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Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise
"You will then pass through the famous Cape Brett ""Hole in the Rock"" at Motukokako Island and on to view the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.The crew share with you local history and ecology and you will often see a variety of marine wildlife in Seals Dolphins Penguins and other sea and bird life.You'll visit one of the bay's most beautiful islands where you can swim and snorkel or relax on the beach and take in the magic of the island.Please note during the winter months (May to October 19) the afternoon departure is approximately 3 hours in duration
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Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands
"Explore one of the most amazing stretches of coastline in Oceania on a custom-built Waverider coach that keeps you comfortable as it moves effortlessly over sandy beaches rugged roads and quicksand streams. Start your New Zealand North Island adventure day trip with a stop at the Puketi Forest home to 1000-year-old kauri trees some of the most ancient trees in the world. Walk along a ground-level boardwalk that meanders around the trunks of the trees and learn more about the area from the information panels located throughout the walk.After you leave the Puketi Forest you’ll head to Houhora Harbour lunch at Wagner’s Holiday Park. Later you will go to Cape Reinga
From NZD152.00
 
Best of the Bay Supercruise: Original Cream Trip
"Your one-of-a-kind Bay of Islands cruise departs from the Paihia Wharf and then picks up more passengers about 10 minutes later in Russell — you may hop aboard at either of these locations. On board your jet-powered multi-level catamaran with an underwater camera and both indoor and outdoor seating cruise through the Bay of Islands — named for its nearly 150 islands — heading toward Cape Brett the far eastern tip in the bay. Admire great views from the boat's spacious decks while you listen to the crew share information about the region’s history and ecology. Keep your eyes open for marine life like seals dolphins whales penguins and sea birds. Your cruise isn’t just for sightseeing
From NZD127.00

More Off The Beaten Path in Paihia

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The scenic drives

It really doesn't matter what direction you take, there are scenic drives everywhere and this one that heads out to Whangaruru North certainly has its momentsI would encourage enyone staying in the...
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The Cape Brett experience

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...
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Ngawha Thermal Springs

En route to the north west coast of the North Island, we stopped at a little hot springs called Ngawha Springs, and spent 20 mins there soaking in the pools (temperature varied between the 6 or 8...
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North to Cape Reinga: Last Stop before Paihia

Our last stop of the day was at the famous Mangonui fish n' chip place at Mangonui. This restaurant has a lovely deck overlooking the bay. It is here that the patrons can enjoy their meals. Needless...
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North to Cape Reinga: Ancient Kauri Kingdom

North to Cape Reinga: Ancient Kauri KingdomOn the way back, we stopped at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom, which is an interesting art shop that sells woodcraft. Unlike normal shops, this one sells...
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North to Cape Reinga: Where to Oceans Collide

After lunch, we kept on going north towards Cape Reinga. We arrived to the tip of the cape. As we walked from the parking lot to the lighthouse, we could clearly see that what they say is true. The...
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North to Cape Reinga: Topotupotu Bay

After exiting at the other end of the creek, the driver kept on driving north to Topotupotu Bay for a picnic lunch. It was the perfect day for it as well. Some of the bus even venture into the cold...
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North to Cape Reinga: Sand Surfing

At the northern end of the beach, we headed inland through a small creek. We had a fun ride through the beach, but it was even better going through this creek. The bus stopped here so we could do some...
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North to Cape Reinga: Ninety Mile Beach

Later on, we stopped for breakfast at Mangonui. Afterwards, we continued driving north across the incredible Ninety Mile Beach, which is actually about 65 miles long. This beach serves as a highway up...
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North to Cape Reinga: Puketi Kauri Forest

I have heard good things about the trip up north to Cape Reinga. It is one of those places that can be spectacular on clear day, but utterly dull on cloudy days. Therefore, I was a bit worried about...
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stop around bay of islands

we made a stop and some ppl had the opportunity to go snorkelling, as I do not swim, i did not go into the water - it was cold ! and so, i opt to walk up this little hill bare footed ! we were told...
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sand toboganing...

ever wanted to give sand tobogan a try ? well, i did give it a go. it was brilliant ! a whole lot of fun. i do not have any pics of anyone doing this as we were advised not to take out cameras along...
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Flag Pole

Waitangi Flag Pole. - Hone Heke (a Maori Chief) was the first person to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. He soon began to fear the Pakeha (or white man) would take all their land. Ironically, he flew the...
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Waitangi

The Waitangi National Trust Reserve is a rare piece of land preserved in an unusual way. It consists of 506 hectares (1000 acres) and was gifted to New Zealanders as a place of historic interest,...
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Top Hotels in Paihia

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9 Causeway Rd., Bay of Islands, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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3 Bayview Road, Paihia, 0200, New Zealand
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32-36 Seaview Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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Puketona Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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Tau Henare Drive, Bay of Islands, Paihia, Bay of Islands, 2150, New Zealand
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2 Bayview Road, Corner Marsden & Bayview Road,, Paihia, 0247, New Zealand
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Top Things to Do in Paihia

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Russell

Across the bay from Paihia is the town of Russell. It was originally called Kororareka and was the first Europesan settlement in the area. The local Mâori people very soon realised that there was...
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Haruru Falls

They're not really high falls by any means, but they are in a horseshoe shape, which is evidently rare, Niagra Falls being cited as the only other horseshoe shaped falls known. Beware of your...
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Hole in the Rock

The 'Hole in the Rock', properly known as Piercy Island is a rocky island at the northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. This natural feature has been caused by years of water and wind...
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The Cream Trip

Take a cruise on the famous `cream trip` around some of the 144 islands and bays and through the well known `hole in the rock`. I finally did this on my last trip home and it was great. The weather...
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Dolphin Adventure

The following day, I went aboard a King's boat that took us on an awesome tour of the Bay of Islands. Paihia, the beach town I?ve grown to love these past few days, is situated in the Bay of Islands....
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"Paihia: Heaven in the Bay of Islands"
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"Going to the Bay of Islands !"
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"Paihia - Bay of Islands"
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"Bay of Islands"
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"A booming place with nowhere to go"
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