Paihia is the hub of the Bay of Islands, where bus tours to other areas leave and boat trips
around the bay begin. Paihia has a variety of accommodation types available and is almost wall
to wall motels along both the waterfront and the road entering town. This means that, except in
the height of the season, around Christmas, it is relatively easy to find accommodation.
Te Tii Bay at the north end of Paihia is a popular beach for swimming and fishing. Its shore
is lined with pohutukawa trees, and in late November and December when the trees are in bloom,
the waterfront is a spectacular blaze of red. At the south end of the beach there is a children's
playground that is always popular. North of the beach, to the left of the bridge to Waitangi, is
local sailing ship 'Tui', renovated as the Kelly Tarlton's Shipwreck Museum, where many underwater
finds are displayed.
From Paihia it is a short drive (or thirty minute walk) to Waitangi
where, on 6th February each year, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi is commemorated and a carnival
held. This is a great day to visit our most important heritage site. Waitangi Day is one of the
rare occasions when the great waka Ngatokimatawhaorua, is taken out on the water, paddled by
nearly a hundred young warriors.
In May/June the annual Matariki (Maori New Year) festival takes place. Here you can participate
in activities with a Maori focus. This is an opportunity to learn about, and meet some of New Zealand's
In May the sound of country music echoes around the bay. This annual Paihia
Country Music Festival has events in Paihia, Russell, Waitangi and Haruru Falls. It is easy to move
between venues so that you do not miss hearing your favourite musicians. In August The Bay of Islands
Jazz Festival is held over a weekend at the same four venues. This is a must attend event for those who
In addition to tours and festivals, Paihia offers many outdoor activities; coastal and bush walks,
paragliding, kayaking, sailing, swimming with dolphins, paintballing and mini golf. There are numerous
restaurants, cafes and shops. Wander down to Paihia’s centre, the wharf area, book the tours you
would like to take, or if you enjoy people watching, sit in the sun and observe the comings and
goings both on and off the water.
See a complete list of Paihia activities.
This week's featured activities in Paihia are:
Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from NZ $246.00 per adult
Make the most of this popular day tour from Auckland with return coach travel to Paihia, including a spectacular dolphin watching cruise in the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands. Our experienced local skippers will guide you through the beautifully clear waters in search of dolphins and whales, past many secluded islands to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the famous "Hole in the Rock". More...
Sightseeing - Paihia - Starting from NZ $105.00 per adult
Take a half- day bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life. Enjoy the views from our catamaran Dolphin Seeker as we journey around the Bay of Islands right to the end of Cape Brett peninsula to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. More...
Diving / Snorkelling - Paihia
Paihia Dive in the Bay of Islands is the Far North of New Zealand's premier dive centre and it is our great pleasure to show you all the underwater wonders of this beautiful part of NZ. We offer trips to the spectacular Rainbow Warrior. More...
Sightseeing Cruise - Paihia
Sunrise at sea is spectacular and can be seen from the comfort of your bed, what a great way to start the day! Bay of Islands The Rock Overnight Boat Cruise is simply 22 hours of cruising, amazing fun, exploring and relaxing.
Whether it's swimming under the Milky Way, target shooting, beautiful island walks, diving for fresh mussels, visiting remote islands, kayaking the stunning coastlines, or checking out the wildlife your highlights will be many. More...
Day Tour - Paihia - Starting from NZ $149.00 per adult
Discover the Far North of New Zealand - rich in Maori culture and tradition. Journey along the magnificent 90 Mile beach in one of our purpose built coaches and stand on the wind swept tip of New Zealand and see where the Tasman Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean. More...
Set on the Paihia waterfront in the heart of the Bay of Islands, this motel offers refurbished suites with free Wi-Fi...