Paihia is a bustling seaside town in the heart of the Bay of Islands.  A place where the local people enjoy a great lifestyle, and take delight in sharing it with the thousands of visitors who come here each summer.It is only only 3 kilometer way from Riverside Lodge. 

   Paihia Centre

Haruru Falls is right next to Riverside Lodge. people often kayak right up to the falls. There is a 6 km walking track  (2.5 hours) from here to Whatangi Treaty Grounds. Lovely chicken and roosters around the carpark. 

   Haruru Falls

New Zealand's most important historic site, is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.Attractions include the Treaty House, Museum, Maori meeting house, Maori bettle canoe, guided tour and cultural performances.

Addmission: $50 for foreigner

$25 for New Zealanders (ID required)

Book at our front deck.

   Treaty Ground

A half day cruise to discover Hole in the Rock, view dolphins and visit Otehei Bay and experience the very best of what the Bay of Islands has to offer.

Both the Explore and Greatsights run the similar cruises.

Book the cruise from our front deck you will have discount.

 Hole in the Rock

The beautiful small town is the first capital city of New Zealand. The town's streets retain their original layout and names from 1843.Historic buildings and a seaside setting full of cafes, restaurants and art galleries gives Russell a truly romantic quality.

   Russel Town 

Dolphins are fascinating creatures, and in the Bay of Islands we are blessed with their presence all year round. Both Greatsights and Explore run the cruises  that  give you the chance to get into the water and swim with dolphins as they play in their natural environment.

book at our front deck and get discount. 

 Swim with Dolpines

A day tour to Ninety Mile beach and Cape reinga will be a busy day: drive along the shores of Ninety Mile Beach, dig Pipis (shell fish), visit Puketi Kauri Forest, and see the lighthouse in Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together. Both Greatsights and Explore run the day tour.

Book at our front deck and you will get discount.  

Ninety Mile Beach

Puketi Kauri Forest is 36 km away from Riverside Lodge. You will get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Stroll along an elevated walkway as these graceful giants surround you, and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today.  

   Kauri  Forest

The famous landmark sits at the tip of the Te Paki Recreation Reserve. A highly significant area to Maori, it marks the point from which Maori spirit return to their traditional homeland.

It is 209 km away from Riverside Lodge.

   Cape Reinga

Ngawha Springs is a geothermal hot pool complex consisting of 16 mineral baths each with unique nutrient and temperature characteristics used for centuries for relaxation as well as their therapeutic qualities and healing properties.

28 km from Riverside Lodge.

Addmission is $4, unbelievable.


   Ngawha Springs

Kerikeri’s Old Packhouse Market is the Bay of Islands largest market.
It’s a great place for locals and visitors to source fresh, local produce, meet for coffee
or breakfast and enjoy fabulous Northland hospitality!

Open Saturday and Sunday in the morning.

   Kerikeri Market

The Stone Store at Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands is New Zealand’s oldest surviving stone building.The Stone Store is still a store after all these years. It's open from 10am to 5pm, seven days a week.


        Stone Store

The stunning Rainbow Falls on the Kerikeri River.

Three viewing platforms are at the top of the falls. Rainbow can be seen in a sunny day.You can stroll along the riverbank to the falls, where the water tumbles into a popular swimming hole surrounded by native bush. 

25 km from Riverside Lodge

   Rainbow Falls

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