Image of Kayaks with life jackets at Haruru Falls campground in Paihia
Image of a boy holding a large fish he has caught in the Bay of Islands

Things to do in Paihia

The winterless north is the ultimate recreational playground with activities and attractions to suit all tastes. Whether you want to get out on the water and explore the many islands and bays with golden sand beaches and wild life aplenty, or fish our world famous waters for snapper, kingfish, marlin or tuna. There are plenty of things to do in Paihia

Our unspoilt forests, our history and culture, you can explore it by foot, car, bus or from the air!!

And it is all within 3-hours drive of Auckland, alternatively leave the car and you can fly up to Kerikeri where we can organise to pick you up.

We are the ultimate Paihia accommodation base and can book any activity for you or if you wish we can arrange a complete itinerary for your visit.

Paihia Activity Ideas

  • Waitangi Treaty House
  • Evening dinner cruises to the falls
  • Fishing charters
  • Cultural experiences
  • Sailing
  • Dolphin cruises
  • Golfing
  • Historic tours
  • Quad and horse back adventures
  • Coach tour to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach
  • Kauri forest trails
  • Museum trails
  • Winery trails
  • Cruises on the bay
  • Scenic flights
  • Diving – sky and sea!!
  • Parasailing
  • Kayaking - We have our own Kayaks both single and double available for hire.


Water Actvities

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua).

Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and tradition, on a full-day return tour from Paihia or Kerikeri. Experience the thrill of driving along 90 mile beach and sand boarding on the giant dunes


Water Actvities

Journey into a unique part of New Zealand, first discovered by Kupe the voyager. Visit the 2.8 million year old Wairere Boulders and the Waipoua Forest, and meet a national icon, the mighty kauri tree Tāne Mahuta on a full-day tour from Paihia. Enjoy a lunch stop at the picturesque Hokianga harbour.


Water Actvities

Take part in the Bay of Islands most famous cruise. The "Cream Trip" began in 1927 and remains a popular cruise with tourists today. You will have a full Day in the Bay including dolphin encounters and swimming (additional fees apply), discovering the Hole in the Rock, delivering mail, boom netting, Island stopover for lunch and learning the history of the Bay of Islands through informative and interactive commentary.


Water Activities

Get up close to view and swim with Dolphins in their natural environment in New Zealand's warmest waters. Travel on our purpose built 35 seat intimate vessel with an experienced passionate crew which will get you as close as possible to these amazing creatures. Swim is included and wetsuit, snorkel and mask are supplied. Terms and conditions do apply.


Water Activities

Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on Dolphin Seeker, our purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Cruise past many of the 144 islands and take in the sights of the Hole in the Rock and the rich history and scenery that makes up the bay of Islands. Island stopover included as well as a bonus free ferry ticket to extend your day, or grab a Double deal Hole in the Rock + Cape Reinga + Russell Passenger Ferry, explore the Bay by land and sea over two days, with a dolphin watching cruise and a trip to New Zealand's northernmost point, Cape Reinga.


Image of the GUNGHA 65' Go-Fast MAXI Yacht in the Bay of Islands

GUNGHA - Bay of Islands Sailing

Awesome day sailing on our 65' Go-Fast MAXI Yacht.


Image of snapper caught on a Spot-X fishing charter in the Bay of Islands

Spot-X Fishing

Fish Spot-X - Morning or afternoon fishing trips.


Image of Darryls Dinner Cruise near the Haruru Falls

Darryl's Dinner Cruise

Dine in Style on a 2 1/2 hr cruise up the Waitangi River.


Image of a Maori performer in the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Our Birthplace.


Image of Parasailing in the Bay of Islands

Flying Kiwi Parasail

NZ's Highest ParaSail - See the Bay from 1200ft - with optional simulated 'freefall'.



Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground
Address: 336 Puketona Road,
(corner of Puketona and Old Wharf Road)
Haruru Falls, Paihia,
Bay of Islands, New Zealand

+64 9 402 7816

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0800 111 090

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