Paihia Wharf

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Paihia Wharf featuring a bay or harbour and a coastal town

Dine on fresh seafood in local restaurants, admire stunning oceanfront views and embark on cruises and fishing excursions from this pretty wharf.

Paihia Wharf is the departure point for some of the best fishing charters and boat trips in the Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise up Waitangi River or go on a dolphin-watching tour. A passenger ferry to Russell, one of the first European settlements in New Zealand, also leaves from the wharf.

Walk down the wharf and soak up the sea views. Look for anglers casting rods nearby; fishing competitions for both adults and children are occasionally held here.

Many charters and cruises operate out of Paihia Wharf. Book a reef fishing trip to catch species such as trevally, sea trout and snapper. Boat cruises are an excellent way to see the Bay of Islands’ local marine life. Spot whales, dolphins, penguins and various species of seabirds. Paihia Wharf also features afternoon and overnight cruises.

Taste exceptional New Zealand wines and craft beers in bars near Paihia Wharf. Many restaurants here serve fresh seafood, including oysters from the nearby Waikare Inlet, and offer superb oceanfront views. Paihia also has restaurants that serve outstanding international cuisine as well as cafés for brunch and coffee.

From the wharf, walk to other nearby attractions, such as Paihia Beach and Te Tii Bay. Paihia Wharf is also near trails that weaves through native forest areas, including the Harrison’s Bush Scenic Reserve Trail and the Waitangi to Haruru Falls Track.

Find the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to the north of town; this is where the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, was signed in the 19th century. Browse the comprehensive exhibits at the Museum of Waitangi, which is now located at the site.

Paihia Wharf is in the popular tourist town of Paihia, about 230 kilometres (140 miles) from Auckland. Choose from various types of accommodation, ranging from luxurious resorts with spa facilities and oceanfront hotels to self-catered apartments.

Stroll along the Paihia Wharf in summer and absorb the lively atmosphere while watching the boats bobbing offshore.

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451 Cheap Hotels Near Paihia Wharf

Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
4 out of 5
69 Williams Road, Paihia
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The price is NZ$86 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Paihia Wharf and 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Paihia Beach. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Waitangi Golf Club ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (436 reviews)
"Quiet, clean and close to town"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Dolphin Motel
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
3.5 out of 5
104 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$134 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
This family-friendly Paihia hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Waitangi ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (828 reviews)
"Door way too heavy"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2021

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
The price is NZ$130 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Located in Waitangi, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Paihia Beach. Paihia ...
4/5 Very Good! (997 reviews)
"Great spot and a price to match. Thanks,"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2021

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
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Bounty Motel
Bounty Motel
3.5 out of 5
42 Selwyn Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$80 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
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Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
4 out of 5
69 Williams Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$86 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
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Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
3.5 out of 5
104 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$134 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
The price is NZ$130 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
58 Seaview Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$120 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
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Aloha Seaview Resort Motel
Aloha Seaview Resort Motel
4 out of 5
32-36 Seaview Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$116 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Aloha Seaview Resort Motel
The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
5 out of 5
100 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$197 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel
4.5 out of 5
130 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
The price is NZ$219 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 Kings Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$110 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
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