Bay of Islands Activities

Fullers GreatSights: Cream Trip – Day in The Bay

Take part in the Bay of Islands most famous cruise – the "Cream Trip". It began in 1927 and remains a popular cruise with tourists today. You will have a full Day in the Bay including dolphin encounters and swimming (additional fees apply), discovering the Hole in the Rock, delivering mail, boom netting, island stopover for lunch and learning the history of the Bay of Islands through informative and interactive commentary.

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Cream Trip - Bay of Islands's famous cruise

Fullers GreatSights: Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on Dolphin Seeker, our purpose-built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Cruise past many of the 144 islands and take in the sights of the Hole in the Rock and the rich history and scenery that makes up the Bay of Islands. Island stopover included as well as a bonus free ferry ticket to extend your day.

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Dolphin Cruise

Fullers GreatSights: Discover Russell

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.

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Discover Russell

Fullers GreatSights: Cape Reinga Wanderer Day Tour

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and tradition, on a full-day return tour from Paihia or Kerikeri. Experience the thrill of driving along 90 Mile Beach and sand boarding on the giant dunes.

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Cape Reinga Wanderer Day Tour

Fullers GreatSights: The Double Dip Dolphin Cruise Combo

Hole in the Rock + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry

Combine our most popular products, the Hole in the Rock cruise and Cape Reinga day tour into one action packed combo, The Double Dip. Cruise out through the inner islands to the Hole in the Rock, keeping an eye out for dolphins and other marine life including whales and seals. Our Dolphin Viewing guarantee applies for this cruise. Traverse Northland's wild landscapes to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point.

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Fullers GreatSights: Giants and Glowworms

Journey into a unique part of New Zealand, first discovered over 1,000 years ago by the Māori voyager Kupe. Visit the Waipoua Forest and meet a national icon, the mighty kauri tree Tāne Mahuta. You'll also spend time in seaside towns and inside glowworm caves on this full-day tour from Paihia.

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Giants and Glowworms

Fullers GreatSights: R. Tucker Thompson

Experience a day on the water on the R. Tucker Thompson, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner with her own unique history. Choose to make it an active adventure, or simply relax while the crew command this impressive ship as it sails around the Bay of Islands.

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R. Tucker Thompson

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 island scenery. Their guided tour options and island escapes will also leave you with an appreciation of our local history, culture and coastal environment that is uniquely Northland.

Salt Airscenic flights

Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

Opening soon stage 1. Free to ride 39km. Only the second in New Zealand. We are perfectly positioned for stage 1. We are mountain bike friendly with a wash bay to wash your bike after your ride.

Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

Waitangi Golf Club

The Waitangi Golf Club overlooking the great Bay of Islands, a stunning 18-hole golf course with fantastic sea views, whether you are looking for a challenge or a relaxed round. Visitors are most welcome all year round.

18-hole golf coursegreat sea viewsGolf Club overlooking the Bay of IslandsWaitangi Golf Club


Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells. Wing shape is maintained by the suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing, and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.


Taiamai Tours

The Bay of Islands is home to Taiamai Tours heritage journeys and the Ngapuhi, New Zealand's largest tribal Maori group. Their interactive Waka experience provides a rare and unique insight into Maori ancient customs, rituals and traditions.

Taiamai Tours

Explore: Dune Rider – SAVE 10%

Explore a full day tour in our uniquely designed luxury Dune Rider vehicles.
The most comfortable way to see the Far Norths local cultures, historic areas, and ever changing landscapes.
Enjoy a buffet lunch at WaiTiki. Visit Cape Reinga where the top of New Zealand meets the Tasman Sea & the Pacific Ocean.
Travel down the Patiki Stream, visit the giant sand dunes with the sandboarding experience! This is fun for all and comes with many great laughs. Enjoy traveling down 90-mile beach with a stop to dip your feet into the waters of the Tasman Sea, keep an eye out for the wild horses of Aupouri Forest running alongside the beach. Visit the Ancient Kauri Kingdom and climb the stair case carved inside a 45,000-year-old swamp kauri to the art gallery upstairs. Finally, enjoy fresh fish and chips at Mangonui’s world famous fish N chip shop (own cost).

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Explore: Dune Rider

Explore: Discover the Bay – SAVE 10%

The signature cruise of the Bay! Enjoy traveling on a cruise with reduced numbers which allows for better dolphin viewing, better photograph opportunities and of course comfort to move around. The tour includes an extended island stop where Explore customers get to enjoy 100% access to island facilities (Restaurant, Kayaks, SUP’s Conservation Centre, etc). We also include a BBQ lunch in the tour, we have lots of viewing decks and complimentary free tickets should you wish to hope off at Russell at the end of the cruise.

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Explore: Discover the Bay

Explore: Dolphin Discovery – SAVE 10%

Discovery 3 is a purpose built dolphin experience cruise. The cruise is 4 hours dedicated to showing you the natural beauty of the islands and searching for marine mammals (Whales, Orca and Dolphins). Our guides are trained in identifying the dolphins who frequent the bay often. Should conditions and laws permit our crew will endeavour to allow you the chance meet these playful intelligent mammals in their natural environment. (Only available from Oct-Apr then this product is combined with Discover the Bay May-Sept).

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Explore: Dolphin Discovery

Explore: Twin Tours – SAVE UP TO 20%

Traveling on more than one of our products? Get great discounts with savings of up to $65.00.
Twin Tour #1
Discover the Bay + Dune Rider + Free Ferry Ticket (collected on-board).
Twin Tour #2
Dolphin Discovery + Dune Rider + Free Ferry Ticket (collected on-board).

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Explore: Twin Tours

Explore: Hole in the Rock Experience – SAVE 10%

Enjoy traveling out through the islands to the Hole in the Rock, should conditions permit you may travel through the hole. Enjoy commentary from your experienced captain and crew on the local flora and fauna. This cruise also allows you the option to stay on the Urupukapuka Island and explore the wildlife and beauty of these protected islands. Just let the crew know once you’ve departed the wharf or in the notes of your booking. This product is great from families, those traveling on a budget and those on limited time in the Bay of Islands.

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Explore: Hole in the Rock Experience


Driving Directions

From Auckland

  • Take State Highway 1 north to Whangarei (about 2.5 hours).
  • Keep going north towards Kawakawa and take State Highway 11 (straight ahead) to Paihia.
  • Drive right through Paihia along the waterfront and turn left at the roundabout, into Black Bridge Road. Then travel past the Shell Service Station (left side) and Countdown (right side) toward Haruru Falls.
  • Drive for about 3km until you see the sign for Haruru Falls and the 70km sign on your left near the top of the hill. Then turn left into Ash Grove Circle, where you will see the signs for the entrance into Sunseeker Cottages.

From Kerikeri Airport (about 20 mins)

  • Turn left at the airport and go to the big roundabout.
  • Turn right onto State Highway 10 and drive for about 7km.
  • At Puketona Junction turn right toward Paihia.
  • After about 10km you will get to Haruru Falls.
  • Go uphill nearly to the top of the hill and look out for the sign of Sunseeker Cottages on your right.