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Bay of Islands

Swimming with Dolphins

This four-hour trip departs from Paihia and Russell in the morning or afternoon on a jet-powered catamaran from which you will meet one of nature's most charming creatures in the warm waters of the Bay of Islands.

There are plenty of opportunities to get up close to the dolphins for photographs and, sea conditions permitting, to go swimming with them if you like. For many people the experience of swimming with dolphins is a highlight of the holiday. You should also keep your eyes peeled for orcas, whales, seals and an abundance of birdlife before stopping off on the beautiful Urupukapuka Island.

If you are taking the morning trip you have the option of staying for the rest of the day on the island enjoying the scenic walks and magnificent beaches before heading back across the bay to Paihia.

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Other experiences in Paihia

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Hole in the Rock Cruise
    Hole in the rock, Russell & The Bay of Islands

    Hole in the Rock Cruise

    Hole in the Rock Cruise

    Be whisked away by the high speed luxury catamaran for a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse before reaching Motukokako Island and the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. The excitement grows as you make passage through the hole and on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tour below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.