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.

Dolphin Motel
Dolphin Motel
4 out of 5
69 Williams Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$120 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (449 reviews)
"Lovely stay"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2022

Dolphin Motel
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
58 Seaview Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$178 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf. Russell Beach and Waitangi Golf Club are also within 3 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (790 reviews)
"The room was nice and we loved the pool facility. Unfortunately we paid a little bit extra for a king room but we were given a double room with two queen beds instead which was a little disappointing. Hopefully on our next stay we can get a room for us and our pet dog"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2022

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$170 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
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! (831 reviews)
"Overall experience was good. Only the lady receptionist who assisted us with checking in was not accommodating. Looks like she was having a very bad day and just displaced it on us. Not very nice"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
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Outrigger Motel
Outrigger Motel
3.5 out of 5
45 Williams Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$158 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 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) ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (130 reviews)
"Very close to shops, eating places and wharf. It not noisy."

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

Outrigger 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$181 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Paihia Wharf and 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Paihia Beach. Waitangi Golf Club and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (599 reviews)
Super-friendly staff
"This is a great place conveniently located on the beachfront and within easy walk of town centre, Waitangi Treaty Grounds and supermarket. Super-friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 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$320 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf. Russell Beach and Waitangi Golf Club are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (185 reviews)
"This end of Paihia was great. Will be back!"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 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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