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Paihia [5] is a town in the Bay of Islands in the Far North of the North Island of New Zealand.


Paihia has stunning views over the Bay of Islands. Most of the maritime activities depart from the wharf at the corner of Marsden and Williams roads. The Maritime Building next to the wharf houses two tour companies.

The Bay of Islands information centre is also at the wharf, phone 09 402 7345, fax 09 402 7314, (email: mailto:[email protected])

Get in

There are a wide range of options to travel to Paihia. Several tourist coach companies offer daily sightseeing services from downtown Auckland including Newmans Coach Lines [6], InterCity Coachlines [7] and Naked Bus [8]. These services take around 4 hours and may include rest stops and commentary on local history.

There are also many packaged tours available that include the Bay of Islands in their North Island itinerary. Auckland is the nearest international airport to Paihia. Regional airlines have flights from most of the main centres in New Zealand to Kerikeri airport which is about 20 minutes by car or shuttle van from Paihia.

Rental cars are also a popular choice of transport for overseas visitors.

Get around

The town centre is small and compact. You can pretty much walk everywhere.



Dolphin Watching in the Bay of Islands
  • Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands [9] Offer the widest range of cruise and tours in the region inlcuding a full day cruise around the Bay of Islands with a chance to swim with the dolphins. Officially licenced by the New Zealand Department of Conservation, Fullers GreatSights are permitted to actively seek dolphin and whales in and around the Bay of Islands. MOst cruises include a trip out the famous Hole in the Rock and the Cape Brett lighthouse and a portion of every ticket goes to dolphin research in the bay. Fullers GreatSights also operate a range of land based tours including Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach, Kerikeri and Russell mini tours.
  • Ipipiri Overnight Cruises [10] From October 2009 Fullers GreatSights will launch a brand new $12m overnight cruise ship in the Bay of Islands. The cruise will showcase the history of the region on a two day, one night cruise.
  • [11]Operate a range of cruise and land tours aimed for the more adventurous traveller. From half day Dolphin Eco Encounters, Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach day tours to the Excitor - Ultimate High Speed Adventure Fast Boat ride to the iconic Hole in the Rock.
  • Bush walks through the Opua forest. The trail starts at the end of School Road. One hour return to the viewpoint overlooking the Bay and Russell. 2.5 hours each way for a longer walk.
  • Swim at the long, sandy beach north of the wharf along the road to Waitangi.
  • Dive the Rainbow Warrior wreck. The Rainbow Warrior was a Greenpeace boat sunk by French secret service agents on July 7 1985 in Auckland. It was refloated and then scuttled two years later near the Bay of Islands as an artificial reef. Dive boat trips to the Rainbow Warrior are run by Paihia Dive[12], Williams Road. tel 0800 107 551 (free call) or 09 402 7551. fax 09 402 7110. Paihia Dive teach the PADI wreck course using the wreck.
  • Swim With Wild Dolphins There are a small selection of companies in Paihia that are approved by the New Zealand Department of Conservation to seek dolphin and whales in the wild. These tours allow you to jump into the sheltered bay with both common and bottlenosed dolphins. Check with operator for approved DOC permit
  • 'The Rock' Overnight Cruise [13] Cruise the Bay of Islands for 22 hours, incorporating lots of water activities, island walks, onboard meals, as well as time to watch the stunning scenery and wildlife.
  • 'Discover the Bay - 'Hole in the Rock' and dolphin viewing cruise. Explore the Bay of Islands while searching for dolphins and visiting the iconic Hole in the Rock. [14]
  • Swim with the Dolphins eco-adventure trip. Swim alongside dolphins in their natural environment and in the warmest water in New Zealand. [15]
  • Dune Rider unique adventure tour. Take a full day to explore the Far North. Drive along Ninety Mile Beach, climb the sand dunes and boogie board back down. Visit a Gumdigger’s Park and walk to Cape Reinga Lighthouse to view the meeting of the Pacific Ocean and Tasmin Sea. [16]
  • Lion New Zealand - The ultimate day sail in the Bay. Sail amongst the 144 islands of the Bay onboard an ex Round the World Racing yacht. Visit Ururpukapuka Island and learn about Project Island Song. There is also a possibility of viewing dolphins and other marine life. [17]


  • The Cabbage Tree has two shops; one in Williams Road and one in the Maritime building. Phone / fax 09 402 7318 . (email: mailto:[email protected]), [18]. New Zealand made gifts and souvenirs, such as possum and merino wool garments, kauri wood bowls and boxes, traditional greenstone (jade) and bone carvings and jewellery. Open seven days a week.
  • Enz of the Earth, Marsden Road, phone 09 402 5955, [19]. Gifts from Asia, including womenswear, jewellery, shoes, hats, bags, and greenstone. Open seven days.


