We're on a cruise ship

We're on a cruise ship

If you’ve just arrived in the Bay of Islands via cruise ship, then welcome! We hope you fill your day with some of the wonderful activities available. Here are a few suggestions.

an image For a thrilling experience of the bay, why not jump on a helicopter and fly across the islands. It really puts the bay into perspective. Or steel yourself for a fast (and we mean fast!) boat ride to the Hole in the Rock.

There are also more sedate half-day Hole in the Rock tours, where – if you’re lucky – you might see dolphins playing in the bow wake of the boats.   

  A relaxed place to watch the maritime world go by
There are plenty of local walks if you fancy stretching your legs – around the Treaty Grounds along the coast, or up to the viewing point via the School Road track. To capture a bit of local history, take one of the local tours or, to get a sense of life in Northland, visit the charming towns of Kawakawa and Opua, taking in the Glow Worm caves on your way home.  If you want something more of a workout, try kayaking or cycling part of the Twin Coast Cycle Way.

There’s a regular artisan market on Paihia’s village green where you can purchase locally made arts and crafts, then hop on a the ferry to Russell for a stroll around this beautifully preserved village. Visit the historic church and Pompalier House. Round it off with afternoon tea at the Duke of Marlborough.