Things to do in the Bay of Islands | Visit Bay of Islands

Famous for its natural beauty and unforgettable attractions, people from all over the world come to experience what the Bay of Islands has on offer

Being a favourite local and international holiday destination, visitors are sure to find some great opportunities for things to do in the Bay of Islands. Top Bay of Islands activities can cover everything from a day on the water, a walk through pristine conservation land, to shopping and visiting local historical sites. The following are just a few of the many unforgettable Bay of Islands attractions that visitors can experience

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

If you are looking for Bay of Islands’ tourist attractions that offer insightful historical perspective and a day of fun, then there are few places that compare with the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. This site is one of the most significant locations in the history of New Zealand, and it widely regarded as one of the must see Bay of Islands attraction. On a guided tour through the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, visitors can learn about pivotal events that have taken place in the history of New Zealand and learn about the historic personalities that made it possible. As well as offering tours, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are also home to cultural performances and educational resources that allow visitors to learn more about the rich culture of New Zealand’s native Maori people.

Cruises from Fuller’s GreatSights

Some of the most popular Bay of Islands attractions are its cruise opportunities, and one of the top operators in the area is Fuller’s GreatSights. Offering trips for sightseeing, dolphin spotting eco-tours and historical cruises, visitors looking for an unmissable day on the water should definitely get aboard. Another unique Bay of Islands on the water is a journey aboard the R Tucker Thompson, a traditional schooner tall-ship that sails out of the picturesque town of Paihia.

Snorkeling and diving with Dive Ops

The Bay of Islands offers visitors great opportunities for spending time in the water, and Dive Ops prides itself on providing safe access to some of the region’s best diving spots. Dive Ops charters are sure to make for a day of fun and excitement, and they offer various packages to suit nearly any customer. Included in these packages are experiences that cover dives to various wrecks and reefs, where divers can view the Bay of Islands’ unique underwater ecosystem up-close. In addition to this, the team from Dive Ops also operates a water taxi service takes passengers to various locations throughout the Bay of Islands.

Footprints Waipoua Forest

For an adventure on terra firma, the Waipoua Forest offers an awe-inspiring experience. The natural surroundings exhibit an impressive beauty, and visitors can enjoy a relaxing walk make their way through the many well marked tracks.  This forest contains some of the oldest and largest trees in the world, and it is a place of special spiritual significance to local Maori. Visitors also have the option to take part in one of the informative tours provided by knowledgeable local guides Foot Prints Waipoua. These tours run daily, exploring different parts of the forest, and are definitely the best way for visitors to get the most from the experience


Whether it’s on the water or on land, The Bay of Islands boats some of New Zealand’s best opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.  In addition to the many water and the nature activities, visitors also have chance for some great shopping and dining in the towns of Paihia and Russell. For more information on all that this breathtaking region has on offer, visit our Bay of Islands guide and begin planning your dream New Zealand holiday today. 

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