When tourists visit the Bay of Islands for the first time, they often ask whether it’s better to stay in Kerikeri or Paihia. The answer is quality versus vibrancy. Depending on the type of attractions which interest you, Kerikeri offers fine food and is known for its historic sites, arts and crafts, while Paihia is by the sea and more geared towards fast sports and tourism.
At ABC Shuttles and Tours, we believe that you shouldn’t need to choose. With us, wherever you stay during your Bay of Islands holiday, you can easily book a private day tour to Kerikeri or Paihia and make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the renowned attractions which the towns have to offer.
Enhance Your Holiday with a Private Day tour to Kerikeri
On the Northern Shore of the Bay of Islands, Kerikeri is home to one of New Zealand’s most charming historic sites. The town is steeped in history; Parrot Place is close by the oldest building in New Zealand – the Stone Store – and Kerikeri Mission House. If arts and culture fascinate you, there’s plenty to explore from the Chris Booth Sculptures to year-round craft markets. For those who appreciate nature, Kerikeri is surrounded by stunning landscapes which include the Kauri Forest and Rainbow Falls. ABC Shuttles and Tours offer package tours from two to four and a half hours, taking in the best of Kerikeri and we can effortlessly arrange a private tour from Paihia if you are staying there and would like to explore the town.
What to See and Do When Visiting Paihia
If you enjoy being active on your holiday, Paihia is the ideal destination for you. You can swim with dolphins, participate in water sports, walk on the beaches, go on a cruise and much more. Paihia is known for its nightlife and for having the a great selection of shops in the Bay of Islands. No wonder Paihia is called the Jewel of the Bay Islands. If you prefer to take things at a more leisurely pace on your holiday, why not book a private tour in Paihia and travel in an airconditioned ABC Shuttles and Tours mini bus to take in the sights? Our day tours include attractions such as the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves and the world-famous Hundertwasser Toilets, and if you would like to explore further afield, there’s the Waitangi Lookout and Makana Chocolate factory.
You Can Have the Best of Both at an Affordable Rate
Starting at only $50 per person for a minimum of two persons, you can book an ABC Shuttles and Tours private day tour to Paihia or Kerikeri and travel in luxury in an airconditioned mini bus while you take in all the Bay of Islands has to offer. Our qualified tour operators are friendly and will make sure that you enjoy a carefree tour. If you aren’t familiar with the area, a package tour is an ideal way to discover the highlights, but if you have your own itinerary with specific destinations in mind, call us on 64 (0) 22 025 0800 to book a custom tour.