Paihia is the centre of the Bay of Islands and the ideal home base for all the many and varied activities the Bay of Islands has to offer. All tours, activities and excursions can be arranged through our free booking service. Martin and Lynnette are happy to impartially advise options to suit your circumstances and expectations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Please note Dolphin Eco Experience is not available between 29 April - 25 October 2014; swimming with dolphins is available as an optional extra on the Hole in the Rock cruise during this period.
Swim with the Dolphins, fishing charters to suit any style. 1/2 Day Hole-in-the Rock, or the full day Cream Trip cruising the beautiful Bay of Islands. Sail with "Carino" and swim with dolphins. Tall ship sailing on R Tucker Thompson. Lunch or Dinner Cruise up the Waitangi River. Take a short ferry ride to romantic Russell. Dive the Rainbow Warrior or one of the several other wrecks. Paddle a Waka. Hire a kayak or jet yak. Steamboat up the Kerikeri inlet. Get some 'fishing therapy' on the charter boat 'Anglers Anonymous'.
Take any of Paihia's many scenic walking tracks. Visit Waitangi - the birth place of our nation, with its historic treaty house & cultural night show. Bus tour to Cape Reinga - the tip of the North island, including Ninety Mile beach, sand-boarding the giant sand dunes, Gumdiggers Park and Mangonui - the best fish and chips in NZ. Visit numerous local wineries or take a wine and food tour. Play golf at 3 different golf courses. Visit Haruru Falls. Adventure World where you can try the flying trapeze. Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toilets and vintage steam railway. Kawiti Glow worm caves. Ngawha Mineral Hot Springs. Kaleidoscope World.
Parasail - over the bay, the highest in New Zealand. Scenic Helicopter Flights. Skydive onto the beach. Fly/drive to Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga.
Martin and Lynnette are motorcycle-friendly hosts, who can advise of some of the best riding roads on offer in Northland. Martin is a mechanic and experienced motorcycle rider with a passion and in-depth knowledge. He is more than willing to advise you on the best, but often little known roads, in the Northland area. Rides to suit all capabilities and time frames – talk to Martin, who is happy to share his experiences.