Image of Kayaks and sail boats for hire on the beach in Paihia one of many Paihia activities
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Activities and Attractions in Paihia and Bay of Islands

Park your car and meander along to Paihia’s beach, restaurants and cafes from your quality accommodation at Admiral’s View Lodge & Motel. Tours pick up daily from the motel or you can walk 5 minutes to Paihia village and wharf. We have a complimentary Tour Booking Service available at Admiral’s View Lodge and are happy to arrange any Bay of Islands excursions or Cape Reinga/Ninety Mile Beach day tours for you.  

Paihia and the Bay of Islands offer a great many walks & adventures that are free.  Not all your activities need to be big ticket items.  The Pou Herenga Tai - twin coast cycle trail, Waitangi Mountain bike park, Paihia - Opua coastal walkway, beaches of all shapes & sizes are at your doorstep.  The friendly staff can help you enjoy your time in the Bay of Islands no matter what you budget size!


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Make the most of the late Northland summer with your family, cycle the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Trail.  Take in the breath-taking vistas of Ipipiri from high in the sky. 

Package includes:
two night’s accommodation in a two-bedroom family apartment,
trail & tunnel taster cycle experience incl standard bike hire and shuttle with Top Trail
two tandem parasails with Flying Kiwi Parasail

All this for only $978.00 for a family of 2 adults & 2 children (up to 14yrs).

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Image of a whare at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Bring your family on a diverse adventure, experience the stunning bay of islands from the water, surrounded by deep blue water, vivid green islands and wildlife with Carino wildlife cruises.  Explore the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Trail with a one day cycle experience, follow the discovery trail at the Waitangi Treaty grounds and learn about the birthplace of our nation. Enjoy fresh snapper & chips on the beach.

Package includes:
three night’s accommodation in a two-bedroom family apartment,
trail & tunnel taster cycle experience incl standard bike hire and shuttle with Top Trail
6hr Island and wildlife Cruise, inc bbq lunch on Carino Wildlife Cruises 
family pass to The Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Family meal - JFC Paihia

$1341.00 for a family of 2 adults & 2 children (up to 14yrs).

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Image of Paihia beach at sunset

Paihia Beach is a safe, sandy swimming beach (only 1 block from Admiral’s View Lodge) – also available at the beach are kayaks and bikes for hire, and parasailing. Bay Beach Hire can help you with all your hire needs.

Ferries depart regularly from Paihia Wharf (5 min walk from Admiral’s View Lodge) – explore historic Russell Village on foot, including Pompallier Mission House and Russell Museum.

During the summer take a ferry to Urupukapuka Island and enjoy the crystal clear waters of Otehei Bay.


Image of the Russell wharf in the Bay of Islands

A world class mountain bike park built by Southstar Trails (the same legends who built the Rotorua MTBP). The 73 km mountain bike park is in the Waitangi National Forest.  It boasts spectacular views across the bay and landmark trails. The park caters for all ages and experience levels, with a beginners level through to spine tingling advanced trails. A not-for-profit community initiative with a small entrance fee.

For more information on the park and how to ride it - 

On site Bike Rentals and shuttles available - Paihia Mountain Bikes: Rentals & Shuttles


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Paihia Village – a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. New Zealand arts and crafts, Bay of Islands Ice Cream, Post Office, pharmacy, bank and information centre.


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The Bay of Islands and Northland boost a number of golf courses from small country courses to world renown championship courses. No matter your skill level there will be a course to suit you, both keen golfers Craig and Penny are more than happy to help you choose.  Following are just two of the fantastic golf courses on our doorstep.

Waitangi Golf Course is a stunning 18-hole course with spectacular views over the Bay of Islands (5 min drive from Admiral’s View Lodge) – casual green fees, club hire and lessons available.

Kauri Cliffs Golf Course is a challenging par 72 championship golf course with ocean views from 15 holes. Ranked in the world top 100. PGA Tour star Brandt Snedeker called it "Pebble Beach on steroids" (45 min drive from Admiral's View Lodge).

View more golf courses at Northland NZ

Swim with the Dolphins:  
Go sailing:  
Tall Ship Sailing: 
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**some tours are not available in the winter months


Address: 2 MacMurray Road,
Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

+64 9 402 6236

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0800 247 234

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