A short 1-2 minute stroll (100 metres) from the Abel Tasman Lodge,
along Paihia's picturesque waterfront, will take you to Paihia's
main wharf where all of the Bay of Islands fishing charters and
Island cruises depart daily. This is also where you will find
Paihia's central township (Williams Rd) where you can meander
through the many craft and souvenir shops, and then take a leisurely
break at one of the local cafes and restaurants. Paihia also offers
a full range of supporting services, including banks, medical and
You can relax and swim at the beach across the road from the Lodge
while you keep an eye out for the dolphins that are sometimes seen
offshore playing in the Bay. For a change of scene, you can take a
leisurely 1-2 minute stroll around The Bluff to the left and you
will discover that there is another wonderful large beach for you to
enjoy. If you have children, there is a large children's playground
located on the grassed beach reserve. This beach is also ideal for
swimming and relaxing while you enjoy the scenic beauty of the Bay
of Islands. For the more active and adventurous, at this location
during the summer months, you can usually hire a Jet Ski or a Kayak
so that you can get out on the water and enjoy!
How to get here
Paihia, Bay of Islands is approximately 240 klm north of Auckland.
You have three choices of travel as follows:
Paihia, Bay of Islands, is only three and a quarter hours drive from
the Auckland Harbour Bridge via State Highway One (East Coast).
By coach / bus
Northliner Express or Intercity Coachlines operate daily express
coach services from Auckland central to Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Paihia's Bus Depot is conveniently located at Paihia's Wharf. It is
a short 1-3 minute level walk to the Abel Tasman Lodge or, if you
prefer, we would be very happy to arrange a free pick up from the
Air New Zealand Link operates daily flights from Auckland
International Airport to Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) Airport which is
located 25 klm from Paihia. The flight time is 40 minutes. A shuttle
service meets every incoming flight at Kerikeri and will bring you
to the Abel Tasman Lodge.