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We're a family

The simplicity of holidaying in the Bay of Islands makes it an easy choice for families. There are activities to suit all tastes and ages and plenty of affordable accommodation options. With the subtropical climate, many outdoor activities are open year-round. And there's always the beach!

Why not mix one major piece of fun with a variety of free activities? We can help you make the most of your budget so you can enjoy this special time with your family. You might like to use our Trip Planner to put together a list of your top ten activities that you can bring with you! Here are some ideas.

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For the full Bay of Islands experience, we recommend a day sail – perhaps the R Tucker Thompson if you like the idea of tall ship sailing, or She's a Lady for a more intimate day out, or step into Sir Peter Blake's shoes on Lion NZ - the ultimate 'Maxi' sailing adventure. For the longer 'on the water' adventure, consider an overnight cruise on the Rock, where you can enjoy fishing, kayaking, snorkelling and hiking on one of the islands all from one trip.

 A highlight of spending time on the water is seeing marine mammals in the Bay. The thrill never wears off!
For a cooling evening activity, enjoy a Twilight Safari Cruise up to Haruru Falls - kayaking under the waterfall. For the bigger kids, a Tango Jet Ski tour will absolutely blow their minds! If you fancy trying your hand at snapper fishing, we recommend one of our excellent boat charters such as Spot X. And of course, there is magical power of DOLPHINS in the Bay of Islands.

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One of the most thrilling activities in the Top of the North is sandboarding down the giant dunes

27 March 2012
For land-based activities you can cycle a section of the Twin Coast Cycle Way – Top Trail has half bikes suitable for younger children. Other affordable activities include a visit to Action World for an adventure on the high wire, trapezes and the tarzan swings – great fun for children and adults alike. There’s a picnic area, a food canteen and a water slide, which keeps the younger one occupied for hours!
Or take a classic trip up to Cape Reinga with either Fullers Great Sights or on the Dune Rider and get sandboarding down those giant dunes.

Beach families
01 January 2013
01 January 2013
There are some wonderful walks locally suited to a variety of different fitness levels. The Paihia to Opua coastal track is a scenic ramble that gives you a great taste of the Bay. And at this time of year, quite frankly, the beach is the perfect place to laze away the day while your family plays in the surf...