Must Do's

Paihia

Paihia

The relaxed, sunny lifestyle of Paihia springs from its subtropical climate and the myriad of beautiful islands, bays and beaches around the coastline. The people of the Region have a passion for water sport - surfing, boating, game fishing, sailing and diving. They also have a deep appreciation of the region's fascinating Maori and European history. Dolphin Motel is happy to assist you in enjoying the magic of our region.

Hole in the Rock Cruise - Dolphin/Whale Watching

Hole in the Rock Cruise - Dolphin/Whale Watching

Hole In The Rock Cruise - Designed for nature lovers, this adventure begins when you step onboard a luxury "Dolphin Seeker" catamaran. After cast-off you take a short cruise across the bay to pick up passengers from historic Russell, before heading out in to the clear waters of to he beautiful Bay of Islands.

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Cape Reinga - Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile BeachThe departing place for Maori spirits is Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea and mighty Pacific Ocean crash together beneath the Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Walk out to the lighthouse and post a card home at New Zealand's most northern mailbox. Other highlights include the Te Paki Quicksand Stream (which you navigate by coach very carefully!), thrilling sand tobogganing on boogie boards down the giant Te Paki Sand Dunes and travelling by coach down the vast Ninety Mile Beach.

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Swimming with Dolphins

If you have not done this before it is a must. Viewing marine mammals and swimming with wild dolphins in their natural habitat is a privilege and a truly remarkable experience aboard a purpose built 14.6 metre catamaran. Also you can encounter both bottlenose and common dolphin. We also sometimes see a variety of whale species including: Orca (killer whales), Brydes, Pilot, Minke, Sei, Humpback, and very rarely the Blue Whale. We also encounter blue penguins, gannets, various sea birds and the New Zealand fur seal.

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Flying Kiwi Parasail

  • NZ highest parasailing
  • Departing Paihia & Russell Regulary
  • No experience Required
  • No Age Restrictions
  • Suitable for the entire family
  • Tandem flights available
  • Take off and land from back deck of boat
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Skydivezone Bay of Islands

Blue skies, blue waters, golden sands and sunshine is what we’re all about. Oh, and we LOVE skydiving! The thrill, the buzz and the pure adrenaline rush is something we look forward to. Going skydiving in the Bay of Islands is an awesome way to experience all of that and more! Choose from our four skydive heights – 9,000 ft, 12,000 ft, 16,500 ft and of course, NZ's highest skydive at 20,000 ft! After jumping from a perfectly good plane, you’ll get a chance to soak up the scenery of all 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands. The view is guaranteed to take your breath away, and the exhilarating free fall will have you buzzing long after your feet touch the ground! Skydiving in the Bay of Islands is truly an incredible experience.

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Ferry to Russell

One of the attractive visits at Bay of Islands is to visit Russell, a township across by ferry from Paihia. Russell provides a cultural perception over the town and as well pristine beaches close by the township. Another sweet spot of Russell is by hiking over the hill and take one of many tracks for a short journey and experience elevated views over islands at Bay of Islands. The ferry trip from Paihia is about 20 minutes, and the ferry departure approximately every 15 minutes from Paihia wharf.

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Otehei Bay

Over the years have Otehei Bay become an iconic destination to visit when visiting Bay of Islands. There are many reasons to visit Otehei Bay, and one of it is to be amazed of its natural geological beauty. By hicking alongs the tracks on the Islands you can find amazing views 360 degree around the Islands. And just the Bay itself is already a good start. Otehei Bay is locate at Urupukapuka Island, one of the bigger island at Bay of Islands. And there are plenty of logistic options to get to Otehei Bay. But the common one is by taking NZ Explore Ferry from Paihia Wharf. And the ferry time table can be found on NZ Explore webiste.

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Waitangi Treaty Ground

Waitangi Treaty Grounds featuring historical ground where New Zealand’s founding document – the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti O Waitangi) was signed. Find out more about how this document has forged the unique land we now call Aotearoa New Zealand. Waitangi Treaty Ground provide an exceptional cultural heritage through museum exhibitions, Hangi Concert, carved crafting arts and many more.

For more information, can be found by visiting Waitangi Treaty Ground website:

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