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Things to do

For things to do while staying at Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel in Paihia, the many exciting attractions and activities on offer around the Bay of Islands are right at your feet. We are a booking agent for Bay of Islands’ major trips and tours and are happy to assist our guests with sightseeing advice and bookings.


Paihia Tours

gsights From Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga, to the Bay of Islands, the Hole in the Rock, Cape Brett. GreatSights has a tour for almost every occasion including discounted Twin Tour options.
Explore Explore the best of the Bay of Island with Explore. Offering a range of cruise options, including swimming with dolphins, the Hole in the Rock and Cape Reinga. Discounted Twin Tour options available.
AdventureHQ Adventure HQ offers a range of adventure based activites, including kayaking, fishing and Darryl's Dinner or Lunch cruises to Russell.
Saltair offer a unique experience of the area with scenic helicopter tours offering spectacular coastline views and island scenery.  Tours options also include a cruise and helicopter tour combo.

Cultural Activities

gsights The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a unique and fascinating insight into New Zealand’s historic past.  This is an absolute must-do when you are in the Bay of Islands – rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped our nation.

Golf Clubs

Waitangi Golf Club - Our home club (Phil is a club member) situated only minutes drive from the Swiss Chalet Motel. A stunning 18 hole course with fabulous sea views. We would be delighted to arrange your Tee times, golf cart and golf club hires if required.

Golf Northland - At least 10 golf clubs within 1hrs drive of the Swiss Chalet Motel including the world famous and beautiful Kauri Cliffs Golf Club (welcome to heaven on the edge of earth). We would be delighted to arrange Tee times, cart and club hire if required.

Cycle Trails

Waitangi Mountain Bike Park -   Our own mountain bike trail with stages for all ages.  Bring your bicycle and be prepared for some amazing scenery riding through our beautiful native bush.

New Zealand Cycle Trails - Be prepared for an amazing holiday experience when you ride one of the 23 Great Rides along the New Zealand Cycle Trails.
Showcasing some of New Zealand's most breathtaking scenery and diverse attractions, this free network of bike trails caters to passionate cyclists at all levels of fitness and experience.

Twin Coast Cycle Trail - Our local trail. One of New Zealands great rides. The Twin Coast Cycle Trail passes through some of New Zealands earliest European and Maori settlements in the Far North District.
For tour and bike hires contact Toptrail or Paihia Mountain Bikes.


Gabriel Steam Engine

The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust has restored the track from Kawakawa as far as Taumarere making it one of the longest heritage railway lines in New Zealand.

Other things to do close by
  • Bay of Islands Information - A list of a wide range of activities
  • Bay of Islands Kayak Cruises - enjoy the bay in your kayak
  • Adventure HQ - offers a range of adventure based activities including Kayaking, fishing and Darryl's Dinner or lunch cruises to Haruru Falls and Russell.
  • Bay of Islands cruises, including Hole in the Rock, tall ship cruises, dolphin watching, swimming with dolphins cruises and sailing
  • Actionworld - Try the flying trapeze and other adventure activities. There is no other place like this on earth! Literally!  Spend all day experiencing fun and thrilling activities: high wire, trapeze, jousting, climbing walls and more, for all ages.
  • Waka Taia Mai - Experience the spirituality of a canoe journey and be part of an unforgettable cultural experience
  • Exhilarating speed boat tours of the Bay of Islands
  • Kayaking, safe sandy beaches, parasailing and Maori Waka canoe trips
  • Catch the ferry to Russell to explore this historic village
  • Paihia cafes,bars, restaurants and shops (all within 1 min walk)
  • Paihia Beach day spa
  • Day tours to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach (pick up daily from the motel)
  • Scenic flights over North Cape and the Bay of Islands
  • Waioro Adventure Park

Within 3-30 min drive

  • Haruru Falls and bush walks
  • Waitangi and Kerikeri golf courses
  • Sky diving
  • Kerikeri cafes, craft shops, wineries and galleries
  • Kerikeri Mission Station and historic Stone Store
  • Horse trekking
  • Quad biking

Further afield

  • Waipoua Forest and Tane Mahuta
  • Stunning golf courses
  • Pristine beaches
  • Puketi Forest kauri forest walks
  • Magic of the Hokianga Harbour


Contact Us

0800 724 444 or
+0064 9 4027615
3 Bayview Road, Paihia,
Bay of Islands, New Zealand