  • Only Seafood, 40 Marsden Road (above Bistro40), phone 09 402 6066 (email: mailto:[email protected], fax 09 402 7083), [20]. Open 7 days a week from 5 PM. It is fully licensed and does not take bookings. NZ seafood. Main plus vegetables $30.
  • Bistro40, 40 Marsden Road, phone 09 402 7444 (email: mailto:[email protected], fax 09 402 7083), [21]. Open for dinner from 6 PM. Housed in a colonial style building circa late 1800s. Best of NZ cuisine. Main plus vegetables $30.
  • Ice Cream and Expresso kiosk. Cnr Marsden and Williams Road. Rush Munro 100% natural ice cream and selection of coffees and iced drinks. Gaze over the Bay and people-watch. Around $4.
  • King Wah Restaurant, Selwyn Mall, phone 09 402 7566. Chinese cuisine. Buffet $23 per person.
  • Otehei Bay Restaurant and Bar, Urupukapuka Island [22]. Open every day of the year, offering a variety of meals and refreshments. Telephone +64 9 402 8234 or 0800 DOLPHIN (365 744) email: mailto:[email protected]




  • Bay Adventurer Backpackers [23] , 28 Kings Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands. Freecall 0800 112 127. [email protected]. Shared dorm accommodation, doubles, twins and apartments available.
  • Harbour House Villa Luxury Bed & Breakfast Accommodation, 7 English Bay Road, Opua, 09-402-8087, [1]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. Located on a promontory over looking the Bay of Islands, 5 min. drive from Paihia. Bed & Breakfast Rooms and 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites.
  • Beachcomber Resort, 1 Seaview Road, 0800 732 786, 09 402 7434, (fax 09 402 8202, email: mailto:[email protected]), [24]. 45 rooms each with Bay of Islands sea views, pool, spa, sauna, tennis, Sky TV. Standard studio $130 off peak, $210 peak.
  • Bounty Inn, Cnr Bayview & Selwyn Rds, Freephone 0800 472 444, 09 402 7088, (fax 09 402 7081, email: mailto:[email protected]), [25]. Nestled in a quiet bush setting on the waterfront only 300m from the town centre, self contained accommodation with sea views, balconies, Sky TV & conference venue.
  • Hotel Paihia, 5 Joyces Road, 09 4027911" (fax 09 4027729 email: mailto:[email protected]),[26]. 66 rooms near the beaches and dive sites of Paihia. This hotel offers affordable accommodation and can arrange tours to various attractions in the region. [27].
  • Pickled Parrot Backpackers, Greys Lane, Freephone 0508 PARROT, 09 402 6222, (fax 09 402 6232, email: mailto:[email protected]), [28]. A hostel just off the highway on the right as you head out of town toward Auckland. Great courtyard, complete with a BBQ. There is actually a parrot hanging around and you get a free breakfast. A couple minute walk from the beach. Tent sites from $14, Dorms from $20, Doubles/twins from $26, Single from $52.
  • Sublime Apartments (formerly Bay of Islands Apartments), 58 School Road, Phone / fax: 09 402 5289, (email: mailto:[email protected]), [29]. Peaceful apartments in a bush setting, but only a couple minutes walk to the shops, bars, restaurants and beach. Recently redone, modern apartments with a kitchen, spacious living area and roomy bathroom. Extras include a pool, BBQs and wifi access. Apartments from $79 per night.
  • Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel, 3 Bayview Road, Freephone 0800 724 444, 09 402 7615" (fax 09 402 7609 email: mailto:[email protected]),[30]. 4-star motel accommodation in central Paihia. Double studios, family suites and deluxe top floor apartments with sea views, balconies & spa baths, sleep from 2 - 10 people.
  • Paihia Beach Resort and Spa Hotel, 116 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, +64 9 4020 111, [2]. (email: mailto:[email protected]). 5 star resort, New Zealand owned.
  • Te Haumi Suite, Paihia Accommodation, at Bridgewater Bay Apartments, [3]. Luxurious two-bedroom apartment located on the Bay of Islands. Furnished kitchen, swimming pool, private balcony, boat ramp, etc., available for stays of two nights or more. Rates start at NZ$150 per night.
  • Sanctuary Palms, 31 Bayview Road, +64 09 402 5428, [4]. Luxury Accommodation overlooking the Bay of Islands.

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