Anchorage Motel

The perfect place to anchor! Call (0204) 10 15 16 1 2 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

See & Do

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

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

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.

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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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Swim with dolphins in the Bay of Islands

Swim with the Dolphins

Dolphin Discoveries is a multi-award winning company, recognised for the commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism in the local community and New Zealand.

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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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Catch a fish in the Bay of Islands

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.

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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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Cultural Activities

Operating since 1995, Culture North is the most experienced Maori cultural tourism operator in the Bay of Islands. Experience the unique opportunity to interact with Maori as a living, vibrant culture.

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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

Excursions to Cape Reinga leave Paihia on a daily basis. You have options when choosing how to explore the Far North, by coach specifically designed to take you onto ninety mile beach and te paki stream, or a fly/drive option in either helicopter or plane.

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Cape Reinga – Adventure Tour

The Dune Rider adventure! A full day tour in our unique Dune Rider vehicle.

Let our drivers immerse you in the culture and history of the area, while taking in the amazing scenery. The best day adventure to the Far North.

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