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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Paihia and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Paihia activities? We have 41 tour ideas.


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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

16000ft Skydive - 70 Seconds of free fall

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 298.98


<strong>Ever wanted to see The Bay of Islands &amp; not much time to do it’ Skydive with us at 16000ft the HIGHEST in The North,  the only way we know how to do it! The Bay of Islands has 144 islands that simply must be experienced from altitude, not to mention on fantastic days you can see right up to Cape Reinga! <br /></strong><strong>Be the envy of... Read More

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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

12000ft Skydive - 40 Seconds of free fall

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 246.53


Ever wanted to see The Bay of Islands &amp; not much time to do it’ Skydive with us at 12,000 ft, with 40 seconds in freefall! The Bay of Islands has 144 islands that simply must be experienced from altitude, not to mention on fantastic days you can see right up to Cape Reinga!Be the envy of family &amp; friends and have the ultimate rush with us, our dedicated team of tandem... Read More

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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

9000ft Skydive - 20 Seconds of free fall

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 224.05


Ever wanted to see The Bay of Islands &amp; not much time to do it’ Skydive with us at 9,000 ft! The Bay of Islands has 144 islands that simply must be experienced from altitude, not to mention on fantastic days you can see right up to Cape Reinga!Be the envy of family &amp; friends and have the ultimate rush with us, our dedicated team of tandem instructors will be with you every... Read More

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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

The Rock Adventure Overnight Cruise - 22 Hours

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 22 hours
Priced From: USD 200.82


Immerse yourself in the Bay of Islands...<br />The Ultimate Bay of Islands Boat Cruise!The only overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands, offering snorkeling, kayaking, island walks and the opportunity to catch or collect seafood. Come aboard The Rock for a truly unique experience - with a homely atmosphere, a warm welcome from our crew and a variety of awesome activities to keep you... Read More

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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

The Rock Adventure Bed & Breakfast Cruise - 16 Hours

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 16 hours
Priced From: USD 155.86


Immerse yourself in the Bay of Islands...<br />The Ultimate Bay of Islands Boat Cruise!The only overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands, night kayaking, target shooting and the opportunity to catch or collect seafood. Come aboard The Rock for a truly unique experience - with... Read More

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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

The Rock Adventure Day Cruise - 6 Hours

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 95.91


Immerse yourself in the Bay of Islands...<br />The Ultimate Bay of Islands Day Cruise!Six hours of non-stop cruising and adventure. Our knowledgeable crew will ensure that you spot all that the Bay of Islands has to offer.Shuttle out to The Rock, go snorkelling, kayaking, enjoy an island walk and lunch back on the boat, all of which are includedDeparting... Read More

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Air Tours

Cape Reinga Half-Day Tour including Scenic Flight

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 318.47


Discover the rugged natural beauty of Cape Reinga, located on the tip of New Zealand's North Island. Perfect for those short on time who want to make the most of this splendid area, this combination scenic aeroplane flight and driving small-group tour showcases the best of the top end of New Zealand. See the remote and beautiful silica sand beaches of Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay; wander the lighthouse at... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

2-Day Full Twin Coast Cycle Trail Bike Experience

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 82.43


One of our more popular options. Experience the full beauty of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail over 2 days. Ride from Kaikohe to Opua (45km) on the first day, taking in the train tunnel, swing and rail bridges and historic towns. Depart again in Kaikohe for the second day, riding through 44kms of awesome scenery and backcountry to finish down in peaceful Horeke on the West Coast. Trips depart from Paihia with... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

1-Day Bike the Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 44.21


Our most popular day trip, and you can see why. Get out on a bike and experience one of the most scenic parts of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail with Paihia Mountain Bikes. Ride along the old railway corridor on the Opua to Kawakawa section of the famous Twin Coast Cycle Trail on our high quality, and very comfy easy access, low rise bikes. Trips depart from Paihia <em>This cycle trail is all off the main road, an... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

2-Day Best of Twin Coast Cycle Trail Bike Experience

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 82.43


One of our more popular options. Experience the full beauty of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail over 2 days. Ride from Kaikohe to Opua (45km) on the first day, taking in the train tunnel, swing and rail bridges and historic towns. Depart again in Kaikohe for the second day, riding through 44kms... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Twin Coast Bike Trail Experience

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 59.95


Go like the clappers and knock off the full 87km (54mi) of the Twin Coast Cycle Trail from Horeke to Opua in one day (west to east). Riding in this direction allows for an easier overall ride. Pass by small towns along the way of Okaihau, Kaikohe and Kawakawa, and take in all of the changing scenery as you traverse the width of New Zealand. This is ideal for those fit people out there. This trail is all off the... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Walk and Paddle Haruru Falls

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 51.70


Walk the track up to the Haruru Falls (unguided) and then enjoy a guided kayak tour down the Waitangi Inlet back to our Beach Base.

