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  • Address: Marsden Road, Paihia 0252, New Zealand
  • 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.

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5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland, Auckland, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Do and see it all on a five-day adventure from Auckland that takes you to Waitangi, Rotorua, Waitomo and Middle-earth! Your journey reveals the history and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,200.10
Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise, Bay of Islands, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 116 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 $78.09
Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia, Bay of Islands, Day Cruises
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Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Join this half-day tour of the wonderful Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area rich in culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife ...  Read more

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

From USD $92.09
Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch, Bay of Islands, Day ... 
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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 52 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: 5.5 hours

From USD $109.77
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands, Bay of Islands, Sailing Trips
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Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands

4.5 star rating: Recommended 80 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 $111.98
3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

This comprehensive 3-day tour of the Bay of Islands is ideal for the first time visitor to New Zealand. With natural beauty, rocky islets and pristine beaches, ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $735.97
Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip, Bay of Islands, Multi-day Tours
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Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 55 Reviews

Take a sightseeing cruise through the Bay of Islands on the area’s only authentic Cream Trip — a 100-year-old tradition of delivering mail and supplies to ...  Read more

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

From USD $93.56
Cape Reinga Half-Day Tour including Scenic Flight, Bay of Islands, Day Cruises
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Cape Reinga Half-Day Tour including Scenic Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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 $313.10
Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise from Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, Air Tours
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Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise from Paihia or Russell

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Marvel as wild dolphins frolic near you during a half-day dolphin-watching cruise in the Bay of Islands. You'll glide through this scenic region to remote ...  Read more

Location: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.72
Bay of Islands Cruise and Scenic Helicopter Tour, Bay of Islands, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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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 $235.01

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