Paihia is a superb base from which to explore the stunning Bay of Islands. The town itself has a range of excellent bars, restaurants, and shops, and from the quayside, you can arrange trips to the outer islands, take a fishing expedition or catch a ferry to Russell.

Popular excursions include a cruise to see the ‘hole in the rock’ at the tip of Cape Brett, sea kayak tours, sailing, scuba diving and for a bird’s-eye view, try parasailing, a scenic helicopter flight or for the more adventurous option, skydiving!

Close to Paihia you’ll find the historic Treaty House at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, which marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation, and to the west of Paihia is Haruru, where you’ll find an impressive waterfall and a boardwalk.