If you love nature and marine wildlife you’ll find plenty of activities and tours on the Bay Of Islands. From dolphin and whale watching to bird watching you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied during your stay.
Carino Wildlife Cruises
Explore the Bay Of Islands onboard a 50ft catamaran while contributing towards marine mammal conservation. Carino Wildlife Cruises are a small family run business and contribute a portion of fares towards conservation projects. You set sail from Paihia, and glide through deep blue waters while viewing lush green islands.
You can choose to make it a hands on experience by helping to set sail or just relax and watch the dolphins and seabirds. There is a stop off at one of the islands, allowing you to explore the shores or go snorkeling. For younger Kiwis facing the end of the traditional OE, these may be a fun alternative to other activities.
Bay of Islands Waterfall Cruise Kayak or Paddle board
Enjoy a 40 minute cruise around the Bay of Islands followed by an adventurous excursion through mangrove forests. You have the option of exploring either in a kayak or on a paddleboard. You’ll get the chance to experience nature up close with exotic birdlife and plants, and in addition you’ll learn about the Maori culture from a knowledgeable guide.
Bird watching activities in the Bay of Islands
Bird watching enthusiasts will be in their element at one of the many bird sanctuaries and parks. The Parrot Place is a breeding centre and bird display. They have a large variety of exotic parrots, macaws and galahs, as well as many others. Project Island Song is a wildlife sanctuary encompassing the seven main islands in the eastern Bay of Islands. Here you’ll discover many endangered species of birds reintroduced to the islands.
Urupukapuka Island- A bird watcher’s paradise