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Where to stay in the Bay of Islands, what area?

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Where to stay in the Bay of Islands, what area?

I am interested in where to stay in the Bay of Islands. Although specific lodging establishments are appreciated, and I know I will find many good suggestions on this forum, but specifically, I am looking for what areas should I focus on, what town or city, region, etc. Thank you.

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1. Re: Where to stay in the Bay of Islands, what area?

Russell if you have your own transport and want quiet , quaint village type atmosphere. Paihia if you want more action. They are across the harbour from each other and all water based tours leave from both towns. Although it's only a 10 minute ride on the fast ferry(passenger) from Russell if you're catching any bus tours from Paihia.

If you intend exploring more of Northland and the Far North by car while based in one of these towns then Paihia would be better (you don't have to catch the car ferry each outing)

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2. Re: Where to stay in the Bay of Islands, what area?

Hi swdke,

How many people are you travelling with?

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3. Re: Where to stay in the Bay of Islands, what area?

There will just be two of us traveling.

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4. Re: Where to stay in the Bay of Islands, what area?

My husband & I really enjoyed our stay at the Top of the Bay in Pahia. Here's the website: http://www.topofthebay.co.nz/

Your hosts, David & Jean are really lovely people.

Happy planning & happy travels.

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5. Re: Where to stay in the Bay of Islands, what area?

Thank you for your referral to Top of the Bay. May I ask what you did during your stay, what trips and tours did you take, places you visited, and any recommendations for what to do? Thank you.

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6. Re: Where to stay in the Bay of Islands, what area?

Based on David's recommendations we did the following:

We took an exciting boat ride out to the "Hole in the Rock". If my memory serves me right I think the company's name was Mac Attack.

We also did a tandem parasail (1200 ft up) that was a lot of fun. Check out this website: http://www.parasail-nz.co.nz/

Then we spent a lovely, educational, & fun-filled day tour up to Cape Reinga with Dune Rider. Here's their website: http://www.dunerider.co.nz/

On our own we did a self-paced walking tour of the Waitangi Treaty grounds that was phenomenal. Check out this website: http://www.waitangi.net.nz/

I hope this helps!

Good luck:o)

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7. Re: Where to stay in the Bay of Islands, what area?

Here is another helpful website:

http://www.paihia.com/index.htm

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