River Retreat & Surrounds awaits your discovery…

Enjoy the tranquil, serene surroundings and partake in a number of activities close to River Retreat. Two acres of native plantings leading down to the river. Wander through our garden enjoy the call of the birds, time to read with a cup of coffee. 

Kayaks available to explore the Waitangi River (life jackets included)
Great swimming holes, and water falls

Surrounding area


Only 10 minutes to Paihia beaches, cafes, restaurants and Historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds & Museum. Organise a boat or sailing cruise out to the Hole in the Rock maybe see a dolphin.


15 minutes to KeriKeri , local crafts and Saturday morning Farmers’ market. Visit local Wineries , watch wonderful chocolate being made, visit the stone shop.

Take a scenic flight for the ultimate experience to Cape Reinga, River Retreat can book your tours

We offer free use of our kayaks on the Waitangi River, Pick up and drop off at Kerikeri Airport if required.

cream trip

Cream Trip – Day in The Bay

Fuller’s GreatSights: Cream Trip – Day in The Bay

Take part in the Bay of Islands most famous cruise.

The “Cream Trip” began in 1927 and remains a popular cruise with tourists today.

You will have a full Day in the Bay including dolphin encounters and swimming ( additional fees apply), discovering the Hole in the Rock, delivering mail , boom netting , Island stopover for lunch and learning the history of the Bay of Islands through informative and interactive commentary.

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hole in the rock

Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock

Fuller’s GreatSights: Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on Dolphin Seeker, our purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran.

Cruise past many of the 144 islands and take in the sights of the Hole in the Rock and the rich history and scenery that makes up the bay of Islands.

Island stopover included as well as a bonus free ferry ticket to extend your day.

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dolphin eco experience

Dolphin Eco Experience

Fuller’s GreatSights: Dolphin Eco Experience

Get up close to view and swim  with Dolphins in their natural environment in New Zealand’s warmest waters.

Travel on our purpose built 35 seat intimate vessel with an experienced passionate crew which will get you as close as possible to these amazing creatures.

Swim is included and wetsuit, snorkel and mask are supplied.

Terms and conditions do apply.

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Hokianga day Tour including Tane Mahuta

Hokianga Day Tour Including Tane Mahuta

Fullers GreatSights: Hokianga day Tour including Tane Mahuta 

Journey into a unique part of New Zealand, first discovered by Kupe the voyager.

Visit the 2.8 million year old Wairere Boulders and the Waipoua Forest, and meet a national icon, the mighty kauri tree Tāne Mahuta on a full-day tour from Paihia.

Enjoy a lunch stop at the picturesque Hokianga harbour.

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cape reinga

Cape Reinga Wanderer Day Tour

Fuller’s GreatSights Cape Reinga Wanderer Day Tour

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua).

Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and tradition, on a full-day return tour from Paihia or Kerikeri.

Experience the thrill of driving along 90 mile beach and sand boarding on the giant dunes.

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Great  Value Tour Combo Deal- Double Dip

Great Value Tour Combo Deal- Double Dip

Great Value Tour Combo Deal- Double Dip

Hole in the Rock + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry Explore the Bay by land and sea over two days, with a dolphin watching cruise and a trip to New Zealand’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga.

Choose either a half-day Hole in the Rock cruise and explore the Bay in search of dolphins while visiting its highlights – or get into the water and swim with these amazing creatures on a Dolphin Eco Experience cruise.

Please note Dolphin Eco Experience is not available between 29 April – 25 October 2014; swimming with dolphins is available as an optional extra on the Hole in the Rock cruise during this period.

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Great Value Combo Deal – Surf and Swim

Dolphin Eco + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry

You’ll get the full Bay of Islands experience with this combo. On your Dolphin Eco Experience cruise, slip into New Zealand’s warmest waters and go swimming with dolphins in their natural environment Surf and Swim Combo

Then take a trip into New Zealand’s Far North and visit Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand. In Māori legend, this is the place where spirits depart for the underworld.

Along the way, drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach, see ancient kauri trees and surf down giant sand dunes on a boogie board.

Your combo also includes a ferry ride between Paihia and Russell so you can explore this historic township.

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Great  Value Combo Deals – The Beginnings

The Cream Trip + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry

Northland is known as the ‘birthplace of New Zealand’ – take a trip through history with this combo. Start with a full day Bay of Islands cruise, following the route of the original Cream Trip, which sparked the beginning of tourism in the region.

Spend the day on the water, try boom-netting, swim with dolphins (optional extra) and enjoy an island stopover.

Then visit the Far North and discover Cape Reinga, a place steeped in Māori tradition and the northernmost point of New Zealand.

Journey through ancient forest, along famous Ninety Mile Beach and even along a stream, where you can try sand-surfing down huge dunes!

Your combo also includes a ferry trip to Russell, a charming seaside village with a dark history just waiting to be discovered.

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Island Adventurer

Island Adventurer

Island Adventurer

Get up close and personal with the islands of Ipipiri – the eastern Bay of Islands – from the comfort of Island Adventurer, our 13 metre Naiad boat.

Also known as the four wheel drive of the sea, this highly manoeuvrable vessel can get you up close to the cliffs and caves of the region, including the remarkable Black Rocks – stunning and extremely rare basalt rock formations.

You’ll also explore the caves, lagoons and sheer rock cliffs around Roberton Island (Motuarohia), then land on the beach and walk up to Cook’s lookout for amazing views around the Bay of Islands.

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Things to do in and around Bay of Island  
Explore by Paddle Board
Guided Forest Walks Adventure Puketi
Bay of Island Cruise & Kayak
Coastal Kayakers Bay of Islands NZ
Pompallier Mission Heritage NZ
Romeyn Woodcraft Factory Shop
Skydive Bay of Islands
Watiangi Treaty Grounds
Sea Shuttle bay of Island
Landmarks Whenua Tohunga
Glow Worms Kawiti Family
The Tall Ship Day Sailing
Barefoot Sailing Adventures
Gungha Bay of Island Sailing gungha
Great Escape
Top Trails Bike
Kernhem Private Tours
Bay of Island Parasailing Paihia 
Scenic Helicopter Tours Paihia  
Cape Reinga Tours
1-2 day Coastal Cycle trails  
Haruru Falls & Waitangi River Tours