By plane, bus, car, boat or bike, come on over to the Bay of Islands!
- Public buses
arrive at the Maritime Building in the middle of Paihia.
- Passenger ferries to Russell
leave from the pier next to the Maritime Building a few times an hour. To drive to Russell you'd usually take the car ferry from Opua, a few minutes before Paihia. The car ferry takes a couple of minutes and leaves every fifteen, $20 return (car + driver), $2 per passenger return.
- Driving to the Bay of Islands
is an easy 3.5 hour drive from Auckland, through rolling hills and the occasional fish n chip shop. Follow State Highway 1 to Kawakawa then right onto State Highway 11 to Opua/Paihia. If you're feeling adventurous, you could go for a snorkel in the Goat Island Marine Reserve on the way, visit the toilets in Kawakawa (bizarre though it sounds they are worth the visit!), or take any random turn and see where you end up. Like more mapwork? Why not come up via the west coast.
- Flying into Auckland airport
, if you want to take public transport straight up to the bay, grab the airbus (departures every 15 minutes or so) into the city, and ask to be dropped at the bus terminal. The local airport is at Kerikeri, about a 40 minute drive from Paihia. Flights are around $200 round trip.
- Book your trip in advance
It's worth booking your bus journey up to the Bay in advance, as they can be booked out early, choose a company below and send them a message from their listing. Alternatively you can rent a car at the airport and drive up.
If you're coming by plane, check with your accommodation if they provide free transfers