Paihia (Pop 1770) is the
main tourist town in the Bay of Islands in the far north of the North Island
of New Zealand. It is located close to the historic towns of Russell, and
Kerikeri, 60 kilometres north of Whangarei.
shimmering safe waters and superb beaches, Paihia is a good place to be
based for your Bay of Islands experience. Take a relaxing walk along
unspoilt beaches, take a guided tour through historical sites or go fishing.
If adventure is what you seek, perhaps try skydiving, parasailing, scuba
diving or kayaking. Paihia is the place of friendly locals, happy cafés and
people enjoying life.
Whether it is swimming with delightful dolphins, taking in a spot of retail
therapy or just lazing under a tree, Paihia is the place for it. Its also
where New Zealand's first game of cricket was held.
Rich in culture, history and natural resources, Paihia is the place of
friendly locals, happy cafes and people enjoying life whether it is swimming
with dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy, bush walking or just
lazing on the beach.
Known as the jewel of the magnificent Bay of Islands, with shimmering safe
waters and superb beaches, there are plenty of recreational activities in
among the 144 islands: sail, fish, swim, dive, snorkel, charter a launch or
paddle a sea kayak around the islands.
Paihia is the perfect stepping stone into the Bay of Islands, and a
wonderful place for people of all ages to visit.
Nearby is the historic
settlement of Waitangi to the north, and the residential and commercial
areas of Haruru Falls/Watea to the west; the townships of Opua and Russell and the small
settlement of Te Haumi to the south.
Paihia is served by various
bus and coach operators providing regular daily services from
Air New Zealand Link operates regular daily air services to
Kerikeri from Auckland.
There are no passenger train services from Paihia to Kaitaia, Kerikeri,
Russell, Whangarei or Auckland.