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Cruise Ships in the Bay of Islands

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Well the cruise ship season is well underway! Welcome ashore to all of the passengers on the multitude of cruise ships this season. The Bay of Islands has become one of the most popular cruise ship destinations in New Zealand.  It is expected to host over 60 ships in the 2018/19 season which runs from October to April. The Bay of Islands is a "tender" port.  This means that the ships moor offshore and tender their passengers ashore.  Mostly this is to Waitangi Wharf where there is a continuous, free shuttle bus service which operates to take passengers into Paihia.  Paihia is where most water based activities take place from and it is where the i-site visitor centre is situated.  If you do not wish to take the bus then it is a pleasant 20 minute walk along the sea front to reach Paihia. One of the most popular attractions on cruise ship days is the authentic Art and Crafts market which takes place on the Village Green in Paihia.  This is one of the most popular markets of its kind in Northland. If you are visiting on a Cruise Ship and want a shore based tour then we can recommend our associate company Bay of Islands Shuttles and Tours. They offer many Bay of Islands onshore tours.  They are small groups and professionally guided.  They offer tours which include Kerikeri, Kawakawa, Kawitit Glow Worms Caves and Haruru Falls.  Visit this historic area by mini bus and experience the best the region has to offer.  

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What Northland Is Today

Opua Cycle Trail Notice

Northland is buzzing. With its strong visitor economy, local businesses are centred around the natural beauty of Northland’s water, climate and cultural assets. Northland business, tourism, productivity, living standards and employment have all grown over the past year with a 32% share of the country’s highly-skilled jobs. February 2017 statistics show the Northland housing market has risen by over 20% compared to the same time last year. More and more New Zealanders are seeing and wanting a “sea change” from the larger cities like Auckland. And even though this house price rise is significant, you can still get a lot of ‘bang for your buck’ as well as a quality lifestyle. Potential to Expand and Accessibility Though farming and forestry occupy over half the land there is still great potential for horticulture, manufacturing, and marine engineering to expand. Likewise, Northland is also the perfect place to build on the evolving aquaculture industry (the farming of fish, crustaceans, and aquatic plants). It is likely there will be an increase in government and freight jobs around Whangarei in the future, as Marsden Point looks destined to be the main support for overflow freight, taking pressure off Auckland. Northport has invested in upgrading its facilities over the years to cater for future growth, including the construction of three berths, storage, as well as log scaling and truck facilities. Opua Marina's recent major undertaking of 173 new rental berths was necessary to the growing demand of of 'boaties' mooring in the Bay of Islands. And many overseas golf fanatics are happy to pay top dollar in a region which is littered with golf courses from Auckland to Kaitaia. The Twin Coast Cycle Trail is another major asset for Far North tourism.  Stretching 87 kms from Opua in the east to Horeke in the west...

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Need a rental car?


Need a rental vehicle? Our associate company, Far North Rentals, has bases in Paihia and Opua.  They have a good selection of rental vehicles available at really competitive prices. Check them out at Far North Rentals. Far North Rentals are all about convenience and customer focus You won’t find better with their: Large fleet of vehicles available in a wide range of sizes Multiple drop off and pick up locations in Paihia, Opua Marina, Kerikeri Airport, Whangarei Airport, Kaitaia and Auckland International Airport Easy to use online booking form Toll free numbers: New Zealand 0800 670 083 or from Australia: 1800 908 243 Excellent value for money with 2+ day discounts AA 24/7 roadside assistance Regularly serviced vehicles (and proud to hold a 100% no breakdown record) Unlimited kilometres New Zealand Tourism Guide Gold level membership

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