Lots of games and activities. Best boat trip available. Can’t recommend it enough.

  • Fly to Cape Reinga: Scenic Flights & 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

    5. Fly to Cape Reinga: Scenic Flights & 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

    Explore the rugged Northland beauty of Cape Reinga, located at the top end of New Zealand, on a half-day tour from Paihia. Combine scenic return airplane flights and a driving tour with plenty of stops to make the most of your visit to this remote North Island region.  After pick-up from your hotel, fly above stunning oceanic landscapes, including spectacular harbors and beaches on a 45-minute scenic flight to Cape Reinga. From Ninety Mile Beach, fly inland to an airfield located only 20-kilometers from the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Upon landing, set off for a 2.5-hour guided driving tour with an experienced guide. Arrive at the Cape Reinga Lighthouse after a 20-minute drive and see where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Your local guide will accompany you on a walk to the lighthouse, sharing the myths and legends of this very spiritual area.  Enjoy fresh oven-baked treats for mor...

    Great flight up 90 mile beach and down over the east coast on the way back. Van to Cape reinga and surrounding beaches was fun and informative. Easily the best way to see the far north!

  • Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

    6. Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

    Set off on a 5.5-hour sightseeing tour of the Bay of Islands, often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”. The tour commences at 9:00 AM from the Waitangi Wharf, where the cruise ship's tenders will bring you to shore. The first stop is at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, where you'll experience this magical glowworm phenomenon on a 1-hour guided tour. From Kawiti, the tour moves onward to Kawakawa, also known as “Train Town”, as the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street. From this point you will proceed toward Puketi Forest, a 15,000-hectare forest containing magnificent stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity. The next stop is Kerikeri, also known for its successful horticulture, niche food products, fabulous chocolates, boutique vineyards, art galleries, and crafts. Here, watch the making of chocolate, taste some treats, and do some shoppin...

    Great excursion, had enough time at each stop point and the driver was very knowledgeable. the driver was also flexible to our needs.

  • Bay of Islands: Full-Day Tall Ship Sailing Excursion

    7. Bay of Islands: Full-Day Tall Ship Sailing Excursion

    Catch the breeze and set sail for the day on board the unique tall ship R. Tucker Thompson, built in the tradition of 100-year-old schooners by local Northlanders. She has sailed the world, but today explores the somewhat calmer seas of the Bay of Islands. The design of the tall ship is based on the Halibut schooners of the north-west coast of America, which were considered fast and easily manned. She has the look of a working ship of the 18th century, purposeful and square-shouldered, but with a touch of style and speed. The day out can be an interactive experience, so help set the sails, ride on the bowsprit, or climb the rigging. If you prefer, you can relax while the crew does the work. The crew will share stories about the ship, the Bay of Islands and involve you as much or as little as you want. You’ll enjoy the Devonshire cream tea freshly baked in the galley each morn...

    Great experience, highly recommend. Pleasant crew that encouraged everyone to make the most of the experience

  • From Paihia: The Rock Adventure Overnight Cruise

    8. From Paihia: The Rock Adventure Overnight Cruise

    The only overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands, offering snorkeling, kayaking, island walks and the opportunity to catch or collect seafood. Come aboard The Rock for a truly unique experience - with a homely atmosphere, a warm welcome from our crew and a variety of awesome activities to keep you entertained and immersed in this amazing part of the world. Departing from Paihia Wharf, this is the best way to spend 22 hours in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Day 1 Start: 5:00 PM, END: up to you Departs at 5 pm, grab a drink and enjoy a 2-3hr cruise out to the islands. Give the target shooting a go as we cruise. Once on anchor in a sheltered bay, we’ll do a spot of dusk fishing. A healthy snapper baked on the barbecue is a welcome addition to an already delicious buffet dinner (subject to guest’s fishing ability, of course!).  Later you can choose to go night kayaking to marvel in the...

    It was amazing! The crew was awesome and did a great job making everyone feel welcomed! It didn’t matter if you were an expert or an ocean newbie like me, they made you feel comfortable and did an excellent job explaining everything! On a side not we got extremely lucky and dolphins came while we were snorkeling and we got to swim with them! It was an amazing experience and one I’ll remember forever!

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What people are saying about Paihia

My friends and I had an amazing experience, we got to explore two islands and were able to paddle board and snorkeling in one of them. Gear is provided. We visited Robertson Island and the views were amazing! Our friendly tour guide gave us interesting facts about the history during the tour. Highly recommend this tour :) My highlight was seeing a stingray :)

May be one of the cheaper tours around but absolutely amazing, we saw some of the bigger tours go by but they didn't get to stop and play in the water like we did. I would definitely do it again, our kids loved it too (10 & 12)

Great flight up 90 mile beach and down over the east coast on the way back. Van to Cape reinga and surrounding beaches was fun and informative. Easily the best way to see the far north!

This was one of the best activities that we have done. Great guide, fabulous views, great way to see this part of New Zealand.

Great experience, highly recommend. Pleasant crew that encouraged everyone to make the most of the experience