Paihia, the main tourist town in North Island, is the perfect base for exploring the coves and beaches of the Bay of Islands. It’s beautiful sandy shores call out to sun worshippers, offering stunning views across the bay. Not just a sleepy town, Paihia boasts vibrant weekend farmers’ markets bursting with some of the region’s finest produce, as well as a bustling town center replete with cozy cafes, restaurants and shops. Paihia’s heritage is aptly showcased through the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, which not only mark the site of the country’s founding but also host Treaty House, a giant Maori canoe and museum. Outside of this quaint town, there’s plenty for adventure travelers – from walking and cycling trails such as the Opua Forest Paihia Lookout Track, kayaking in the wharf, deep-sea fishing, and island hopping to swimming with dolphins at the iconic Hole in the Rock of Cape Brett.
Bay of Islands
Recommended New Zealand Tours
Places: Auckland (2 days) → Rotorua (2) → Napier (2) → Wellington (2) → Blenheim (1) → Abel Tasman National Park (2) → Kaikoura (1) → Christchurch (1) → Mount Cook (2) → Wanaka (1) → Te Anau (2) → Queenstown (2) → Te Anau (2)
Tour Highlights: Volcanic Peaks & Black Sand Beaches, Maori Culture, Food & Wine, Wellness & Relaxation, Adventure...
Cliff Edge By The Sea is located atop a cliff, in a private, native bush reserve a few minutes drive from Paihia. The hotel offers three luxury suites overlooking the Veronica Channel with spectacular views over the Bay of Islands between Paihia and the historic town of Russell.
The Sanctuary @ Bay Of Islands is a luxury resort that nestles amid a sprawling native bush reserve. Located on top of the charming Opua Hill, this boutique retreat looks out on stunning vistas of the Veronica Channel and is just five minutes from the bustling town of Paihia.