Paihia

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

Love beaches and island views? Get away to Paihia!

Experience the family-friendly area of Paihia—beaches, island views and sights from Paihia Wharf to Paihia Beach.

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, 0200
The price is NZ$135 per night from 27 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star motel in Paihia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (476 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Dolphin Motel
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
4 out of 5
138 Marsden Road, Bay of Islands, Paihia, 0200
The price is NZ$138 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Paihia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and babysitting services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (601 reviews)
"Al good"

Reviewed on 30 May 2022

Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel
4.5 out of 5
130 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, 0200
The price is NZ$193 per night from 27 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Paihia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 6 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (241 reviews)
"Amazing position and view. Very comfy bed."

Reviewed on 2 May 2022

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa 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, 0200
The price is NZ$138 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Paihia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and babysitting services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (601 reviews)
"Al good"

Reviewed on 30 May 2022

Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
5 out of 5
100 Marsden Road, Paihia, 0210
The price is NZ$230 per night from 25 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Paihia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (611 reviews)

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection
Top of the Bay
Top of the Bay
3.5 out of 5
29 Bayview Road, Paihia, Northland, 200
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Paihia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (27 reviews)
"Stunning view, comfy furnishings, clean and friendly owner. My favourite spot in the house was a oversized chair by the window- perfect for soaking in the view and reading a book. We will definitely be back if we stay in paihia again"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2020

Top of the Bay
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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