Activities & Things to do

The Bay Adventurer is located in Paihia, the jewel of the magnificent Bay of Islands and offers a huge range of sightseeing attractions and activities to suit everyone's tastes and budgets!

We want to ensure that your Bay of Islands experience is enjoyable and memorable, the Bay Adventurer is the ideal place to be based for your Bay of Islands stay.

We can book and arrange any activities that take your interest in the beautiful Bay of Islands and beyond at no extra cost to you, right from the hostel reception!


Top 3 Things to Do in the Bay of Islands & Northland

Swimming with Dolphins Day Sail the Bay of Islands Cape Reinga
Swim with the Dolphins Day Sail the Bay of Islands Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach

If you are looking for one tour package that has ALL top 3 activities, check out the Bay Adventurer Best of the Bay Combo Tour!

Island Cruises

The 144 islands in the Bay are absolutely magical and you cannot experience the Bay of Islands without seeing them! Talk to one of our team members to choose a cruise that will best suit your needs and interests. Some highlights/options available include:

Cape Reinga, Ninety Mile Beach
& the Far North

If you visit the Bay of islands, seeing the northern tip of New Zealand is a must! It's a stunning part of the country, although it is accessible by car a far better option is an organised tour. Some options with an organised tour include:

Swimming with Dolphins

The Bay of Islands in a fantastic place to experience the awe of swimming amongst wild dolphins in the open sea. Enjoy this ultimate marine adventure and get up close and personal with this amazing creatures of the sea. Some options available include:

Day Sailing

The Bay of Islands offers one of the best cruising grounds in New Zealand and several boats will take you on a leisurely sail with a stop at one of the islands for lunch. Some trips offer the following:



The Bay of Islands is also one of New Zealand's most culturally significant and historic places. A visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must, learn about the history of the area and experience stunning views of the Bay from the grounds.

For something special, the Culture North Night Show is an awesome multimedia presentation of the history and culture of Maori and European in New Zealand. Entertaining, educational and a unique experience in the Bay of Islands.

Northland is the birthplace of New Zealand and a great place to experience an authentic Maori experience.


Enjoy Amazing aerial views over Paihia, Russell and Opua in the Bay of Islands at 1200ft of towline. Suitable for the entire family, no physical restrictions or experience required.

Take off and landings are very smooth from the back deck of the Parasail boat and a choice of single, tandem or triple flights are available. No getting wet-unless you want to Just sit back, relax and enjoy.