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Bay of Islands, New ZealandPaihia Regional Information

Paihia | Regional Information | Activity Highlights | Scenic Highlights | History

Paihia is a much-loved holiday destination nestled in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Explore a bounty of marine life such as whales, penguins and dolphins in Paihia.

Paihia Overview

Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Paihia is a bustling seaside town nestled right in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands, in the Northland region of New Zealand.

Paihia is a holiday town 23 kilometres south-east of Kerikeri with a 2006 population of 1,770. It is well sited on the inner reaches of the Bay of Islands and has a rich history.

Waitangi lies immediately to the north with Russell on the opposite shore. Paihia is normally reached by passenger ferry, and by car ferry from nearby Opua.

Here you can swim with the dolphins, go kayaking, swimming, fishing, or picnic along secluded beaches. Walk or drive to the spectacular Haruru Falls and discover authentic Maori culture.

Paihia Highlights

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Charter yacht and swimming in the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand
Charter Yacht, Bay of Islands
Northland
Photographer: Gareth Eyres
(www.exposure.co.nz)

Paihia is a town rich in culture, history and natural resources, and the perfect stepping stone into the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Catch a ferry or charter boat and immerse yourself in the blue-green world of island and beach. Paddle a sea kayak in and out of island nooks and crannies or swim with the dolphins. Many operators in the region offer excellent trips to spectacular Cape Brett and the 'Hole in the Rock' on Piercy Island.

Here there is something to delight everyone's senses!

Paihia Accommodation

Paihia is a popular tourist destination and offers a wide range of accommodation options:

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