BAY OF ISLANDS ONE OF THE BEST SPOTS IN NEW ZEALAND
The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealands great holiday destinations – enjoyed by ‘Kiwis’ and international visitors alike. This is authentic New Zealand – both stunningly beautiful and historically significant.
With a sub-tropical climate, you can enjoy beach and water activities, go exploring one of the many nature walks, swim with dolphins, charter a boat to go fishing or to explore the 144 different islands in our bay.
The Bay of Islands was where the first European settlers arrived, and where they forged the first relationships with local Maori – not always a friendly experience! The famous Treaty of Waitangi became the founding document for our new nation, and is celebrated every year here in the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
- Dolphin / Whale Watching
- Scenic tours and Skydiving
- Cruises & Fishing tours
- Day Sailing and Learn to Sail Courses
ALMOST ninety years ago an adventurer who was also one of the world’s most popular authors rounded the headland of Cape Brett in what has been termed “the edge of the world”, dolphins leaping through the crystal bow wave as he sailed past fabulous tropical islands. Zane Grey, whose tales of the Wild West have captivated millions of readers, was enthralled as he gazed at the beauty and spectacular scenery of the Bay of Islands
WHY CHOOSE PAIHIA?
Paihia is a great place to explore all of the Bay of Islands
Swim with the dolphins. Go kayaking, swimming, fishing, or picnic along secluded beaches. Walk or drive to the spectacular Haruru Falls. Learn about early New Zealand history where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed. Discover authentic Maori culture.
Take the ferry to ‘Romantic Russell’, visit the bustling but relaxed town of Kerikeri, check out the world famous Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa, and the historic Pioneer Village in nearby Kaikohe.
Or just chill out and take a cruise through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. Bus tours can takes you to see 2,000 year old Tane Mahuta – a majestic lord of the Waipoua Kauri Forest. Or go further north to Cape Reinga – the departing place of the spirits in Maori legend.
HOW CAN YOU GET HERE?
The map on the Enquiries page shows how you reach Paihia.