Bay of Islands activities and attractions
Take in the sights of Russell on an intimate one-hour coach tour combining historical knowledge and local insight. Learn about significant sites like Pompallier House and Christ Church and stand atop Flagstaff Hill for stunning Bay of Islands views.
Every hour from 10am
Visit a place of rich history complimented by lots of character. Known for its fresh local produce, Kerikeri is a place to indulge and have fun. Experience some of New Zealand's earliest European history at historic Kemp House and the Stone Store, and taste quality wines and chocolates. Tour departs Paihia.
Departs 1pm Paihia
Paihia Mountain Bike
Covering Paihia, Waitangi, Northland and the Bay of Islands for all your Mountain bike needs. We have a great fleet of brand new, quality Full and Front Suspension Bikes which will suit all levels of rider. As well as Purpose Built Mountain Bike Trailers, vans and busses, we are located at the head of the Waitangi Mountain Bike trail.
Full day from $99
Skydive Bay of Islands
Famous for its stunning coastal scenery, the Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand's major attractions. Coast to coast views, crystal clear waters ranging in colour from turquoise to deep blue and views of nearly 150 islands make this skydive one never to forget! Bay of Islands is one of the warmest drop-zone in New Zealand.
9,000 ft $299
12,000 ft $329
16,500 ft $419
Tango Jet Skiing - Paihia
What an exciting way to see the Magnificent Bay of Islands, not only do you get to see what the islands have to offer you also get the thrill of riding your own jet ski. From island hopping to blasting through the famous hole in the rock. Enjoying a cold drink at an island café to snorkeling in crystal clear lagoons. Drop a line and feel the tug of catching your own fish. We can offer it all.
Half hour is $160
One hour is $220
Two and a half hour is $380
Three hour (hole in the rock) is $460
Giants and Glow Worms
Travel to the Hokianga and meet your local Māori guide, then venture into the ancient Waipoua Kauri Forest for an unforgettable encounter. Learn about life in the forest and hear Māori waiata (songs), myths and legends as your guide takes you on an intimate journey through nature and explains how the lives of local Māori are intertwined with the forest. The Waipoua forest is home to some of the most significant kauri trees still standing. Te Matua Ngahere (The Father of the Forest) is estimated to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old, with a girth of 16 metres, while The Four Sisters are a graceful collection of kauri that have grown close together in sibling harmony.
Departs 8am Paihia
Coastal Kayakers - Waitangi
For a unique Northland experience come and join us on one of our sea kayaking adventures. Ideal for families, individuals, school and conference groups. We have a large range of both single and double kayaks to choose from. Departing daily from Waitangi we offer half day, full day and multi day tours that cater to all levels and experience. Our friendly guides will regale you with local legends and point out historical points of interest as we explore the mysterious mangrove forest, Haruru waterfalls and the deserted Motumaire Island.
Russell Boat and Beach Hire
What better way to spend a day in the Bay of Islands than on the water! Enjoy a days fishing on our self drive boats or try out our small and easy to sail catamarans. If you’ve never tried sailing before we can book you a short lesson to get you going. We’ve also got row boats, with or without outboards which are ideal for fishing. The self-drive boat is 15ft and powered by a 50hp Mercury two stroke outboard and is available for 1/2 day, full day and longer hires.
$50hr Sail Boat
Sea kayaking tours in the stunning Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s marine paradise! Explore the islands, kayak with dolphins, paddle under a waterfall or fish for a delicious Snapper… Enjoy great weather, magnificent scenery and white sand beaches…… This is the best sea kayaking to be had in New Zealand.
We believe the best way to discover the natural beauty of New Zealand is on Horseback. Let us show you our beautiful taonga, and share our love of nature and the conservation of our native species. We are committed to providing the best quality ride experience for all the family, from beginners through to advanced riders, with our team of well trained horses you can feel safe in our hands.
We can pick you up in Paihia and take you to Kaikohe, where we fit you out with bike and helmet drop you off at the start of the trail and pick you up at the end or you can come directly to our Base at 88 Te Pua Road Kaikohe. You set the pace.
Wai Not tours offer Jet Ski and cultural tours departing from Rawhiti, about 20 minutes from Russell. Take an island tour with true locals on a powerful Jet Ski, stopping off at some of the Islands. Waka ama paddling, kayaking, snorkeling, water biscuit towing, spear fishing, kaimoana (seafood) gathering, jet ski tours, jet ski fishing charters, motorboat tours, and motorboat fishing charters.AND Wai Not also offer a range of land based tours taking in a Marae tour, forests and Cape Brett. Local tours, by local people.
From Adult $140
Early evening: $58 Cruise and Kayak with waterfalls. Departs 4.00 returning 7pm. Cruise our local island coastline, then up a mangrove river to where the sea meets a waterfall. Great photos, sunsets & more.
Night cruise: $68 Night Safari. Departs 7.30 returning 9.30pm. Cruise our local island coastline, then up a mangrove river to where the sea meets a waterfall. Great photos, sunsets & more.