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Options for Cruise Passengers

If you’ve planning to arrive in the Bay of Islands via cruise ship, then welcome! The Bay of Islands are a collection of holiday islands set in tranquil waters teeming with dolphins and other forms of marine life.

Boat cruises to explore the idyllic islands are very popular and cater to all tastes. Take an ocean safari to swim with dolphins, sail on a yacht, cruise straight to an island for a walk and a picnic, or go on a fishing charter. You can even paddle a traditional Maori canoe. The Bay of Islands was the first piece of New Zealand to be settled by Europeans. Key historical attractions here include New Zealand's first capital, Russell, and the house where New Zealand's most important document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840.

We hope to help you fill your day with some of the wonderful activities available.

Here are a few suggestions.

For a thrilling experience of the bay, why not jump on a helicopter and fly across the islands. It really puts the bay into perspective. Or steel yourself for a Jet Ski Ride to the Hole in the Rock. For a more sedate option float up in the air above the Bay of Islands in a parasail. The views are spectacular!

There are also more sedate half-day Hole in the Rock tours, where - if you’re lucky - you might see dolphins playing in the bow wake of the boats.

There are plenty of local walks if you fancy stretching your legs - around the Treaty Grounds along the coast, or up to the viewing point via the School Road track. To capture a bit of local history, take one of the local tours or, to get a sense of life in Northland, visit the charming towns of Kawakawa and Opua, taking in the Glow Worm caves on your way home. If you want something more of a workout, try kayaking or cycling part of the Twin Coast Cycle Way.

There’s a regular artisan market on Paihia’s village green where you can purchase locally made arts and crafts, then hop on a the ferry to Russell for a stroll around this beautifully preserved village. Visit the historic church and Pompalier House. Round it off with afternoon tea at the Duke of Marlborough.

Russell Tours

Russell mini tours has been established in Russell for over 40 years and has become an icon of the Town, watched over by its present custodians...

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Bay of Islands Parasail

PAIHIA PARASAILING COME PARASAILING IN PAIHIA'S ISLAND PARADISE Parasailing in Paihia is the ultimate way to see the spectacular island...

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Canterbury Leisure Tours Limited

We offer Cruise Excursions in all NZ Ports Minimum Numbers 2 Adults Children 3-13 years We can offer Group rates

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Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys Limited

The Bay of Islands is home to the Ngapuhi tribe and Taiamai Tours heritage journeys. Our interactive Waka experience provides a rare and unique...

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Get Reel Charters Limited

Get Reel charter fishing from Russell and Paihia costs start from $110.00 Target snapper, kingfish and marlin. Being based out of Russell and...

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Alongside Restaurant

Alongside is an exciting social space situated over the water in the stunning bay of islands. There is no place quite like it in Northland and we...

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Bay Beach Hire

At Bay Beach Hire in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, we specialise in sea kayak tours and rentals. We also supply a wide range of on the water...

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Nau Mai Haere Mai Welcome to New Zealand's most important historic site. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an absolute must-do when you are at...

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Adventure Puketi

Adventure Puketi are a team of experienced and friendly guides here to show you the tranquillity of Puketi’s sub-tropical rain forest, a hidden...

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Salt Air

Salt Air can offer you a unique and memorable experience of the Bay of Islands and Northland from the air with spectacular coastline views and...

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Lush Beauty Paihia

Located Down the Alleyway between Amazing Thai Restaurant and the BNZ Bank. Lush Beauty Paihia is located right in the heart of Paihia township. ...

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Carino Sailing And Dolphin Charters

Come Sailing with Carino Sailing and Dolphin Adventures.
A peaceful way to explore the Bay of Islands. On board lend a hand to hoist the...

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Bay of Islands Night Kayaking Ltd

Our Bay of Islands adventure tourism business is a boat cruise that does kayaking. Our specialist boat that we built, allows us to deliver a more...

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Swan Air

Discover Bay of Islands' coastline view and island scenery with SwanAir scenic flights. We have over three different flight routes to choose from,...

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The Rock Adventure Cruise

Come aboard The Rock Overnight Cruise for an action-packed, scenic tour of the Bay of Islands. The Rock is a tour of the Bay of Islands with...

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Paihia Dive

Dive trips to the Wrecks and Reefs of the Bay of Islands, Also Diver Training. The HMNZS Canterbury F421 now rests in Deep Water Cove near Cape...

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Coastal Kayakers Limited

Since 1988 Coastal Kayakers has been offering Half Day, Full Day, or Multi Day Guided Tours of the Historic Waitangi River, Haruru Falls water...

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Total Tours

Our groups are small and personalised. Our comfortable vehicles have air conditioning and driver microphone. Minimum number 4. Not suitable for...

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35 South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar

Come join us right on Paihia's waterfront at 35° South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar for a taste of Bay of Island's life. Enjoy dining above the...

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Explore Group Limited

Specialists in Hole in the Rock cruises, day trips to Cape Reinga and dolphin cruises in the Bay of Islands. Explore incredible places, take...

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Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands

Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands offers the most extensive range of Bay of Islands cruises. See all the top Bay of Islands attractions, like the...

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Bay of Islands Kayaking

We take Small Tours..... Usually 8 or Less! A True Adventure. See Nature up Close. Stop on Multiple Islands to Walk and Snorkel in a Day.

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ABC Shuttles and Tours

Based in Kerikeri, the Bay of Islands, we provide the following services at a very reasonable price: Airport transfers Door to door...

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35 Degrees South & Alongside - Deals & Events

Come join us right on Paihia's waterfront at 35° South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar for a taste of Bay of Island's life. Enjoy dining above the...

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