Day 2: Paihia

With more than 140 sub-tropical islands dotted around the coastline, how will you spend your day in the Bay?

Hitting the water is the best way to enjoy the coves and beaches of this corner of paradise, and the options are endless. Cruise through a natural rock archway, explore the ocean floor on a scuba mission, sail in search of the local dolphins, or snorkel your way around beautiful islands. Check out our optional activities for ideas or hit up your guide for inspiration.

For an epic day out, take a road trip to Cape Reinga – the northernmost tip of New Zealand – to see where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide. It’s an unforgettable sight.

You'll have the chance to hire a kayak, sail boat or stand-up paddleboard and check out the Bay of Islands from sea level. Whatever you choose, you’ll have epic stories to swap with your travel buddies tonight as the sun sets on an awesome day.

This evening hop on board a catamaran for an included Sundowner Cruise! Departing at 5pm you'll enjoy some smooth sailing aboard a catamaran and explore the inner bays of Paihia, Opua, Russel and Waitangi from a different perspective.


  • Breakfast
  • Bay of Islands Sundowner Cruise

Download the tour itinerary here