Paihia is an outdoor lover’s paradise comprised of lush green spaces and aquamarine waters. It’s the main town in the Bay of Islands remarked for its historic sites, water sports and splendid natural wonders.
Things to do
Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of New Zealand's most important historic sites. Enjoy the spectacular views overlooking the Bay of Islands, tour the Treaty House, check out the giant flagstaff and feast your eyes upon the world’s largest single-hulled canoe.
Looking to indulge in some water sports? Go parasailing with Flying Kiwi, watch for dolphins on a boat tour with Carino Sailing or plan for a day of snorkelling or scuba diving with Paihia Dive.
For a day out in nature, journey to Haruru Falls. Hike or bike the six-kilometre path through the mangrove forest to the falls and enjoy sitting on the lawn nearby. Snap some photographs, go for a swim or pack a picnic and stay for the afternoon.
If you’re looking for an adrenalin rush, head to Action World to find activities for the entire family. Take a swing on the flying trapeze, aim for new heights on the climbing wall or go for a ride down the world’s highest inflatable slide.
Paihia is located 60 kilometres north of Whangarei. The closest airport is Kerikeri, located less than 25 kilometres north-west of Paihia. The easiest way of getting around is by car.
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