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

    1. 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!

  • Hole in the Rock 1.5-Hour Fast Boat Ocean Adventure

    2. Hole in the Rock 1.5-Hour Fast Boat Ocean Adventure

    Fast track your journey through the iconic scenery of the Bay of Islands on a 1.5-hour ocean adventure. Experience the thrill of an open-air fast boat ride as you cruise among the bay's 144 islands and explore the bay's iconic sites. Enjoy the perfect balance of exploration and exhilaration with informative commentary and stops to observe the abundant wildlife along the way. Speed through the open waters in a purpose built state of the art catamaran. Visit the iconic Hole in the Rock, the gorgeous Cape Brett Peninsula, and enter the spectacular Cathedral Cave (conditions permitting). Ride the waves past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, and the many varied island landscapes. Keep an eye out for wildlife including whales, seals, dolphins, and penguins. Learn about the area's unique characteristics and fascinating history from your friendly, informative skipper. This exhilarating tour is al...

    Our original booking was cancelled due to problems with the boat. Staff from the local company called us on our cruise and upgraded us to another trip on the same day. The staff were fantastic and could not have done anymore to help us. We had a great time.

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

    3. 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.

  • Bay of Islands 2-Hour Sundowner Evening Sailing Cruise

    4. Bay of Islands 2-Hour Sundowner Evening Sailing Cruise

    Embark on a unique evening sailing cruise in the Bay of Islands. Experience the Kiwi barefoot culture for yourself as you step straight from Paihia's beachfront at 5:00 PM onto a modern catamaran. Get out on the water and watch the sun going down - the perfect start to a relaxed night out with friends and family or a romantic getaway. Enjoy a relaxed sail aboard a smooth catamaran as you take in the idyllic Bay of Islands in the early evening. Sail the inner bays of the Paihia, Opua, Russell, and Waitangi. Experience the landscape from a different perspective on the water. Soak in the views as you cruise alongside the water's edge and meander through peaceful anchorages, catching a glimpse of prime real estate perched on the hilltops. An optional swim in a peaceful anchorage is on the agenda and a complimentary drink is included. Cruise returns to Paihia around 7:00 PM, just in time fo...

    Awesome hosts/sailors Luke & Rachel & awesome company. Really enjoyed the tour/cruise. Got to have a swim as well. They know their stuff & knowledgeable about the area so you get great insights throughout. Would definitely recommend & definitely book them again if we come back up north.

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What people are saying about Paihia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 166 reviews

My family did the two hour evening cruise, absolutely loved it. My son chose this activity for his 7th birthday and he really enjoyed jumping in the ocean, watching how a sail ship operates etc. My five year old also enjoyed herself. Husband and I definitely rated it and are keen to do this again next summer. The captain is awesome, a great host, knowledgeable, friendly and approachable.

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!

Awesome hosts/sailors Luke & Rachel & awesome company. Really enjoyed the tour/cruise. Got to have a swim as well. They know their stuff & knowledgeable about the area so you get great insights throughout. Would definitely recommend & definitely book them again if we come back up north.

Have been going to Russell for years and this is one of the standout experiences we’ve had...two young kids 9 and 3 enjoyed it as much as we did. Beautiful boat, great hospitality and an excellent skipper...fully recommend.

We enjoyed the trip vwry much! Nice views and snorkling spots