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Cultural Tours

Giants and Glow Worms Day Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 104.16


Journey into a unique part of New Zealand the Hokianga, first discovered by Kupe the voyager. Visit the Waipoua Forest and meet your guide to visit a national icon, the mighty Kauri tree T’ne Mahuta ( Lord of the Forest ). Spend time in seaside towns of Opononi and Omapere before travelling to the Family run Kawhiti Glow Worm caves for a guided tour before returning to Paihia at 4pm.

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Day Cruises

Bay Of Islands Nature Cruise And Kayaking Adventure

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 50.95


Cruise and explore incredible locations by paddle board or kayak when nature is at its best. This cruise is designed for travelers &amp; Kiwis of all ages, who seek a nature cruise adventure with some exciting paddling! The goal is to deliver fun cruise for all ages that gets people up close to... Read More

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Day Cruises

Half-Day Bay of Islands Discovery Tour from Paihia

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 111.65


Join this half-day tour of the wonderful Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area rich in culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings. A tour you will never forget!

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Day Cruises

Bay of Islands Half Day Guided Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 66.69


Explore the beautiful coastal waters of the Bay of Islands with the possibility of paddling through a mangrove forest and a rest stop at a secluded beach for light refreshments and the opportunity for a swim or snorkel.

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Day Cruises

Ride and Paddle Haruru Falls

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hrs
Priced From: USD 51.70


Be transported to the base of the Haruru Falls and enjoy a guided kayak tour down the Waitangi Inlet back to our Beach Base.

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Day Trips

Far North New Zealand Tour including 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga from Paihia

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours
Priced From: USD 112.40


Enjoy this full-day tour visiting the best of the Far North in a unique Dune Rider vehicle. Let our drivers immerse you in the culture and history of the Far North while taking in the amazing scenery of places like the 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga.

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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Dolphin Discovery in the Bay of Islands

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 86.17


Discover dolphins in their own world. Get to know these majestic and intelligent creatures as you cruise the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands. Watch as these playful mammals leap and dance over the waves. Take the plunge and join them for an unforgettable encounter!

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Helicopter Tours

Bay of Islands Cruise and Scenic Helicopter Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 254.02


Experience the best of the Bay of Islands with a cruise and helicopter tour from Paihia. Hop aboard the sea shuttle for a scenic cruise out to the bay, and stop at a remote island to swim, snorkel or just relax. Then take to the skies with a helicopter tour over the islands, finishing on the mainland.

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Helicopter Tours

Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 187.33


Get bird's-eye views of Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock on a Bay of Islands scenic helicopter tour from Paihia. Take in the stunning scenery of the main group of islands; view the iconic natural landmark, Hole in the Rock; and pass over the historic townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi.... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Half-Day Guided Kayak Tour to Haruru Falls

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 66.69


Explore the Waitangi Inlet and the mangrove forests on the way to the astounding Haruru Falls with a stop for light refreshments and a chance for a swim with a view of the falls.

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Motorcycle Tours

Bay of Islands Trike Tour from Paihia

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 30 to 60 mins
Priced From: USD 37.47


Have awesome thrills on a 350 Chev Trike on a 30-minute or 1-hour tour from Paihia. You will enjoy the scenic Bay of Islands, whilst having the time of your life. A definite bucket list experience.Choose from 3 different routes including Haruru Falls and Waitangi, Opua or a 60-minute combination of all. This tour is for a minimum of 2 people.

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Parasailing

Single Parasail Flight from Paihia

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 86.17


Have your very own high-flying experience with a single parasail flight over the Bay of Islands. Soak up the peace and tranquillity as you soar above the Bay, and enjoy stunning 360-degree views of Paihia, Russell, and beyond.

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Parasailing

Tandem Parasail Flight over the Bay of Islands

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 71.19


Experience flying 1200 feet high over the Bay of Islands with a friend, partner or family member on this tandem parasail flight. Your parasail adventure will go for approximately 1-hour. Both of you will enjoy 360-degree aerial views over Paihia, Russell and the Bay of Islands as you soar high together.

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Parasailing

Triple Parasail Flight over the Bay of Islands

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 71.19


Experience flying high over the Bay of Islands with a couple of friends or family members on this triple parasail flight. Your parasail adventure will go for approximately 1-hour. You will enjoy 360-degree aerial views over Paihia, Russell and the Bay of Islands as you soar high together.

