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Kawiti Glow Worm Cave Tour & Opua Kauri Forest Walk

1. Kawiti Glow Worm Cave Tour & Opua Kauri Forest Walk

Your tour will start at the Yacht Club, where your friendly local guide will transport you to the caves in a 12-seater dual air-conditioned minibus, around a 15-minute journey. Your 30 minute guided tour will follow a wooden boardwalk through a 200-meter limestone cave system. Once inside, you will see thousands of glowworms spread across the ceiling surrounded by breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites. You will hear about the history of the caves, which were discovered in the early 17th century by Roku. Hineamaru, famous chieftainess of the Ngati Hine Tribe arrived at Waiomio with her aged father, Torongare and her brothers. As you enjoy the galaxies of glowworms above, your friendly guide will explain the life cycle of the New Zealand Glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) and the intricate webs used to catch their prey. You’ll even get close enough to see the actual body of the glowworm and its stunning blue/green tail light before you make the return bushwalk through a natural corridor of karst rock formations and pristine rainforest.

Paihia: Bay of Islands 30-minute Adventure Jet Boat Trip

2. Paihia: Bay of Islands 30-minute Adventure Jet Boat Trip

Head out on a 30-minute water adventure on a jet boat in the Bay of Islands. Feel the adrenaline as you experience 360-degree spins, tricks, and high-speed maneuvers while taking in the beautiful views of the bay. Rest assured that this is a safe experience, with all life jackets, splash jackets, and glasses provided to protect you. You'll also benefit from a guide who will be with you the whole time. Weather permitting, pass some of the Bay of Islands; iconic sights, such as Russell, Tapeka Point, Motoroa Island, and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Get your heart going with quick turns, sweeping turns and spins, and speeds of up to 45 knots. Enjoy the experience in the only jet boat in the bay, powered by a 510 HP V8 LSX-454.

Bay of Islands: Tandem Skydive Experience

3. Bay of Islands: Tandem Skydive Experience

Combine a thrilling adrenaline buzz with spectacular views of clear turquoise water, long stretches of pristine golden beaches, and lush countryside in the Bay of Islands. Self-drive to Kerikeri Airport or arrange for courtesy pick-up. Meet the friendly ground staff who’ll look after you before and after your jump. Board the plane for the cruise up to 9,000, 12,000, 16500, or 20000-feet (depending on which option you book) and admire the 144 stunning islands that make up the Bay of Islands. Be harnessed to a highly trained tandem instructor who’ll ensure your safety and fun throughout. At altitude, jump from the plane for adrenaline buzzing freefall that is anywhere between 20 to 85 seconds, depending on which altitude option you choose. Enjoy a relaxing flight under canopy before landing back at the drop zone.

Hole in the Rock 1.5-Hour Fast Boat Ocean Adventure

4. Hole in the Rock 1.5-Hour Fast Boat Ocean Adventure

Fast track your journey through the iconic scenery of the Bay of Islands on a 1.5-hour ocean adventure. Experience the thrill of an open-air fast boat ride as you cruise among the bay's 144 islands and explore the bay's iconic sites. Enjoy the perfect balance of exploration and exhilaration with informative commentary and stops to observe the abundant wildlife along the way. Speed through the open waters in a purpose built state of the art catamaran. Visit the iconic Hole in the Rock, the gorgeous Cape Brett Peninsula, and enter the spectacular Cathedral Cave (conditions permitting). Ride the waves past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, and the many varied island landscapes. Keep an eye out for wildlife including whales, seals, dolphins, and penguins. Learn about the area's unique characteristics and fascinating history from your friendly, informative skipper. This exhilarating tour is also a very comfortable and safe one. Complete with padded seats and seat belts, the boat is designed to protect its passengers riding in the open ocean. Life jackets and weather-proof jackets are also provided.

Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

5. Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

Set off on a 5.5-hour sightseeing tour of the Bay of Islands, often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”. The tour commences at 9:00 AM from the Waitangi Wharf, where the cruise ship's tenders will bring you to shore. The first stop is at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, where you'll experience this magical glowworm phenomenon on a 1-hour guided tour. From Kawiti, the tour moves onward to Kawakawa, also known as “Train Town”, as the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street. From this point you will proceed toward Puketi Forest, a 15,000-hectare forest containing magnificent stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity. The next stop is Kerikeri, also known for its successful horticulture, niche food products, fabulous chocolates, boutique vineyards, art galleries, and crafts. Here, watch the making of chocolate, taste some treats, and do some shopping during a visit to Makana Chocolates. You will see the “The Stone Store”, New Zealand’s oldest building, and the adjacent “Kemp House” (without allotted time for entrance). Heading back to Paihia, stop at the Haruru Falls, a breathtaking waterfall in a horseshoe shape. Departing the Haruru Falls, the final stop is at the Waitangi Look Out Loop, providing stunning views over Waitangi and the Bay of Islands. The tour will either return you to the tenders in Waitangi or drop you to the township of Paihia, should you wish to explore further before catching one of the shuttles back to the tenders.

From Auckland: 3-Day Highlights of North Island Tour

6. From Auckland: 3-Day Highlights of North Island Tour

Explore New Zealand's North Island on a 3-day adventure leaving from Auckland. Enter Tolkien's magical Middle Earth at Hobbiton, enjoy an 8-hour comprehensive tour of Auckland's history, culture, and black sand beaches, and visit the Bay of Islands. Day 1 Begin with a hotel pickup in downtown Auckland and head out to the awe-inspiring Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Explore the caves to see their fascinating limestone formations and enjoy a scenic boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto. Next, journey to Middle Earth and marvel at the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set, a picturesque, highly-elevated 1250-acre farm with spectacular panoramic views. See the 44 Hobbit holes, the Shire, and the Green Dragon Inn. Return to Auckland to spend the night at your hotel (not included). Day 2Embark on a comprehensive 8-hour Auckland tour. Learn about Auckland's history and culture from your guide while you tour the countryside of Auckland. See the rugged West Coast and black sand beaches and marvel at the area's unspoiled scenery. Day 3Travel north over the Auckland Harbor Bridge to the Bay of Islands. Marvel at the ever-changing rural and coastal scenery and sub-tropical bush as your drive to Pahia. Embark on a 3-hour cultural journey of discovery through New Zealand’s most important historic site, The Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Begin with a guided tour of the expansive Treaty Grounds. Learn the area's fascinating history and discover the people and events that influenced the past, present, and future of New Zealand. After the tour, enjoy a live Maori cultural performance with an authentic, high-energy concert inside the beautifully carved meeting house. Experience waiata (songs), learn about traditional weaponry, and witness New Zealand’s famous haka (war dance). Explore the museum with its stunning collection of taonga (treasured objects), visit the carving studios, and take a bushwalk to experience the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Next, enjoy lunch before boarding the high-speed catamaran, Dolphin Seeker. Look out its large viewing windows as you cruise past numerous islands in the Bay. Watch for dolphins, whales, and other marine life as you head past Cape Brett Lighthouse. Arrive at the majestic Hole in The Rock. If conditions permit, your skipper will navigate you through the narrow space before returning to Paihia for your return journey to Auckland.

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What people are saying about Bay of Islands

SO SO SO Awesome . I flew like a bird. Literally not full of fear as I thought. More so in awe of the freedom, sights and feeling. My pre 60th & my daughter's 32nd birthday. Great tandam guides. Will never forget it. Highly recommend the 12000ft ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

There were 5 family members that went out. Youngest 11yrs. All had an exceptional time out with the skipper doing "drifting in water", as one grandchild described it. Huge fun, memorable moments ♥️. A must, to do again

Awesome experience. The process was easy from booking to checking in for the skydive. The staff were very friendly, I felt very safe. The skydive was an incredible experience I will do it again.

Very good guide man, very helpful, talkative, very nice person and very good organiser chloe, help me beyond the limit. Thanks Mrs Bhosale

Joe is a fantastic drifter and commands his jet boat with sublime judgements. Absolutely recommend this thrill