Excursions: There are plenty of things to do in the Bay of Islands (for example taking a boat trip to see the Hole in the Rock, or swimming with the dolphins). However, these are best arranged on an individual basis.

Excursion options:

  1. Free—Haruru Falls walk: The start of this trail is just opposite the entrance to the Copthorne Hotel. Details of the walk can be found here.
  2. Waitangi Treaty Grounds: The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are a combination of two museums and a park. The Treaty Gounds are located right nextdoor to the Copthorne Hotel. Admission, which includes a guided tour and cultural experience, starts at NZD30 for NZ residents and NZD60 for international visitors.
  3. Waitangi Golf Club: For the keen golfers—Waitangi Golf Club is a short 1.5 km (20 minute) walk from the hotel. The club also has equipment for hire at very reasonable rates for those who just want to give it a go.
  4. Historic Russell: Those interested in the short ferry ride across the harbour followed by an unorganised exploration of historic Russell should meet at in the hotel lobby at 1345 for a short walk to Paihia where ferry tickets can be purchased to travel to Russell (NZD14). The ferry leaves every 15 minutes. Russell has a collection of small shops, bars, restaurants, as well as some historical attractions. Some of us may get no further than the Duke of Marlborough Hotel.