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Things to do in the Bay of Islands

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Things to do in the Bay of Islands

Sightseeing
We highly recommend a cruise to Hole in the Rock as it covers most of the inner islands, Cape Brett and you may be lucky and see dolphins on the way. Lunch is usually included in a picturesque spot on this trip at Otehei bay on Urupukapuka island.
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Explore Group Bay of Islands
60 Marsden Rd
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We highly recommend a cruise to Hole in the Rock as it covers most of the inner islands, Cape Brett and you may be lucky and see dolphins on the way. Lunch is usually included in a picturesque spot on this trip at Otehei bay on Urupukapuka island.
Book a flight at Salt Air if you fancy a scenic flight over the Bay of Islands, take in the views of Cape Reinga or even do some Heli Wine tasting. Their flights take off beside the wharf in the middle of Paihia.
Salt Air Tours
Book a flight at Salt Air if you fancy a scenic flight over the Bay of Islands, take in the views of Cape Reinga or even do some Heli Wine tasting. Their flights take off beside the wharf in the middle of Paihia.
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is New Zealand’s most important historic site. Try take in the Cultural Experience and guided tour. The Maori performers are great, and you can view the Treaty House, carvings as well as the new museum. Waitangi is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Paihia and well worth seeing.
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds
1 Tau Henare Drive
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The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is New Zealand’s most important historic site. Try take in the Cultural Experience and guided tour. The Maori performers are great, and you can view the Treaty House, carvings as well as the new museum. Waitangi is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Paihia and well worth seeing.
The view from Flagstaff Hill in Russell is fantastic. You get a 360 degrees view over the Bay of Islands. A must see!
Flagstaff Hill Historic reserve
The view from Flagstaff Hill in Russell is fantastic. You get a 360 degrees view over the Bay of Islands. A must see!
A cascading waterfall in a horseshoe shape. There is a 5.5 km walkway from Waitangi Treaty ground following the Waitangi River. It can also be reached by car as it is about 5 min drive north of Paihia.
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Haruru Falls
80 Haruru Falls Rd
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A cascading waterfall in a horseshoe shape. There is a 5.5 km walkway from Waitangi Treaty ground following the Waitangi River. It can also be reached by car as it is about 5 min drive north of Paihia.
Activities
This is another way of seeing our beautiful Bay of Islands suspended at 1300ft! Bookings can be made at the Wharf in Paihia.
Bay of Islands Parasail
This is another way of seeing our beautiful Bay of Islands suspended at 1300ft! Bookings can be made at the Wharf in Paihia.
Bay Beach Hire is the place to go if you want to hire Kayaks, Bikes, Paddle Boards or going Sailing & Fishing. They are situated opposite Alfresco’s Restaurant on Marsden Road. Dan the manager is a fantastic guy and the team offers a fantastic service.
Bay Beach Hire
Bay Beach Hire is the place to go if you want to hire Kayaks, Bikes, Paddle Boards or going Sailing & Fishing. They are situated opposite Alfresco’s Restaurant on Marsden Road. Dan the manager is a fantastic guy and the team offers a fantastic service.
Otehei Bay is a beautiful bay on Urupukapuka Island. It can be reached by water taxi from Paihia. There is a cafe and great walks to various beaches. Great for swimming and snorkeling. Kayaks can also be hired.
Otehei Bay
Otehei Bay is a beautiful bay on Urupukapuka Island. It can be reached by water taxi from Paihia. There is a cafe and great walks to various beaches. Great for swimming and snorkeling. Kayaks can also be hired.
Food scene
Great family venue with great views over the bay.
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Alfresco's Restaurant & Bar
6 Marsden Rd
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Great family venue with great views over the bay.
A local favourite. Funky food tapas bar. If you like oysters, this is the place to go.
TIPSY OYSTER
24 Kings Road
A local favourite. Funky food tapas bar. If you like oysters, this is the place to go.
The best location for dining or just having a drink with killer views over the bay. It is situated at the end of the Paihia Warf.
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Charlotte's Kitchen
69 Marsden Rd
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The best location for dining or just having a drink with killer views over the bay. It is situated at the end of the Paihia Warf.
