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Sights and sounds of Bay of Islands

1 'Hole in the Rock' Dolphin Cruise
'Hole in the Rock'  Dolphin Cruise

Date with the dolphins

This fun adventure begins when you board your Dolphin Seeker boat at Paihia Wharf, next to the Maritime Building on the waterfront or at Russell Wharf. On this memorable half day 'Hole in the Rock' Dolphin cruise you sail on a catamaran with large outdoor viewing and seating decks. Cruise past some of the 144 islands that make up the Bay and keep a look out for dolphins, whales and other marine life.

You pass the Cape Brett Lighthouse before arriving at the Hole in the Rock. Then get ready to hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space with the rock walls soaring high above. This popular morning cruise is a favourite with visitors to the Bay of Islands and is a great way to get up close to the dolphins who love to play in this beautiful area.

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1 'Hole in the Rock'  Dolphin Cruise

'Hole in the Rock' Dolphin Cruise

2 Cape Reinga Fly & Drive Tour
Cape Reinga Fly & Drive Tour

Fly to the top

The first part of this superb tour consists of a flight up to Cape Reinga via Northland's spectacular west coast and its beautiful beaches, including the famous Ninety Mile Beach. The aircraft then lands and you board a comfortable air-conditioned mini-bus for a two and a half hour tour exploring the very top of New Zealand.

The vehicle tour will visit Cape Reinga Lighthouse, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Then a short drive to Tapotupotu Bay where freshly baked light refreshments await before you head to Te Paki sand dunes for fun sliding down the dunes!
The return magnificent 1-hour scenic flight explores the stunning remote white sandy beaches and harbours of the east coast and the turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands before landing back at your starting point.

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2 Cape Reinga Fly & Drive Tour

Cape Reinga Fly & Drive Tour

3 Discover The Bay
Discover The Bay

Sail around the islands

Board your Explore Group catamaran either at Paihia or Russell Wharf for this half day Discover the Bay cruise during which you see the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area that is soaked in rich culture and history and encounter diverse wildlife. particularly playful dolphins, in their natural surroundings as you sail among the 144 islands.

The skipper will give a fascinating and informative commentary throughout the cruise and the trip will include a visit to the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, travel through it. During summer months your trip will also include an island stop at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. This popular family trip lasts for around four hours.

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3 Discover The Bay

Discover The Bay

4 Dune Rider Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach
Dune Rider Cape Reinga  via 90 Mile Beach

Sand dunes and ancient forests

Starting in Paihia, travel to Cooper's Beach Cafe on the beautiful east coast for a morning tea stop before driving on to Waiharara and the ancient buried Kauri forest. Next stop is the Aupouri Pine Forest, with its herds of wild horses, then the famous Ninety Mile Beach to take in the views. Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the Te Paki stream and climb the giant sand dunes before tobogganing down.

At Cape Reinga you see the crashing waves where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean collide. The splendid isolation of the lighthouse and the location of the Spirit Tree are just some of the highlights of this spiritual place. After lunch at Waitiki continue to Awanui and browse finished products made from ancient and massive Kauri timber and end the tour at the world famous' Mangonui Fish shop.

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4 Dune Rider Cape Reinga  via 90 Mile Beach

Dune Rider Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach