Paihia is a tourist town in the heart of the Bay of Islands in the Northland region of the North Island. It lies 23km south-east of Kerikeri with Waitangi immediately to its north and Russell on the opposite shore. Paihia is normally accessed by road from nearby Opua. Adjoining Paihia 3km to the north is Waitangi, the site of the historic treaty signed in 1840 between Maori and the British.
Paihia is a major tourist destination and well geared for providing accommodation, eateries and tours. From here, it is easy to explore the islands, coves, inlets and beaches of the Bay of Islands. more
The climate is sub-tropical making beach and water activities extremely pleasant and there are opportunities to swim with dolphins, dive the Rainbow Warrior, charter a boat, go big game fishing (snapper and kingfish), enjoy nature walks, explore kauri forests, go horse trekking, try sky diving or parasailing and take scenic flights. Popular excursions include trips to Cape Brett and the 'Hole in the Rock' on Piercy Island.
Accommodation in Paihia is plentiful and available for a wide range of budgets: backpackers, apartments, bed and breakfast accommodation, campgrounds, hotels, motels, lodges and self-catering accommodations.
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Mobile-friendly - Abri Apartments are nestled in sub-tropical gardens with beautiful views of the Bay; modern, spacious and individually styled using tasteful furnishings. Free WiFi. BBQ. Two individual Chalets feature rich native timbers, double spa bath and full cooking facilities. Plus a one bedroom Suite with Super King or Twin Bed, kitchenette and shower facilities.
Mobile-friendly - Aptly named by the original guests! Located in a lovely bush-backdrop with native-birds, and overlooking the water to Russell, a few-minutes walk downtown including the wharf/restaurants. Perfect for a Romantic retreat for couples or two couples travelling together. Quiet, sunny and central, this is a perfect retreat to relax or a base from which to explore our Bay of Islands.
Mobile-friendly - Offering four-star-plus accommodation at a reasonable price, these sunny, fully self-contained and serviced suites and studios are the perfect base for enjoying the world famous attractions of beautiful Bay of Islands. Most units offer beautiful sea views from the terrace. Relax at the beach, take a coach trip, do a boat cruise, or walk to the waterfront restaurants and cafes.
Mobile-friendly - Proud, old-fashioned hospitality, charmingly green, clean and bright. The motel is a place where you can slow down and relax. Family-operated since 1990, Peter and Wendy Sharland invite you to share their unique, affordable accommodation apartments. Located on Seaview Road, the motel is the ideal base for shopping, the beach, and numerous attractions in the Bay of Islands area. Dog-Friendly.
Mobile-friendly - Ideally located on the central waterfront of Paihia, in the subtropical Bay of Islands, the cultural hub and recreational mecca of historic Northland. Spacious luxury Paihia accommodation, designed for comfort and relaxation. Free WiFi. Air-conditioning heatpumps. Breathtaking sea views, with sandy beach opposite and next to native bush reserve. Five-minute stroll to Paihia Village with many popular cafes and restaurants.
Mobile-friendly - Located in the New Zealand paradise that is the Bay of Islands, we offer luxury apartments and campervan facilities at reasonable prices. Set in two acres of a mature olive grove, we have 18 powered and 10 unpowered campervan sites, as well as five apartments, all within walking distance of the beach.
Four-star motel offering seven well-appointed, self-contained quiet apartments for overnight, short-term or holiday accommodation. This Paihia motel is a great choice for couples and corporate travellers. 50 metres from sandy swimming and fishing beach. Bay of Islands Gateway Motel & Apartments is an easy stroll to Waitangi Treaty Grounds or along the waterfront to central Paihia, shops, restaurants, bars, Wharf.
Mobile-friendly - Holiday Park accommodation nestled beside the Waitangi River in a tranquil, quiet and tree-studded location. Situated on 4.2 hectares of park-like grounds, with swimming, kayaking, waterfalls and animal farm park nearby—lots of fun! Well-presented cabins and tourist flats with ample parking for boats and trailers. We specialise in group bookings. Superb location with friendly hosts.
Mobile-friendly - Awesome day sailing adventure on our 65 foot ocean going yacht GUNGHA II. Our cruise is exciting, funny and informal. Unique island stopover, snorkel gear and yummy fresh lunch included! We depart from Paihia (Russell transfers included). Freephone 0800478900 or text to 0274770354. November thru April - Bay of Islands. May thru October - Tonga, Fiji and Beyond.
Northland fishing charters departing Paihia, Russell, Waitangi. Experienced skippers and crew that know all the great fishing spots in beautiful Bay of Islands. Operating 20+ years, catering for experienced or novice anglers wanting the joy of catching fish. Hapuka, Kingfish, Snapper plus others. Sir Graham Henry Winning World Cup Rugby All Blacks coach, and Lady Raewyn Henry fish with us.
Mobile-friendly - Perched on the waters edge above the Bay of Islands, Crows Nest Villas features visually stunning panoramic sea views. Each ultra-luxurious retreat accommodates up to five guests per unit with two en suite bedrooms, fully equipped designer kitchens, flat-panel HD televisions and a private sun deck. Enjoy the birds-eye view of the Bay of Islands as the tension melts away.
Mobile-friendly - Join the friendly crew of the Manawanui on a three-day sailing expedition around the Bay of Islands. Snorkel in crystal clear waters, kayak around uninhabited islands, catch your own fresh seafood or walk on deserted beaches to experience the true magic of this special part of New Zealand.
Your magic holiday memories begin right here. Golden sands of the Bay of Islands curve out to greet the wide blue south pacific ocean. Picture perfect sunrises stream over the hills of Russell. Set on the waterfront with tropical landscaping and exceptional facilities – Edgewater Palms. We offer an in-house rental vehicle option (BMW 540i) to our guests. Bookings essential.