Located on the waterfront of Russell in the Bay of Islands, the Duke of Marlborough Hotel offers an outstanding restaurant, accommodation and event venue. Great views over the bay towards Paihia.
Duke Of Marlborough Russell
16 Matauwhi Rd
Located on the waterfront of Russell in the Bay of Islands, the Duke of Marlborough Hotel offers an outstanding restaurant, accommodation and event venue. Great views over the bay towards Paihia.
Neighbourhoods
Russell is a former whaling station and New Zealand's first European settlement. It is a historic town with a quaint British feel. It has a lot of history and it is a must see. You can have lunch at the Duke of Marlborough (NZ's oldest pub), or have coffee and croissants at the Pompallier Mission. To get there take either the passenger ferry from Paihia wharf or the car ferry from Opua.
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Russell
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Russell is a former whaling station and New Zealand's first European settlement. It is a historic town with a quaint British feel. It has a lot of history and it is a must see. You can have lunch at the Duke of Marlborough (NZ's oldest pub), or have coffee and croissants at the Pompallier Mission. To get there take either the passenger ferry from Paihia wharf or the car ferry from Opua.
Vineyard
This vineyard is situated on the road between Opua and Russell. Lovely wines, great pizzas and platters, and great friendly people. Lovely views over the bay to Paihia.
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Omata Estate Vineyard & Kitchen
212 Aucks Rd
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This vineyard is situated on the road between Opua and Russell. Lovely wines, great pizzas and platters, and great friendly people. Lovely views over the bay to Paihia.
Cycling
The bike park is amongst the newest attractions in the Bay of Islands. It provides the perfect introduction to mountain biking with lots of easy, scenic trails you can take at your own pace. The bike park offers 30 trails of varying difficulty with great flow and features. More information about the Trail Map can be found at the Onsite Park Office, at the Bay of Islands iSite Visitor Information Centre, Paihia Mountain Bike Rentals & Shuttles or at Bay Beach Hire.
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Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
33 Bayly Rd
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The bike park is amongst the newest attractions in the Bay of Islands. It provides the perfect introduction to mountain biking with lots of easy, scenic trails you can take at your own pace. The bike park offers 30 trails of varying difficulty with great flow and features. More information about the Trail Map can be found at the Onsite Park Office, at the Bay of Islands iSite Visitor Information Centre, Paihia Mountain Bike Rentals & Shuttles or at Bay Beach Hire.
Take a bicycle ride from Opua to Kawakawa on a disused rail track. It is a flat and easy ride with beautiful views. Bicycles can be hired in Opua. Visit the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa designed by the world famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Twin Coast Cycle Transport
2 Baffin St
Take a bicycle ride from Opua to Kawakawa on a disused rail track. It is a flat and easy ride with beautiful views. Bicycles can be hired in Opua. Visit the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa designed by the world famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Walks
This is a short but delightful stroll, partly on boardwalk through groves of kauri to an elevated lookout platform and bench seat. Once at the lookout you will be surrounded by kauri trees of different ages – from young rickers up to 25 years old to more mature trees of about 400 years in age.
Opua Kauri Walk
This is a short but delightful stroll, partly on boardwalk through groves of kauri to an elevated lookout platform and bench seat. Once at the lookout you will be surrounded by kauri trees of different ages – from young rickers up to 25 years old to more mature trees of about 400 years in age.
A pleasant walk through regenerating forest to a lookout that offers stunning views over Waitangi, the Bay of Islands and Russell.
Opua Forest Paihia Lookout Track
74 School Rd
A pleasant walk through regenerating forest to a lookout that offers stunning views over Waitangi, the Bay of Islands and Russell.
There are great tracks on Urupukapuka island with stunning views. The complete walk around the island takes about 5 hours. The island can be reached by taking a ferry from Paihia to Otehei Bay.
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Urupukapuka Island
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There are great tracks on Urupukapuka island with stunning views. The complete walk around the island takes about 5 hours. The island can be reached by taking a ferry from Paihia to Otehei Bay.