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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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439 Cheap Hotels Near Paihia Wharf

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$140 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Waitangi, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Waitangi Golf Club and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and ...
4/5Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Loved the room, the pool and the spa. Wasn’t offered a drink at dinner, had to ask for it."

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2021

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel
5 out of 5
130 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
The price is NZ$238 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated on the waterfront, this luxury resort is within a 10-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Waitangi Golf Club are ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (226 reviews)
"Great facility's, good location great views beach side"

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
58 Seaview Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$148 per night from 30 May to 30 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! (766 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.

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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$140 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel
5 out of 5
130 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
The price is NZ$238 per night from 23 May to 23 May
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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
58 Seaview Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$148 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
4 out of 5
69 Williams Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$90 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Dolphin Motel
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
3.5 out of 5
104 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$130 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 Kings Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$100 per night from 27 May to 27 May
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
Breakwater Motel
Breakwater Motel
4.5 out of 5
1 Bayview Road, Paihia, Northland
The price is NZ$170 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Breakwater Motel
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
4 out of 5
138 Marsden Road, Bay of Islands, Paihia
The price is NZ$149 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Averill Court Motel
Averill Court Motel
3 out of 5
62 Seaview Rd, Paihia
The price is NZ$82 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
Averill Court Motel
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.