Your guide to enjoying Paihia
Planning a trip to Paihia is a perfect choice. Endless golden beaches, island hopping, cute eateries, fun water-based activities and a guaranteed opportunity to relax and unwind – there are so many things to do in Paihia! We’ve put together a list of tips for what to do in Paihia and we promise none of them will disappoint. For where to stay in Paihia take a look here!
See our top 7 things to do in Paihia…
1. Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Discover the most important historical site in New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The choice is yours on how you want to experience the area, with the options to choose from an interactive cultural experience or a self-guided tour through their immersive exhibit. There’s also an entertainment aspect to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, in which you can enjoy an authentic hangi meal and experience a ceremonial war canoe. Locate yourself at a Paihia holiday home to make visiting all the main attractions a breeze.
2. Visit Urupukapuka Island
If you’re stumped on what to do in the Bay of Islands, look no further than booking yourself a trip to Urupukapuka Island. The largest island in the region and sitting only 7.3 kilometres from Paihia, you’ll have a hassle-free time getting there with hourly serviced ferries. Once you’ve arrived, you can relax at one of the many golden sand beaches, enjoying pest-free walks or have fun with one of the many water sport options. Rent paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel gear and more on the island! It’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll fall in love with Urupukapuka Island. Why not book a bach in Paihia to make excursions to this stunning island stress-free!
3. Kayak to Haruru Falls
One of the best family friendly activities in Paihia is kayaking to Haruru Falls, with the light current making it an easy paddle for all skill levels. There’s a kayak rental van near the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in which you can start the hour and a half trek upstream to Haruru Falls. Once there, you can paddle under the falls and get spun around in circles until you make yourself dizzy! There are also guided tour options for those that want extra comfort and direction as well. After all that paddling, relax at your Bay of Islands accommodation.
4. Set sail at sunset
The ultimate way to end the day in Paihia, setting sail at sunset is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have! You’ll get on board from the sandy beaches of Paihia and set sail for the next two hours as the sun starts to set. There’s something so peaceful about watching the lowering sun glisten on the water beneath you. Better yet, many tour boats also offer the option to BYO wine/beer. You’ll be back on land by dinner time and most certainly in a relaxed frame of mind. Continue the indulgence with a stunning Paihia holiday home to return to.
5. Indulge in parasailing or jet ski
Some of the most popular activities in Paihia, do yourself a favour and splurge on either going parasailing or renting jet skis for the day (or better yet, do both!). Parasailing offers a stunning birds-eye view of the Bay of Islands region whereas jet-skiing lets you explore the waters at your own pace. For where to stay in Paihia after a day’s worth of adventure – have a look here!
6. Swim with dolphins
A trip to Paihia offers you a once in a lifetime chance to swim with Bottlenose dolphins! There are multiple tour operators that will take you out on a mission to find these lovable marine creatures and, if spotted, allow you to jump in the water with them! It’s a Flipper dream come true! Many tour operators will combine a trip with visiting the infamous ‘Whole in the Rock’ which is a must-see land formation out at sea! End the day on a high and head back to your Paihia accommodation after seeing these magical creatures.
7. Dine on the historic wharf
While on holiday, you’ve got the perfect excuse to indulge in a delicious meal out. What better way to do so than over the water so you can scout out the stingrays and fish at the same time! Our top pick is Charlotte’s Kitchen, which is a super hip restaurant with an international menu. Trust us, their Cubano sandwiches are not to be missed. Take comfort in knowing you’ll be able to rest your weary head and full tummy at your Paihia holiday home.
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