What shall we do if...
Even in the Bay of Islands it rains sometimes! There is still lots to do, either inside or (if you don't mind wrapping up against the weather) outside too.
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a pleasure regardless of the weather. If the rain gets to much, duck into the local favourite Waikokopu Cafe for coffee and cake, or settle in for a long lunch and a glass of local wine. Alternatively, you can take the “if you can beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach take a rainy cycle with Top Trail and then go on to Ngwaha Hot Springs near Kaikohe to warm up – a truly kiwi experience!
There are scenic drives that take in cultural hot spots and historical sites – such as the Paihia History Tour (hop in a van and they’ll drive you around!) or go on the Bay of Islands Wine, Food & Craft tour – perfect for a drizzly day. If you have your own car, drive to Kawakawa to see the Hundertwasser toilets and take a ride on the old steam train. Finish up with a visit to the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves.
Meanwhile, a ferry-ride away you will find Russell jam-packed with history including Christ Church (New Zealand’s oldest and still with musket holes from the 1845 Battle of Kororareka!) and the 1842 Pompallier Mission with it’s fascinating 19th century printery available for a hands-on experience. You can peruse the art galleries and quality gift stores or why not book in for some pampering at Flagstaff Lodge’s boutique Day Spa? Finish up at the Duke of Marlborough where you can settle in for a glass of New Zealand wine or browse their boutique range of beers.
A day in Kerikeri will more than make up for the rain. After coffee and boutique shopping in the town centre, visit the historic Stone Store and Kemp House, then drop in for lunch at one of the great restaurants - perhaps Pear Tree or Wharepuke? On your way home look out for the local vineyards and drop in for a tasting.