Things To Do

Explore Paihia, Bay of Islands

New Zealand’s beloved Bay of Islands – an area of truly magnificent natural beauty and character-filled charm – offers near endless scope for exploration and delight. Known as a gateway to the region, Paihia makes an easy base from which to either relax and indulge in all the town has to offer, or to take day trips to nearby vineyards, historic Russell, or embark on boat tours and game-fishing expeditions.  

Beautiful weather, inspiring coastlines, idyllic islands, important historical sites, stunning beaches, boutique wineries and a relaxed way of life are what make the Bay of Islands a very special holiday destination.  There’s plenty to explore during your stay in Paihia – from peaceful back-to-nature activities to unique adventures, inspired shopping and quality dining – it’s all right on your doorstep when you stay at Waterfront Suites. 

The town is blessed with an incredible array of water activities; book boat tours out to the famous Hole in the Rock, swim with dolphins, photograph whales, go for a game fishing adventure, paddleboard the coastline or get beneath the surface of the aquamarine waters and dive the wrecks of The Rainbow Warrior, HMNZS Canterbury and other Bay of Islands dive sites. 

Independent travellers can hire kayaks, dive gear or jet skis and bikes to use at leisure, while others may prefer to have everything catered for and planned for them – be sure to ask at reception for recommendations and to pre-arrange bookings and day tours.

Island Escape

A visit to this region should include at least one island, and Urupukapuka – being the largest of all 144 islands – is recommended on our list of things to do in the Bay of Islands.

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Visit Waitangi

Visit the Waitangi Treaty grounds for a historical intake of New Zealand and Maori culture and what it means to be a Kiwi today 

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Food, Wine & Leisure

Nearby Kerikeri is blessed with Northland’s subtropical climate and fertile soils; perfect for growing kiwifruit, citrus and avocados, there are also some vineyards in the area that are definitely worth an hour or two of your leisure time.

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Events in the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Island host numerous sailing and music events throughout the year and New Zealand's Waitangi Day on 6 February.

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The Waterfront Suites, Paihia

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The Waterfront Suites
98-100 Marsden Road, Paihia, Northland
Phone: +64 9 402 5665