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Bay of Islands, Paihia. Evgeny Gorodetsky
Bay of Islands, Paihia. Evgeny Gorodetsky
Maori Warriors at Waitangi. ChameleonsEye
Maori Warriors at Waitangi. ChameleonsEye
Yacht Sailing. ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock
Yacht Sailing. ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock
Waitangi Festival. ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock
Waitangi Festival. ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock
Paihia at Sunset. Kyrie Spillane/Shutterstock
Paihia at Sunset. Kyrie Spillane/Shutterstock
Waka Boat near Paihia. ChameleonsEye/Shutter
Waka Boat near Paihia. ChameleonsEye/Shutter
Sightseeing Helicopter in Paihia. Curioso
Sightseeing Helicopter in Paihia. Curioso
Paihia Sign Monument. ChameleonsEye/Shutstk
Paihia Sign Monument. ChameleonsEye/Shutstk

Paihia Information

Paihia is a tourist town located in the Far North District of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand with a fixed population of around 2,000 people. Paihia was first settled in 1823 by the Williams family who built a church in nearby Russelll which still stands today and is recognised as the oldest church in New Zealand.

Being located in the Bay of Islands, Paihia's big drawcard is one can enjoy the beach lifestyle with kayaking, boating, sailing, fishing, diving and swimming with the dolphins very popular.

The town features a ferry to Russell and is not far away from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of New Zealand’s most important historic sites where the British and indigenous Maori signed a treaty. Waitangi is unquestionably one of new Zealand’s best museum attractions and the best place to experience and learn about the Maori culture.

The Waitangi Festival is the best time to visit as one can see plenty of Waka boats on the water and the Maori Warriors stage several performances including a traditional Haka.

Haruru Falls is another great attraction located just three kilometres from Paihia. Harura Falls was New Zealand’s first river port where early settlers traded as their wooden canoes pulled up on the mud banks.

An activity not to miss in Paihia includes a cruise to see the famous “hole in the rock”. You can get a boat ride from the Paihia wharf and the wharf is a great place for bars and cafés in case you want a bite to eat or relax.

Paihia is also a great place to see from the sky. Air helicopter tours are great and parasailing is another option, but if you are really adventurous why not take a 12,000ft skydive as you get to see all of the Bay of Islands free falling from the sky while taking in a once in a lifetime experience.

Other great holiday activities include Action World, wine tasting tours, jet skiing and motorcycle tours. You may also want to see the Paihia community website for more about the area.

Maori Marae Meeting House in Waitangi near Paihia. Shaun Jeffers/Shutterstock
Maori Marae Meeting House in Waitangi near Paihia. Shaun Jeffers/Shutterstock
Bay of Islands, Paihia, North Island of New Zealand. Evgeny Gorodetsky
Bay of Islands, Paihia, North Island of New Zealand. Evgeny Gorodetsky