"Going to the Bay of Islands !" Top 5 Page for this destination Paihia by dragontml

Paihia Travel Guide: 124 reviews and 295 photos

The 'Bay of Islands' was how Captain James Cook described the area two centuries ago, and the simplicity of his name masks the diversity of its charm. Site of New Zealand's first European settlement and about 150 scattered islands off the North Island.

It is an area where the sea has invaded and drowned a number of river valleys. Its sheltered waters offer some of the finest boating and fishing to be found anywhere, and the menus of local restaurants reflect the abundance of marine life in the Bay.

The village of Waitangi (not to be confused with the town on the Chatham Islands) has a carved Maori meeting lodge, a shipwreck museum, the world's largest war canoe (made from the trunks of two kauri trees) and Treaty House, where the British and Maoris signed a peace treaty in 1840, creating the modern state of New Zealand.

I had a few days left in NZ before my returning flight home and so I decided to book myself with the Magic Bus to the Bay of Islands. No regrets. Was brilliant trip and our bus driver made sure we had a good trip ! TQ.

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  • Pros:a lovely tourist resort in the famous Bay of Islands
  • In a nutshell:Pronounced as ' Py-he-a '
  • Last visit to Paihia: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 18, 2004
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  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    Great photos! Looking forward to being there in a couple of months.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:15 PM

    Nice stuff, thanks for sharing.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2007 at 4:22 AM

    What a location..... The only Magic Bus I travelled on was from Athens to London in the 1970's. What a journey that was.........!!!!!!!

  • juliewong's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Gosh, I was hoping to make a trip to bay of islands one day, reading your page sort of motivated me to find out more...

  • allikat's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2005 at 4:45 PM

    Nice page, you obviously enjoyed your time here :o) I have been to see Tane Mohuta, the Kauri Tree, and was blown away by it's presence!

  • wcph's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2004 at 8:13 PM

    A well put together page with nice photos. The intro photo is beautiful.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2004 at 9:06 PM

    yep, great busride on the beach, never done that..must keep in mind ^..^ but I seen Tane Mahuta!! beautiful page, great infos too

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2004 at 7:49 PM

    An excellent presentation of Paihia. That's an outstanding photo of your (?) feet in sand/water! Sand tobagoning looks like fun. Come visit my pages.

  • Audrey118's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2004 at 2:02 AM

    cool bus ride on the 90 mile beach....

  • l_joo's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2004 at 6:02 PM

    How come that bus drove into the long beach of Tohe? It looks like driving on the beach?


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