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Fullers Great Sights
$99 adult and $49.50 Child
Fullers Great Sights is pleased to announced that from 30 May, our popular Hole in the Rock dolphin watching cruise will resume – just in time for Queen’s Birthday weekend. The four-hour cruise including an island stopover at Otehei Bay will resume on Saturdays and Sundays. As a special offer the price has been reduced to just $99 for adults and $49.50 for children. This special is available until the end of September. All other cruises and tours remain suspended until further notice.
Flying Kiwi Parasail
This is a great COMBO DEAL for the person wanting to explore as much as possible of the Bay of Islands. From the air in a Parasail at 1300ft and from the water on our 2-hour Express boat tour, through stunning islands and remote beaches in the Bay and all the way out to the furthers point in the Bay of Islands the “hole in the Rock”- Motu Kōkako. A minimum of 4 pax is required to book this trip.
Private Water Taxis
Our custom designed vessels are your gateway to the Bay of Islands. Everything from a ferry to the Islands, to a pickup/drop off at Cape Brett, we can organise to get you where you want to go. Most operators are surveyed to comfortably carry 20 passengers, we can get you from A to B anywhere in the Bay of Islands. All DOC tracks are open and we can drop you at the head of these tracks.
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Russell Mini Tours
$32 adult and $16 Child
Departs: 11, 12, 1 and 2 pm. Your blue and white mini bus departs from Russell wharf on a tour which visits areas of historic interest which cannot be conveniently covered on foot. You will enjoy remarkable views of the Bay of Islands and share in the local history through your drivers informative commentary.
Sky Dive 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.
The Treaty Grounds features award winning Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, the Treaty House with it’s new exhibition, the carved Māori Meeting House and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Experience all Waitangi Treaty Grounds has to offer by day with the Day Pass which includes a Guided Tour and Cultural Performance.
Pompallier Mission House
Award winning gardens in a magnificent beach side setting offering spectacular views across the Bay of Islands to Waitangi.
Hands-on interactive tours. Learn how to tan a hide, bind a book and more!
Fantastic French Coffee House on site – try our specially roasted Bishop’s Brew or one of our delicious French pastries.
Visitor Centre & Gift Shop offering a unique reminder of this special place.
$120 adult $70 child
We are the only dedicated snorkelling trip in the Bay of Islands, so we are focused on giving you value for money and creating great memories
from your time in our beautiful back yard. With two sites planned for most of our trips, our main focus is the Marine Reserve in Deep Water Cove. If weather conditions do not allow us to get there, we have other locations up our sleeves, like the hole in the rock.
$249 – two dives and gear
Dive the Rainbow Warrior, one of New Zealand’s premier wreck dives. At a maximum depth of 27m the Rainbow Warrior is now home to a huge variety of aquatic life and is a world renowned dive site. Learn about the history behind the Warrior from knowledgeable and experienced crew who dive with you.
Rouge Pony - bespoke tours
With elements of history, scenery, nature and contemporary life the Rogue Escapes are ideal to get a feel of what the real Far North is all about. We designed these tours to get the best smiles per mile by minimising the driving between stops, with enough flexibility to allow for changes on the day if you have a specific request, be it adding a stop at a food market, souvenir shop, or for a coffee (we know where the good stuff is!)
Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
Waitangi Mountain Bike Park provides the perfect introduction to mountain biking with lots of easy, scenic trails that you can take at your own pace. It offers 30 trails of varying difficulty with great flow and features, from introductory downhill riding, jump trails, cross country and beginner trails. The trail network, designed by Jeff Carter from Southstar Trails, has grown rapidly over the past 2 years and the trails cater to all levels of ability.
Twin Coast Cycle Trail
Pou Herenga Tai – Twin Coast Cycle Trail travels from the famously beautiful Bay of Islands to the remote and picturesque Hokianga Harbour, or vice versa. Due to its sub-tropical climate – it can be ridden all year round – hence the name “winterless north”. The trail is 87 km and is divided into four sections and can be ridden in either direction. The central point is Kaikoke and from there the trail descends to the East and the West coasts.
Bay of Islands Winterless North 3 Hour Cruise & Island Tour. Small groups, personalised & interactive 3 hour tour in the Bay of Islands with a locally owned and operated company, passionate about sharing our unique area of New Zealand. No.1 on Tripadvisor for things to do in the Bay of Islands. With two island stopovers (Roberton Island & Urupukapuka) Short walks through native New Zealand bush trails Breathtaking 360 degree viewpoints over the bay.
