Top 5 Things to do in Paihia during the spring

  1. Boat cruise or sailing trip in the scenic Bay of Islands

Cruise around the Bay of Islands to the famous hole in the rock, take a walk or swim on Urupukapuka Island, learn about the history of the area and spot some of the abundant marine life.  Alternatively take a leisurely sail to one of the beautiful islands, explore remote sandy beaches and swim in pristine blue water. 

  1. View or swim with the Dolphins

Explore the picturesque Bay of Islands in search of dolphins, whales and other marine life. Spend time interacting with these exquisiite sea mammals whether swimming or watching them from the vessel with expert guides providing informative facts.  

  1. Explore historic Russell, the Hellhole of the pacific. 

Take the passenger ferry or walk (4 to 5 hours) to this historic township.  Climb up flagstaff hill for the fabulous view, delight in the heritage tour of Pompelier house, visit the Russell museum or spend time enjoying the waves at beautiful Long Beach.  

  1. Experience the birthplace of our Nation at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and/or walk to Haruru Falls

Embark on the informative guided tour, be entertained at the cultural performance, and spend time in the award wining museum “Te Kongahu”. After a bite to the eat in the Whare Waka cafe, take a leisurely afternoon stroll along the lush green river banks to Haruru Falls.  

  1. Day excursion to the magical Cape Reinga 

After a walk around Puketi Forest to see the majestic kauri trees, you will drive along the white sandy beaches of 90 mile beach, surf the massive sand dunes and visit the famous lighthouse with spectacular views of the two oceans.  Finish your day with inconic fish and chips on your way home.  

 

 

 

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Top 5 Things to do in Wanaka during Spring

Roys Peak walk – a #NZMustDO this half day walk will give you magnificent views of Wanaka, the lake and Southern Alps. (though closed from October 1st – 31st, Isthmus Peak is alternative option with less crowds and just as spectacular views)

Skiing and Snowboarding Cardrona, Treble ConeSnow Farm & Soho Basin– four of NZ’s best ski options within a 45 minute drive of the town centre. (closing dates due to lack of crowds in September, but not for snow September 25th to October 10th for the season).

Enjoy the outdoors. Wanaka is home to the outdoors all year round, whether its mountain biking, running, walking, paddle boarding, kayaking, tramping, even shopping for your outdoor gear etc in the spring

Cinema Paradiso at night. take a break from travelling. 3 screen, state of the art, classic movie theatre located in Wanaka is a real find. Comfy old sofas, an old Morris Minor or two, a cafe and bar

#thatwanakatree Known as the “lone tree of lake Wanaka,” it is said to be one of the most photographed trees in all New Zealand. Update your social profile pic. Its difficult to visit Lake Wanaka and not take the gentle walk along the lakeside to this iconic photo destination  

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