Hitting you up with 6 beautiful adventures you can embark on in the beauty of the North Island – The Bay of Islands…
I definitely don’t know half as much about New Zealand as I do Australia, so I can tell already this trip is going to be an endless cycle of pleasant surprises. And so we have my first taste of Kiwi heaven…
Around 4 hours north of Auckland, we hit the tropical paradise of the North Island. First thoughts?
“Bloody hell this weather is soooo much better than Auckland.”
Reason 1 to love the Bay of Islands!
We stayed in Paihia where there are so many adventures to go on, so it really is worth adding a few days into your itinerary to enjoy it all.
There’s a good few walks for you to embark on, differing from 1.5 hours to 6! So pick your capability/time availability and head on up.
We walked up to the lookout and back which took just over an hour and I totally recommend it. The views were spectacular but be prepared for some serious steepness…
COMPLETELY worth a drive from Paihia to taste the delicious fish and chips from Mangonui Fish shop – voted the best in New Zealand. Grab the catch of the day with some chips and take a seat at the window where the view will not disappoint!
I was going to say I don’t know whether I preferred the food or the view…however food always wins.
The sand dunes at the Giant Te Paki BLEW MY MIND. Who doesn’t love a bit of adrenaline!?
I was so scared to do this and nearly didn’t until a friend persuaded me into it and now I can honestly say YOU NEED TO DO IT! Don’t let the fear stop you from playing the game and all that jazz… 🙂
I was given a board by the tour we were put on by the Kiwi Experience, however there were ones available to rent for $15 so if you’re road-tripping, you can still grab one and have a go!
I absolutely loved this gem of the North Island, although I knew quite a few people who missed it out of their itineraries. Yes it’s far but the views are absolutely stunning, making it really worth a visit, I promise!
Not only is Cape Reinga the most northern part of New Zealand, this is also the famous spot where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. As you can see from the photo below, this creates a current and a group of waves in the middle. The colours of the Sea and the Ocean meet in contrast which gives an absolutely breathtaking landscape.
This is something which I sadly didn’t get a chance to do! I spent 2 nights up at the bay and cape and really I needed longer. My friends who undertook the experience said it was absolutely amazing, with dolphins swimming around constantly!
You’re able to get out and swim with the dolphins usually, however if this isn’t possible you get some of your money back from the trip.
Book your trip around the islands, featuring “the hole in the rock” here with Dolphin Cruises NZ.
Or alternatively, have a look at adventures provided by Explore Group New Zealand which also take you to the hole in the rock and to see the dolphins.
This was by far one of my favourite things to do in Paihia. The surroundings of the beach are second to none, with boats floating everywhere, countless islands in sight and the sun beating down beautifully.
Swim out to the pontoon (its quite a tiring exercise) and take it all in. Sunbathe or jump off – its your choice.
I captured these moments with my Gopro 5 and absolutely love them!
Where’s your favourite part of New Zealand? I’d love to know 🙂