The Bay of Islands is known in New Zealand as being the paradise region where you can visit little beaches, eat ice ream, sunbathe, see dolphins and go cruising around the islands. A lot of people say in summer it is like heaven of earth! It is a subtropical micro-region known for it’s stunning beauty and history and it’s paradise for those that love beaches and water activities. The area encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique of towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.
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However the day we descended on Paihia and the Bay Of Islands the weather wasn’t so kind to us and it certainly did not feel like much of a beach holiday because of the time of year we decided to visit. However, we only had 24 hours and it was basically down to luck as you can never judge the weather here in spring. So we decided to explore nonetheless and I’ve listed some ‘things to do’ whilst your are in town and what we managed to see in 24 hours.
Paihia is a small town north of Auckland and South of Cape Reinga and sits just in the middle of the northern tip of the north island of New Zealand. It’s made up of one shopping street, a waterside street and lots of palm trees and beaches.
Hire a boat or take a trip
Just north of Russell you’ll enter a maritime adventure playground with an abundance of wild file including dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and much more.
Many of the islands and regional areas have walking tracks that take you along side some of the most beautiful scenery you will see whilst you are in New Zealand.
Take a stroll and for a walk around the marina. There are little gift shops, an information building, a few restaurants and a little jetty where you can grab a boat from. In the midst of summer I bet it’s gorgeous to sit and relax near the water!
This is probably the best place to take a dolphin tour after Kaikoura if you didn’t get a chance there and I have been told it’s a great afternoon trip. There are two companies that do Dolphin discovery tours in the bay but the name of them slips my mind.
Pretty explanatory, hire a kayak and take to the waters by yourself. Explore the beaches and islands in an afternoon and if the weather is good, you are in for a treat!
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
The Maori culture is really treasured in New Zealand and it plays a big part of the country’s heritage. The treaty grounds are where the English originally signed a peace treaty with the New Zealand tribes, the Maori. The grounds are situated on a little island just off the main town of Paihia which you can access easily by boat.
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