Paihia Travel Guide

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Paihia Things to Do

  • Hole in the Rock

    The 'Hole in the Rock', properly known as Piercy Island is a rocky island at the northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. This natural feature has been caused by years of water and wind erosion. It is a popular trip for visitors to the Bay of Islands and on calm days some boats will drive through it. The weather on the day I took the...

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  • Haruru Falls

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    They're not really high falls by any means, but they are in a horseshoe shape, which is evidently rare, Niagra Falls being cited as the only other horseshoe shaped falls known. Beware of your belongings in the carpark - there are serious danger signs, I guess because it's a bit of an out of the way, secluded place, without a view of the main road....

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  • Russell

    Across the bay from Paihia is the town of Russell. It was originally called Kororareka and was the first Europesan settlement in the area. The local Mâori people very soon realised that there was valuable trade to be had with the European and American ships and the town flourished but, as a place without laws, soon earned teh nickname 'Hellhole of...

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  • Dolphin Adventure

    The following day, I went aboard a King's boat that took us on an awesome tour of the Bay of Islands. Paihia, the beach town I?ve grown to love these past few days, is situated in the Bay of Islands. To start the day, the captain took us to see some dolphins. The tour offered a swim with them, but since there were a few young ones on the pack we...

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  • The Cream Trip

    Take a cruise on the famous `cream trip` around some of the 144 islands and bays and through the well known `hole in the rock`. I finally did this on my last trip home and it was great. The weather was fabulous and it was just an idyllic afternoon.

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  • Hole in the Rock

    The 'Hole in the Rock', properly known as Piercy Island is a rocky island at the northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. This natural feature has been caused by years of water and wind erosion.It is a popular trip for visitors to the Bay of Islands and on calm days some boats will drive through it. The weather on the day I took the cruise...

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  • Worth to Visit

    Paihia is a good place to be based for a tour through historical sites, is also a place of friendly locals

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  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Paihia

    My husband and I visited Paihia's Waitangi Treaty Grounds several years back and completely enjoyed the tour and exhibits. From the Busby's "Treaty House" to the Maori Meeting House and amazingly huge war canoe, WTG is absolutely worth your time. However, if you are opposed to the destruction of managed feline colonies and animal cruelty (as I am),...

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  • Day trip to Cape Reinga

    One of the best day trips I have ever done - full of information, history, activity and great fish and chips!You have an early pick-up in a specially designed off-road bus. It is air-conditioned and has comfortable airline style seats with good leg room. I didn't get to try these seats because there was one passenger over and, being a single, I got...

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  • Ferry to Russell

    Across the bay from Paihia is the town of Russell. It was originally called Kororareka and was the first Europesan settlement in the area. The local Mâori people very soon realised that there was valuable trade to be had with the European and American ships and the town flourished but, as a place without laws, soon earned teh nickname 'Hellhole of...

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  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    On 6th February 1840 a treat between the British Crown and various Mâori cheifs was signed at Waitangi thus giving the treaty its name. Possibly due to translation difficulties the English and Mâori versions differ causing a 'grey zone' in interpretation. The British view was that they had sovereign rights of the country and its people while the...

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  • Bay of Islands

    Recorded history has the first Mâori settlers arriving in the Bay of Islands about 700 years ago. The first European to sight this magnificent bay was Captain James Cook in 1769 and it was the first area of European setlement.The bay has several inlets from Mangonui in the north to Waikare in the south.One of the most popular activites offered is...

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Paihia Restaurants

  • Not just Ribs!

    Mum and I came here because we were given a voucher (buy a meal get one free) from our motel. Also our host at the motel recommended it personally. I believe this is a franchise.We were welcomed warmly and not just by the fire, and the service was very good. The owner came to talk with us bringing some of our drinks and really wanted to know what...

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  • Bay of Islands' Finest

    Possibly the top eating spot in the Bay of Plenty region, Salt Brasserie certainly sets a high standard. Located on the sea front at Paihia it is located at the hub of the Bay’s tourist activities.No doubt during the height of Summer it really rocks. Surprisingly, our visit on a coolish damp evening well after the holiday season found us sharing a...

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  • Absolute Waterfront

    We were taken by the position of "35º South" perched over the water at the main wharf complex at Paihia. An interesting hexagonal shape, the building features a 60,000 litre salt water aquarium containing local fish species which adds to the seafood bias of the menu. As the owners espouse, "Paihia Aquarium Restaurant, 35˚ South is more than...

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Paihia Nightlife

  • Karaoke Nite at 'The Salty'

    Saltwater Cafe and Bar is the Saltwater Lodges Bar / Night club. Most of the backpackers that stay here use this club to wind down at the end of a adventure filled day. This is a great spot to grab a drink with some friends and discuss the days adventures and plan the next days fun. Also you can meet and talk to some fellow backpackers and...

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse is the main venue everyone goes and theres not many other places to go out.Its a club with good beer and a real good atmosphere. We went in here every night and its open til 4am so it can get very messy ! Love it!

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Paihia Transportation

  • Russell-Paihia Ferry

    A number of operators ply the short distance between Russell and Paihia to carry foot passengers between the two locations.

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  • Intercity : Auckland to Paihia

    If you're travelling around New Zealand and don't have your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.If you need to make a firm itinerary to...

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  • Ferry to Russell

    The beautiful town of Russell is situated on the other side of the Bay of Islands. Road access to this little town is poor at best so the easiest way to go there is by ferry. Most people stay in Paihia and visit this town for a day or an afternoon. Interestingly enough, I never quite made it there, but I did see it from a boat :).

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Paihia Local Customs

  • Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere

    Did I tell you how weird that is? We don't have white Christmas back in Texas (USA), but generally the weather is cold, the leaves are mostly gone, and the grass is yellowish-brown. However, while the northern hemisphere is living through a cold winter, the Southern Hemisphere gets a warm summer. In this spring day, I was engulfed by crystal clear...

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  • The Kauri tree

    The Kauri tree is one of the tallest and widest trees on Earth. Its timber has a worldwide reputation as well making it a prime target. Both Maori and Europeans cut down thousands of these trees for their timber. Unlike other species, this tree is a slow grower so a full mature tree may be over one thousand years old. It's a shame that many of the...

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  • Weather

    The North of New Zealand is sub-tropical and the South temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC and in winter between 10-15ºC. New Zealand on a whole usually has 4 very distinct seasons.

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Paihia Warnings and Dangers

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    by Kate-Me Written Dec 23, 2006

    There has been quite some publicity lately (while we were travelling around the north island) where recently in 2 separate incidents at waterfall carparks, backpackers have been attacked and robbed (in one case while sleeping in their vehicle, though most carparks say 'no camping' so it's probably not a good idea to do).
    Some carparks even have security cameras set up - a strange thing to see in the middle of nowhere in a small town, but with so many tourists in campervans around, I think they're easy prey for thieves. At one carpark on the west coast in the top north, volunteer 'guards' charge $2 to mind your car while you go for a bushwalk, so you can have peace of mind that your van/vehicle will be ok when you get back 1 hour or so later....

    So just really take care, and heed the warning signs, as it does seem to be a serious problem.

    heed the warnings! other signs in the carpark I like the Maori canoe logo incorporated into name
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Paihia Off The Beaten Path

  • The scenic drives

    It really doesn't matter what direction you take, there are scenic drives everywhere and this one that heads out to Whangaruru North certainly has its momentsI would encourage enyone staying in the Bay of Islands to utilize your vehicle because the rewards are many.On this scenic route out the back of Russell it winds through lush countryside for a...

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  • The Cape Brett experience

    If you want to plan a strenuous, but rewarding, day then Cape Brett could be just for you. On the southern side of the Bay of Islands lies a headland that penetrates for kilometres out into the sea.At its apex there is a lighthouse and you can organize one of the local cruise companies to drop you off there before you walk back. Depending on your...

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  • Ngawha Thermal Springs

    En route to the north west coast of the North Island, we stopped at a little hot springs called Ngawha Springs, and spent 20 mins there soaking in the pools (temperature varied between the 6 or 8 small pools from about 33 degrees right up to 40, which was far too hot for me so I stayed in the coolest pool). Paul preferred the hot ones, so stayed...

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Paihia Sports & Outdoors

  • Earl Grey fishing

    One of the things you can actually do right at Paihia is fish. Steve Butler is one of those legend people and I was recommended to him. I'm so glad. It was the absolute last day of our stay before the weather window opened up and we could get outside in the boat but it was a hoot of a day. Kingfish, John Dory, schnapper and Bastard Red Cod (that's...

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  • Helicopter rides

    One of the many activities you can do in Paihia. There's also skydiving and parasailing in the 'air' category as well.

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  • Sand Surfing near 90 Miles Beach Part 3

    We tried hard to climb the steep slope, but we couldn't tolerate the hot sand. In the end, we ended up walking around the slope to a point were we could easily climb the hill. It was still hot, but as soon as we were on the other side of the slope (the side where the sun wasn't hitting) the sand got cool again. We heard the horn for the bus and...

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Paihia Favorites

  • Bay of Islands - Get out There!

    Paihia is an ok town, average beach, ok bars (try the Becahhouse cafe/bar and if you like a game of pool, the Sandpit right behind it is really good), good takeaways (One Hot Tuna on the waterront by the pier), and ok walks (try going along the coast south, should reach Opua in 2-3 hours, you can get a taxi back from there).For the 'proper' Bay of...

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  • going around the bay of islands

    what a view ! it's definetly a must to spend some days in this little township up north in the north island.

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Sleepy Russell
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Intercity Bus - Westcapade: Dargaville
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Intercity Bus-Westcapade:Waipoua Forest Visitor C.
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Intercity Bus - Westcapade: Tane Mahuta
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Intercity Bus - Westcapade: down to Rawene
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North to Cape Reinga: Last Stop before Paihia
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North to Cape Reinga: Where to Oceans Collide
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North to Cape Reinga: Ninety Mile Beach
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North to Cape Reinga: Puketi Kauri Forest
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Waikokopu cafe at Watangi Treaty House
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Watangi Treaty H.: Te Whare Runanga Meeting House
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Watangi Treaty House: the Treaty Ground
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Watangi Treaty House: Giant Whare Waka
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