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With its serpentine coastline and turquoise coves, the Bay of Islands in New Zealand’s Northland beckons adventurous travelers seeking paradise. If you don’t have time to explore the area by sailboat, consider a helicopter ride to view it all from above. Here’s what you need to know. 

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  • Explore the Bay of Islands from a unique perspective on a scenic helicopter tour that takes you above subtropical Northland’s rugged coast.
  • Start from Kerikeri Airport or from a helipad in Paihia, located about a 3-hour drive north from Auckland.
  • Soar above the ancient kauri trees of the Waipoua Forest, and gaze out over white-sand beaches en route to Cape Brett.
  • Learn about the historic townships of Russell and Waitangi with commentary from the pilot.
  • Options include a helicopter landing at the Hole in the Rock and a walk with a Maori guide, or combine a Bay of Islands aerial tour with a boat cruise to Roberton Island (Motuarohia) for a hike or snorkel at Cook’s Cove.
  • Maximize your visit in a minimal amount of time, with guaranteed on-time return for cruise ship passengers.
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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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$171.53
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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch

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Sail the Bay of Islands on a working tall ship aboard the famed ‘R. Tucker Thompson,’ built in the tradition of a 100-year-old Northland schooner. Ply the waters of the pristine bay, where you can help hoist the sails, climb the rigging or simply relax on board, then swim while anchored in a sheltered bay in the maritime park. Enjoy morning tea and a barbecue lunch, with an optional complimentary ferry ride from Paihia to Russell, where your vessel departs.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Bay of Islands Waterfall Cruise Kayak or Paddle board

Bay of Islands Waterfall Cruise Kayak or Paddle board

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Experience nature is at its best on a 40-minute Bay of Islands cruise followed by a kayak excursion. Paddle past mangrove forests to a wondrous waterfall, with the option to depart in the morning, afternoon or at sunset. If you’d like, opt for a paddleboard instead. You’ll view birdlife and learn the cultural history of the Maori people with commentary by a knowledgeable guide.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour - Snorkel, Hike, Swim, Paddleboard, Wildlife

Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour - Snorkel, Hike, Swim, Paddleboard, Wildlife

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Let seafaring experts show you the best of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands by land and by water on this adventure cruise. With 144 different isles, it can be hard to know where to start, but your captain and crew know all the best spots to swim, snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, and spot marine life. Hop off at two hand-picked islands for a hike to panoramic lookout points and beachside tea with biscuits.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Russell and Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Russell and Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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Experience the very best of the Bay of Islands on this shore excursion, including tours and exploration of Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri, Haruru Falls and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. While your cruise ship is berthed in the Bay of Islands, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Paihia, the beautiful Haruru Falls, and Kerikeri with its historic Mission House and Stone Store. Following your sightseeing tour, your coach will board a vehicle ferry to Russell where you can explore New Zealand's oldest town on foot. You will then return to Paihia via passenger ferry and be transferred to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with time for lunch (own expense) and a fully guided tour of the grounds and Maori Cultural Performance. Finally you will be transferred back to your cruise ship tenders where your tour will conclude.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Jet Boat Ride Tour in Bay of Islands

Jet Boat Ride Tour in Bay of Islands

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This Jet Boat ride is sure to keep you on your toes with speeds of up to 80km on the water and twists, turns and spins that will make you scream with laughter! This is a great activity for both the old and young!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip the Line: Waitangi Treaty Grounds Experience Pass

Skip the Line: Waitangi Treaty Grounds Experience Pass

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Stand on the spot where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840. Find out how this document has forged with admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Your day pass is valid for two consecutive days and includes an informative 50-minute guided tour, introductory film, and 30-minute cultural performance.
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  • 1 to 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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*Popular Cruise Ship Tour* Bay of Islands and Glow Worm Caves Small-Group Tour

*Popular Cruise Ship Tour* Bay of Islands and Glow Worm Caves Small-Group Tour

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When your ship docks in Waitangi Wharf, explore the beautiful Bay of Islands and see the best of New Zealand’s spectacular North Island. Travel through the Bay of Islands with your guide and take in top attractions including Kawakawa and the Kawiti glowworm caves. Explore the Puketi Forest’s rich ecological diversity, sample New Zealand sweet treats at the Makana Chocolate Factory, and gaze out over the Haruru Falls and the Waitangi River.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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