3 Day Adventure
Leave early to avoid Auckland traffic. Drive to Paihia in the morning and be welcomed by our friendly staff at Paihia Top 10. Once you’re all set up for the next few days, it’s time to go out and explore.
Take the five minute drive from Paihia to the historic Treaty of Waitangi grounds and immerse yourself in the story of New Zealand. Wander the manicured grounds, take in the expansive views of the Bay and enjoy an informative 50 minute tour with a Treaty of Waitangi guide.
Be sure to check out the new Museum of Waitangi. It is a modern and comprehensive showcase of the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in the past, present and future of New Zealand.
Tonight cook your own meal at our communal kitchen, BBQ or buy a delicious home-cooked meal from our onsite food truck that you can ‘eat in’ with other guests or take-away to your ‘home’
Awake early and catch the short ferry to Russell.
Enjoy a coffee at The Duke of Marlborough; the first licensed hotel in NZ and located on Russell’s waterfront.
Be sure to check out the Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell. Among New Zealand’s best heritage tours, the guides will take you through each step of printing and book-binding as it was done by courageous French missionaries living in this tiny outpost.
Alternatively for a bit of culture with a twist, try a day cruise from Russell on the Tall Ship R. Tucker Thompson. Built in the 1970s utilising modern materials, the ship design is based on the 19th century Halibut schooners of the North West American coast.
If you didn’t get the chance to go out on the water yesterday, today is the day. Choose between swimming with the dolphins, or a dolphin cruise to the Hole in the rock. Go fishing, kayaking or visit hidden caves, cliffs and islands that you can only see from water.
After a full day on the water, you might want a relaxing a night in, so see what's on the menu at our food truck or try Alfresco’s with live music from 3pm - 6pm.