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Paihia

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Historic Sites · Swim with Dolphins · Dolphin & Whale Watching
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture. Useful as a jumping off point for exploring the diversity of water-based activities on offer--from cruises to kayaks to dolphin-watching trips--Paihia's active wharf serves as the point of departure for many experiences across the historically important and culturally rich Bay of Islands. Our New Zealand trip itinerary planner combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Popular things to do in Paihia

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Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.2
Duration: 8 hours
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Wildlife Area
Paihia Harbour
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Paihia

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Phantom Sailing Russell
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Waterfall
Haruru Falls Haruru
3.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
She's a Lady Sailing Adventures Bay of Islands
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Architectural Building
The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station Kerikeri
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Paihia

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Island
Urupukapuka Island
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Spa
Spas
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Lookout
Opua Forest Lookout Track
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Architectural Building
St Paul's Anglican Church
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Paihia

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.0
Duration: 4 hours

Golf in Paihia

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Golf Course
Waitangi Golf Club
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Day Trip
R. Tucker Thompson
5.0
Duration: 6 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Bee Haven @ Paihia
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Waterfall
Rainbow Falls Kerikeri
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Paihia

As a welcoming tourist town, Paihia offers a range of accommodations suitable for visitors with a diverse set of criteria. Boutique hotels and self-catered apartments dot along the coast, some offering excellent views of the bay on request. While most lodgings are located in the town center, farther out you can find campsites and resorts that, because of the settlement's modest size, still put you within walking distance or a short car journey of the wharf and town center.
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