New Zealand Travel Tips members receive a 10% discount on Fullers GreatSights tours in the Bay of Islands and the Far North.
Discover the best of the Bay of Islands with its diverse range of experiences – including a dolphin cruise and a coach tour to Cape Reinga.
Book a Cape Reinga Tour or Dolphin Cruise with Fullers GreatSights and save 10%. Promo code NZTT10.
Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach Coach Tour
No trip to Northland is complete without paying a visit to Cape Regina and Ninety Mile Beach. Getting there yourself can be challenging (as it involved a long drive down a beach – yep, you read that right), so a tour is often the easiest way to see these incredible sights.
Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Māori culture and tradition, on an action-packed full day return tour from Paihia or Kerikeri.
Drive along the shores of Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Feel the sand between your toes and the salt spray on your face. Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand surfing. Clambering up and surfing down the dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping.
Visit Cape Reinga and hear the stories of this significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together.
This tour also includes a delicious locally-prepared lunch to keep you fuelled for a day of adventure. A vegetarian option is available and can be selected when booking.
Your journey home will be equally enjoyable as your tour guide’s combination of local insight, extensive historical knowledge and fantastic sense of humour create an unforgettable adventure.
Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Enjoy a half-day Bay of Islands cruise, in search of dolphins and other marine life, departing from either Paihia or Russell.
Whilst on board, you’ll journey to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukōkako Island.
According to Māori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space… and if you get dripped on, consider yourself lucky!
Throughout your trip, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, whales and other marine life. Indeed, the crew know this area well and have years of experience locating dolphins in Northland, so you’re in very capable hands.
Your cruise will include an island stopover at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. This stunning island is home to a beautiful white sand beach. You’ll also be able to walk to the top of the hill where you’ll enjoy scenic views over the entire Bay of Islands.
The custom-made vessel has both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as large outdoor viewing decks. In addition, hot and cold refreshments are available for purchase on board or you can enjoy great food and drinks at the fully licensed Otehei Bay Cafe and Bar.
Did you know? On their morning cruise you can choose the free island extension package – stay longer, explore the island’s walking trails and beautiful beaches, and return on their afternoon trip.
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