Thoughts of Paihia and the Bay of Islands evoke images of golden sands, swimming in and sailing on pristine blue waters, and hey, perhaps a place to party under summer night skies.

And you won’t run out of things to do – most months, sometimes most weeks, and occasionally in summer most days, there’s an event of some sort or another taking place. The variety of water-based activities seems endless and includes paragliding high above the bay, jet-skiing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, boat trips, Cream Trip adventures and taking the passenger ferry across the bay to historic Russell, while increasing interest in walking and cycling has also seen those pastimes well provided for.

Paihia’s annual Mother’s Day walk/run to Waitangi and back – with 6 or 8km options depending on…

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