Enjoy Paroa Bay beech – accessible by foot or vehicle. Take a picnic when the tide is high and enjoy views out to the Bay of Islands.
Paihia is the epicenter of the Bay of Islands it’s where most guided tours start from. At the northern end of Paihia is Te Tii Bay. Te Tii is sheltered and therefore generally calm, and suitable for swimming and fishing. It also has a children’s playground at one end, making it a popular spot for young families.
LONG BEACH (ONEROA) – RUSSELL
Long Beach Russell is well known for its safe swimming beach. Perfect for families. The Beach is quite long, representing the name. A round trip, walking end to end is around 30 minutes. A road runs along the shore line and you can park your car at any point along the beach.
TAPEKA BEACH – NEAR RUSSELL
The beach includes a public reserve under huge Norfolk Pines (planted in 1830’s), a boat ramp and diving pontoon. Orca whales and dolphins can often be spotted from the shore.
ELLIOT BAY – NEAR RUSSELL
Elliot Bay is a surf beach and is a little more rugged and exposed than the calmer Russell beaches listed above, but has beautiful white sand.
OKE BAY – CAPE BRETT PENINSULA
If you’re happy to walk a little, you’ll be rewarded with this seaside stunner.
Oke Bay is situated in an isolated part of the Cape, the perfect setting for a romantic sunset stroll and is a must visit for people who are fine with going off the beaten track a little.