11 days in Bay of Islands Itinerary

11 days in Bay of Islands Itinerary

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11 days in Bay of Islands Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Paihia
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Christchurch

10
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
You've now added R. Tucker Thompson to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Action World and The Strand Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Russell (Tapeka Point Track, Oneroa Bay, & more), Whangarei (Town Basin, Whangarei Falls, & more) and Matai Bay (in Karikari Peninsula). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia travel planner .

Christchurch to Paihia is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Whangarei, Kawakawa, Matai Bay
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R. Tucker Thompson ©
R. Tucker Thompson
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Oneroa Bay ©
Oneroa Bay

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