Parasailing from Paihia is one of the best things to do in the Bay of Islands, so jump on board our specialised parasail boat for the high-flying experience of a lifetime.
Soaring to 1200 feet is the ultimate parasailing experience, you can fly solo, share the experience with friends and experience a tandem or a triple parasail flight. Enjoy the incredible 360-degree aerial views over the area as the parasail rises high above the tranquil blue waters of Paihia, Russell and the Bay of Islands.
First up, when you arrive at our dock on the Paihia Wharf you’ll be fitted into lifejackets and given a boat safety briefing before boarding the parasail boat. As we motor out into the bay, the crew will kit you out in helmets and parasailing harnesses and they will explain how they work and fit best for comfort. Once at the flight zone, you’ll get a final briefing about the parasailing procedures and safety, then the first flyers are ready to go.
As the boat accelerates, the parasail will lift you off the launching deck and into the air. Once airborne, the towline is slowly released by winch and you’ll soar into the air, high above the water. After a few minutes you’ll be at maximum altitude, so you can take in the amazing views over the Bay of Islands. When it’s time to descend again, we’ll slowly bring you back to the boat to land gently on the deck – without even getting your feet wet!
As the boat can carry up to 12 passengers, it usually takes around an hour to complete the trip. When you’re not in the air, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy the ride and take loads of photos of friends, family and others experiencing the thrill of parasailing.
What to wear:
We recommend wearing shorts and a t-shirt over bathing clothes, and flip flops or sandals for your feet. In cooler conditions, it’s recommended to wear a long-sleeve shirt, hoodie or jacket, and even in summer an extra layer is nice to have, especially after a dip!
Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and a small towel are recommended. You can bring cameras at your own risk. For hot days, drinking water is also nice to have since the boat ride is about an hour. You can purchase water on board or at the dock.
Have your very own high-flying experience with a single parasail flight over the Bay of Islands. Soak up the peace and tranquillity as you soar above the Bay, and enjoy stunning 360-degree views of Paihia, Russell, and beyond.
Want to share the parasailing experience with your friend or partner? Take a tandem parasail flight and both of you can enjoy the awesome views and fly high together.
Three’s never a crowd with a triple parasail flight. Now the whole family can enjoy the thrill of parasailing together. Parasailing is the ultimate way to see the Bay of Islands, and an experience every one of you will remember forever.
Kids can experience the thrill of parasailing too. Children aged 5 – 14 years are welcome to fly if they have an adult (aged 18 or above) to fly them.
Observers are welcome to come along for the boat ride, take photos and just enjoy some time out on the water in the spectacular Bay of Islands.