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Our most recommended Paihia Sightseeing Tours

  • Bay of Islands: Bay Discovery Cruise with Island Stop-Over

    1. Bay of Islands: Bay Discovery Cruise with Island Stop-Over

    Set off on a scenic 4.5 to 5-hour cruise to discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery and encounter diverse wildlife in an area soaked in rich culture and history. Board the black and yellow power cat at Paihia Wharf and be welcomed aboard by the friendly crew. Your crew will deliver a full safety briefing and overview of the trip. Cruise among the 144 islands and enjoy entertaining live commentary from your local knowledgeable skipper. Visit the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, you can even travel through it. Spot local wildlife including dolphins, birds, seals and even the occasional whale with a success rate of over 90%. Your trip will also include a 1.5-hour island stop at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Enjoy free time to explore the island. If you wish, you can hire kayaks, or paddleboards (available during summer only) ...

    Hole in the rock and cave was best. Sorry to hear too rough to go through hole but understandable given weather

  • Paihia: Bay of Islands Trike Tour Experience

    2. Paihia: Bay of Islands Trike Tour Experience

    On the scenic tour, you'll climb aboard your trike, buckle up, and settle in for one of the most exciting tours of your life. Venture out onto the open road, take a short burst out to the half moon-shaped Haruru Falls, and then continue back to Waitangi Lookout. Capture the breathtaking, 360-degree views of the Bay of Islands on your camera, plus get your picture taken behind the handlebars of the big beast.  The thriller tour includes an action-packed, 30-minute tour on the V2 Chek Trike. Zip off to the picturesque Opua and return with photos and even more adrenaline-pumping thrills as you cruise down this awesome, winding coastal road. The combo tour includes a one-hour tour around the scenic Bay of Islands. Visit the beautiful Haruru Falls before continuing to Waitangi Lookout for breathtaking views. Wind your way through the hills of the idyllic Opua before a thrilling ride back to...

    Four of us (2 bikes) met Mark and Daz at the isite centre and what an exhilarating experience from start to finish. It started raining shortly after we started but only lasted a few minutes but our clothes dried out within minutes thank goodness. We had a great tour around Paihia and district including the Waitangi treaty grounds. The guys were great and we could hear everything they spoke about very clearly.

  • From Paihia: Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Day Trip

    3. From Paihia: Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Day Trip

    Meet your guide at your accommodation in Paihia, Kerikeri, Coopers Beach or Kaitaia before heading up the coastal road to the northernmost point of New Zealand. Pass through rural coastal towns with beautiful beaches while you learn more about Māori culture and tradition. Your first stop is at the southern end of 90 Mile Beach where you will experience the sheer expanse of this well-known destination. After a break to get some sand between your toes, the tour continues further north towards Cape Reinga, or, Te Rerenga Wairua. At the northernmost tip of New Zealand, walk the path towards the lighthouse where the Pacific Ocean & Tasman Sea collide. Absorb the atmosphere of this spiritual place where the Māori believe spirits begin their final journey to their ancestral land Hawaiki. Heading back south towards the immense sand dunes of Te Paki Stream, you’ll have the chance to hire a san...

    Derek was a great guide - very informative, friendly and easy going. The weather was unfortunately pretty terrible but he did everything he could to keep the day interesting despite not being able to go ahead with much of the planned itinerary. He also picked us up and dropped us off with no issues at all, would highly recommend!

  • Bay of Islands Small Group Afternoon Cruise & Island Tour

    4. Bay of Islands Small Group Afternoon Cruise & Island Tour

    Check-in at the Salt Air Office at 3.20 PM, before setting off along the sheltered coastline for a scenic cruise. Stop off at Roberton Island (also known as Twin Lagoons) for a 10-minute native bush walk to a breathtaking 360-degree lookout over the bay. After the walk, explore the tidal lagoons before climbing back on board. Cruise among the stunning islands of the Bay, keeping an eye out for wildlife.  Then, stopover at one of the Bay of Islands’ most secluded and unfrequented bays to try some new activities. Snorkel and explore the underwater reefs, stroll on an island trail, give stand-up paddle-boarding a try, relax on the beach or jump in the water for a swim. Make the afternoon your own with the activities that interest you most. Finally, board the boat for the return scenic cruise back to Paihia, arriving at 6:30 PM.

    My friends and I had an amazing experience, we got to explore two islands and were able to paddle board and snorkeling in one of them. Gear is provided. We visited Robertson Island and the views were amazing! Our friendly tour guide gave us interesting facts about the history during the tour. Highly recommend this tour :) My highlight was seeing a stingray :)

  • Paihia: Bay of Islands 30-minute Adventure Jet Boat Trip

    5. Paihia: Bay of Islands 30-minute Adventure Jet Boat Trip

    Head out on a 30-minute water adventure on a jet boat in the Bay of Islands. Feel the adrenaline as you experience 360-degree spins, tricks, and high-speed maneuvers while taking in the beautiful views of the bay. Rest assured that this is a safe experience, with all life jackets, splash jackets, and glasses provided to protect you. You'll also benefit from a guide who will be with you the whole time. Weather permitting, pass some of the Bay of Islands; iconic sights, such as Russell, Tapeka Point, Motoroa Island, and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Get your heart going with quick turns, sweeping turns and spins, and speeds of up to 45 knots. Enjoy the experience in the only jet boat in the bay, powered by a 510 HP V8 LSX-454.

