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  • Address: Marsden Road
  • Admission: Free

The resort town of Paihia services the villages and islands of the Bay of Islands.

Boasting the area’s best accommodation and restaurants, Paihia Harbour is the ideal place to base yourself while you explore this lovely part of New Zealand.

Hire a kayak to paddle out to the islands, follow the rivers winding in from the bay, or take a walk through kauri forest to lookouts over the water.

To walk from Paihia to neighboring Waitangi is a pleasant 40 minutes one way.

Practical Info

Paihia is 3 kilometers (2 miles) south of Waitangi on Te Ti Bay in the Bay of Islands.

Ferries leave from here to sail to nearby Russell on the facing peninsula.

Tours & Tickets

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Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for a good reason! The modern high speed catamaran escorts you in comfort around the Bay, past sandy beaches, rocky ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 3 - 4 hours

From USD $89.43

Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Take an action-packed day trip from Paihia to the tip of New Zealand’s North Island on a guided tour of Cape Reinga! The Waverider coach, built to traverse ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.87

Best of the Bay Supercruise - Original Cream Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

The only authentic "Cream Trip". Fullers Bay of Islands have been delivering mail and supplies to island residents, exclusively for over 100 years. ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.84

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Cruise and Kerikeri Tour

Discover the highlights of one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations while in port at Paihia. Board a boat for a 2-hour Bay of Islands sightseeing cruise ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $113.10

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on R. Tucker Thompson including BBQ Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

What better way to explore the peaceful waters of the Bay of Islands than by the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship. This replica of a 100 year old ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.13

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Find out why the Bay of Islands is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand while you’re in port at Paihia. Take a 2-hour boat excursion where ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.03

Bay of Islands Cruise and Scenic Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience the best of the Bay of Islands with a cruise and helicopter tour from Paihia. Hop aboard the sea shuttle for a scenic cruise out to the bay, and ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $262.15

Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Get bird’s-eye views of Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock on a Bay of Islands scenic helicopter tour from Paihia. Take in the stunning scenery of the main ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $201.65

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Scenic Helicopter Tour Including Hole in the Rock

When your cruise ship docks in Bay of Islands, get bird’s-eye views of Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock on this Bay of Islands scenic helicopter tour from ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $201.65

Cape Reinga Half-Day Tour including Scenic Flight

Discover the rugged natural beauty of Cape Reinga, located on the tip of New Zealand's North Island. Perfect for those short on time who want to make the most ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $372.61

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