Paihia Holiday Activities for you to explore
There are plenty of free, and reasonably priced, activities available in the Bay of Islands that you can enjoy when staying at the Pearl of the Bay Motel. Te Haumi beach is 200m away and Paihia town only 1.2km, a pleasant walk or very short drive. Waitangi is 5 minutes away by car (small entry fee).
There is so much to see and do here – make sure you book for more than one night. We are happy to advise you on local information and help organise your tours.
The Bay of Islands offers a wide range of activities for every age and interest.
Here are some of the free activities we would suggest during your stay:
- Waitangi Treaty Grounds (small fee now for Kiwis)
- Haruru Falls & native bush walkways
- Explore historic Russell (passenger or car ferry charges to get there only)
- Kerikeri – Rainbow Falls, Puketi Forest, wine tasting and watching chocolate being made at Makana Connfections…
- Lots of different beaches and coastal walkways nearby – see below
- Wander along Paihia waterfront and soak up the views
- Vintage railway at Kawakawa (small charge to ride the train)
- Hundertwasser toilets (Kawakawa)
- Northern cycleway from Kaikohe to Oheawhai (35 mins from Paihia)
There are also plenty of entertaining paid activities in the Bay of Islands which you can treat yourself to including: Bay of Islands Cruises (Hole in the Rock, Swimming with Dolphins, Dolphin Watching, Tall Ship Cruises, Charter Yachts), Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach day tours (pick-up from the motel), Maori cultural performances, Deep-sea fishing charters, Golf (Waitangi Golf Course is a 5-minute drive away), Adventure park and mini golf, Paihia shops, cafes and restaurants and Kawiti glow worm caves.
At Waitangi – Haruru Falls Mangrove Walk 2 hours one way.
From the Treaty Grounds, follow an easy gravel track, which passes over a mangrove boardwalk and then follows the Waitangi River to Haruru Falls. Enjoy the walk where you might be able to view nesting cormorants and enjoy the tranquility.
Paihia – Opua Coastal Walk 2 hours one way
Walk down to Te Haumi beach 200m from our motel. The walkway then continues from the northern side of the bridge over the Te Haumi river. The track then winds its way up and down the slopes of the cliff overlooking the water, over a mangrove boardwalk and onto Opua. Great scenery and plenty of resting places available. This picture was taken when I did the walk.
Paihia Lookout Track 30 mins one way
A pleasant walk through regenerating forest to a lookout over the bay.
Access to the track is via School Road, 700 metres from the centre of Paihia.
Can join Oromahoe Road Traverse (a further 2 hours).
Oromahoe Road Traverse 2.5 hours one way
The track follows a ridgeline through regenerating hardwood/podocarp forest, linking Oromahoe Road with School Road, near Paihia. Forest and sea views.
Harrison Scenic Reserve Walk 30 mins one way
This walk travels through some of the best coastal forest in the Bay of Islands. Magnificent Kohekohe and Purriri provide the canopy to a shady and pleasant walk. It is accessible via the coastal walkway at Cherry Bay or from Broadview Road, Opua.
Paihia Tours & Cruises
There are plenty of activities to keep you busy in the Bay of Islands including: Bay of Islands Cruises (Hole in the Rock, Swimming with Dolphins, Dolphin Watching, Tall Ship Cruises, Charter Yachts), Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach day tours (pick-up from the motel), Maori cultural performances, Deep-sea fishing charters, Golf (Waitangi Golf Course is a 5-minute drive away), Adventure park and mini golf, Paihia shops, cafes and restaurants and Kawiti glow worm caves. For a full range of free activities on offer click here.
Fly buys are now available on all direct accommodation, booked and paid for through Pearl of the Bay Motel.