If swimming alongside dolphins or trawling for the catch of the day isn't thrilling enough, take a powerboat through The Hole in The Rock. This natural passageway was crafted by salt, surf and wind. The opening is around 240 ft wide, but from a distance it looks really tiny. So hold on tight! Sneaking through it at turbo speed is an exhilarating experience to say the least!
Black Marlin? Blue Marlin? Striped Marlin? This anglers' paradise is home to some of the best game fishing on the planet with many world records to prove it. Cast out a line and who knows what you'll reel in! And you may need to put some muscle behind it. Some of those feisty fish can weigh over 250 lbs!
Shopping for Bargains
Pottery, paintings and carvings crafted from greenstone are just a few of the handmade pieces to pine for along the Kerikeri Art and Craft Trail. You'll even find artisan cheese and better yet, chocolate! Bring a full wallet, and your sweet tooth!
New Zealand vintages are all the rage, so don't miss the chance to sample Northland's world-class wines. Tours and tastings are available throughout most of the area's magnificent vineyards. And the region's warm weather makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay the three most popular contenders.
Currency used in the Bay of Islands is the New Zealand dollar (NZD). Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are everywhere. Moneychangers are widely available so don't expect any real trouble converting currency or travelers checks, but do shop around for the best rates.