Bay of Islands Best Tours and Activities

Kerikeri and Crafts Tour from Bay of Islands
Kerikeri and Crafts Tour from Bay of Islands
         
Bay of Islands, North Island
3 hours
from 61 NZD
Depart Paihia on your leisurely afternoon half day tour of Kerikeri, the 'Cradle of the Nation'. Visit the beautiful Kerikeri Basin where you will see New Zealand's oldest European buildings, the Stone Store and Kemp House, plus the Kororipo Pa (a Maori fortress) and Rewa's Village (a reconstructed pre-European Maori fishing village). There is also the opportunity to visit the best of the many workshops in the area that specialize in pottery, woolen goods, paintings and kauri products.
Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks
Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks
         
Bay of Islands, North Island
Varies
from 76 NZD
Experience New Zealand's natural beauty up-close and first-hand on a guided walk through the Puketi rainforest. Walk among towering kauri trees, see rare bird and plant species, and stroll beside thundering waterfalls.
Island Cliffs and Caves Adventure Tour
Island Cliffs and Caves Adventure Tour
         
Bay of Islands, North Island
2 hours
from 86 NZD
Take in the stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands during a 2-hour sightseeing cruise on a nimble boat that gets you in close to the sights. Depart from either Paihia or Russell and enjoy great photo ops of landmarks like Black Rocks, Urupukapuka Island, Roberton Island (Motuarohia Island) and marine life such as dolphins and seals. Hear informative onboard commentary and have the option to disembark at Urupukapuka Island to snorkel and explore on your own before taking a later boat back (8:30am departure only).
Bay of Islands Cape Brett
Bay of Islands Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" Cruise
         
Bay of Islands, North Island
3-4 hours
from 105 NZD
This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for a good reason! The modern high speed catamaran escorts you in comfort around the Bay, past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and the many varied island landscapes as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.
Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise from Paihia or Russell
Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise from Paihia or Russell
         
Bay of Islands, North Island
4 hours
from 116 NZD
Marvel as wild dolphins frolic near you during a half-day dolphin-watching cruise in the Bay of Islands. You'll glide through this scenic region to remote islands where you can hop in the water to snorkel and swim with the dolphins (conditions permitting). The experienced crew shares fascinating facts about the dolphins and other marine life you might see, such as orcas, seals or penguins. This tour is limited to 35 passengers, allowing for a more intimate dolphin experience in the waters of New Zealand.
Best of the Bay Supercruise
Best of the Bay Supercruise
         
Bay of Islands, North Island
7 hours
from 127 NZD
The only authentic "Cream Trip". Fullers Bay of Islands have been delivering mail and supplies to island residents, exclusively for over 100 years. See idyllic sandy bays and homes up close as you truly explore life in the Bay.
Haruru Falls and Waitangi River Tour on a Traditional Maori Waka with Guide
Haruru Falls and Waitangi River Tour on a Traditional Maori Waka with Guide
         
Bay of Islands, North Island
3 hours
from 137 NZD
Explore the calm waters of the Waitangi River estuary during a 3-hour voyage on a sturdy traditional canoe captained by an experienced local Maori guide. You'll learn native paddling techniques, visit Haruru Falls and look for wildlife, plus hear about Ngapuhi customs, legends and history. The guide teaches you a traditional war dance and takes you to see a Ngapuhi meeting house where you might get the chance to meet members of this Maori community.
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
         
Bay of Islands, North Island
11 hours
from 151 NZD
Be guided by experienced driver guides to Cape Reinga, the place where Maori spirits depart for ancient Hawaiiki. Sense the power of the ancient Kauri giant trees, shoot down massive sand dunes on sandboarding or wriggle your toes in the sand to gather your own shellfish.
Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on R. Tucker Thompson
Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on R. Tucker Thompson
         
Bay of Islands, North Island
6 hours
from 151 NZD
What better way to explore the peaceful waters of the Bay of Islands than by the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship. This replica of a 100 year old schooner looks just like a working ship of the 18th century and you can spend the day onboard exploring the bays and beaches of this beautiful Maritime Park.