Experience Northland & Bay of Islands on the spot
We encourage you to free your mind and open up for truly unique experiences with surrounding people, culture and activities in Northland & Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Put you back in time when life was changed forever
KERIKERI MISSION STATION
Established in 1819, the Kerikeri Mission Station house (also known as Kemp House) was built in 1821-22, and is New Zealand's oldest European building. The Stone Store was built as a storehouse for the Church Missionary Society in 1832-36, and is the oldest stone building in New Zealand. The surrounding garden is the oldest continuously cultivated European garden in New Zealand. The buildings contain relics and displays of their own history. Kemp House and the Stone Store are notable as scarce examples of Regency buildings in New Zealand and are remarkable as European structures built in a Maori world. The Kerikeri Mission Station has two of New Zealand's oldest buildings; the Stone Store and Kemp House are essential sights for heritage lovers. Inspired tours, an historic shopping experience, heritage gardens and the Honey House café await you.
Uncover the beauty of Puketi Rain Forest
PUKETI RAIN FOREST
Adventure Puketi guides you through the heart of the Puketi Rain Forest. Visit stunning stands of awesome Kauri Trees which are encircled by great views of the Bay of Islands and the surrounding rainforest and farmland during our half day, day or night tours. You experience many types of fauna and flora depending on the time of the day or year that you visit. A truly memorable experience and an opportunity to learn more of the NZ Kauri forest environment and the stunning history of this forest. See our individual walks listed for more information on each tour, or contact us to coordinate a special or group tour or event in the forest. Accommodation packages also available. A fun, interactive and unforgettable NZ eco experience for all ages.
Experience the day that changed history
WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS
Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the scene of the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and is a must-do for any visitor. Truly one of New Zealand’s most historic sites, being the place where both Maori and European joined in signing the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Highlights include: Museum of Waitangi Te Kōngahu, the Treaty House, Te Whare Rūnanga (the carved Meeting House), the Flagstaff, Ngātokimatawhaorua (ceremonial war canoe), Visitor Centre, Gift Shop and Whare Waka Café.
Challenge your golf skills on premier courses next to the sea
4 UNIQUE courses within a 1hr drive of the lodge
Beautiful coastal, scenic drive traveling to all courses. Visitors can also a enjoy a packed, gourmet picnic lunch hamper too relax at a picturesque spot along the way. (1) Kauri Cliffs, which is the closest to us here. It also the only internationally rated course in this part of the country (coastal), (2) Kerikeri Golf Club. Closest township nearby. Shopping, cafes, sight seeing etc., (3) Carrington Resort - Golf Club (coastal), (4) Whangaroa Golf Club - beautiful course near Whangaroa village / harbour, which is also where a lot of game fishing charter boats are based.
Dive into crystal clear water and explore the colorful coastline
PAIHIA, BAY OF ISLANDS
Visitors can set off on a dolphin and whale watching safari, walk the ‘island paradise’ of Urupukapuka, experience the bay’s famed ‘hole in the rock’, take NZ’s highest tandem paraglide above the water, all from Paihia Wharf. If adventure is what you seek, you can skydive, parasail, scuba dive or go exploring on a sea kayak. For a true Northland cultural experience, you can paddle a waka up the tidal estuaries of the Waitangi River. The boat trips that depart from Paihia will allow you to fully experience some of the 144 islands just off the coastline of the aptly named Bay of Islands. The knowledgeable crews will regale you with stories of the rich and vibrant history of the area. Scenic cruises out to the ‘hole in the rock’ at the tip of Cape Brett, are one of the most popular maritime excursions. Paihia is the place of friendly locals, cafés & people enjoying life. Whether it's swimming with dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy or just lazing under a tree, Paihia's the place for it.
Go on a big game sport fishing boat with years of experience
RUSSEL, BAY OF ISLAND
Russell: The first capital of New Zealand is also a world-renowned game fishing port. Zane Grey famously described Bay of Islands as ‘an angler’s El Dorado’ when he caught his first marlin here in 1926. Tuna, broad bill, kingfish and shark are other potential game fish catches. A large fleet of world-class charter boats with skilled and experienced skippers caters for just about any type of fishing and for all skill levels. From hooking into a delicious snapper to saltwater fly-fishing, fishing in Northland today continues to live up to Zane Grey’s description. Today Russell is still a favored spot for boaties who seek safe anchorage. Don't miss out the Catholic mission building of Pompallier, built from rammed earth, hand-printed 40,000 bibles in Maori and you can still see how they traditionally cured the tans for the covers and printed the pages of these beautiful pieces of art. Russell is the gateway to the Cape Brett Tramping Track (8 hrs.), and the Okiato to Russell Walkway; a full circle walk with many start and end points, which includes a 5-minute ferry crossing between Opua and Okiato (on the Russell side).
Land by Helicopter on the Hole in the Rock
SALT AIR TOURS
Salt Air have been established in the Northland area since 1992 and operate a modern fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. A recent addition to their scenic flight options is to Land by Helicopter on the Hole in the Rock. Known by Maori as "MotuKokako", very few people in history have ever ventured on the island. Being surrounded by steep cliffs (over 150m) and stunning scenery looking towards Cape Brett and its surrounds, a truly unique experience.