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Day 3 : Paihia to Kaitaia

Travel time is approximate only, based on an average driving speed under normal road conditions.

  Travel time Km (Miles)
Paihia - Kerikeri 0.5 hr 23 14
Kerikeri - Kaitaia 1.25 hrs 99 62
Totals for Day 1.75 hrs 122 76

Paihia - Kerikeri

Paihia - Kerikeri

23 km (14 miles)
Approximately 0.5 hour
Road Conditions: State Highway/Arterial

Paihia makes an excellent base for exploring the Bay of Islands. Catch a cruise to the outer islands or a ferry to the charming township of Russell. The historic Treaty House at Waitangi marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation.

Just beyond Paihia you'll have to chance to visit Haruru Falls. These falls tumble down in a perfect horseshoe. A walking track runs from the falls all the way to Waitangi and includes a board walk through mangrove forest.

The road leading into Kerikeri is bordered by orchards. Roadside stalls offer the chance to buy seasonal fruit. Look also for signs showing the way to artists' studios—resident potters and painters have given this district a creative personality.

Kerikeri is a town of things to do. You'll find galleries, cafes and vineyards, gourmet food shops, several golf courses and historic sites such as the Stone Store and the Mission House. There are superb bush walks in the area—Rainbow Falls is a perfect picnic spot.

Kerikeri - Kaitaia

Kerikeri - Kaitaia

99 km (62 miles)
Approximately 1.25 hours
Road Conditions: State Highway/Arterial

Kerikeri is a town of things to do. You'll find galleries, cafes and vineyards, gourmet food shops, golf courses and historic sites such as the Stone Store and the Mission House. There are superb bush walks in the area—Rainbow Falls is a perfect picnic spot.

Scenic side trips on the road to Kaitaia include Matauri Bay (the resting place of the Rainbow Warrior) and Tauranga Bay. Nearby Whangaroa Harbour is a game fishing mecca.

Further north, the beautiful beaches of Doubtless Bay will tempt you with white sand and crystal clear water. Sailing, sea kayaking, horse treks and golf are some of the other activities available in this district.

If you have time, make the trip to the Cape Reinga lighthouse—then you can say you've been to the very top of New Zealand.

Kaitaia is the main centre for the 'subtropical' north. From here you can catch a bus trip along Ninety Mile Beach. Other local attractions include the Far North Regional Museum and the nocturnal park.

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Paihia, Bay of Islands, Northland:
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Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, Northland:
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