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Water activities

The Bay of Islands offers a range of water sports and other activities, particularly boat tours, diving and fishing charters.

If visiting the area, note that most relevant services are listed under their home port (e.g. Kerikeri).

Many charters and other services can, however, pick you up from the other coastal towns. In addition, these towns are all within easy road or ferry access of each other. So don't limit your exploration to just the town or village you happen to be staying in.


Kerikeri@ (12)
Opua@ (12)
Paihia@ (26)
Russell@ (9)


Bay of Islands Marine Information

General information portal for visiting yachts and anglers. Includes details of the ports, marinas, harbours, maritime services, maritime reserves, events, links to customs, weather and tides information, fishing and boat charters, clubs and cruise ship arrivals.

Cool Change

One-day crewed charters for up to 40 passengers or overnight trips for up to four guests in two private cabins with ensuite facilities. The 54 foot catamaran is based in the bay, but available for charters elsewhere.

Dive HQ Bay of Islands

Dive shop and training centre offering courses for newcomers and those wishing to achieve higher and instructor qualifications. Also organize dive trips and equipment hire.

Levante Marine Services

Charter fishing boat based in the Bay of Islands, but available for trips to other coastal destinations. The 44 foot boat was custom-built for game fishing and can support multi-day charters.

Pukeko's Nest

Guided trips via sea kayak to Russell and around the Waikare Inlet. Only available to guests staying at the lodge of the same name.

Sailing Bay of Islands

Daily cruises on a small yacht, with an island stopover, departing from Paihia and Russell. Also offers longer charters of yachts (bareboat or skippered) and luxury motor vessels.