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The centre of all water-based activities in the Bay of Islands, Paihia is surrounded by three pretty bays and sheltered from the ocean by the Russell Peninsula.

Hole in the Rock, Bay of IslandsThe first dwelling was built by Europeans as a mission station in 1823, and from these modest beginnings it has developed into a busy travel hub for the Bay of Islands and the north. From here it is possible to arrange sea kayaking, sailing and much more.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Paihia

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Paihia, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Paihia

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    Places near Paihia

    Accommodation choices for Paihia

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Paihia. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Paihia

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Paihia, and which use the best local guides.

    • Hole in the Rock Cruise
      Hole in the rock, Russell & The Bay of Islands

      Hole in the Rock Cruise

      Hole in the Rock Cruise

      Be whisked away by the high speed luxury catamaran for a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse before reaching Motukokako Island and the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. The excitement grows as you make passage through the hole and on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.

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    • Swimming with Dolphins
      Dolphin, Pemba Island

      Swimming with Dolphins

      Swimming with Dolphins

      This four-hour trip departs from Paihia and Russell in the morning or afternoon on a jet-powered catamaran from which you will meet one of nature's most charming creatures in the warm waters of the Bay of Islands.

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