Paihia is a bustling seaside town right in the heart of the Bay of Islands. A place where the local people enjoy a great lifestyle, and take delight in sharing it with the thousands of visitors who come here each summer.
There are have golden sand beaches that are safe for swimming and sun bathing. Scenic walks to explore, and a wide range of recreational activities. You can go sailing, swim with the dolphins, or paddle a sea kayak around the 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands.
Our town is rich in its history and culture which you can explore in nearby Waitangi – a place where Maori and European residents mix with visitors from all around the world.
Paihia is proud to be recognised as ‘the Jewel of the Bay of Islands’.
Visit the local souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes. Helicopter rides, jet skis and other water based sports are available for the adrenaline junkies.
Walk or drive to the spectacular Haruru Falls. Learn about early New Zealand history where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed. Discover authentic Maori culture.