Cruise Around the Bay and Outer Islands
Another star attraction of the cruise along the Bay of Islands includes a visit to the Kawiti Caves that houses thousands of illuminating glow worms making for a spectacular sight besides the gleaming stalactites and stalagmites.
Location: Pahia, Kerikeri, and Urupukapuka islands, Bay of Islands
The ride has a predominant grading of 1-2 (easy-easiest) hence is suitable for any kind of rider. You can try both off and on-road riding on the smooth and wide trail with gentle climbs.
Location: Kaikohe, Bay of Islands
Visit Rainbow Falls
You can spot fantails flitting about or hear the tui call near the falls. Do not forget to take a refreshing dip here in the pool below the falls, or just enjoy a gorgeous close-up view.
Location: Kerikeri 0295, New Zealand
You will be in complete awe of the inshore catches that will include species of trevally, the delicious kahawai, kingfish, grouper and the lip-smacking snapper. You can also opt for light-tackle or salt-water fly fishing here at the Bay.
Location: Paihia, Bay of Islands
The spectacular views of the lush countryside, golden beaches and the turquoise water will amaze you beyond imagination. Sitting on the plane’s edge, building your anticipation, you prepare to make an exit and finally jump. After an insane freefall of 20 seconds you will float beneath a canopy before landing at the drop zone. Flexing your courage muscles you can also take it to the limit and book for a 20,000 feet jump with a free fall that lasts 85 seconds.
Location: 182 Wiroa Road, Kerikeri 0475, New Zealand
Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling
Explore the shipwrecks here, the local beach dives and offshore islands as you try the scallop and crayfish dives. No matter what location you choose for your activity, never part with your underwater camera.
Location: Paihia Dive
Kayaking to Haruru Falls
You will totally enjoy a paddle in modern sea kayaks with spray skirts and rudders to keep the water out. Exploring the mangrove forests up the Waitangi river will let you get close to the falls and click stunning photos as you take thrilling plunge under the waterfall.
Location : 80 Haruru Falls Road, Waitangi 0204, New Zealand
Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
This place represents the signing of Waitangi Treaty: a founding agreement between the British and Maori. You will spend time witnessing the Carved Meeting House, The Flagstaff, The War Canoes, and the Waitangi Museum besides watching a colorful Maori cultural performance while enjoying a sip of your favourite drink.
Location: Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi 0293, New Zealand
Check Out the Hell Hole of the Pacific
Today this peaceful resort town is a complete contrast from the time when it used to be a lawless community. It welcomes visitors to witness its windy waterfront, and the beautiful town that it is today, 200 years since its establishment.
Location: Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
You get to soar to a height of 1300 feet and above as you take in birds-eye views of the whole bay and its islands. Even children as young as 8-9 years can try this activity that lasts ten minutes.
Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Explore Pompallier House
The wonderful stories connected to this place will mesmerize you and you can also explore the award-winning gardens in their spectacular beach-side setting offering mind-boggling views across the bay to Waitangi. Come to the Pompallier house and try some enlightening things to do in Bay of Islands like binding books, tanning a hide and much more.
Location: 5 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Visit Parrot Place
You can get close to the friendly pet parrots and have many photos taken with them. In the walk-through aviaries you can also feed these beautiful parrots while your kids go all out and wild in the picnic area and play park located in the Parrot Place’s premises.
Location: 1 Mission Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
Check Out the Russell Museum
This informative local museum contains tons of Maori artifacts like a small waka (canoe), Maori taonga, an original whaleboat, and game fisherman’s mementos. Stroll through the grounds of the museum and you will discover many Maori herbal plants in the garden here. You will witness Captain Cook’s ship’s massive replica besides several other historical photographs.
Location: 2 York Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Visit Tane Mahuta
Once you are led inside the jungle, you will find the dense canopy blocking out the sun, the temperature dropping and the fading away of the sounds of the world.
Location: Waipoua Kauri Forest 0376, New Zealand
Explore Ninety Mile Beach
You will thoroughly enjoy exploring this secluded beach that offers the most diverse fishing. You can catch the yellowtail kingfish, elephant shark, snapper, salmon, gummy shark and whiting here. The surreal landscape of the beach lets you enjoy the views of the towering sand hills and practice the thrilling and unique sport of sand boarding.
Location: Kaitaia, New Zealand (western coast of the far north of the North Island of New Zealand)
Visit Urupukapuka Island
- Some of the most enjoyable things to do in Bay of Island is to enjoy water sports, swimming and snorkelling.
- Rent a paddle board or kayak to explore the bays on the sea, or schedule a half-day scuba diving trip in Otehei Bay.
- Enjoy the variety of wonderful walking tracks.
- Experience cultural workshops in flax weaving, a guided hike, and excellent traditional Mori meals.
Location: Otehei Bay, Bay of Islands 0200, New Zealand
How to reach:
By Ferry- From Russell or Paihia, the Explore passenger ferry will take you to Urupukapuka Island in about 40 minutes.
Kauri Walk in Puketi Forest
- If you are looking for things to do in Bay of Island, choose a 12km or 21km adventure walk through some of Puketi Forest's most breathtaking regions might be an excellent option.
- Mountain bike enthusiasts may test their skills on the forest's former logging roads.
- You get the possibility to watch glow worms as you travel around on the loop track through a lovely kauri forest.
Location- 1756 Waiare Road, ?kaihau 0295, New Zealand
How to reach:
By car- 1 km north of Waipapa on State Highway 10, turn left onto Pungaere Road, and continue on it for 16 km. Turn right at the T-intersection and continue on Waiare Road for about 1 kilometre.
Check out some glow worms
- You may participate in a variety of sports including blackwater rafting and abseiling, as well as guided caving tours and peaceful underwater cruises.
- You'll enter the grotto in a tiny boat and spend a few hours admiring the colourful worms there.
- On a small group trip, you will get an intimate and instructive experience.
Location- 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
How to reach
By Bus- Take an InterCity bus from Rotorua or Auckland to Waitomo Caves that runs everyday. You can also buy a Flexipass to have access to national bus travel.
Visit Cape Reinga
- If you are looking for what to do in Bay of Island, then take a walk to Cape Reinga’s lighthouse.
- Enjoy a picnic, a swim in the waves, or perhaps spend the night at the Taputaputa Bay’s campsite.
- Grab a body board and head to the massive Te Paki sand dunes.
Location- 25 Matthews Ave Kaitaia 0441
How to reach:
By bus- Take a bus from Auckland to Paihia, then to Cape Reinga via tourist bus.
Hike the Cape Brett Walkway
Walking down the stunning cliff-face towards the Cape, you can view plentiful fish and bird life below - dolphins and seals frequently approach near to shore.
You may view stunning coastline scenery from the forest ridges.
The trail becomes increasingly difficult and exposed beyond Deep Water Cove, with precipitous drop-offs to the sea below.
Location- Cape Brett Track, Rawhiti 0184, New Zealand
How to reach
By Boat- Land at Deep Water Cove or Cape Brett to enter Cape Brett Reserve via boat. You may take a water taxi from Russell and Paihia.