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Adventure in the Bay of Plenty

Ready to catch some waves?! Hibiscus Surf School in the Mount offers first class surfing instructions for all ages and abilities. In a fun and safe learning environment, friendly and 100% certified instructors will provide personalized instructions and encourage you every step of the wave!

Their location couldn’t be better! They are located at Tay street a few blocks from the hostel. No matter what level you're on, these guys will teach you all the tips and tricks! You will gain confidence and balance. Within your first 1 or 2 hour lesson, you will be riding waves and feeling the good vibes that come from surfing! You are warned though as this sport can be very addictive!

They offer great learner boards to help you get out of the water faster, and you get the use of the equipment hire for an hour free after your lesson!

We have a special deal with them just for our backpackers!

They also hire out all level of boards if you just want to have some fun.

This unique experience with Waimarino will take you to McLaren Falls Park where you will start off the tour with the enjoyment of a beautiful glass of wine and some tasty cheeses and other snacks while watching the sunset across the lake.

As soon as it gets dark you will go out with kayaks and guides on the calm and safe waters of the lake before entering the river which is shrouded in native bush. As it gets dark you can hear the haunting call of our own native owl the Ru Ru (Morepork) and for those who are lucky will catch a full moon!

The kayak trip will take you to a canyon where you will be mesmerised by hundreds or even thousands of glow worms amongst the steep cliffs and bush around you. They are so up close that you could almost touch them. A truly magical and once in a lifetime experience.

Bay Explorer
Island and wildlife tour – BEST DAY EVER!
This tour has it all! Bay Explorer offers you the premium wildlife and adventure experience in the Bay of Plenty, not only will you get the chance to see seasonal marine wildlife; dolphins, seals, penguins, fish, and occasional whale encounters, but you are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream! Depending on your luck, the pod of  dolphin encounters can range from a few animals to hundreds.

You can choose to explore even more at the islands in the Bay. Optional activities include swimming, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). The crew are awesome, and will provide a fascinating commentary on the history, geography and culture of the area. They have knowledge on marine wildlife and personally share with you everything they observe. Books and references are on board to enhance your experience.

This will be a day to call home about!


  • A full day cruise on our spacious boat with 360° outdoor views from the largest open-air wildlife watching sun deck.
  • Watch seasonal marine wildlife – penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks and orca.
  • Enjoy an Island stopover and kayak, stand-up paddle board or swim. Water sport training and lifejackets for all ages.
  • Free communal onboard BBQ facilities for lunch (BYO food for cooking on the BBQ or bring your own packed lunch).
  • Cold beer and chilled regional wine from our licenced bar
  • Onboard commentary and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife.

White Water Rafting
Wet 'n Wild Rafting offers 30 years of experience in guided white-water rafting, they organize some of the best rafting trips in the country! It's a great experience for families, groups of friends or colleagues as well as individual thrill seekers.

It is all about excitement, teamwork, nature and the adrenaline kick you will get from it. On your Wet 'n Wild adventure you will enjoy 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 along the journey. Definitely an adventure of a lifetime!