  • Bay of Islands: Late Afternoon Sailing Cruise

    6. Bay of Islands: Late Afternoon Sailing Cruise

    Board Northland’s iconic tall ship the R. Tucker Thompson for a 2-hour sail on the inner bay. Get involved and help hoist the sails or sit back and relax as you pass around a shared antipasto platter. Enjoy a drink from the cash bar and experience the beauty of a traditionally rigged vessel under sail. Ferry tickets to Russell are included in the tour price, so why not head over early and spend an afternoon exploring the historic village or dine in one of the many excellent restaurants after your sail. The ship is operated as a not-for-profit charitable trust with proceeds from sailing activities used to support youth sail training programs over the New Zealand winter.

    Delightful cruise on a genuine sailing ship. If you are adventurous, put on the climbing harness the ship provides and climb as high as you want in the rigging, even standing on the top gallant yard, or for those of less courage go out on the bowsprit. Absolutely wonderful experience.

  • Bay of Islands: Tandem Skydive Experience

    7. Bay of Islands: Tandem Skydive Experience

    Combine a thrilling adrenaline buzz with spectacular views of clear turquoise water, long stretches of pristine golden beaches, and lush countryside in the Bay of Islands. Self-drive to Kerikeri Airport or arrange for courtesy pick-up. Meet the friendly ground staff who’ll look after you before and after your jump. Board the plane for the cruise up to 9,000, 12,000, 16500, or 20000-feet (depending on which option you book) and admire the 144 stunning islands that make up the Bay of Islands. Be harnessed to a highly trained tandem instructor who’ll ensure your safety and fun throughout. At altitude, jump from the plane for adrenaline buzzing freefall that is anywhere between 20 to 85 seconds, depending on which altitude option you choose. Enjoy a relaxing flight under canopy before landing back at the drop zone.

    Absolute legends. Highly recommend the experience from arrival until your feet land on the ground again! The crew is good fun.

  • Bay of Islands: 5-Hour Day Cruise and Island Getaway Tour

    8. Bay of Islands: 5-Hour Day Cruise and Island Getaway Tour

    Escape the crowds and experience the Bay of Islands on a personalised, small-group, interactive boat cruise. Combine the best activities of the Bay of Islands with interactive and informative commentary for an amazing day excursion. Stop at Roberton Island and disembark for a 10-minute walk along a native bush trail. At the end of the trail discover a breathtaking 360-degree viewpoint over the bay. Enjoy a complimentary beachside morning tea provided by the crew and have the opportunity to explore the tidal lagoons. Climb back on board and continue cruising among the 144 islands of the Bay keeping a lookout for marine wildlife and unique shorebirds. Your second island stop takes you to one of the Bay of Islands’ most secluded and unfrequented bays. Snorkel and explore the underwater reefs, take a walk along the island trail and try stand-up paddleboarding. Relax on the beach or jump in...

    Highly recommend. A special experience to get off the beaten track in the Bay of Islands. The only other way to see these places is if you have a boat yourself.

  • Fly to Cape Reinga: Scenic Flights & 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

    9. Fly to Cape Reinga: Scenic Flights & 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

    Explore the rugged Northland beauty of Cape Reinga, located at the top end of New Zealand, on a half-day tour from Paihia. Combine scenic return airplane flights and a driving tour with plenty of stops to make the most of your visit to this remote North Island region.  After pick-up from your hotel, fly above stunning oceanic landscapes, including spectacular harbors and beaches on a 45-minute scenic flight to Cape Reinga. From Ninety Mile Beach, fly inland to an airfield located only 20-kilometers from the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Upon landing, set off for a 2.5-hour guided driving tour with an experienced guide. Arrive at the Cape Reinga Lighthouse after a 20-minute drive and see where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Your local guide will accompany you on a walk to the lighthouse, sharing the myths and legends of this very spiritual area.  Enjoy fresh oven-baked treats for mor...

    Great flight up 90 mile beach and down over the east coast on the way back. Van to Cape reinga and surrounding beaches was fun and informative. Easily the best way to see the far north!

  • Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

    10. Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

    Set off on a 5.5-hour sightseeing tour of the Bay of Islands, often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”. The tour commences at 9:00 AM from the Waitangi Wharf, where the cruise ship's tenders will bring you to shore. The first stop is at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, where you'll experience this magical glowworm phenomenon on a 1-hour guided tour. From Kawiti, the tour moves onward to Kawakawa, also known as “Train Town”, as the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street. From this point you will proceed toward Puketi Forest, a 15,000-hectare forest containing magnificent stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity. The next stop is Kerikeri, also known for its successful horticulture, niche food products, fabulous chocolates, boutique vineyards, art galleries, and crafts. Here, watch the making of chocolate, taste some treats, and do some shoppin...

    Great excursion, had enough time at each stop point and the driver was very knowledgeable. the driver was also flexible to our needs.

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What people are saying about Paihia

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Four of us (2 bikes) met Mark and Daz at the isite centre and what an exhilarating experience from start to finish. It started raining shortly after we started but only lasted a few minutes but our clothes dried out within minutes thank goodness. We had a great tour around Paihia and district including the Waitangi treaty grounds. The guys were great and we could hear everything they spoke about very clearly.

Derek was a great guide - very informative, friendly and easy going. The weather was unfortunately pretty terrible but he did everything he could to keep the day interesting despite not being able to go ahead with much of the planned itinerary. He also picked us up and dropped us off with no issues at all, would highly recommend!

Great flight up 90 mile beach and down over the east coast on the way back. Van to Cape reinga and surrounding beaches was fun and informative. Easily the best way to see the far north!

Great activity to end a holiday! Thank you for the lovely experience!

My partner was very happy with his ride on the trike