December is the beginning of summer, good chance of some very nice weather, but also can be a bit of rain around. Basically you need to be prepared for everything !!
There is a massive amount of things to do in those 2 areas you mention (too numerous to list here) so you will have no problems finding things to do no matter what the weather
Hi, The weather going into December is generally termed as Summer so it should be quite warm. There can be rain any time of the year in New Zealand. Most of the activities in the Bay of islands are outside but you can still get around the area to see the beautiful sights. You should get out in the Islands on a boat and go to Cape Reinga by Bus. This is termed a Twin Tour and gives you a four hour discover the bay trip including islands cruising, dolphin seeking and viewing, hole in the rock and an island stop for about 50 minutes where you have walks, lookout and beach. The Bus leaves at about 7.15am picking up from accommodation. You then drive through to Taipa where you get morning tea. Then you start your tour. You will drive the beach 1 way stopping at least twice and then the stream to boogie board down the sand dunes, up to the lighthouse where the Tasman and Pacific oceans meet, beautiful bay for lunch visiting the Gumdiggers park 20 minute tour of 2 buried kauri forests or alternative tour a 20 minute boardwalk through a Kauri forest. ,Drive the road and visit the Ancient Kauri Kingdom and then the Mangonui Fish and Chip shop. Then you head home by 6.30pm. This is $199.00 per person for both tours.
You may prefer to go on a sailing boat leaving around 10.00am and home 4.30pm. You cruise the islands, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, hands on sailing, island stop and fresh lunch. The pricing for this from $90.00 per person to $120.00 per person.
There are numerous Lookouts in Paihia, walks, Waitangi Treaty Grounds $25.00 per person, Haruru Falls, Stone church, Williams House which is the library, beaches, village green, and town with numerous cafes and restaurants.
Kawakawa is a 20 minute drive inland from Paihia. You have the Hundertwasser toilets, museum, steam train, gift shops. It’s a small country town. Just south of Kawakawa you have the Glow Worm Caves which is a 45 minute Guided Tour for $20 nz cash per adult.
There are mud pools at Ngawha Springs towards Kaikohe and a Cheese factory heading back to Phial
Kerikeri is a 30 minute drive north from Paihia where you have Kemp house, Stone Store, St James Church, Rewa Village, Wineries, Puketi Kauri forest with a 15 minute boardwalk, Arts and Crafts, Rainbow Falls, walks, Aroha Island with birds and kiwi, Parrot Place, Marsden Cross Track, Sculpture on the domain, shopping centres, cafes and restaurants.
Russell is a passenger or car ferry ride $24.00 return for 2 people. Russell has full circle day walk, Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Museum, Long Beach, Tapeka Point, beaches, walks, Pompallier House, Shops, Cafes, Restaurants and the best lookout in the Bay at Flagstaff Hill. It is small and very old.
There is still numerous other scenic routes further north and on the west coast. Hopefully this is of help. Regards Sue
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