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How to Spend 2 Days in the Bay of Islands

How to Spend 2 Days in the Bay of Islands

With two days in the Bay of Islands, you can enjoy lots of the activities that have made this area one of Auckland locals’ favorite holiday destinations. You can go cruising, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, and dolphin watching, and also learn about the country’s origins. Here’s how to spend two days in the Bay of Islands.

Day 1: The Coastal Route

**Morning:**Hop on a bike, and explore the Twin Coast Cycle Trail, a series of mostly flat dedicated bike paths and country roads extending all the way to Hokianga Harbour. Rent a bicycle for a self-guided trip, or opt for a guided excursion with stops to learn more about the region. 

**Afternoon:**This afternoon, explore the Bay of Islands on a scenic cruise. You have your choice of setting sail from Russell or Paihia aboard a sailboat, high-speed catamaran, or wildlife-viewing boat. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and little blue penguins, and don’t miss a chance to swim, snorkel, or hike. 

**Night:**If a 2- to 6-hour sail simply isn’t enough time on the water, book an overnight cruise around the Bay of Islands, and drop anchor in a tucked-away cove. Enjoy evening fishing and night kayaking along with stargazing, then wake up to the sunrise for another swim. 

Day 2: Exploring Above and Beyond

**Morning:**Start your day with an excursion that takes you out of town and off the beaten path. Guided tours of the area’s natural features include kayaking trips to waterfalls on the Waitangi River or hiking excursions into a kauri forest. Less active travelers can stroll and sightsee in historic Kerikeri.

**Afternoon:**See the Bay of Islands from above: You can take a scenic flight and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the coastline all the way to Cape Reinga, board a helicopter bound for the Hole in the Rock, or experience the thrill of parasailing or free falling on a skydiving adventure.

**Night:**The controversial treaty between the Maori people and the British Crown was signed at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and the historic site is only a half-hour stroll along the beach from Paihia. Explore the grounds, then learn more about Maori culture with a concert and ahangi dinner. 

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Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

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Discover the Bay of Islands by helicopter, with an optional landing at the Hole in the Rock. See Cape Brett from above during an aerial tour from Paihia, narrated by a professional pilot. Fly over Russell and Waitangi en route to the Hole in the Rock. Upgrade to land atop the iconic natural landmark, with an optional walk led by a Maori guide.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Cape Reinga Half-Day Tour Including Scenic Flight

Cape Reinga Half-Day Tour Including Scenic Flight

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Fly over the Northland coastline on a scenic flight between Paihia and Cape Reinga. Soar above Ninety Mile Beach before landing for a minibus tour at the top end of New Zealand's North Island. Visit Cape Reinga Lighthouse, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, then stroll along the beach at Tapotupotu Bay and surf the sand dunes of Te Paki. Look down on remote Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay on your return flight. Includes morning tea and round-trip hotel transfers.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Parasailing Adventure Over the Bay of Islands

Parasailing Adventure Over the Bay of Islands

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There are few more unique ways to see the Bay of Islands than catching the wind and parasailing high above the water. See the Bay’s towns, forests and islands – all the way out to Cape Brett’s famous Hole in the Rock – from the sky on this aerial adventure. Take to the skies with your friends or family on tandem or triple flights. Your children can even go parasailing – this adventure is suitable for all.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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 Small Group, Day Bay of Islands Sailing Cruise, Aboard Vigilant

Small Group, Day Bay of Islands Sailing Cruise, Aboard Vigilant

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Spend a day cruising through the Bay of Islands aboard a deluxe sailboat that sets sail from Russell. Your captain stops at a picturesque island where you have lunch, and time to snorkel, kayak, swim, and walk to a lookout point. Cruise over to The Black Rocks for photo ops of the volcanic formation, keep an eye out for marine life, and hear commentary from your captain about the region.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Scenic Escape with Winery Lunch

Scenic Escape with Winery Lunch

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To tourists, the Bay of Islands is best known for its beaches and cruises. On this full-day tour, you’ll be able to get out of the area’s tourist hotspots in a luxury Jeep and explore some of its hidden gems. Discover seaside Opua and vibrant Kawakawa, walk between the ancient kaura in Opua Forest, and get stunning photo-ops at Waitangi Valley and Haruru Falls.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Bay of Islands Skydive from 12,000 ft. with 40-Second Free Fall

Bay of Islands Skydive from 12,000 ft. with 40-Second Free Fall

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Experience 40 seconds of thrilling freefall as you skydive the Bay of Islands, then drift back to earth with views of 144 islands and turquoise water. Jump in tandem with an instructor from 12,000 feet (3,658 mt.), with the option to purchase photos and video footage of your Bay of Islands skydive. This skydive adventure includes pickup and drop-off at locations in central Paihia and Kerikeri.
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  • 4 hours
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