Bay of Islands Cruise and Kayak
Bay of Islands Cruise & Kayak starts with a nature cruise for around 40 minutes along our local island coastline in the Bay of Islands & up a meandering river that in days gone by sailing ships used to load up Kauri Logs. Guests now transfer to kayaks so they can explore up close, paddle through mangrove forests or photograph a colony of sea birds that nest in trees hanging over the river, then onto our final destination where a waterfall drops into the sea. At the waterfall the fun & adrenaline starts, here even first timers can safely experience paddling at the basin of a waterfall, the perfect photo opportunity!
$250 per hour
Experience some of New Zealand’s most spectacular coastline and the world famous Bay of Islands all onboard the legendary Alma G. Alma G is a charming 1920’s classic cruising boat (now repowered with a cruising speed of 16-20 knots) made famous by author and fisherman Zane Grey. With our experienced and professional crew, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the day. Recommended cruising time 4-6 hours depending on your needs. See the sights of the bay including optional island stopovers and the Hole in the Rock.
Paihia Mountain Bike Hire
You want to Ride Waitangi but have no bike…we’ll you’ve come to the right place! Based right onsite at the entrance to the World Class Waitangi Mountain Bike Trails, we stock high quality FULL SUSPENSION, FRONT SUSPENSION and the super popular ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKES, all perfect for exploring the huge amount of trails. Beginners to advanced, solo riders to groups welcome. An excellent way to spend your day, whislt being healthy and enjoying the scenery. Go on, get on your bike!
The Russell Museum, Te Whare Taonga o Kororāreka will be reopening on Wednesday 27 May. Our new opening days will be Wednesday to Sunday (Closed Monday & Tuesday), 10.00 – 4.00 pm (last admissions 3.30)
Russell Boat and Bike Hire
Sailing lesson $25
Self-Drive Motorboat:Cruise on a self-drive motorboat and go fishing or visit an island with friends or family. Hobie 14:Go sailing. Hire a Hobie catamaran. Go solo or with a friend. If you’re rusty then add a lesson. Kayak Surfing:Paddle a single or double kayak in picture perfect pristine and safe waters. Paddleboards in Russell:Get on a Paddleboard in Russell. Easy to use. Safe and comes with a free no hassle lesson. Row Boat with outboard:
Cruise or fish close to Russell. Add an outboard and see and do more.
Cape Reinga Tour
Mullarkey tours – Cape Reinga Full day trip – offers a comfortable small group tour – maximum 10 passengers, with knowledgeable, humorous tour leaders – that will make sure you get to see and hear about all the best bits of the Far North and won’t forget the best photo opportunities! The tour takes you along the coastal road to the Far Northern point of NZ –passing through the rural coastal towns , beautiful beaches and quirky shop fronts – a stop at the southern end of 90 mile beach will give you the opportunity to walk the beach and experience the sheer expanse of this well-known tourist destination!
Hole in the Rock by Aeroplane – $149 per person
For a limited time only through the winter months our plane will be available for a 30-minute scenic flight from Kerikeri airport. This will better cater for families and groups.Minimum of 4 passengers needed to confirm each flight, maximum of 7 Offered weekends with return airport transfers from our Paihia sales office included
Availability on other days of the week may be possible subject to demand
Helicopter for $260pp
Departing from the beachfront helipad in Paihia the flight heads across Russell with views over to Opua and surrounds before tracking along the stunning peninsula coastline to Cape Brett and it’s lighthouse where you will experience an exciting turn to fly around the Hole in the Rock. The return portion of the flight flys directly over the main islands of the area with birds eye views of their white sandy beaches, inviting turquoise waters and some of the luxurious private residences. An exciting must do while in the Bay of Islands! (flight duration approx. 20 minutes)
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$650 sole charter for up to 4 pax and $50pp after that no more than 10 pax
Our fully equipped sailing yacht offers you the very best in quality comfort and relaxation. Lunch, enjoyed on the yacht deck or as a picnic on the beach, is hand prepared for you by Chef and Skipper Nik. Dolphins, penguins & seabirds are frequently sighted and the scenery is spectacular so remember to pack your camera. Ask Nik about Shellfish gathering as you can try your hand at catching lunch!
$650 sole charter for up to 4 pax and $50pp after that no more than 8 pax
Kingfisher specialises in small groups, families and exclusive charters to provide that special personal touch – feel like it is your boat for the day. There are hundreds of beaches and bays to explore in the Bay of Islands and Kingfisher will give you an experience that you will savor for the rest of your life. Sit back and relax, see it under sail, and get lost in the history where whalers and the native canoes once journeyed.
