The Bay of Islands and Northland have a huge range of activities, and places of interest, to suit every travellers wish. Here are just some of the places nearby you may want to visit, or things you may want to do during your stay. The links to the right give more information.
Bay of Islands Golf Club – Kerikeri
The Bay of Islands Golf Club’s meticulously maintained 6,101 metre course is a true championship course, it makes wonderful use of the contours sculpted by the Puketotara Stream and the Kerikeri River and provides beautiful views of New Zealand native bush and birds.
Waitangi Golf Club
The Waitangi Golf Club Course not only provides an exciting and ever changing challenge to the golfer but also the most tremendous panorama of sea and island views.
Whether playing or caddying, golfers can enjoy vistas of the Bay of Islands and Russell, river and estuary views over Waitangi and Opua and rolling bush and forest views inland over Mount Bledisloe and Puketona.
The Puketi Forest is an ancient kauri (Agathis australis) forest located in the heart of New Zealand’s Northland. Along with the Omahuta Forest, it forms one of the largest contiguous tracts of native forest in Northland. [Location map]
Within its 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) Puketi Forest contains magnificent stands of kauri, podocarp and hardwood trees and a rich ecological diversity including 370 recorded species of plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.
Tāne Mahuta is a giant kauri tree (Agathis australis) in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand. Its age is unknown but is estimated to be between 1,250 and 2,500 years old. It is the largest kauri known to stand today. Its Māori name means “Lord of the Forest” (see Tāne), from the name of a god in the Māori pantheon.
According to the Maori creation myth, Tāne is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku the earth mother. Tāne separates his parents from their marital embrace until his father the sky is high above mother earth. Tāne then sets about clothing his mother with vegetation. The birds and the trees of the forest are regarded as Tāne’s children.
On the Sea
R. Tucker Thompon
This is one of the few opportunities to go sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. Better still, with profits made from tourism going to support youth development, your day out is going to a good cause.
This is a truly fantastic day out, we have been on the ship several times, highly recommended.
GUNGHA II is a modern, New Zealand built, go-fast maxi yacht. She is fast, stable and keen to be sailed by novice sailors. Heaps of space and shelter mean GUNGHA II can deliver awesome sailing in all conditions.
Departs Paihia, Russell & Kerikeri Daily
Cottle Hill Winery
A vineyard local to us in Kerikeri, Cottle Hill Winery, is open daily for tasting of all their superb range of wines. When guests dine with us for lunch or dinner, we always have available Cottle Hill wines, our favourite.
Another local vineyard Marsden Estate offers fine wines and delicious food in their restaurant. Taste and enjoy their wide range of locally made wines, especially their award winning Black Rocks Chardonnay.
The gardens at Kaimanga Lodge are a sub tropical paradise. At least 30 different varieties of palm trees and cycads, some of which are quite rare, can be seen, including the native New Zealand Nikau palm. Susie is passionate about our garden and is only too pleased to show visitors plants they may not see in their part of the world. Guests are welcome to spend as long as they would like exploring and relaxing in our gardens.
Palmco Tropical Garden
The Palmco Garden, at their business in Kerikeri, is a magnificent display of the company’s products, including mature field grown palms, garden design and landscape construction. Featuring the key elements of the Supreme and Gold award winning garden at the Ellerslie flower show, the garden was awarded the coveted Garden of National Significance by the NZ Horticultural Society status in early 2009