How does a weekend cruising the Bay sound?

Experience an unforgettable weekend in Paihia, from scenic walks to gourmet dining and wildlife cruises in the Bay of Islands.

Waterfront Lower - Break Water Motel Paihia

Day One: Friday

Haere Mai - Welcome

Upon arrival in Paihia on a Friday afternoon or evening, guests can check into the comfortable accommodations of the Breakwater Motel. Afterwards, they can head to the nearby Bay of Islands Swordfish Club for a delightful dinner experience. As the evening progresses, they can take a leisurely sunset walk along the Paihia Waterfront, relishing in the serene beauty of the community spaces and immersing themselves in the lively atmosphere.

D4 boat at the Hole in the Rock, Bay of islands
Salmon & Dill Terrine - Just Fish and Chips

Day Two: Saturday

Journey out into the Bay

Start your day by embracing the tranquillity of early morning and indulging in a freshly brewed coffee and delectable breakfast treat from Third Wheel Coffee Co. Embark on an adventure at 8:00 am with the Discover the Bay/Hole in the Rock cruise by Explore Bay of Islands, promising breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. Upon returning to Paihia, relish a delightful waterfront lunch at Charlotte’s Kitchen, savouring the coastal flavours amidst maritime surroundings. Spend your afternoon immersed in nature with a self-guided kayaking expedition, renting equipment from Moana Kayaks. Explore the myriad of coves, pristine beaches, and charming islands along Paihia’s picturesque waterfront at your own pace. As the evening sets in, continue your journey with a dinner at The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club, where you will mix and mingle with our fishing locals, complemented by stunning views, culminating a day filled with exploration, relaxation, and the ocean.

Carino Sailing and Dolphin Adventures

Day Three: Sunday

Search for dolphins!!

Embark on a delightful adventure with a Carino Island and Wildlife Day Cruise, setting sail from Paihia Wharf at 9:00 am and returning at 3:00 pm. Witness the beauty of the Bay as you spot dolphins, penguins, and seabirds thriving in their natural habitat. Make a stop at a pristine beach on a secluded island sanctuary, where you can spend an hour exploring, snorkelling, walking, or simply unwinding amidst the serene surroundings. After returning to Paihia Wharf, hop on the passenger ferry to Russell, a quaint township across the bay. Indulge in an early dinner and drinks at the Duke of Marlborough Restaurant, savouring the breathtaking vistas as dusk descends over Russell. Conclude the day with a return ferry ride to Paihia, bidding farewell to the Bay of Islands as you head back home, carrying cherished memories of a splendid weekend spent amidst nature.