Mobile-friendly - Come fishing on Grand Cru: specialising in big game or light tackle fishing charters. Or choose the Ultimate Package by staying on board Grand Cru at the end of each awesome day/s fishing. Available for charter for as many days/nights as you wish to experience. Let us know how we can provide you with the trip of your dreams.
Mobile-friendly - Sail yourself sailing holidays. For experienced sailors, we have a fleet of well-maintained yachts, trailer-boats and power-boats you can hire. For less experienced sailors we can teach you to sail and handle the boats. Our most popular course is the six-day liveaboard adventure; three days with an instructor then three days cruising by yourselves in our beautiful Bay-of-Islands.
World-class shore-based diving for open water divers through to tech divers, dive courses, gear hire, air fills & Nitrox fills, accommodation and meals all in a fun, social and relaxed atmosphere. Locations within the Bay of Islands: Hole in the Rock, Danger Rock, Canterbury Wreck or for advanced divers enjoy the Poor Knight Islands on our Liveaboard Sun Spy.
Near sun drenched beaches and the many activities available in the Bay of Islands. Boutique, character hotel, offering a perfect haven for holidays, conferences and functions. Designer accommodation ensures comfort. Our Volcanic Stone Restaurant offers a full cooked or continental breakfast menu. We are open for breakfast and dinner seven days and nights. Member Mainstay Group.
Mobile-friendly - Pioneer Waterfront Apartments offer a superbly appointed complex, with 10 two-bedroom apartments situated on Paihia's waterfront. Just a stone's throw from restaurants, cafes and shops. Walk to the Waitangi Treaty grounds or catch a ferry across to Russell. Cross the road to the beach or relax on our private pool deck. Self-contained apartment accommodation in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Mobile-friendly - Experience the Bay of Islands as they did in Captain Cook's time and sail on board the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson. The perfect way for you explore the Bay of Islands in comfort and style. Be part of the crew for a day and help set the sails, or simply relax and let our friendly crew look after you.
Mobile-friendly - Luxury five-star budget accommodation in Paihia, Bay of Islands. We have a range of dormitory style and private king/twin and family rooms. All rooms are en suite with bedding included. Free parking, bikes, tennis, games room, tea and coffee, movies, BBQ deck, advice and tour bookings. Also have internet (including wireless) laundry and telephone facilities.
Mobile-friendly - Recognized as one of the Best Couples Sanctuary's in New Zealand. Overlooking the Bay of Islands with scenic views and five-minutes walk to Paihia Beach and Restaurants. lt takes it's name from the Haven it provides, away from the hustle and bustle of the City. You are invited to Restore your Mind and Relax in this Luxurious and Tranquil setting.
Mobile-friendly - Whether you are here for business or pleasure, the relaxed atmosphere of Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands will melt away your stresses in moments. The entire property has been extensively refurbished and expanded, and the attention to detail will impress you. The only danger is you’ll like it so much you won’t want to leave your room or the grounds!
Skydive Bay of Islands is New Zealand's number one destination for skydiving at the beach. Cruise up to 20,000ft and soak up scenery of all 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands. The spectacular views of clear turquoise water, long stretches of pristine golden beaches and lush countryside are guaranteed to take your breath away.
Tarltons Lodge, Ocean View, Romantic Luxury Hotel Accommodation, in the Bay of Islands, is on a hill adjacent to the beaches, and restaurants in Paihia. Each of our guest rooms, ideal for relaxation or celebrations of love, have separate and private access, have their own exclusive spa/hot tub, and a private terrace overlooking a breath-taking ocean and island panorama.
New Zealand's biggest, purpose-built house boat "The ROCK" provides an awesome marine adventure combination of kayaking, swimming, snapper-fishing, snorkelling, paddle boards, guided island visit, onboard accommodation and fun. Join our cruise in this sub-tropical paradise of 140 islands and inlets. All activities, plus dinner, breakfast and lunch are included in the price. 22-hours of activity-packed adventure!
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Paihia Christmas Parade 2022
Paihia Christmas Parade – 2nd Dec 2022, 5.30pm Theme Board Games The Paihia Christmas Parade is always spectacular with plenty of effort going into the floats creating a fabulous festive atmosphere. It is free ...
Where: Paihia War Memorial & Community Hall, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Address: Williams Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From: 5:30pm on Friday 2nd December 2022
To: 6:30pm on Friday 2nd December 2022
The Extravaganza Fair Summer Tour
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up! Welcome to Season 8 of New Zealand's largest and most fabulous travelling festival/fair! The Extravaganza Fair! Summer Tour 2022 - 2023 The Extravaganza Fair is a community-centred ...
Where: Waitangi Marae, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Address: Te Karuwha Parade, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From: 4:00pm on Saturday 14th January 2023
To: 8:00pm on Sunday 15th January 2023
Waitangi Mahi Tahi - 8 Hour Mountain Bike Relay
We are so stoked to be welcoming a new event to the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park! Mahi Tahi = Teamwork! Work in teams of four, relay-style, to complete as many laps of the course over the 8 hours. The course is ...
Where: Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Address: 33 Bayly Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From: 8:30am on Saturday 11th March 2023
To: 4:30pm on Saturday 11th March 2023
Twin Pines Sunday Jammers: CANCELLED
The Twin Pines Sunday jam has been canceled due to management issues.
Where: Twin Pines Manor, Paihia, Bay of Islands
Address: 342 Puketona Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
From: 6:00pm on Sunday 19th May 2019
To: 11:59pm on Monday 1st September 2025