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One of the beauties of the Bay of Islands is the variety. There is an activity or accommodation type to suit everyone, and there are plenty of family options. With the subtropical climate, many outdoor activities are open year-round.
There are heaps of family oriented activities in the Bay of Islands and beyond. If you don’t want to spend too much money, why not mix one major piece of fun with a variety of free activities – we can help you make the most of your budget, so that you can relax and enjoy this special time with your family.
For your one big splash go for a day sail – perhaps the R Tucker Thompson for the tall ship experience – or consider an overnight cruise on the Rock, where you can enjoy fishing, kayaking, snorkelling and hiking on one of the islands all from one trip. For a cooling evening activity, enjoy a Twilight Safari Cruise (doesn't that sound exotic!) up to Haruru Falls and splash around under the waterfall. For the bigger kids, a Tango Jet Ski tour might be just the answer - certainly a memorable way to see the Bay of Islands.
For land-based activities you can cycle a section of the Twin Coast Cycle Way – Top Trail has half bikes suitable for younger children. Other affordable activities include a visit to Action World for an adventure on the high wire, trapezes and the tarzan swings – great fun for children and adults alike. There’s a picnic area, a food canteen and a water slide, which keeps the younger one occupied for hours!
Or take a classic trip up to Cape Reinga with either Fullers Great Sights or on the Dune Rider and get sandboarding down those giant dunes.
There are some wonderful walks locally suited to a variety of different fitness levels. The Paihia to Opua coastal track is a scenic ramble that gives you a great taste of the Bay. And at this time of year, quite frankly, the beach is the perfect place to laze away the day while your family plays in the surf...