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Paihia Travel Guide

Visitors to New Zealand will hear the Bay of Islands mentioned roughly every 5 minutes. The reason behind this is that it is one of New Zealand's most stunning areas and all visitors to the Bay of Islands come back raving about it. The Bay of Islands are are often described using the same phrases of idyllic, pretty and naturally beautiful thanks to the combination of rainforest, remote and pristine beaches, relaxed atmosphere, wildlife, adventure activities and fresh, sea air.

The Bay of Islands is famously the place where New Zealand was first found and named Aotearoa. Captain Cook arrived in 1769 on his rounds but it wasn't until a few years later in 1772 that the Bay of Islands became known for it's history. Marion de Fresne, a French navigator, arrived and tension grew between the Maori and European's resulting in plenty of blood shed.

Cape Reinga lighthouse

Want to visit the northernmost point of New Zealand? Join Great Sights New Zealand on their Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach Tour and experience it yourself.

During our three day trip with Stray to the beautiful Bay of Islands, we decided to visit New Zealands most Northern point as well. In the morning, the Great Sights New Zealand coach picked us up  in front of The Bay Adventurer Hostel in Paihia and promised us a day of good fun.


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otehei bay bay of islands

When I came to New Zealand, I found out that there are quite a few places where I could swim with dolphins. So straight away I put this on my 'New Zealand to do list' and always hoped I could make it come true. Last week, I did a three day trip to the Bay of Islands and on one of those days my dream came true. I booked a Bay of Islands Day Tour which included a Swim with Dolphins Cruise with Great Sights New Zealand!


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carinodolphinexperience

Swimming with dolphins, in fact with wild dolphins, is something many people dream of doing. I am one of the lucky ones who actually had this incredible experience a few days ago in the Bay of Islands with a small family owned business called Carino. I travelled up to the Bay of Islands specifically to go on a dolphin swimming trip, I wasn't even sure that I would see them (they are wild animals after all), but I was not disappointed.


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puhoi

Are you looking to get off the tourist trail and to have an experience in New Zealand that nobody else will have? Then this is the answer to your prayers. Puhoi is one of only two historic villages in New Zealand and is a small, quaint village with heaps of hidden secrets nestled away in the surrounding hills.


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waitangiintro

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are one of the most important places in New Zealand, can be found just 2km from Paihia in the Bay of Islands, and is often missed by many backpackers and visitors to the area. The Waitangi Treaty grounds is also one of the most picturesque historical sites you will ever visit.


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dune1

The Explore NZ Dune Rider experience to Cape Reinga is one of the biggest surprises I have come across in New Zealand. This is a gem of a trip and is what a full day trip should be. It has the obligatory early start complimented by the Kiwi Driver complete with cheesy jokes and up-beat banter. A shock for many at 7am but very welcome.


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disc

Any visitor to the Bay of Islands will have heard of a little thing called the hole in the rock and in order to see it you really need to get yourself on a boat and explore the bay complete with its 144 islands. Like all other visitors, our trip to the Bay of Islands was no different. We were staying in Paihia and we wanted to check out this hole in the rock which we did with Explore NZ on their Discover The Bay boat trip.


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