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Bay of Islands Activities, Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

When staying at Bay Cabinz Motel you are only 300m from the Paihia wharf which is the main departure point for all tours, cruises and activities in the Bay of Islands.

The Bay of Islands is a truly beautiful sub-tropical playground with a diverse, rich variety of experiences there for the picking. Whether it be a nature based or action packed experience you are looking for, we are happy to share our local knowledge and offer a FREE booking and ticketing service.

Book for our Special Events!

Waitangi Mountain Bike Park - NOW OPEN -

Visit the new "Waitangi Museum"

Paihia Farmers Market - Paihia Village Green every Thursday 2 - 5.30pm


Hiking, Walking & Cycling

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Our Personal Favourite's

Pleasure sailing and recreational fishing

Ken enjoys:

  • Golf at Waitangi 
  • Recreational fishing - mainly Snapper & Kingfish
  • Pleasure Sailing around the 144 islands the Bay has to offer
  • Playing snooker at the adjacent Paihia Ex-Servicemens Club
  • Stroll across the road & dine at the Clubs popular Legends Restaurant
  • Digging Pipi (shellfish) at the local Te Haumi Beach
  • Mussel (shellfish) gathering off the Black Rocks out in the Bay
  • Coffee & a stroll along the Opua Marina rths at Opua
Kayaking in the mangrove forest up the Waitangi River

Ali enjoys:

  • Regular walks - the promenade footpath to the Waitangi lookout is a favourite - 8km return
  • Recreational Fishing - Kingfish being the favorite
  • Kayaking in the mangrove forest up the Waitangi River
  • Soaking at Ngawha Hot Springs - natural mineral springs renowned for their therapeutic & healing properties
  • Lunching at Whare Waka Cafe - next to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with views to Russell
  • Beachcombing and shell collecting
  • My nature based "Hot Tip" is a visit to the Kawiti Glow Worm & Limestone Caves which ends in a short bush walk through a natural corridor of native ferns, shrubs & trees
Relaxing at the beach

For the rest of the family:

  • Tobogganing down the giant sand dunes around northland
  • Parasailing - soaring high above the Bay of Islands with the Flying Kiwi
  • Exploring on Urupukapuka Islands with Explore NZ water taxi
  • Sailing on Barefoot - enjoying island stopovers & the snorkelling trail
  • Day hike to Opua on the coastal walking track with friends
  • Cruising the bay - half or full day
  • The highest tandem sky dive in the Bay
  • Stargazing on Dark Sky nights
  • Cycling for leisure on our new Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail
  • Experiencing the new "Waitangi Mountain Bike Park"
  • The most favourite pastime of all is "hanging" at the beach



Things to do...

  • Famous "Hole in the Rock" Bay of Islands cruises
  • 4WD Bus tours to Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach (daily pick up from motel)
  • Sailing - Catamaran & mono hull options
  • Kayaking & Swimming
  • Waka (Maori canoe) trips
  • Fishing - light or heavy tackle
  • Parasailing & Sky Diving
  • Scenic & Charter flights
  • Horse trekking & Hiking
  • Diving - Rainbow Warrior & HMNZS Canterbury
  • Historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds (Culture & Heritage)
  • Ferry boats to Romantic Russell (NZ first Capital)
  • Waitangi & other fabulous scenic Golf Courses
  • Bush, forest & coastal walking tracks
  • Art & craft trails
  • Wineries & fresh food experiences
  • Stargazing, Bird Watching
  • Cycle trails & cycling for leisure

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