Paihia offers a wide range of fantastic activities; there's something for everyone!
The best way to see the Bay has to be from the air! We highly recommend a scenic flight around Northland and the Bay of Islands, departing from Kerikeri airport.
Fancy a round of golf with some helpful pointers along the way? We can organise a personal lesson for you at world-renowned Kauri Cliffs.
If diving is your passion, Paihia Beach Resort can organise a day trip with our experienced dive staff.
Contact us direct for further information on the above.
Take part in the Bay of Islands most famous cruise. The “Cream Trip" began in 1927 and remains a popular cruise with tourists today. You will have a full Day in the Bay including dolphin encounters and swimming ( additional fees apply), discovering the Hole in the Rock, delivering mail , boom netting , Island stopover for lunch and learning the history of the Bay of Islands through informative and interactive commentary.Book Now
Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on Dolphin Seeker, our purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Cruise past many of the 144 islands and take in the sights of the Hole in the Rock and the rich history and scenery that makes up the bay of Islands. Island stopover included as well as a bonus free ferry ticket to extend your day.Book Now
Journey into a unique part of New Zealand, first discovered by Kupe the voyager. Visit the 2.8 million year old Wairere Boulders and the Waipoua Forest, and meet a national icon, the mighty kauri tree T?ne Mahuta on a full-day tour from Paihia. Enjoy a lunch stop at the picturesque Hokianga harbour.Book Now
A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and tradition, on a full-day return tour from Paihia or Kerikeri. Experience the thrill of driving along 90 mile beach and sand boarding on the giant dunes.Book Now
Hole in the Rock + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry
Explore the Bay by land and sea over two days, with a dolphin watching cruise and a trip to New Zealand’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga. Choose either a half-day Hole in the Rock cruise and explore the Bay in search of dolphins while visiting its highlights – or get into the water and swim with these amazing creatures on a Dolphin Eco Experience cruise.
Your tour will be led by an engaging guide whose combination of historical knowledge and local insight will bring the culture and history of the area to life. The Russell mini-tour visits areas which cannot be easily covered on foot, like Flagstaff Hill (Te Maiki). On this spot in the 1840s, Māori cut the signal flagstaff down four times in protest against the British government, leading to war. Hear about the battle that ensued as you enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the whole Bay of Islands.Book Now
Experience a day on the water on the R. Tucker Thompson, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner with her own unique history. Choose to make it an active adventure, or simply relax while the crew command this impressive ship as it sails around the Bay of Islands.Book Now