Things To Do In The Bay of Islands

Activities and Attractions

The Bay of Islands has a wide range of things to do and sights to see. From the historical to the hair-raising you won't be disappointed and The Duke is a great base to see all the Bay has to offer. 

With its pristine waters, lush green landscapes, and vibrant marine life, this subtropical micro-region is the perfect hub for those seeking a memorable island getaway. See our curated list of fun activities and indulge yourself with the best holiday of your life.

Sightseeing

Fuller's GreatSights: Cream Trip - Day in The Bay: Take part in the Bay of Islands most famous cruise. The “Cream Trip" 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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Fuller's GreatSights Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock 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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Fuller's GreatSights Dolphin Eco Experience: Get up close to view and swim with Dolphins in their natural environment in New Zealand's warmest waters. Travel on our purpose built 35 seat intimate vessel with an experienced passionate crew which will get you as close as possible to these amazing creatures. Swim is included and wetsuit, snorkel and mask are supplied. Terms and conditions do apply

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Fullers GreatSights Hokianga Day Tour including Tane Mahuta Journey into a unique part of New Zealand, first discovered by Kupe the voyager. Visit the 2.8 million year old Wairere Boulders and the Waipoua Forest, and meet a national icon, the mighty kauri tree Tāne Mahuta on a full-day tour from Paihia. Enjoy a lunch stop at the picturesque Hokianga harbour

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Fuller's 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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