Activities & Sports in the Bay of Islands
Spectacular aeroplane or helicopter scenic flights around the Bay of Islands
region as well as charter flights to any destination within New Zealand
are available from Paihia.
Museums & Historical Buildings
Walking tracks along much of the coastline and many of the islands in
the cruising area are maintained by the Department of Conservation. Many
of the islands in the cruising grounds are partially privately owned so we
ask charterers to respect boundaries and signs.
- James Cook Museum
- Russell Pompalier House
- Russell St Pauls Church
- Paihia Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Waitangi Village
All types of film and fast processing are readily available. The area
is regarded as a photographer's paradise with accessibility of
views from many points on the islands.
Around November through December and April through May, some humpback
whales and Orca are sighted very close inshore on their way to breed in
the southern oceans.
The Bay of Islands is an area where many pods of dolphins of different
species are seen. It is not recommended to swim with the dolphins other
than using the 'dolphin watch' companies operating from the area.
Ph +64 9 402 7551
They offer rendezvous dives with boats at the Cavallis for the Rainbow
Warrior Wreck Dive and around the local Bay of Islands area. This is for
certified divers only. They have a variety of packages to offer. Dive
equipment can be rented through this company. The client is to make personal
contact with the Dive Shop in Paihia prior to embarking on your charter.
Aqua Action www.divelognz.com/aquaaction
Ph +64 9 434 3867
Aqua Action - works from Tutukaka Marina - clients could overnight at
the marina and join day dive. This company works in tandem with Paihia
Dive -highly professional -with retail shop. Dive the Poor Knights a marine
sanctuary off Tutukaka coastline, south of Bay of Islands
No permits required. However there are regulations governing the fishing
and collection of shellfish. All fish caught can be eaten, according to
taste. Fish, shellfish and crayfish are always available but there are
closed seasons for some. There are inspectors who have the right to board
the vessel to ensure that the law is not broken.
Fishing equipment available for hire from Bay Beach Hire in Paihia, phone
+64 9 402 7905. Also able to buy cheaply, fishing lines (trolling) etc...
locally. Serious fishermen bring their own.
The Bay of Islands is one of the world's favourite game fishing spots.
There are many day charter sports fishing boats available for hire, some
will rendezvous with guests.
Kayaks can be booked for clients with The Moorings (please contact your
Or available for hire from Bay Beach Hire in Paihia, phone +64 9 402 7905
they will deliver and collect kayaks from Base. Our office can
arrange their hire.
From Whangaroa to Auckland there are many excellent golf courses to choose
from that can be reached from marinas within the cruising area, Whangaroa,
Waitangi, Kerikeri, Whangarei, Tutukaka, Whangaparoa. The nearest golf
course is at Waitangi approximately 10 minutes from the Base. Hire facilities
are available with daily green fees.