Best Adventurous Things to Do in Paihia

THE 10 BEST Adventurous Things to Do in Paihia

Best Adventurous Things to Do in Paihia

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  • Matt
    Taupo, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend. Great time on the water seeing the bay, on a character sailing ship, felt like a pirate! 🤣 Oh, arrrrgh…
    Crew great, service great, very cool. Would definitely do it again.
    Cheers!🍻
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • Ri R
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super experience. Would recommend everyone to do this. Very friendly staff, they explain everything in detail.
    On their suggestion we changed our jumping height and THANK GOD we did that.
    Definitely go for it.
    (I went much before 2023- I did not have the option to select the dates.)
    Written 8 April 2024
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  • Travel28903861345
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Undertook this Salt Air Cape Reinga Half Day Tour from Paihai on 25 March 2024
    Driven to Kerikeri airport in minivan, by a great driver - Jim.
    At the airport we met our pilot for the trip – Johnathon.
    OK, I admit it, to me (in my old age) Johnathon looked way too young to be in charge of flying anything other than a kite…..!!
    Oh boy, was I wrong.
    This young man is a magician with an airplane.
    He skillfully feathered our little plane up - firstly on a paved runway, then up and down upon a grass runway (which wasn’t flat!) and down upon a grass runway which was flat.
    As we flew north, Johnathon piloted the plane to show us the myriad number of bays, scattered townships, farming lands, beaches (including the ‘ninety-mile beach’ (which, chuckle, is really only about 35 miles long!) plantations, the hills and flatlands.
    At one stage we viewed a pod of Dolphins leaping with joyful abandon, relatively close to a deserted shore.
    When flight came close to Cape Reinga, plane was abandoned for a minibus. Johnathon, with same skill shown during flight, drove us to Cape Reinga, then Tatouhou Bay, (where he delighted us with picnic of hot cuppa and muffin) then took us to Te Paki Sand Dunes, before driving us back to plane and undertaking the return flight to Kerikeri Airport - where once again the excellent driving skills of Jim delivered us back to Paihia.
    Johnathon wasn’t just “pilot for the day”. To me, forevermore, he will be the “one in a million” pilot. His skill set is incredible.
    The day was fabulous.
    One cannot go to NZ without:
    • Going to Cape Reinga to view the meeting of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean and to watch their waters mingling,
    • Marveling at the tenacity of the Mauri sacred tree,
    • Walking around the Cape Reinga Lighthouse and its attendant Signpost.
    This tour is most definitely not to be missed.
    It was the highlight of my comprehensive tour of NZ from Stewart Island in the South, to Bay of Islands in the North. Toe to tip of NZ.
    Go for it. You will not regret it.
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • Dave W
    San Diego, CA47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great set of dives in a fantastic location. Did two dives, the first on the Rainbow Warrior wreck, the second in a nearby reef. Even with a bit of chop on the surface the visibility was good, with both sites offering plenty to see. The crew was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, with the dive master (Craig) providing a thorough dive briefing prior to both dives. I would note that this is a relatively deep dive (as mentioned in Pahia’s description of the site), so if you are uncertain about your skill level you should speak with the dive shop folks before signing up. Also, as space is limited on the dive boat, you will only be able to bring the minimum essentials with you and I would highly recommend bringing water, as they didn’t supply any.

    If you are in the area and looking for a great diving experience I would highly recommend going out with the folks at the Pahia Dive Shop.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Tha W
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I booked this on a whim after reading about it in the lonely planet (I know right, retro AF) for the next day. There is something truly blissful about this wee trip out into the most gorgeous part of NZ I've seen so far. I think that the price range leaves you with a lush group of people as opposed to those who might be more used to chartering boats for weeks at a time and this led to a lovely mix on board. I was travelling on my own and was a little worried that it was mainly families but that was brand. The team are super attentive and chatty throughout. The activities are all super accessible and fun. The wine is cheap! Food was great and plentiful. But the relaxed atmosphere makes it in my opinion and I came off feeling so chilled. Might have to apply for a job! Thanks everyone
    Written 15 December 2023
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  • Resort17559929627
    St Helens, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant ride better than an open top bus to see the sights
    The driver was great and very knowledgeable and we felt safe on the bike
    Written 19 February 2024
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  • whliu2001
    San Francisco, CA194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did the parasailing for the first time with these guys. Excellent customer service and great experience. The view from the top is wowing.
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • Ryan E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Booked this tour as part of our New Zealand cruise from Australia. We had a blast! Rich was professional and very informative of the islands and their history. Even with the weather being a bit rough on the water and rain, we still had the best time creating some awesome memories. Rich made it very entertaining and would check to make sure everyone was ok to continue. We even got a bit of bonus extra time touring the islands. Highly recommend this company and we will definitely do this again when we go back to bay of Islands.
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • bmoulin64
    Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thanks so much for this wonderful day. Thanks also for the pictures you sent us. It was fantastic, a very small group, interesting explanations regarding the marine life, history of bay of islands, snorkeling was so great, a lot of fish, excellent material for snorkeling, feedind the fish under water, visiting a sort of cave. This couple is really so kind and having a high level of knowledge regarding the fish, shells, and history of the region. I recommand them absolutely, the best snorkeling activity we have done in New Zeland.
    Pierre and Brenda from France
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • Matt
    Taupo, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun, awesome crew on the boat and in office, laid back and fun, yet professional and felt totally safe at all times. Elliot was the man, he needs a pay rise… 👍😁
    Written 25 January 2024
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  • JoR
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I rented a kayak in Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island for 3 hours and had a glorious afternoon paddling around some of the island bays. It's a beautiful island to visit and being out on the water is great way to explore it.
    Written 18 May 2023
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  • Ross A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pleasant morning spent fishing with Captain Rick and his able sidekick Simon.
    Crew were very professional and helpful, and a fun morning was had by all.
    Plenty of pinky snapper were caught including a few keepers and everyone went home with a feed.
    Written 28 March 2024
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  • Taz
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had the best time. Crew where the best and went out their way to help. Highly recommend caught lots of fish . One of the better fishing charters we have done
    Written 27 February 2024
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