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With 144 islands to explore, the Bay of Islands has plenty of opportunities for great times. If you’re planning a trip there with your children, it’s time to dive into the litany of activities that people of all ages can enjoy.

Bay of Islands Scuba Diving

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With subtropical waters and a plethora of unique species such as Lord Howe Coralfish, you simply can’t go past this underwater adventure. The encrusting life is vibrantly colourful with a jewel-like feel to it, making it ideal for underwater photography.

Best of all Paihia Dive is only a short 5-minute walk from Pioneer Waterfront Apartments. Suitable for all skill levels, their scuba diving day trips start from just $299. They do have a minimum age requirement of 10 years old.


Rainbow Falls walk

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Located in Kerikeri its an easy walk that’s suitable for buggies, Rainbow Falls is one of the few hiking trails in New Zealand that can easily accommodate very young visitors. Once you reach the waterfalls, you can immerse yourself in the stunning surrounds. It’s a truly magical experience not to be missed.


Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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The Museum of Waitangi offers fascinating learning opportunities for both locals and international travellers alike. From ceremonial war canoes to Hobson’s Beach, it’s an ideal setting for walking through each period that shaped New Zealand into becoming the country it is today.  There’s a lot to see and do at the Waitangi Treaty grounds so allow a minimum of two and a half to three hours when visiting.


The Parrot Place

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With an abundance of sub-tropical fauna and blooming foliage that boasts every colour under the sun, The Parrot Place often leaves its visitors feeling as though they’ve stepped into another world.

The parrots themselves are incredibly entertaining, especially when they execute their funny antics for a captivated audience. After you've spent a while exploring, seize the opportunity to grab a photo with one of the birds. Located at Kerikeri just 35 minutes drive from the Pioneer apartments.


Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

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For a fun family day out, strap on your helmets, gather your cycling crew and head to the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park. It features a broad selection of biking trails, which means it lends itself well to people of all cycling tastes and abilities. From easy, scenic trails to the adrenaline-pumping downhill riding and jumping trails, there something for the whole family to enjoy.  

Bike hire is available.  Families can get a day pass but the yearly pass also gives you some great discounts at local Paihia businesses and activities.

Action World

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From trapezing through to giant slides you can tumble down safely, Action World is the perfect location for creating fun-filled memories. If you’ve ever wanted to try jousting and wall climbing in a safe and well-cushioned environment, Action World is the perfect place to do so.

Just a 4 - minute drive from Pioneer Waterfront Apartments, Action World is a surefire hit for both the kids and the kids at heart! Check for opening times … Daily through the summer months and most school holidays.


Oneroa Bay - Long Beach

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As a curving beach that provides lots of chances to surf, Oneroa Bay, known locally as Long Beach, is picturesque and ideal for relaxing. The distance from the shoreline to the sea is short, making it ideal if you’re trying to keep a close eye on young children.As the surf is gentle compared to other areas of New Zealand, it's also perfect for those who are new to the sport. A tip, if travelling with the family it's worth using the car Ferry from Opua to Okaito … as it's a half hour walk to Long Beach from Russell.  


Bay of Islands Farmers Market

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On Saturday morning, the Bay of Islands Farmers Market is a great place to see, hear and taste Bay of Island’s best, all in one place. Tempting smells of local and international gastronomic delights and fresh produce fill the air at Bay of Islands Farmers Market. Here you’ll find artisan stalls selling local delicacies and one-of-a-kind handmade trinkets for you to take home. There’s ample shade beneath the nearby trees, too, giving you the chance to take a refreshing rest between bursts of shopping.

The markets are located just a short 25-minute drive from Pioneer Waterfront Apartments.


The Strand Beach - Russell

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The Strand Beach across the bay from Paihia in Russell, rests adjacent to a stretch of delectable coffee shops, making it a location that caters to the needs of children and adults alike. Although the beach itself is primarily made from pebbles, its gentle shoreline is ideal for those who don’t want to worry about big waves.