She's a Lady
$100 per person – includes lunch
Day sail through the inner islands of the Bay and enjoy a BIG day out with a SMALL personalized group. Relax in the comfort of a yacht that has spent many years cruising and chartering throughout the South Pacific. One of their main goals is to have happy guests who will experience a day they will never forget. Sit back and relax, see it under sail, and get lost in the history where whalers and the native canoes once journeyed.
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Multiple charters available, call us and we will let you know who’s running. Join our daily fishing trips and you will have a personal fishing guide and a unique experience of the supreme places in the Bay of Islands. Target the tasty snappers or the big fighter – the kingfish. All bait & tackle supplied, complimentary tea & coffee and toilets. Fish is filleted on board ready to bring home or to a restaurant – cook your catch! Snapper trips 4 hours, Kingfish 6 hours, both available as Shared or Private.
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All tours can be booked through Russell Info – for free and with care
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The Great Far North Roadie
Day 1 – Start your Great Far North Roadie in Kawakawa. Explore Hundertwasser’s home town, the Kawiti Gloworm Caves, Bay of Islands Vintage Railway, and enjoy scrumptious food at 39 Gillies Café. Spend your first night in Kaikohe at the luxurious Left Bank Hotel with dinner downstairs at The Mint Café.
Day 2 – You’ll be up early to hit the Hokianga Harbour using pedal power downhill, cycling the iconic Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail. Top Trail shuttles you back to your vehicle for the next stop with Awesome Adventures Hokianga. Experience the truly pleasurable manaakitanga (hospitality) of the Hokianga in a family apartment with dinner and breakfast. A brief walk to the Harbour lets you see spectacular sand dunes.
Day 3 – Gets you on a Jet Ski Safari with Awesome Adventures Hokianga . Hear the authentic legend of Kupe. Feel the exhilaration of wind through your hair and salt spray on your face. Yeeehaa! Now we have to move to catch the car ferry to Kohukohu and drive the winding roads of the beautiful North Hokianga. We’ll join SH1 and continue to Ahipara at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach, and take time for coffee and cake at North Drift Café. Tuatua Rentals blasts you along Ninety Mile Beach on quad bikes between the Tasman Sea and high-rise sand dunes. Wow! Tonight you’ll snuggle in at the Wayfarer Motel in Kaitaia. Check out the spa, and take the time to look up. Far Northern stars are crystal magic against the black night.
Day 4 – takes you to New Zealand’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, a full day of adventure on the Harrison Cape Runner bus. A short scenic drive to Doubtless Bay is next. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you stay for two nights at Mill Tide Apartment on the waterfront, just a short walk to Mangonui village.
Day 5 – Up early to join Doubtless Bay Charters, and Captain Badjelly who delivers the fishing experience of your life on Doubtless Bay. Relax, chill, and enjoy your surroundings.
Day 7 – A Family Pass to the Parrot Place is unmissable with exotic parrots from all over the world. Leave the birds to take the guided tour at Kemp House with entry to the museum at the Stone Store, two of the country’s oldest standing buildings. Then take a brief drive to Paihia, Bay of Islands, for your final night at Admirals View Lodge. End the day’s adventures up high! Flying Kiwi Parasail will meet you at the Paihia Wharf with 2x tandem parasails. Just relax and savour the extraordinary scenery from 1300ft. On a clear day you might see the Hole in the rock and the outer Islands (144) past Russell. Catch your breath whilst riding the Happy Ferry across the inner Bay to Russell, a town full of character, history, and charm, and dine in the iconic Duke of Marlborough Hotel.
Day 8 – Two highlights in the area are the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, referred to as the Birthplace of our Nation, and The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park which offers tracks for beginners to experts. Paihia Mountain Bikes supply 4x full suspension mountain bikes to explore the 50 km of sweet single track with 40+ trails as your final activity.
That, dear friends, is the end of The Great Far North Roadie. See you soon!
The Great Far North Roadie is action packed with something to suit everyone in the family – valued at $4990.
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7 nights 8 days – Action packed family
Day 6 – Visit Butler Point Whaling Museum and Gardens. It’s a hidden fascinating tourism gem and heritage destination. In the afternoon practise wine tasting at The Dancing Petrel Vineyard with aromatic, hand harvested, cool-fermented wines. Tonight’s stay is at Kerikeri Park Lodge a short drive away. It’s close to the Chocolate Factory. We defy you to walk in there and come out empty-handed! Kerikeri has great food options and plenty of boutique style shops for a good old mooch around.
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