boiTHINGS TO DO IN THE BAY OF ISLANDS

While staying in Paihia at Allure Lodge, you will have easy access to a range of activities to suit all tastes. Below are some images and video to get a sense of just some of the activities on offer in the Bay of Islands.

Bay of Islands offers the visitor so many things to do with lots of activities, short walks, tours and attractions to choose from.

One of New Zealand’s great holiday destinations..stunningly beautiful and historically significant and enjoyed by domestic and international visitors alike.

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The range of things to see and do in the Bay of Islands varies from the indulgent to the relaxed to the adrenalin pumping activities. Relax with a massage, body or beauty treatment, enjoy locally caught seafood at one of the many cafe’s or restaurants, or catch your own with one of the local Bay of Islands fishing charters, take a scenic flight over the Bay of Islands, cruise to the Hole in the Rock, view and swim with dolphins, try parasailing to 1200 feet, go sailing through the 144 islands or experience an overnight cruise in the bay, Take the time to explore the regions historical past of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and experience a maori cultural show…. the Bay of Islands offers so many things to do to suit all visitors.

Overnight cruise Bay of Islands, Roberton IslandEach town in the Bay of Islands has it’s own unique culture and lifestyle – from the horticultural and vineyard lifestyle focus of Kerikeri, to bustling Paihia the main hub of the Bay of Islands with its focus on providing a great visitor experience to its visitors. Across the bay from Paihia is the attractive and sometimes quirky sea-side town of Russell once known from its whaling days as the ‘Hell hole of the Pacific’. Today it is more commonly known as ‘Romantic Russell’ and offers a more relaxed atmosphere with lots of history and not forgetting, it also has the oldest licensed pub in New Zealand the Duke of Marlborough, and many other bars and restaurants along its foreshore. a great place to relax for a meal and sample New Zealand wines be it for lunch or in the evening as the sun sets over the Bay of Islands.


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The Waitangi Treaty Grounds Paihia more_details

Nau mai Haere mai – Welcome to New Zealand’s most important historic site.. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an absolute must-do when you are in the Bay of Islands – rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped our nation. To make the most of your visit you should to allow at least three hours for your Treaty Grounds visit and the opportunity to experience our cultural performance.


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‘The Rock Overnight Cruise’ Brings you a memorable 22-hour exploration of the subtropical region of the Bay of Islands.

The itinerary is action-packed and caters to all age groups and all activities are included in the price: fishing, kayaking, snorkelling, hiking, target shooting and star gazing. Or you can simply relax, have a drink and take in the stunning scenery with its wide variety of wildlife.


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Boat trips Hole in the Rock Bay of Islandsmore_details

Cruise with Explore NZ through the many islands of the bay to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ along the way we may see dolphins and other wildlife. From here we get time to explore Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Iskand, take a walk to the many lookouts over the Bay of Islands, go for a snorkel, hire a kayak or just relax at the restaurant with a wine and lunch.


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Scenic Helicopter Flights Bay of Islandsmore_details

Salt air offer an exciting and unique range of scenic tours either by plane or by helicopter that can combine with guided tours on the land capturing the best the Bay of Islands has to offer, Cape Reinga and Northland. Our new experience for 2013 is to set foot on the infamous ‘Hole in the Rock’ or combine a relaxing boat cruise with an island stopover and return by helicopter.


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Wine, Food & Craft Tours Bay of Islands more_details

Travel the beautiful Bay of Islands countryside in air-conditioned comfort. Total Tours offer a unique off-the-tourist-trail experience that takes visitors to some of the very best Kerikeri boutique winery producers who are passionate about what they do. The tours vary and include visits and free tastings at selected local vineyards, chocolate factory, cheese factory, Kerikeri Stone Store and Haruru Falls picturesque waterfall.


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Flying Kiwi Parasail – Bay of Islandsmore_details

Enjoy stunning aerial views of the Bay of Islands on New Zealand’s highest Kiwi Parasail at 1200 ft with a choice of single, tandem or triple flights, taking in perfect aerial landscapes of the Bay of Islands.

