Tour Options

Bay of Islands Tour Options

Bay ActivitiesTo assist in your forward planning and to ensure that you are able to do what you want, when you want, we have condensed the many activities you are able to experience while staying in the beautiful Bay of Islands. All activities listed we highly recommend and all are very reputable operators.

You have the option to book in advance of arrival, which is advisable over the busy summer period, or we can advise and book on your arrival at our hostel.

BBH, YHA, ISIC, AA and VIP holders are eligible for discounts on many of the tours. By booking through us you will pay no more than dealing direct, plus we give you several options for most activities where you can then decide which suits you best.

Bay of Islands Cruises | Sailing | Dolphin swimming | 90 Mile Beach/Cape Reinga | Fishing | Diving | Tandem Skydive | Kayaking |Horseriding | 90 Mile Beach/Cape Reinga/Bay of Islands – By Aeroplane or Helicopter | Culture Show

Bay of Islands Cruises BBH, VIP & YHA and student card discounts may apply
*Pricing is subject to seasonal changes, please check the current pricing with Peppertree Lodge


90mileFullers GreatSights Cape Reinga Awesome Tour (must be 18 years and over)

Journey to the top of New Zealand on this jam packed day tour.

Be at one with nature, surf the dunes, hear the legends and more!

 

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dolphinFuller’s GreatSights Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on Dolphin Seeker, our purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Cruise past many of the 144 islands and take in the sights of the Hole in the Rock and the rich history and scenery that makes up the bay of Islands. Island stopover included as well as a bonus free ferry ticket to extend your day

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creamFuller’s GreatSights: Cream Trip – Day in The Bay

Take part in the Bay of Islands most famous cruise. The “Cream Trip” began in 1927 and remains a popular cruise with tourists today. You will have a full Day in the Bay including dolphin encounters and swimming ( additional fees apply), discovering the Hole in the Rock, delivering mail , boom netting , Island stopover for lunch and learning the history of the Bay of Islands through informative and interactive commentary.

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dolphinecoFuller’s GreatSights Dolphin Eco Experience

Get up close to view and swim  with Dolphins in their natural environment in New Zealand’s warmest waters. Travel on our purpose built 35 seat intimate vessel with an experienced passionate crew which will get you as close as possible to these amazing creatures. Swim is included and wetsuit, snorkel and mask are supplied.
Terms and conditions do apply

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reingaFuller’s GreatSights Cape Reinga Wanderer Day Tour – For the whole family

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and tradition, on a full-day return tour from Paihia or Kerikeri. Experience the thrill of driving along 90 mile beach and sand boarding on the giant dunes

Depart Peppertree 7.15am

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hokiangaFullers GreatSights Hokianga day Tour including Tane Mahuta 

Journey into a unique part of New Zealand, first discovered by Kupe the voyager. Visit the 2.8 million year old Wairere Boulders and the Waipoua Forest, and meet a national icon, the mighty kauri tree Tāne Mahuta on a full-day tour from Paihia.

Enjoy a lunch stop at the picturesque Hokianga harbour

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Mack Attack – 1 ½ hour Fastest boat to the Hole in the Rock, speeds up to 50 knots.
Departs 10.30am 12.15pm 2.30pm


Bay of Islands Sailing BBH, YHA, VIP, student card discounts may apply
*Pricing is subject to seasonal changes, please check the current pricing with Peppertree Lodge


Gungha – 65ft monohull. Day sail includes lunch, island stopover and snorkelling, kayaking, trawling for fish (max of 18)
Departs 10.00am


She’s A Lady – 40ft monohull. Day sail includes lunch, island stopover, snorkelling, kayaking, kneeboarding (max 12 pax)
Departs 9.45am


Carino – 50ft catamaran. Day sail, includes BBQ lunch, island stopover. Licensed to swim with dolphins (max 40 people)
Departs 9.30am


R Tucker Thompson – Unique tall ship schooner experience. Day sail includes morning tea, lunch, island stopover.
Departs 9.30am (to take ferry to Russell)


EcoCruz – 3 day 2 nights sailing expedition. 72ft ocean going yacht. Kayaks, fishing, snorkelling, accommodation and all meals included.
Departs Tuesday & Friday 5pm Dorm


The Rock – Overnight cruise. 22 hour island and eco experience. BBQ dinner and breakfast included plus kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, island stopovers (bring your own lunch)
Departs 5pm


Bay of Islands Dolphin Swimming BBH, YHA, VIP, student card discounts may apply
*Pricing is subject to seasonal changes, please check the current pricing with Peppertree Lodge


