Opononi in the North Island

Opononi is located on the shore of Hokianga Harbour on the west coast of the Northland region of New Zealand.  It doesn't get the attention of the Bay Of Islands on the east coast. That's a shame because anyone visiting here quickly realises what a special place it is.

The Hokianga Harbour is a sheltered area with headlands prominently built out of sand dunes. As the harbour reaches inland bushland and settlements increase. It's a place early Europeans and Maori traded at in the early days. The forests around the harbour were a source of timber, the giant Kauri trees were especially prized. It remains a culturally rich area, something you will experience when visiting.

The Opononi township is low-rise in scale which adds to the charm with accommodation and shops stretching along the main road on the side of the harbour. There's no obstacle stopping you wandering out of your room and onto the shores of the harbour.

Bay of Island’s wildlife boat trip

3 Day Bay Of Islands Tour

A perfect way to get a taste of New Zealand by exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands in three days and two nights.

A perfect way to get a taste of New Zealand by exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands in three days and two nights. These sub-tropical islands, 140 in total are a taste of New Zealand nature and culture for those who only have a short time to travel in New Zealand.

Take a wildlife cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life.

27 Day Complete New Zealand Auckland to Auckland Winter Tour

Discover the Land of the Long White Cloud on this national adventure beginning and ending in Auckland.

Over 25 days you will witness the vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wondrous wildlife and some of New Zealand's best produce. Among the sites, you will visit include the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all! You'll travel in a small group with a fully qualified local guide, exploring unique destinations and immersing yourself in local culture and New Zealand's beautiful environment.

As you cruise, see dolphins swim and jump in synchronized harmony

Discover The Bay Cruise

Cruising through the bay's 144 magnificent islands - most of which are classified as recreation reserves.

Join us for an epic cruising adventure in the pristine natural environment of the spectacular Bay of Islands. You will spot wildlife in abundance on this cruise - Dolphins, Whales, Orcas and lots of bird life. Start and finish in Paihia the gateway to the Bay of Islands.

The spectacular Bay of Islands landscape is a marine paradise.

Dolphin Encounter Bay Of Islands

Dolphin discovery in the Bay of Islands

Sale around the 144 Bay of Islands whilst you look out for Dolphins. Encounter these intelligent and playful mammals in their natural environment. You may even have an opportunity to swim with the dolphins in the warmest waters in New Zealand.

Incredible daily bikes rides

15 Day Reverse Traverse Christchurch to Auckland Tour

Enjoy both islands from the bottom of the South to the tip of the North. If you're starting South and want to see it all from the wild West coast to the Bay of Islands then this is the one for you.

A great way to see most of New Zealand by starting in Auckland in the North Island and finishing in Queenstown in the South Island. You can also spend some time exploring Queenstown pre-trip.

 Stay at Hahei beach, an idyllic spot in the Coromandel, within walking distance to Cathedral Cove.

The Hop on Hop Off Everywhere In New Zealand Pass

Go everywhere! This is our biggest pass, and includes our entire New Zealand travel network. Grab your ticket to experience all of what our beautiful country has to offer!

Our mission is to get you off the beaten track around New Zealand amongst authentic local culture and our experienced crew has chosen some incredible destinations so you can see more and do more! Travel to the places you're less likely to find in the guide book but the ones you'll be talking about long after the adventure has ended.

Bay of Island’s wildlife boat trip

The Jack Pass

This pass is perfect for those travellers with a few days to escape from Auckland - or for those who want to add on the Bay of Islands to other passes.

This is the perfect pass for those wanting to get out of Auckland and head out to the Bay Of Islands on a 2 day trip. Even better is to get off in Paihia for a few days to fully experience this region and then return to Auckland. If you only take 2 days you'll still have time to see huge kauri trees, snorkel at a marine reserve and go to a native bird recovery centre.