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Exploring New Zealand

Paihia Area Guide

The Whare Runanga (Meeting house)
at the Waitangi National Reserve.
Located on the western edge of the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a favourite base for those exploring the coastal and ocean delights of the area.

The town features an extensive waterfront, beaches and wharf area, and is the launching point for numerous boat and fishing tours of the islands. It's also popular with divers.

Accommodation is plentiful, with the seaside areas packed with hotels, self-catering apartments and motels. It's also a haven for backpackers and budget travellers, with a series of lodges and hostels, most located within a stone's throw of each other.

If you should tire of the ocean, the Waitangi River offers walking and kayaking trips, eventually taking you to the horseshoe-shaped Haruru Falls. The waterfall area is also home to numerous camping and caravan sites.

Alternatively, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a park and exhibition area honouring the document signed in 1840 between Maori chiefs and the British authorities, one which ushered in the modern era of New Zealand history.