Anchorage Motel

The perfect place to anchor! Call 0800 505 100 2 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Suggested Activities

The Bay of Islands is the cultural hub and recreational Mecca of historic Northland. Cape Brett “Hole in the Rock” Cruises, swimming with dolphins, sailing, fishing & scenic flights all depart from Paihia wharf.

Our Tour Desk

Get the most out of your stay. Our friendly team offers local knowledge and a free booking service to individually advise and arrange a fantastic holiday experience.

Opua Coastal Walk

Opua Coastal Walk

Anchorage Motel is situated at the start of the Opua Coastal Walk. The walk follows the coast round past Mangrove estuaries ending at Opua. You will be treated to wonderful views of the bay along the way.

Length: 5 km
Time: 2.5 hrs

Ask at our tour desk for further information.

Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Explore the history of New Zealand’s earliest European and Māori settlements on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail – Pou Herenga Tai. The trail travels between the picturesque Hokianga Harbour and the beautiful Bay of Islands. You can cycle as much or as little as you choose with the trails suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

Hole in the rock cruise

Hole in the Rock Cruise

Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the stunning Motukokako Island, home of the majestic Hole in the Rock. As we venture into the dramatic Hole in the Rock (conditions permitting) as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you.

Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins along the way.

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Sailing Dolphins

Swim with the Dolphins

Cruise the scenic picturesque islands searching for dolphins, whales and other marine life. Full commentary from knowledgeable skippers.

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If you would like a more intimate experience you can choose to sail and swim with the dolphins on the family owned Carino Catamaran.

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Fishing Charters



Fishing Charters

Make the most of your time at the Bay of Islands and catch a fish! Whether your a seasoned fisher or a complete novice its a great day out. Check at reception for options available whether it be snapper, kingfish or marlin.


Waitangi Golf Course

Waitangi Golf Club

The Waitangi Course not only provides an exciting and ever changing challenge to the golfer but also the most tremendous panorama of sea and island views.

  • 18 hole course with panoramic views of the Bay and surrounding area
  • Only 3 kilometres from the centre of Paihia
  • Golf Professional on site with a fully equipped Pro Shop
  • Clubs, Trundlers and Carts available for hire

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Treaty Grounds where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown – the Treaty of Waitangi. View the magnificently carved meeting house and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Enjoy strolling through one of New Zealand’s great beauty spots with its panoramic views of the Bay of Islands.

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Cape Reinga Coach Tour

Cape Reinga – Coach Tour

Journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua) and along the way, uncover a region rich is Maori Culture and tradition. Travel Ninety Mile Beach. Climb massive sand dunes to experience the thrills of sand boarding. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views at the light house and see where the Tasman and Pacific Oceans met.


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