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Hub for the Bay of Islands

Paihia Pier

The seaside town of Paihia acts as the jumping-off point for activities in the Bay of Islands. There are plenty of accommodation, eating and drinking options here.

It’s only a few kilometres northwest to Waitangi Treaty Grounds and only a 10-minute ferry ride across to Russell. Paihia is a good place to base yourself if spending a few days in the area, though it’s not quite as atmospheric as staying in Russell.

The Bay of Islands i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is just in from the main wharf and all activities can be booked here, including ferries to Russell, boat cruises, fishing trips, wildlife viewing trips and just about anything going in Northland. The iconic trip here is the Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise.

Daily tours head out from Paihia to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach.

Inland from the wharf, running perpendicular to the coast, is one-way Williams Rd, effectively the main shopping street.

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Bay of Islands i-SITE Visitor Information Centre - The Wharf, Marsden Road, Paihia (this entry’s map location)

Bay of Islands

Exploring the North

Visit the Bay of Islands & the top (3-4 days)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Michael Coghlan