the Jewel of the Bay of Islands

Also see www.kerikeri.co.nz and www.bayofislands.co.nz


Paihia is a great place to explore all of the Bay of Islands.


Swim with the dolphins. Go kayaking, swimming, fishing, or picnic along secluded beaches. Walk or drive to the spectacular Haruru Falls. Learn about early New Zealand history where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed. Discover authentic Maori culture.


Take the ferry to 'Romantic Russell', visit the bustling but relaxed town of Kerikeri, check out the world famous Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa, and the historic Pioneer Village in nearby Kaikohe.


Or just chill out and take a cruise through the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. Bus tours can takes you to see 2,000 year old Tane Mahuta - a majestic lord of the Waipoua Kauri Forest. Or go further north to Cape Reinga - the departing place of the spirits in Maori legend. 


The food is good. There is accommodation to suit every taste and budget. And there is always something happening in Paihia.


Bay of Islands i-SITE Visitor information Centre
 Open daily including Christmas Day.
The Wharf, Marsden Road, Paihia
+64 9 402 7345