The Bay of Islands is the cultural hub and recreational Mecca of historic Northland. Cape Brett “Hole in the Rock” Cruises, dolphin and marine life viewing, sailing, fishing & scenic flights all depart from Paihia wharf.
Get the most out of your stay. Our friendly team offers local knowledge and a free booking service to individually advise and arrange a fantastic holiday experience.
Anchorage Motel is situated at the start of the Opua Coastal Walk. The walk follows the coast round past Mangrove estuaries ending at Opua. You will be treated to wonderful views of the bay along the way.
Length: 5 km
Time: 2.5 hrs
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Explore the history of New Zealand’s earliest European and Māori settlements on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail – Pou Herenga Tai. The trail travels between the picturesque Hokianga Harbour and the beautiful Bay of Islands. You can cycle as much or as little as you choose with the trails suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the stunning Motukokako Island, home of the majestic Hole in the Rock. As we venture into the dramatic Hole in the Rock (conditions permitting) as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you.
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Cruise the scenic picturesque islands searching for dolphins, whales and other marine life. Full commentary from knowledgeable skippers.
If you would like a more intimate experience you can choose to sail on the family owned Carino Catamaran.
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Make the most of your time at the Bay of Islands and catch a fish! Whether your a seasoned fisher or a complete novice its a great day out. Check at reception for options available whether it be snapper, kingfish or marlin.
The Waitangi Course not only provides an exciting and ever changing challenge to the golfer but also the most tremendous panorama of sea and island views.
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The Treaty Grounds where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown – the Treaty of Waitangi. View the magnificently carved meeting house and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Enjoy strolling through one of New Zealand’s great beauty spots with its panoramic views of the Bay of Islands.
Journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua) and along the way, uncover a region rich is Maori Culture and tradition. Travel Ninety Mile Beach. Climb massive sand dunes to experience the thrills of sand boarding. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views at the light house and see where the Tasman and Pacific Oceans met.
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