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:
Mountain Bike Rental - Paihia - Starting from NZ $79 per person
Paihia Mountain Bike Rentals services both the WAITANGI MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK and the TWIN COAST CYCLE RAIL TRAIL with Brand New, High Quality Full Suspension Mountain Bikes and Shuttle Services along the trails for both you and your bike.
We can cater for large groups, smaller groups, teambuilding events and can personalise your biking adventure in Northland including accomodation packages.
Please get in touch with any questions at all, only too happy to... 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...
Kayaking - Paihia - Starting from NZ $80 per person
We offer Eco Kayak and Kayak Fishing Tours in the Bay of Islands. Come and join us at Bay of Islands Kayaking on a Kayaking adventure located out amongst the beautiful Bay of Islands. Explore places that others simply can't get to, secluded white sand beaches,caves, and crystal clear water for snorkelling. More...
Mountain Bike Tour - Paihia - Starting from NZ $35 per person
Enjoy the Twin Coast Cycle Trail with 20 kilometres of trail for all ages & fitness levels. It is 2 to 3 hours of easy riding through rural views and native bush. Its gentle gradient and smooth surface makes it an easy ride for cyclists of all ages and fitness levels. We can pick you up in Paihia or Kaikohe and take you to Kaikohe, where we fit you out with bike and helmet drop you off at the start of the trail and pick you up at the end. You set the pace. More...
Natural Attraction - Paihia - Starting from $85.00 per person
Come on a 3 hour kayak tour up to the famous Haruru Falls.
Haruru means “big noise” and you will get right underneath these magic horseshoe-shaped falls to feel their full power.
Enjoy a paddle through the mangroves (tide dependant) and see what wildlife is on offer. More...
Dolphin Motel is centrally located just 100 metres from Paihia wharf. All rooms feature a stovetop, fridge and...