Ala-Moana Motel

52 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand
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Diving Bay of Islands

by Sam_Susan_NZ

Hi There,

I want to do some diving at the Bay of Island (Rainbow Warrior) as an advanced Open Water diver. Suggestions about dive trips / operators / costs and the best place to start the trip.


Re: Diving Bay of Islands

by 2rs

The dive operators in Pahia is doing dive tours to the Rainbow Warrior. Have a look at google with the prase "diving Rainbow Warrior Pahia" and you'll find the info you need.

RE: Diving Bay of Islands

by f3ze

There's currently 2 dive shops in Paihia and one from Tutukaka, see them both at:

I would recommend going from Tutukaka to the Poor Knights Islands (Tutukaka is close to Whanagrei which is about 40 minutes from Paihia). The Poor Knights were rated by the big man Jacques Cousteau as being in the top 5 cool-water diving spots...

Travel Tips for Paihia

The Cape Brett experience

by iandsmith

If you want to plan a strenuous, but rewarding, day then Cape Brett could be just for you. On the southern side of the Bay of Islands lies a headland that penetrates for kilometres out into the sea.
At its apex there is a lighthouse and you can organize one of the local cruise companies to drop you off there before you walk back. Depending on your level of fitness and how many photos you take, you might want to allocate anything from 6 to 8 hours to complete this task. It is hilly and you will certainly know you've been exercising but, as with most of these types of things, the rewards are many.
Panoramic views from the summits over the northern and southern bays, walking through the bush on your own and the satisfaction of completing a task such as this and then having boasting rights.
Sadly for me I only had time to do a small part and then missed the departure point I was supposed to embark from. When I finally went onto it I was near Rawhiti and had to circumvent Oke Bay Beach before I even got to the main track and then I only made it about another half hour further on, just past one of the main peaks, when I had to turn around as time didn't allow me any more. That peak had a nice picnic spot and cleared viewpoint (pic 5).
Still, I saw enough to stimulate my interest to make me want to return some day.

Bay of Islands: the Cathedral

by darthmilmo

Soon after the Hole in the Rock, we got to see the nearby Cathedral cave formation. The boat actually went into this huge cave. It is a modern representation on the geological erosion caused by the waves and tide. Perhaps in a million or so years this cave will be another hole in this rock.

Watangi Treaty H.: Te Whare Runanga Meeting House

by darthmilmo

A few minutes away lies the impressive Te Whare Runanga Meeting House, which was built using traditional Maori engraving that, incorporate the techniques of hundreds of tribes in NZ. In a sense, this is a mix of most of the styles of Maori tribal meeting houses. It has no official name and no one Maori tribe can call it its own.


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