Water Based Activities in the Bay of Islands

Nothing symbolises the Bay of Islands more than its stunning coastline. This is one big maritime park so where better to get out onto, into and under the unspoilt waters and magical islands. 

Scuba diving

The Bay of Islands is an exciting natural playground for divers and snorkelers. Two of the best wreck dives in New Zealand are found here and with warm sheltered waters the diving is comfortable all year round.

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Blessed with beautiful coastline to the east and west, the Bay of Islands is a great base for a surfing adventure. The east coast has clean, well formed waves ideal for novices while the lure of the pounding west coast beaches draws seasoned surfers.

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Explore the coast in your own time, under your own steam. It's the perfect way to immerse yourself in the amazing wildlife and stunning scenery. Kayak at night under the Milky Way. Magical. 

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Boat cruises

If you do nothing else on your trip to the Bay of Islands, get out on the water. There are many options including full day, half-day and overnight cruises. Help sail a tall ship, follow the original cream route and cruise the famous Hole in the Rock.

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Try your hand from a local wharf or join a charter  for an opportunity to tackle a large tuna, marlin or kingfish. 

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Swim with dolphins

Observe these  gentle, playful creatures in their natural habitat and join them in the water for an unforgettable encounter.

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Paddle a waka

Local Ngapuhi warriors will teach you to crew and paddle a 50ft waka, a traditonal canoe. You'll get a unique cultural insight and unforgettable memories.

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Island Hopping

Go island hopping. Urapukapuka Island is one of the best. Explore the walking tracks with plenty of time for swimming at any number of beaches. Stop off at the beachfront café for an icy cold ale.

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