Mayfair Lodge Backpackers is your home away from home. We are within 100 metres to Waitangi’s safe swimming beach in the Bay of Islands. Our accommodation is small, relaxed with a friendly atmosphere situated in peaceful Waitangi. Take a short 5 minute stroll around the bluff to Paihia to explore the many fun filled activities and bars on offer.
Enjoy all-weather outdoor living in Waitangi’s smallest and unique hostel. Our facility is very clean with plenty of small spaces to relax and unwind. We are next to the Bay of Islands only supermarket a short walk to bakeries, takeaways, Waitangi Treaty House, magical Waitangi Golf Course and many free walking tracks.
Bay Of Islands Water Activities
Paihia Dive is a family-run scuba diving operation situated in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. They have a strong team of passionate and experienced dive instructors who receive a consistently high level of great feedback.
Paihia Dive first opened its doors in August 1978 and has been providing dive trips in the Bay of Islands ever since.
Paihia Dive was right behind getting the Rainbow Warrior sunk at the Cavalli Islands and was present during the sinking at Matauri Bay. They have been running dive trips to the Rainbow Warrior since December 1987 and Craig has been diving it for 24 years. No one has done more dives on this wreck.
Paihia Dive was involved in the sinking of the Canterbury and has been diving this wreck ever since. Kelly Weeds the previous owner was on the committee responsible for the sinking. Paihia Dive is an official operator to the wreck.
Craig Johnston first became involved with Paihia Dive as a young lad buying his fishing gear for fishing on the Paihia wharf. He then learnt to dive with Paihia Dive in his early teens. Very soon after learning he started working at Paihia Dive filling Dive bottles and washing dive gear.
So if you want to know the best dive sites ask the team that has been doing it the longest. We dive more dive sites than anyone else in the Bay of Islands.
Paihia Dive is a Padi 5 Star Resort. We are dedicated to teaching in the Bay of Islands. Learn to dive with experienced instructors with small groups. We train all Padi courses from Open water to Dive Master.
The Rock Overnight Cruise
New Zealand's biggest houseboat! Originally The Rock was a car ferry running from Opua to Russell. Now she's the perfect base for you to fish, kayak, snorkel, explore the islands and make new friends.
The Rock is New Zealand’s biggest houseboat! She’s a stable, comfortable vessel over 27m long and 9m wide with a cruising speed of between 4-6 knots.
The Rock's size allows all the cabins to be situated upstairs with windows to take in the incredible views and balcony access to two quiet observation sun-decks. Our private cabins are generally booked months in advance, so some forward planning is a good idea. Shared cabins are a great option as they are spacious and affordable, plus there’s quite often a free spot if you haven’t booked ahead of time! All cabins have seaviews.
Downstairs has dining for up to 50 guests along with a spacious bar/lounge area with an open log fireplace, free pool table, complete stereo system and a piano and guitar.
There is an expansive rear deck for fishing, launching kayaks and swimming. The Rock carries a full complement of fishing gear, snorkelling equipment, kayaks, and a multi-purpose tender. We also have assorted sports equipment for beach volley ball and cricket!
She sleeps up to 36 guests:
Bay of Islands Kayaking
We offer guided SEA KAYAK and KAYAK FISHING TOURS based in Paihia, Northland, New Zealand. Also if you want to do it solo we can sort out Kayak Rentals or check out our Store to kit yourself out to start your own adventure.
Our Kayak tours start from a fun day tour to custom planned multi day tours in the upper North Island of NZ. Our mission is to offer you an unforgettable New Zealand experience and we know that its our guides that make this possible. They are the backbone to Bay of Islands Kayaking and are hand selected for their skills on the water and their great personalities. We pride ourselves on keeping group numbers small and personal so we can do what everyone wants ... keeping a smile on your dial!
Bay of Islands Boat Charter
Hire a boat for an unfortgettable cruise in the Bay of Islands. Enjoy a trip on Westerley II, for a day of spectacular scenery and superb fishing. Take the chance to explore the many islands whilst cruising through this magnificent stretch of safe water.
From Waitangi cruise the beautiful Bay of Islands safe waters, fish the Black Rocks, swim at Roberton Island, cruise to Cape Brett, dive the wreck of the frigate Canterbury in Deep Water Cove and visit Otahei Bay used by Zane Grey (the well known American western novel author) as his fishing base.
Relax on a quiet beach or just enjoy the scenery on your boat charter Bay of Islands New Zealand.
You can skipper Westerley II yourself, or engage one of our skippers as you boat, dive, fish or just relax in the beautiful Bay of Islands. You will feel at home aboard this 36 foot craft where you can fish, cook, eat, sleep, in comfort.
Tango Jet Ski Tours
What an exciting way to see the Magnificent Bay of Islands, not only do you get to see what the islands have to offer you also get the thrill of riding your own jet ski.
From island hopping to blasting through the famous hole in the rock. Enjoying a cold drink at an island café to snorkelling in crystal clear lagoons. Drop a line and feel the tug of catching your own fish. We can offer it all.
Add some Adventure to the day or vacation by ripping through the water on a jet ski. Show off your skills & get a rush jet skiing.
Experience the best of the Bay of Islands with a cruise and helicopter tour from Paihia. Hop aboard the sea shuttle for a scenic cruise out to the bay, and stop at a remote island to swim, snorkel or just relax. Then take to the skies with a helicopter tour over the islands, finishing on the mainland.
