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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 known as the "gateway to the Bay of Islands" This is a world-renowned destination, incredible scenery with 144 islands, and we are lucky enough to have a group of 7 islands protected as a pest free wildlife sanctuary with many rare endangered native species being re-introduced after being extinct from the area after many years. The conservation project is called Project Island Song, and it is considered one of the most successful conservation projects in New Zealand.

One of Paihia's big drawcard is one can enjoy the beach lifestyle with kayaking, boating, sailing, fishing, diving and swimming with the dolphins being 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.

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