Paihia, Bay of Islands

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Paihia Wharf, Bay of Islands

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Visitors can set off on a dolphin and whale watching safari, walk the ‘island paradise’ of Urupukapuka, experience the bay’s famed ‘hole in the rock’, take NZ’s highest tandem paraglide above the water, all from Paihia Wharf.

Paihia is just 3 hours drive North of Auckland and is known as the jewel of the magnificent Bay Of Islands. Amazing beaches and a host of islands make this an aquatic playground and ultimate retreat.

Paihia Wharf
Paihia Wharf

If adventure is what you seek, you can skydive, parasail, scuba dive or go exploring on a sea kayak. For a true Northland cultural experience, you can paddle a waka up the tidal estuaries of the Waitangi River.

The boat trips that depart from Paihia will allow you to fully experience some of the 144 islands just off the coastline of the aptly named Bay of Islands. The knowledgeable crews will regale you with stories of the rich and vibrant history of the area. Scenic cruises out to the ‘hole in the rock’ at the tip of Cape Brett, are one of the most popular maritime excursions, along with dinner or overnight cruises.

Paihia is the place of friendly locals, cafés & people enjoying life. Whether it's swimming with dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy or just lazing under a tree, Paihia's the place for it.