Discover the stunning beauty of the Bay of Islands with a scenic cruise and helicopter flight from Paihia. Cruise out into the bay by sea shuttle, which will take you to a remote island where you’ll be free to explore.
Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch as you will work up an appetite! You’ll have plenty of time to snorkel, swim in the clear waters, sun yourself on the beach or take a walk along one of the many island walking paths.
Later, board the sea shuttle and transfer to the helipad atop a large floating barge. Then take to the skies for breathtaking scenery, which includes bird’s-eye views of the islands and the Hole in the Rock, a famous natural formation only visible by sea or air, before returning to the mainland where your tour will finish.
All seats on board the helicopter provide spectacular views, and your pilot will provide commentary and point out the must-see sights.
Fullers- GREAT SIGHTS - Bay of Islands:
Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on Dolphin Seeker, our purpose built dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as we get you up close to the action from the comfort of Dolphin Seeker. Our catamaran is licensed by DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing.
Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock – hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the sheltered waters of the Bay and an island stopover at the historic Urapukapuka Island reserve.
Take time to relax on the beautiful sandy beach or broaden your experience of the Bay of Islands with a Te Rawhiti guided walk of the island. Learn about the spirit world of Maori, their values and way of life. Ask the crew for details on how to book this added experience.
Night Kayaking Cruises
We Cruise for around 40 minutes along our local island coastline & up a meandering river that in days gone by sailing ships used to load up Kauri Logs. Guests now transfer to kayaks so they can explore up close, paddle through mangrove forests or photograph a colony of sea birds that nest in trees hanging over the river, Then onto our final destination where a waterfall drops into the sea. At the waterfall the fun & adrenaline starts, even first timers can safely experience paddling in foaming white water & even under the waterfall itself!
The ‘Night Safari’ Cruise Itinerary is similar to the ‘Twilight Safari’ but has the added punch of white water kayaking in the dark under a spot lit waterfall or glowing sunset. The scenery is captivating & waterfall exhilarating at this time. Setting sun, millions of stars, rising moon, jumping fish, screeching Owls, Kiwi & other eerie calls all add to the experience. Sometimes on dark nights our kayak wakes & paddles drip & glow a iridescent green from millions of tiny “Sea Glow Worms” a bio luminescence that is activated from our kayak movement.
R. Tucker Thompson Day Sails
Regardless of age or ability, the R.Tucker Thompson has created memories and friends for thousands of travellers. And although the ship is the domain of the youngsters for much of the year, adults get the chance to join in during the New Zealand summer.
Our tourism sailings run from November until Easter, providing the chance for visitors to experience a working tall ship.
You don’t often get the opportunity to sail on a working tall ship, help set the sails or take the helm. But on the Tucker, you are welcome! We have harnesses if you want the challenge of climbing the rigging or climb out on the bowsprit and ride the waves. If you you’d like to relax, that’s fine too – enjoy the delicious food and chat with our friendly crew.
Profits made from tourism activities help us keep the ship in good condition as well as support our youth sail training programmes. We may not be the cheapest day tourism product in the Bay, but we think you’ll agree that it is good value… plus you are supporting a good cause!
Dive North - Kerikeri
Dave and Sue welcome you to Dive North, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Dive North has been operating in the Bay of Islands for 20 years, offering fantastic
diving opportunities for both Certified and entry level divers.Not only is the Bay of Islands home to two amazing wreck diving sites; the Rainbow Warrior and HMNZS Canterbury, but we also have hundreds of incredible reefs with countless aquatic species on our doorstep.
Dave and Sue are recognised for their great customer service and awesome dive trips and PADI training, so whether you're looking for a specialist dive on a pinnacle or intrigued to see what the underwater world has to offer – we are probably the Bay's best full service dive centre and charter operator.
Diving with Dive North is "sweet as"
Phantom Yacht Charters
We set sail at 10 am, from Russell. "We might see dolphins, penguins, gannets, shearwaters. We will definitely see some of the most fabulous scenery New Zealand has to offer."
Swim, or relax on board, or take a stroll when we reach our island; then enjoy a fantastic picnic lunch and good company.
The Bay of Islands is one of the world’s beautiful cruising grounds.
See it under sail, and get lost in the history. Imagine the whalers and the native canoes.
Both New Zealand licensed captains, Rick is an Auckland native who left New Zealand on his yacht, in 1974, and Robin was born and raised in New York City. She was a sailing instructor for WOMANSHIP, in the Caribbean, while sailing has been Rick’s life for the last thirty years – he has some great stories!
With over 25 years cruising, from Cape Horn to the Caribbean, over 100,000 sea miles, they invite you aboard their live-aboard home.
She's a Lady - Island Sailing Adventures
Experience a Day Sailing Adventure on She's A Lady and see for yourself why the Bay is one of the worlds premier cruising areas. Containing 144 islands, there are hundreds of bays and beaches just waiting to be explored.
A BIG DAY out with a SMALL personalised group. Enjoy the comforts on a yacht which spent many years cruising and chartering throughout the South Pacific. One of our main goals is to have happy guests and to experience a day you'll never forget.
As we explore the Bay you'll learn about the area's history, marine life and natural wonders. Dolphins, penguins and seabirds are frequently sighted while we sail.
You'll have heaps of time ashore to enjoy a fresh healthy lunch. Explore further in our innovative "see through bottom" kayaks or take a swim, try snorkelling, enjoy an island walk and check out the amazing views or just simply chill-out.