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Parasailing

Parasailing Adventure over the Bay of Islands

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 71.19


<ul> <li><strong>Established in 1998</strong></li> <li>Celebrating <strong>20 years in the Bay of Islands</strong></li> <li><strong>NZ's&nbsp;HIGHEST</strong> and most&nbsp;<strong>EXPERIENCED</strong> parasailing at <strong>1300ft</strong> of towline.</li> <li>Single, Tandem &amp; Triple flights... Read More

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Private Parasail Charter over the Bay of Islands

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 711.87


<ul><li>NEW ZEALAND'S HIGHEST &amp; MOST EXPERIENCED PARASAILING COMPANY</li><li>Private Chartered Parasail trip for up to 12 people</li><li>We will pick you up from any private Yacht, private Islands or from your cruise ship anchored in the Bay of Islands</li><li>Single, Tandem &amp; Triple flights available </li><li>No getting wet-Unless you want... Read More

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Ports of Call Tours

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Scenic Helicopter Tour Including Hole in the Rock

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 20 minutes
Priced From: USD 187.33


When your cruise ship docks in Bay of Islands, get bird's-eye views of Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock on this Bay of Islands scenic helicopter tour from Paihia. Take in the stunning scenery of the main group of islands; view the iconic natural landmark, Hole in the Rock; and pass over the... Read More

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Ports of Call Tours

Half-Day Bay of Islands Private Jeep Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4.5 to 6.5 hrs
Priced From: USD 404.64


Explore the historic Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group included in the price. On your private 4.5-hour guided tour you will see historic locations, spectacular waterfalls, panoramic scenery, subtropical rain forests and rural farming areas away from the crowds. You can also extend your tour with 1-hour options of a winery lunch or a visit to the... Read More

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Ports of Call Tours

Pahia Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 131.13


While you're in port in Pahia, experience the best of the North Island coastline on this private 4-hour Bay of Islands tour. Explore the Bay of Islands with a private guide and take in top attractions such as Haruru Falls, Kemp House, Rainbow Falls, the Stone Store, St. James' Anglican Church, and... Read More

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Ports of Call Tours

Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 187.33


Add a special experience to your cruising holiday and see the Bay of Islands your way on this full-day, private sightseeing shore excursion tour of the region's major attractions and highlights. You will learn a lot about the Bay, its surroundings and the whole of New Zealand and also delight in... Read More

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Ports of Call Tours

Private Shore Excursion: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 187.33


This private full-day shore excursion in the Bay of Islands is specially designed to show you all the highlights of this brilliant place.&nbsp;You will be shown around the area as well as seeing all the fabulous wineries and foodie places the Bay of Islands has on offer. This tour is... Read More

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Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 82.43


Full of the major sights in the Bay of Islands, this small group tour gives you plenty of stops and photo opportunities. Visiting the historic Kerikeri Stone Store and Kemp House (tour included), Haruru Waterfall, Makana Chocolates, Paihia town and waterfront, New Zealand's oldest oak tree and pear... Read More

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Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 104.91


Explore the main attractions in the Bay of Islands on this 6-hour, small-group tour with a local guide. Visit the historic Waimate Mission Station, the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, Haruru Waterfall, and more. Your tour will include port pickup and drop-off as well as a chocolate tasting at Makana... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Giants and Tiny Dwarfs Bay of Islands Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 149.87


During this tour you will experience an encounter with mighty prehistoric giants that only a couple of centuries ago dominated the vast forests of the North Island of New Zealand. <br />You will see amazing Kauri – our bewitching giants...<br />... and tiny and defenseless glow warms which bring to the darkness of the underground caves a mysterious bluish glow of an endless starry... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Half-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 140.87


See Bay of Islands your way, on a private sightseeing tour of the region's major attractions and highlights. Your personalized half-day tour starts with private pickup from your hotel, sea landing or Paihia i-SITE. What could be a better way to discover this astonishing place’ <br />You will learn a lot about the Bay, its surroundings and the whole of New Zealand.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 187.33


Discover the natural wonders of the Bay of Islands on a private 6-hour tour customised to your preferences. Learn the history of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds; embark on a scenic hike to Rainbow Falls; spot whales and dolphins along the coast; or take in regional highlights such as Wharepuke Falls, Rewa's Village, and the Stone Store and Kemp House. Hotel pickup and drop-off is... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 187.33


This private full-day, Bay of Islands Sightseeing tour is specially designed to show you all the highlights of this brilliant place. You will be shown around the area as well as seeing all the fabulous wineries and foodie places the Bay of Islands has on offer. This tour is for... Read More

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Sailing Trips

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing Experience

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 48.71


If you are short of time but still want a special tall ship experience, why not jump on this wonderful Late Afternoon Cruise’ Operating on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, this short 2-hour experience offers a gentle sail in the inner bay. Light finger food is included and a cash bar is available. Includes return ferry transfers to Russell if required.

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Sailing Trips & Boat Tours

Bay of Islands: Full-Day Tall Ship Sailing Excursion

Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 110.90


Sail on a tall ship in the Bay of Islands on this full-day schooner adventure. Do as much or as little as you like while on board. Help hoist the sails, climb the rigging, take the helm, go for a swim, and enjoy a morning cream tea and a tasty BBQ lunch.

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