Top 5 things to do in Paihia during the Summer

  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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