You take off and land on the back deck from the safety of our custom designed boat. Trips depart from Paihia and Russell


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Explore NZ – Swim with the Dolphinsmore_details

Whilst visiting the Bay of Islands, cruise with Explore NZ through these picturesque islands searching for dolphins. Take this unique opportunity to swim or view dolphins in their world, capturing a once in a lifetime experience by swimming alongside these fabulous creatures.

Tours depart twice daily from Paihia & Russell (8 am & 12.30 pm)


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Mack Attack to the ‘Hole in the Rock’more_details

The fastest boat to the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Join us aboard Mack Attack for speed and excitement, a one and a half hour trip taking you through the inner and outer islands of the Bay to the awe inspiring scenery of Cape Brett, visiting Cathedral Cave then cruising through the Hole in the Rock..all with an informative commentary.


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Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Bus Tripsmore_details

A Full day tour from the Bay of Islands to Cape Reinga on our unique purpose built vehicle the ‘Dune Rider’. Your driver will immerse you in the culture and the history of this area whilst you recline back in comfortable seating as you soak in the amazing scenery of the Far North. Drive along 90 mile beach with a stop to wet your feet, the sand dunes, Gumdiggers Park, Cape Reinga Lighthouse and a coastal cafe.


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Waitangi Golf Course – Bay of Islandsmore_details

Waitangi Golf Course Paihia, Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s most picturesque 18 Hole golf course’s in New Zealand with Panoramic scenery over the Bay of Islands, across to the historic village of Russell and Waitangi estuary complemented by well-groomed greens and fairways surrounded by areas of flowering native trees. Waitangi Golf Club welcomes all visitors for a round of golf whilst visiting the Bay of Islands


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Diving Trips Paihia – Bay of Islands more_details

Paihia Dive is the far North’s New Zealand premier dive centre offering spectacular wreck dive trips to the Rainbow Warrior, and HMNZS. Canterbury, these can also be combined with scenic reef dives. Paihia Dive also offer a range of dive courses from Discover Scuba, Open water, Advanced open water, Rescue, speciality courses and Dive Master.


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Bay of Islands – Otehei Bay Island Timemore_details

Whilst in the Bay of Islands take the opportunity to escape for a day with Explore NZ to Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. This tour departs Paihia and Russell at 9am daily on our ‘Discover the Bay Vessel’ cruising into the islands first and then you are transferred onto our island barge. Spend the day on the island, kayak hire and lunch are all included.


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Tango Jet Ski & Island Boat Toursmore_details

Hire a jet ski and explore the Bay of islands with our experienced guides, See Hole in the rock, secluded sandy beaches and remote islands driving your own jet ski. Or sit back and experience our new purpose built adventure boat with personalised tours to suit the visitor, get dropped on an island, Maybe take a walk to the lookout on Roberton Island, snorkelling or just relax in what we call Paradise.


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Fishing Charters & Trips – Bay of Islandsmore_details

Spot – X Fishing Charters provide Fishing trips in Paihia, Bay of Islands, fish for Snapper, Kingfish and other reef fish. Trips depart from Paihia and Russell both morning and afternoon trips, all bait and tackle supplied.

Join our friendly and knowledgeable skipper aboard ‘Spot – X’ a fast 8.5 metre boat designed for fishing and gets you to the fishing grounds quickly


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Fast Boat Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islandsmore_details

‘Ocean Adventure’ Is a faster way to the Hole in the Rock, speeding through the open waters of the Bay of Islands riding waves as we head offshore to capture the excitement of the Cape Brett Peninsula, the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ entering the Cathedral Cove, spotting wildlife along the way and listening to the skipper telling fascinating tales of the Bay.


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Sailing Trips in the Bay of Islandsmore_details

Sail Lion New Zealand Is the ultimate Bay of islands sailing experience. Enjoy a full day experience on this 80 ft maxi yacht, sailing through the Bay of Islands wherever the wind takes you, participate as crew, hoist the sails, take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or just relax. Lunch is provided as we anchor in a sheltered bay for lunch, here you can snorkel, swim, kayak or explore a nearby island.