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Paihia
Travel Guide

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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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$79 per night from 3 May to 4 May
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! (397 reviews)
"Very new and clean room, location is also great. 👍"

Reviewed on 13 Apr. 2021

Dolphin Motel
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 10 May to 11 May
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! (805 reviews)
"Central to Paihia and walking distance to everything."

Reviewed on 12 Apr. 2021

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 Kings Road, Paihia
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$97 per night from 3 May to 4 May
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! (333 reviews)
"We enjoyed our short stay here. Room was comfortable, kids enjoyed the stay."

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2021

Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
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$144 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Paihia Wharf and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and Waitangi Golf ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (579 reviews)
"Location was fantastic. Right over the road from the beach and easy walking distance from the shops."

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2021

Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments
Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments
3.5 out of 5
52 Puketona Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$195 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
Situated in Paihia, this golf apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Paihia Wharf and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and Waitangi ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Mother and Son Family Holiday
"My son and I had a lovely little break at Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments. Pleasing décor and really comfy bed. Has everything you need to cook and even clean if you make a mess. Actually really impressed with the cooking equipment. A decent frying pan! Wow! Good precautions given the Covid situations. ..."

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2021

Bay of Islands Holiday Apartments
The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
5 out of 5
100 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is NZ$218 per night from 22 Apr. to 23 Apr.
Located in Paihia, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Paihia Wharf and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (601 reviews)
"Had a brilliant 2 days stay for our honeymoon. Easy secure parking underneath, walk to the shops, activities, piers and beach across the road."

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2021

The Waterfront 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.

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Reviews of Paihia

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4/5 - Good

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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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