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Paihia
Travel Guide

Paihia showing heritage architecture, a sunset and a church or cathedral

Excellent bars and restaurants, picturesque walking trails and sandy beaches mean this popular tourist town offers plenty to do.

Visit Paihia to swim, sea kayak, big game fish and hike. This coastal town is known for its proximity to some of New Zealand’s beautiful natural areas, including a winding river, a horseshoe-shaped waterfall and a mature mangrove forest. Book an afternoon cruise to explore the remarkable Bay of Islands.

The town contains bars and cafés with stunning oceanfront views. Head down to the waterfront and the Paihia Wharf and find restaurants serving fresh, locally caught seafood. Bars along the waterfront showcase some of New Zealand’s best wines and craft beers. Dolphin-watching cruises and big game fishing charter companies also operate near the wharf.

Paihia Town Beach is a good swimming and sunbathing spot, featuring golden sand and pristine waters. To the north of town is Te Tii Bay, a beautiful sandy stretch with a popular children’s playground. Rent a sea kayak to explore Te Tii Bay’s calm waters. Browse nearby gift stores for souvenirs and locally made handicrafts.

Venture inland and find Haruru Falls about 5 kilometres (3 miles) from Paihia. The spectacular waterfall is the historic site of a Māori trading village and an early European settlement. From the site, follow a walking path leading to Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Admire pretty mangroves from a raised boardwalk section of the scenic 6-kilometre (4-mile) trail and look for native flora and water birds, including heron.

At the end of the path, arrive at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a site of national historical importance situated about 2 kilometres (1 mile) from Paihia. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in the grounds in the mid-19th century. Known as New Zealand’s founding document, the treaty signifies an agreement between Māori “rangatira” (chiefs) and the British. Browse the educational displays in the Treaty House.

Paihia is located in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, about 230 kilometres (140 miles) from Auckland. Choose from many different accommodations, including luxurious oceanfront hotels with spa facilities and affordable modern apartments.

With picturesque natural areas, fine restaurants and outdoor activities, Paihia is a great place to stay when visiting the Bay of Islands.

Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
4 out of 5
69 Williams Road, Paihia
The price is £47 per night from 4 May to 4 May
Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Paihia Wharf and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and Waitangi Golf Club ...
4.4/5Excellent! (399 reviews)
"Our family usually book here all the time when we come d me"

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2021

Dolphin Motel
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
3.5 out of 5
104 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is £88 per night from 10 May to 10 May
This family-friendly Paihia hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Treaty Grounds is 1.5 mi (2.4 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (806 reviews)
"Central to Paihia and walking distance to everything."

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
58 Seaview Road, Paihia
The price is £77 per night from 4 May to 4 May
Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Paihia Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Russell Beach and Paihia Wharf ...
4.3/5Excellent! (764 reviews)
"Walking distance to main hub of shops. Parking can be an issue depending on the capacity of the hotel. Overall, good value for money"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
4 out of 5
138 Marsden Road, Bay of Islands, Paihia
The price is £74 per night from 5 May to 5 May
Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Paihia Wharf and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and Waitangi Golf ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (579 reviews)
"Location was fantastic. Right over the road from the beach and easy walking distance from the shops."

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2021

Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments
Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments
3.5 out of 5
52 Puketona Road, Paihia
The price is £101 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Situated in Paihia, this golf apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Paihia Wharf and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and Waitangi ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Mother and Son Family Holiday
"My son and I had a lovely little break at Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments. Pleasing décor and really comfy bed. Has everything you need to cook and even clean if you make a mess. Actually really impressed with the cooking equipment. A decent frying pan! Wow! Good precautions given the Covid situations. ..."

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments
Abri Apartments
Abri Apartments
4 out of 5
10-12 Bayview Road, Paihia
The price is £79 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in the heart of Paihia, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Paihia Wharf and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (138 reviews)
"What a fantastic property, lovely hosts, great views, very relaxing holiday, would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2021

Abri Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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2 Feb 2020

A vibrant place with lots of eating options

5/5 - Excellent

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11 Sep 2019

Lovely town with plenty of shops to wander around in. Beach is excellent and great to stroll along.

5/5 - Excellent

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15 Apr 2019

Quite very beautiful and pleasant and safe tourist location to visit.

4/5 - Good

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23 Mar 2019

The number of ferries can be difficult to work out, so I would recommend the fast ferry as it just comes and goes when it's full.

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Mar 2019

Great place with excellent views.

5/5 - Excellent

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4 Mar 2019

We had 3 nights - this is not enough to see it all. Cruise to hole in the rock is a must do. Dolphins swam beside the boat for a long way.

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