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The centre of all water-based activities in the Bay of Islands, Paihia is surrounded by three pretty bays and sheltered from the ocean by the Russell Peninsula.

Hole in the Rock, The Bay of Islands
The first dwelling was built by Europeans as a mission station in 1823, and from these modest beginnings it has developed into a busy travel hub for the Bay of Islands and the north. From here it is possible to arrange sea kayaking, sailing and much more.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Paihia

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Paihia, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Paihia

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Paihia. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Allegra House, Paihia & The Bay of Islands

      Allegra House

      First Class

      Located high on the hill overlooking Paihia and the ocean, Allegra House is a wonderful place to stay in the heart of the Bay of Islands, with its friendly hosts and rooms that boast excellent views.

    • Decks of Paihia, Paihia & The Bay of Islands

      Decks of Paihia

      Medium

      A modern bed and breakfast, Decks of Paihia is perched high above the town of Paihia with spacious, en suite rooms and great views over the native bush and out into the bay.

    • Edgewater Palms Apartments, Paihia & The Bay of Islands

      Edgewater Palms Apartments

      First Class

      The waterfront apartments at Edgewater Palms provide fully self-contained accommodation, outstanding views of the Bay of Islands and are ideally located to explore the local area.

    • Paihia Beach Resort and Spa, Paihia

      Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

      First Class

      The Paihia Beach Resort offers great service and first class facilities, and is ideally located for exploring the Bay of Islands.

    Ideas for experiencing Paihia

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Paihia, and which use the best local guides.

    • Dolphin, Pemba Island

      Swimming with Dolphins

      Paihia

      This four hour trip departs from Paihia and Russell in the morning or afternoon on a jet-powered catamaran from which you will meet one of nature's most charming creatures in the warm waters of the Bay of Islands.

    • Hole in the rock, Russell & The Bay of Islands

      Hole in the Rock Cruise

      Paihia

      Be whisked away by the high speed luxury catamaran for a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse before reaching Motukokako Island and the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. The excitement grows as you make passage through the Hole and on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.