Paihia

Travel Guide
Paihia showing a bay or harbour, tranquil scenes and a sunset

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.

Aloha Seaview Resort Motel
Aloha Seaview Resort Motel
4 out of 5
32-36 Seaview Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$85 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
This family-friendly Paihia motel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Waitangi Golf Club ...
3.9/5Good! (218 reviews)
"Was a nice stay with my family. Took my 3children and they loved it. The play room for the kids was the highlight of our stay. Perfect room for the kids. Room was tidy and clean. I stayed in the garden wing twin. It was nice for us. The owner was awesome. Had some last minute changes from my end ..."

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2021

Aloha Seaview Resort Motel
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 Kings Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$104 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Paihia Beach and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Wharf and Waitangi ...
4.1/5Very Good! (371 reviews)
"Staff friendly"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2021

Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
4 out of 5
138 Marsden Road, Bay of Islands, Paihia
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$138 per night from 23 Sep. to 23 Sep.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Golf Club and Waitangi Treaty ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (597 reviews)
"Clean, plenty of room, directly across the road from the beach, short walk to the the town and eateries. Perfect for us, would happily stay again."

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2021

Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
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 NZ$138 per night from 23 Sep. to 23 Sep.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Golf Club and Waitangi Treaty ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (597 reviews)
"Clean, plenty of room, directly across the road from the beach, short walk to the the town and eateries. Perfect for us, would happily stay again."

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2021

Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
5 out of 5
100 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$153 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
Located in Paihia, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Russell Beach and Waitangi Golf ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (604 reviews)
"Spacious apartment with great views. Perfect for family with kids. Full kitchen n plenty of space (we had 4 adults and two kids)."

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2021

The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
Edgewater Palms Apartments
Edgewater Palms Apartments
4 out of 5
8 - 10 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$283 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Paihia Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Russell Beach and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (184 reviews)
"Really enjoyed my stay. We stayed in the two bedroom apartment - very spacious, very clean, new ammenities, great view to the see, helpful reception. We actually ended up extending our stay because we liked it so much. Would def stay again."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

Edgewater Palms 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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