Eat and Do in Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri


Rated by Lonely Planet (2019) as a top 10 destination in Asia Pacific, the Bay of Islands and all of Northland is a playground for sun lovers and thrill seekers.

These are some of the many options as a starting place for your activities – don’t miss these opportunities!

Bay of Islands Tours

Tour the Bay with the professionals

Urupukapuka Island Stopover

40 min shuttle ferry from Paihia to Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island

Edge Fishing Charters

Private charter fishing trips from Paihia or Russell Wharf

Waitangi Golf

18 hole links course

Waipoua Forest

Tane Mahuta the tallest ‘Lord of the Forest’ kauri tree  north of Dargaville, West Coast

Cape Reinga Tour

Day tour via 90 mile beach

Bay of Islands Loop Walkway

Walk part of or all of the Paihia to Russell inner Bay loop from 1 up to 8 hours

Salt Air Helicopters

Scenic helicopter flights – from beside the Paihia Wharf

Mountain Biking

World class mountain bike park – Paihia

Flying Kiwi Parasail

From the Paihia wharf at over 1,000 ft is New Zealand’s highest

Carino Wildlife Cruises

Stunning scenery and wildlife on board a 50 foot day sailing catamaran

Kerikeri Mission

Heritage site. NZ’s oldest house

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Cultural tours and museum in Waitangi

Kawiti Glow Worms

Guided walks through glow worm caves near Kawakawa

Vintage Railway

Vintage railway – Kawakawa

Te Hononga - Kawakawa

Visit the work of Hundertwasser 

Rainbow Falls

Just out of Kerikeri an easy walk

Go to the Movies

Boutique cinema in Kerikeri – latest films

The Gallery and Café

Totally unique and well worth the visit to Helena Bay Hill

A Perfect Day

Poor Knights Islands visit with snorkelling – Tutukaka

Opononi Sand Dunes

Sand dune down to the water – Hokianga Harbour on the West Coast


There are many fine restaurants in the main Bay of Islands townships of Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri and here are just a few recommended choices you can try during your stay.

Alfresco's Paihia

Casual dining in Paihia

Charlotte's Kitchen

Classy dining on Paihia wharf

Darryl's Dinner Cruise

Floating gastro BBQ cruise on the Bay – Paihia

Glasshouse Restaurant

Exquisite cuisine in Paihia

Greens Paihia

Authentic Indian and Thai food, also in Russell

Just Fish 'n Chips

Specialst fish and chips – Paihia

Zane Greys Paihia

Relax with dinner and drinks beside the Paihia waterfront

Duke of Marlborough

The oldest licensed hotel in New Zealand with a glorious bay view – Russell

Gables Restaurant

Absolute waterfront Russell

Sage Restaurant

Supreme outdoor/indoor dining above Paroa Bay, Russell

Ake Ake Vineyard

Vineyard / restaurant in Kerikeri

Marsden Estate

Vineyard and fine dining in Kerikeri

Cafe Cinema Kerikeri

Casual lunch and dinners.  Check out the Movie Meal Deals

Mangonui Fish Shop

‘World famous’ fish and chips over the water, Mangonui