Northland & Bay of Islands


  • Boat cruises around the Bay of Islands
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Water activities


  • by car:

    3 hours from Auckland

If you want to discover the coves and beaches of the Bay of Islands, Paihia is the perfect place to start. Cruises of all types leave from the wharf daily.

Paihia is an excellent base from which to explore the Bay of Islands. It has an extensive choice of accommodation, delicious dining options and a good-sized town centre. From the wharf, you can arrange a trip to the outer islands, hook into a fishing expedition or catch the ferry to Russell.

Top local adventures include cruising to the ‘hole in the rock’ at the tip of Cape Brett, and sea kayak tours. Paihia is also just down the road from the historic Treaty House at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, which marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation. Just west of Paihia is Haruru, where you’ll find an impressive waterfall and a boardwalk.

Those looking for water-based activities are spoiled for choice, with fast boats to the Hole in the Rock, fishing, sea kayaks, sailing, scuba diving and more. Hire your own kayaks, paddleboards, bike, and more with Bay Beach Hire. For a bird’s-eye view try parasailing, a scenic helicopter flight or for the more adventurous option, skydiving!

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