Dolphin Discoveries – 4 hour trip, original dolphin swimming company. Under water video viewing, hot showers, wetsuits and snorkelling gear supplied. Guaranteed marine mammal sighting or another free trip.
Departs 8.00am and 12.30pm


Carino – 50ft catamaran. Licensed to swim with dolphins, includes wetsuits and snorkelling gear, also includes BBQ lunch, and island stopover.
Departs 9.30am


Please note there is no guarantee you can swim with the dolphins on every trip. Importantly no company will interfere with the bonding between a mother and her young; therefore some trips can end up being viewing only. Still a magnificent experience


90 Mile Beach/Cape Reinga ‘by Land’
BBH, YHA, VIP, student card discounts may apply
*Pricing is subject to seasonal changes, please check the current pricing with Peppertree Lodge


Dune-Rider 4X4 – Unique small, purpose built coaches – travel through Kerikeri

– guided tour in Puketi kauri forest – visit Ancient Kauri Kingdom
– travel 90 mile beach (looking for wild horses) – boogie board the sand dunes
– Cape Reinga and LightHouse – enjoy famous fish and chip shop
– 20 to 28 people maximum on each bus
Departs Peppertree 7.20am – Returns approx 7.00pm


Bay of Islands Fishing BBH, YHA, VIP, student card discounts may apply
*Pricing is subject to seasonal changes, please check the current pricing with Peppertree Lodge


Blue Sea Charters – Specialists in Kingfish, marlin, snapper, shark. All bait and tackle supplied. Morning and afternoon trips daily.


Spot X – Fast jet propelled fishing vessel. Snapper specialist. Bait and tackle supplied.


Earl Grey – Kingfish specialist, also snapper, groper etc…


Bay of Islands Diving/Tandem Skydiving
BBH, YHA, VIP, student card discounts may apply
*Pricing is subject to seasonal changes, please check the current pricing with Peppertree Lodge


DiveOps – Wreck Diving and Reef Diving – 2 dives in one day. Plus introductory diving and snorkeling trips..
Departs Paihia


Dive North – Small groups, diving for all levels, complimentary lunch and hot drinks and courtesy pick-ups in Paihia.


Tandem Skydive – Experience the thrill of a lifetime. Coast to coast views, free pick up services. 12,000ft (45 second free fall) 9,000ft.
Photo and video options available


Bay of Islands Kayaking/Horse Rides BBH, YHA, VIP, student card discounts may apply
*Pricing is subject to seasonal changes, please check the current pricing with Peppertree Lodge


Coastal Kayakers – ½ day guided tour. Waitangi estuary, mangrove forest and Haruru Falls. A safe, educational and exciting eco-tour. No experience necessary, complimentary tea and coffee. Full day guided tour. Visit deserted Motumarie Island to swim, snorkel or lie in the sun. Waitangi treaty grounds and estuary, mangrove forest and Haruru Falls. Complimentary tea and coffee. Snorkel gear provided. Two and three day options available also.


Island Kayaks – Half and full day guided tours, taken to beautiful locations, depending on the tides and wind directions. Good opportunities to discover local marine and bird life. Based on the beach at the end of Kings Rd, Paihia. Complimentary morning or afternoon tea. Half day guided.


Horseback Adventures – 1 and ½ hour trek. Beautiful scenery. Novice or experienced rides available. Riverbank and gentle hills to faster more challenging trails.


Cultural show
*Pricing is subject to seasonal changes, please check the current pricing with Peppertree Lodge


Culture North Night Show – Combining Maori culture, live drama and sound and light to tell the story of Kupe, the first Maori to discover this land, through to present day. Free pick up. 2 hour show.

 

Free Activities

Kayaks – use our safe kayaks, no experience required, to explore the beautiful foreshore and inner islands. Only 100m from the hostel.


Mountain Bikes – Quality 21 speed bikes for our guests to use to explore the area, easy cycling to magnificent views.


Tennis – Three excellent all weather courts, with lights, for guests to use. Raquets and balls supplied.


DVD/video library – For the odd occasion when it does rain, we have an extensive collection of movies for you to enjoy.


Walks – A choice of walks ranging from 30min foreshore walks, bush and mangrove walks to 4 hour bush and beach walks.


Shops/galleries – Plenty of good quality shops and galleries in Paihia and Russell to explore. You are bound to find something for every one!


Kerikeri – Only 20 mins drive from Paihia, visit The historical Stone Store, Kemp House and Rewa’s Village, Rainbow Falls bush walk (all at the Kerikeri Basin) also many more galleries and shops and even a chocolate factory.

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