The Bay of Islands is an area in the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Located 37 miles north-west of Whangarei, it is close to the northern tip of the country. It is one of the most popular fishing, sailing and tourist destinations in the country, and has been renowned internationally for its big-game fishing since American author Zane Grey publicized it in the 1930s. Wherever you are in the Bay of Islands, there are plenty of recreational activities in the scenic world of island and beach: charter a yacht or launch, dive or snorkel, paddle a sea kayak in and out of the islands or swim with the dolphins.

Cape Reinga Wanderer Tour

This fantastic Cape Reinga tour will take you on a journey through the magnificent natural wonders of the North. You will be over-awed by the grandeur of the mighty Kauri trees, the expanse of Ninety Mile Beach and the mystique of Cape Reinga. There are numerous stops for you to take in the scenic highlights and activities. They start with the easy twenty minute boardwalk through the Puketi Kauri Forest. Thunder along Ninety Mile Beach to the top of New Zealand and wander out to the lighthouse. Ride sand sledges if you dare! Take a swim and dig for shellfish. See the picturesque village of Mangonui on your return journey to Paihia. Lunch is included.

From $134 per person

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise

Board a luxury high-speed catamaran and enjoy a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Next is Motukokako Island and the famous “Hole in the Rock”; the excitement grows as you make a passage through the Hole and on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. On the return journey you will meander through the inner islands. View sandy beaches, beautiful bays and marine wildlife as your skipper gives an informative commentary. Tiger V’s new state of the art visual display system will take you on a pictorial journey through the Bay’s natural and cultural history, as well as offering you an exciting glimpse into life in New Zealand’s largest maritime Park. Stopover on beautiful Urupukapuka Island where there are numerous activities. Enjoy one of the scenic walks, a swim or ride the Subsea Adventure, or relax on the beach.

From $85 per person