HarbourSide Backpackers
HarbourSide Backpackers

Adventure in the Bay of Plenty

Harbourside City Backpackers is happy to help you book any of the following Bay of Plenty activities - please click here to contact us for more information.

Dolphin Seafaris
Watching & Swimming with dolphins is one of the most awesome and incredible in water experiences you will ever have. You can just watch, enjoy and experience the magic of dolphin encounters, or swim with the wild dolphins.

Dolphin Seafaris NZ are the only operator specializing in both types of swimming, free swimming and with Swim bars attached to the vessel. This enables get you to get closer to the wild dolphins whatever swimming experience you may have. The swim encounters are totally natural with only small groups of 3-8 maximum in the water at any one time.

Glow Worm tour
Take a tour with a very unique experience at McLaren Falls Park, Tauranga. Kayak on a calm, safe waters of the lake before entering the river, shrouded in native bush. As it gets dark hear the haunting call of our own native owl the Ru Ru (Morepork) and watch the speckles of the glow worms amongst the bush.

Brace yourself as you enter the canyon and witness the spectacle of the glow worms covering the steep cliffs of the canyon. You return to the walk after dark which offers a chance to see the glow worms up close including witnessing their silk web. You will also see our native New Zealand Silver Fern at night, all the time hearing the soothing sound of the nearby creek and waterfall in the distance.

Hibiscus Surf School offers first class surfing instruction for all ages and abilities in a fun and safe learning environment. Whatever your surfing ability, your 100% certified, friendly instructors will provide personalized instruction and encourage you every step of the way.

They are located at Main Beach, Mount Maunganui which offers learning conditions that are second to none. You will gain confidence, water skills, and balance.
Within your first 1 or 2 hour lesson, you'll be riding waves and feeling the good vibes that come from surfing!

Tauranga Tandem Sky Dive
Offering the ultimate adrenaline buzz in the bay! Tauranga Tandem Sky Dive has highly trained and highly skilled Tandem Masters. The Bay of Plenty region is a beautiful place to be seen from the air, with the Pacific Ocean's clear, blue waters complimented by the majestic backdrop of the Kaimai range and the Papamoa Hills, with the added bonus of the Mount and the large inner harbour inlet makes this jump one to remember!

Wet 'n' Wild
Rafting on New Zealand’s beautiful rivers is an adventure of a lifetime. Great for families, groups of friends or colleagues, as well as individual thrill seekers. Wet ‘n’ Wild Rafting offers 30 years of experience in guided white water rafting. Wet ‘n’ Wild organizes some of the best rafting trips in the country!

Rafting is all about excitement, relaxation and teamwork. On your Wet 'n' Wild Adventure you will enjoy multiple sensations...the exhilaration and thrill from nature's powerful forces at work, the white water and the respect that it commands; you will be in awe of the spectacular scenery that encompasses you throughout the journey, and, you will relish in the contentment of achievement and fulfilment of personal and team challenge met and mastered along the way.
Hobbition (in Matamata 30 minute drive or catch the bus)
Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and can be seen as it appeared in the film. All tours groups visit the Green Dragon Inn as part of their tour and receive complimentary refreshment. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. As the Hobbiton Movie Set is located on a real New Zealand farm, there is an opportunity to cuddle and bottle feed the pet lambs.
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