Escape to the 'Winterless North'  - catch an InterCity bus Auckland to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands. 

Buses depart daily from InterCity's SkyCity Terminal at 102 Hobson Street, Auckland City, and arrive at the Paihia Maritime Building right by the wharf. The bus journey takes approximately 4 hours, with stops along the way.

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About Paihia

The sunny holiday town of Paihia is the gateway to all things adventure in the Bay of Islands, making it a great base for visitors. With so many activity options, there is something for everyone’s taste and budget. These include cruises, water activities and historical sites.

Paihia's the perfect base to explore the whole Bay of Islands and Northland region. You can head out on a dolphin watching cruise and get up close and personal with marine wildlife, or take a day trip to Cape Reinga to drive along Ninety Mile Beach and watch the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide. Alternatively, catch the ferry across to Russell and explore this tranquil village, once notorious as the "Hell Hole of the Pacific". 

Paihia's compact, busy town centre and picturesque surroundings mean it's easy to explore the area by foot. Walking trails around the area lead to coastal vistas and rainforest-blanketed hills. 

Steeped in rich history, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Māori and the British Crown. Known as the birthplace of the nation, Waitangi is New Zealand's most important historic site. Just around the corner, a raised boardwalk over mangroves leads visitors to Haruru Falls, impressive horseshoe-shaped waterfalls. "Haruru" means loud or thundering noise and is the site of one of New Zealand's oldest river ports. 

Other activities to do while in Paihia include fishing, getting the heart racing at the nearby Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, or playing golf. Or if you're in the mood to relax and unwind, chill out on the beach with some locally-caught fish and chips and enjoy the view. Paihia hosts a great range of cafes and restaurants and for those who enjoy live music and bars, Kings Road is the place to be.

Bus Auckland to Paihia and the Bay of Islands with InterCity to enjoy the golden beaches and rich history of the Bay of Islands. Visit northland.nz to learn more about the Bay of Islands region.