Welcome to our beautiful part of the world! Discover why our lodge is perfectly positioned to explore the best of the Bay of Islands. Known for being the gateway to the far north and the Bay of Islands, there is plenty to discover in friendly Paihia.
Enjoy a bite to eat at one of the cafes featuring local fare, or toast to your travels at a waterfront bar, parasail above the Bay, or kayak to a waterfall. Quite possibly the most Kiwi thing you can do here is grab a feed of fish and chips and/or an ice-cream and enjoy it beneath a pohutukawa tree on the waterfront (or, if it’s raining, in our lodge with views to the water!).
Bay of Islands
There are 144 islands in this Bay, and while you may not have time to explore all of them, you should definitely aim to get on – or in – the water and discover the marine wonders of this area. Snorkel the shallows, dive some world-class sites, sail a tall ship, encounter dolphins or perhaps sight some migratory orca on a wilderness cruise which may include seeing the famous Hole in the Rock.
Known as the birthplace of New Zealand, Waitangi is where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Māori chiefs and the British Crown. The museum is excellent and a guided tour of the Treaty Grounds will give everyone a better understanding of modern Aotearoa/New Zealand. Waitangi an easy 45-minute walk from the lodge, just turn left, cross the road and follow the beach and coastline. Set aside at least two hours to explore the museum and the Grounds.
To the north-west, Kerikeri is known for oranges, vineyards and chocolate – definitely worth a visit! Our lodge staff can recommend tours to explore the far north including Cape Reinga – the very top of the North Island – and Ninety Mile Beach.