The Rock | Bay of Islads Adventure Cruise

Our Top 5 Bay of Islands Local Secrets

We're sharing some of our favourite local spots

Nau mai haere mai ki Peiwhairangi | Welcome to the Bay of Islands!
As a team member on the Rock the Boat tour, I've had the opportunity to explore this beautiful area extensively and have uncovered some hidden gems that many tourists don't get to see. Here are my top five local secrets in the Bay of Islands:

Hone's Garden in Russell: This stunning garden is a hidden oasis in the heart of Russell, with a wide range of beautiful plants, sculptures, and the most delicious food. It's a great spot for a peaceful stroll and a chance to relax.

The beach at Waewaetorea Island: This little-known island is a true paradise, with crystal-clear waters and pristine sandy beaches. It's a great place to escape the crowds and soak up some sun. We often stop here on our cruises

The swimming hole at Charlies Rock in Kerikeri: This is a local favorite, with a deep swimming hole surrounded by lush bush. It's the perfect spot for a refreshing dip on a hot day.

The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park: This is a must-visit for adrenaline junkies and novices alike, with a range of challenging trails for mountain bikers of all abilities. It's a great way to explore the beauty of the Bay of Islands in a unique way.

Third Wheel Vending Coffee in Paihia: This little cafe is a local secret, but it's definitely worth seeking out. The coffee is award winning and some of the best in the region. Tom, Em and the friendly staff are sure to make you feel welcome. Get there early to grab a cinnamon scroll!! 

So next time you're in the Bay of Islands before you get on board or after you finish cruising with us, be sure to check out these local secrets and see a side of the region that many tourists don't get to experience. Happy exploring!

view from the top of waewaetorea island 

Posted by on February 13, 2023


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