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PaihiaNew Zealand

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.

Top hotels in Paihia

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
58 Seaview Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$169 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (757 reviews)

"Good location. Close to the beach and center with walking distance"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2021

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
3.5 out of 5
104 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$179 per night from 23 Feb. to 24 Feb.

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! (802 reviews)

"The swimming pool and central location to the wharf and restaurants made this a great place for the family. I would have liked free parking close to the room as it was park where you like, and we could not get a park close to our room"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2021

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
4 out of 5
69 Williams Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$106 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.

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! (381 reviews)

"Hotel was very clean and spotless. Lovely staff to deal with..location is handy to all shops and attractions down the waterfront. Will definitely be back Thanks 😊"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2021

Dolphin 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.

Holiday Rentals in Paihia

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$202 per night from 17 Feb. to 18 Feb.

Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Paihia Wharf and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and Waitangi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (584 reviews)

"Very close to the beach. Staff is friendly and welcoming"…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2021

Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Edgewater Palms Apartments
Edgewater Palms Apartments
4 out of 5
8 - 10 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$326 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Paihia Beach and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Russell Beach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (181 reviews)

"It was a beautiful property, 10/10 would stay again! However some dishes were dirty like the cups and spoons and such, otherwise it was wonderful! The communication was awesome!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2021

Edgewater Palms Apartments
Outrigger Motel
Outrigger Motel
3.5 out of 5
45 Williams Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$189 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

Located in the heart of Paihia, this beach aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Treaty Grounds is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (123 reviews)

"The Outrigger motel was clean and had everything we needed. Nice and central in Paihia township."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2020

Outrigger 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.

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Reviews of Paihia

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Jun. 2020

Great location to unwind and relax. Trip to Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must. Recommend to go to Russell via ferry too.

5/5 - Excellent

anthony

28 May 2020

Service in town was friendly and good. Parking was easy and a lovely beach!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Mar. 2020

I love the atmosphere in Paihia; a real holiday vibe and such a beautiful scenic town. This was my second visit and i will visit again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Mar. 2020

A great place to stay with the added bonus of being a good starting place for much of NZ's earlier history combined with tourist sports for young and not so young people. Give the sand dune sliding a go.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

Love it nice peaceful and quiet

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

Would go back tomorrow

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