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Paihia (Bay of Islands)  Sightseeing Tours and Attractions

Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks - Duration: 3 or 6 Hours
Experience New Zealand's natural beauty up-close and first-hand on a guided walk through the Puketi rainforest. Walk among towering kauri trees, see rare bird and plant species, and stroll beside thundering waterfalls. Led by an experienced local guide, and with tour numbers limited to six people, enjoy a personalized experience on this rainforest walk, with a choice of half-day, full-day and night-time walks. Start your rainforest adventure at Okaihau, and join your knowledgeable local guide on a walk through the Puketi forest. Gain fascinating insights into New Zealand's subtropical flora and fauna as you walk among towering kauri trees, the world’s second largest tree, found only in the country’s North Island. On the half-day and full-day walks, keep an eye out for the rainforest's rare endemic birds and subtropical plant species, as your walk takes you beside rivers and waterfalls in full flow. Hear Maori legends and stories from European colonial history and enjoy views of valleys filled with ancient trees, including two of the largest kauri in New Zealand.

Puketi Rainforest Guided Walks
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Kerikeri and Crafts Half-Day Tour - Duration: 3 or 5 Hours
Visit the historical town of Kerikeri — home to the country’s first permanent mission station and some of its oldest buildings — on this afternoon tour from Paihia. With a guide, visit the Mission House and Stone Store to learn about the town’s Maori and European settlement history. You’ll also get a taste of the area’s delights with stops at an organic winery and Makana Confections chocolate factory. Upgrade to include a morning sightseeing cruise on the Bay of Islands. Upgrade your tour to include a 2-hour cruise through the Bay of Islands before your tour to Kerikeri. Pass by Black Rocks, and stop to see Marsden Cross, the site of the country’s first planned European settlement. See Roberton Island (Motuarohia), where several archaeological sites have been excavated, and learn about the history of the Bay of Islands from the onboard commentary. Keep your eyes open for marine life like whales, seals, dolphins, penguins and sea birds.

Kerikeri Day Tours
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Cape Brett - Hole In The Rock - Duration: 4 Hours
This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for a good reason! The modern high speed catamaran escorts you in comfort around the Bay, past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and the many varied island landscapes as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.You will then pass through the famous Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island and on to view the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. The crew share with you local history and ecology and you will often see a variety of marine wildlife including Whales, Seals, Dolphins, Penguins, and other sea and bird life.

Cape Brett - Hole In The Rock
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R. Tucker Thompson Sailing Ship - Duration: 6 Hours
What more charming way to explore the peaceful waters of the Bay of Islands than by tall ship? Sail away aboard the replica of a 100-year-old schooner, and spend the day exploring some of the secluded bays and resplendent beaches in the Bay of Islands Maritime Park. Your 6-hour tour departs from Russell Wharf, or take an included round-trip ferry there from Paihia. Take the helm or just lie back on deck and relax. You’ll hear tales of the ship's exploits from the professional crew; this vessel has sailed the world, but today will explore the more tranquil seas of the Bay of Islands. At lunchtime, the skipper anchors in a secluded bay. Step ashore at a private beach, go swimming or try swinging from the yardarm (a horizontal timber mounted on the mast). With all of this sea air and activity, you’ll have worked up a hearty appetite — taken care of by a tasty barbecue lunch cooked on board.

R. Tucker Thompson Tall Sailing Ship
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Supercruise - Cream Trip/Hole in Rock - Duration: 7 Hours
Take a sightseeing cruise through the Bay of Islands on the area’s only authentic Cream Trip — a 100-year-old tradition of delivering mail and supplies to island residents. On board a modern, multi-level catamaran with a knowledgeable crew, you’ll see idyllic bays, local homes and natural landmarks like Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett. Watch for whales, seals and other wildlife, and stop on Urupukaopuka Island to go for a walk or relax on the beach. You may also have the option to swim with dolphins!
Take in the awesome 'Hole in the Rock' and go ashore to explore one of the most beautiful islands in the Bay.

Fullers 'Cream Trip' Supercruise
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Cape Reinga Via 90 Mile Beach Day Tour - Duration: 11 Hours
This is definitely not your average bus ride. Travelling to the very top of New Zealand your luxury air-conditioned coach will be driven along a quicksand stream & race through the waves of mighty Ninety Mile Beach! At Cape Reinga you'll enjoy spectacular views including the meeting of the blue Pacific and deep green Tasman Sea. Lots of spectacular scenery and other interesting stops. Informative and entertaining commentary provided. Picnic lunch optional. Choice of 2 fantastic full day tours.

Cape Reigna - 90 Mile Beach
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