Paihia is the principal waterfront town of the Bay of Islands, it is situated approximately 3½ hours drive north of Auckland and about 1 hour north of Whangarei.
By Air: There are several flights daily from Auckland's domestic airport to the Bay of Islands airport near the town of Kerikeri. For flight reservations check out Air New Zealand. Taxi companies will meet your flight and take you on the 25 min shuttle to the Saltwater Lodge front door, for around $25-30pp.
By Bus: Intercity and Nakedbus are the main coach services and depart at least twice daily from Auckland. The Airbus is a convenient service to take you from the airport to catch coach services leaving from Auckland city centre.