Whether you’re in love with the great outdoors, like to immerse yourself in cultural traditions, or fancy getting clued up on interesting historical facts, there’s a raft of activities and opportunities to satisfy any and everyone’s cravings in Aotearoa’s magical Bay of Islands.

Historically speaking, a visit to the Waitangi Treaty grounds will offer great insights, whilst embarking on an authentic marae tour will allow you to immerse yourself in the Maori traditions and way of life. In nearby Kawakawa, Austrian-born Karl Hundertwasser’s world-famous funky toilets may inspire the art lover amongst you, and in beachy, picturesque Paihia, life connoisseurs can kick back at one of the many bars or restaurants for a bite to eat, groovy sounds and a dose of happy vibes.

If you’re the active type, the world’s your oyster in Ipipiri (Maori for Bay of Islands), both when it comes to exploring the region’s natural treasures by sea or on land. Water-based activities include an exhilarating ocean dive, snorkelling session or kayaking excursion, right through to an adrenaline-fuelled afternoon of jet skiing, or a leisurely boat cruise.

Hikers are well catered for on this part of the planet, too, with a host of awe-inspiring coastal and bush tracks to get your nature fix. Our water taxi is at your service to drop and pick you up from any of these walks, whether you prefer to traverse the entire track or only parts of it. Cape Brett Walkway is one of our most spectacular walks, closely followed by the likes of the Urupukapuka Island Walk and Moturua Island Walks.

All the island tracks are clearly signposted, but please beware: while most most of them are well formed, there are some steep sections and rough grounds in places that makes them better suitable for more expierenced – and fitter – walkers. Some of our most spectacular scenic hot spots are accessible by water taxi only, depending on the wind and tides, so please let our guys advise you on when it’s best to visit the destination of your choice. We will drop you off and pick you up with your safety in mind!

If you’re planning a hike, we recommend light tramping shoes or boots – not to mention plenty of fresh water and snacks. Please do not take your dog as they pose risks to our wildlife.