Three days is just long enough to get a taste of some of the top sights and activities in the Bay of Islands that showcases nature, some history, and a splash of outdoor adventure.
Paihia is the perfect place to get amongst it in the Bay – whether you’re a single backpacker or part of a large family group. Here are some tips on how to make the most of it.
We’re sitting in the front row of the whare runanga at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The Treaty itself was signed just outside. A small concert group puts on a daily half-hour show celebrating Maori culture, music and history.
On the way out to Moturua Island, our guide pointed out a spectacular mansion on the sprawling hillsides of Russell.
As New Zealanders, we are awkward enough about our own history, let alone explaining the complexity of it to foreigners. With overseas tourists flooding into Paihia and the incomparably beautiful Bay of Islands, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds may well be the perfect place to start that conversation.