If you’re travelling with kids to the Bay of Islands you’ll find plenty of fun, family-friendly activities for all ages. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Spend a Day on Urupukapuka Island
This stunningly beautiful island is situated on Otehei Bay. You take the ferry from Paihia which takes around 45 minutes to Urupukapuka Island. Your kids will enjoy watching the dolphins as the boat glides through the crystal clear blue waters. There’s plenty for them to do on the island, including mountain biking at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park and a visit to Russell Museum.
Take Kids on a Sand Safari at 90 Mile Beach
You and your kids will enjoy the 90 Mile Beach sand safari offered by Cape Regina Tours. You’ll experience the thrill of sandboarding on giant dunes and enjoy a magical day of Maori culture. This includes stories and songs that will intrigue your kids.
Horse Trekking at Paihia
Horse trekking is a great activity for all the family, and this activity even includes swimming with your horse! You’ll enjoy the glorious scenery of Taonga, as well as stunning views over the bay. This horse trekking activity is geared towards all levels of experience and ages. This is great as even very young children can still ride as long as they’re over 3 years old.
Treat your kids to a dolphin cruise
Your kids will love the dolphin cruise to Hole in the Rock. Stepping onboard the catamaran Dolphin Seeker, you’ll be taken past breathtaking islands as you spot dolphins and other marine life. The catamaran passes through the magical Hole in the Rock, and an informative commentary gives you all the history. In addition, you can enjoy taking photos from large viewing decks.
Take a Nature walk In a Conservation Area
For a relaxing and informative walk, you and your kids will enjoy Russell Nature Walks. You’re guided through an area of private forest and conservation.