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Paihia is the perfect place – the jewel of the magnificent Bay of Islands – with shimmering safe beaches and history all around us. Paihia is just a 20-minute drive from Kerikeri Airport. The towns of Paihia and Russell are perfect places to wander amongst the many shops and restaurants along the waterfront.
There are also endless activities to keep everyone occupied: deep-sea fishing, light tackle fishing, forest and beach walks, scuba diving, jet skis, kayaking, parasailing, yachting, dolphin watching, or swimming with the dolphins, sky diving, scenic flights, wine trails, Waitangi Treaty Grounds and great golf courses. Paihia is a great base for day trips around Northland such as Cape Reinga, Hokianga, Russell and Kerikeri.
We provide a free booking service for many local activities.
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
Get up close to view and swim with dolphins in their natural environment in New Zealand's warmest waters. Travel on our purpose-built 35-seat intimate vessel with an experienced passionate crew which will get you as close as possible to these amazing creatures. Swim is included and wetsuit, snorkel and mask are supplied. Terms and conditions do apply.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 Tāne 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 Ninety Mile Beach and sand boarding on the giant dunes.Book now
Salt Air can offer you a unique and memorable experience of the Bay of Islands and Northland from the air with spectacular coastline views and island scenery. Their guided tour options and island escapes will also leave you with an appreciation of our local history, culture and coastal environment that is uniquely Northland.Visit site