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Pae Moana - Sea Horizon

Beautiful secluded one bedroom abode set in garden surroundings with sea views. A short 2 minute walk to the beach and town in this gateway to the Bay of Islands. Watch stunning sunrises from bed. Sip a glass of wine on the patio. Private and peaceful location. Super close to cafes, restaurants and the wharf for ferries to Russell and beyond. Couch folds into double bed for added guests. Fully equipped kitchen. Wifi not currently installed but expected in June.

$68 per night
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CHEERFUL 3 BEDROOM HOLIDAY HOME WITH POOL

Kick back and relax in this calm, stylish space.

$188 per night
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Tree House in central Paihia

Tree House self contained apartment. Enjoy the native bush surroundings and sea views from the deck. Fully equipped kitchen for self catering, ensuite, king size bed, beach towels, BBQ. Wake up to the bird song. Easy walking distance to town center.

$121 per night

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Te Wahi Mahana (A Warm Place), Paihia
$56 per night
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1. The Treetops @ #10 Abri
$124 per night
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Paihia Central Penthouse with 2 Ensuite's
$125 per night
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Oceanside
$173 per night
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Harbour View Cottage Bay of Islands
$91 per night
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Allure Lodge Cottage
$96 per night
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Paihia Central Stylish Apartment with views
$70 per night
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Sunny Spacious Sea view Stunner
$129 per night
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Tropical Bush Suite
$121 per night
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The Nest. Private Entrance Sitting Room Near Beach
$55 per night
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Studio in Central Paihia
$68 per night
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$165 per night

Your guide to Paihia

All About Paihia

Known as the gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a thriving seaside town in the far north of New Zealand’s North Island, where the lands are steeped in Māori culture. With 144 islands to explore just off its shores, the small community is a haven for water-based activities and island-hopping. Sailing, kayaking, jet-skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing are all popular pursuits around the islands. The diving sites here are considered some of the best in the world, with abundant marine life and volcanic outcrops to explore. All types of boat cruises leave from Paihia Wharf, giving you a variety of methods to take in the Bay of Islands. Around Paihia town, you’ll find a range of routes, from short walks to long hikes, to explore the lush landscapes, waterfalls, and coves.

The influence of Māori culture on this part of the Northlands is strong and enduring, in the everyday life of the town and in sacred sites nearby. You can visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, an important spot for the country’s history as it marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation.

The town center of Paihia has some great restaurants to choose from, and you’ll find several vineyards within a scenic 30-minute drive. Or simply pack a picnic and head to the beach.


How do I get around Paihia?

If you’re flying into New Zealand from outside the country, you’ll likely arrive at Auckland International Airport (AKL), about a 3.5-hour drive from Paihia. You can take a connecting flight to Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also known as Bay of Islands Airport, which is about 20 minutes east by car. It’s possible to take public transportation from Auckland, but there are no direct buses and trains. The easiest way to get to Paihia and around may be to rent a car. Once you’re in town, regional public buses connect the local towns. You’ll also find ferries and plenty of private boat rentals to get to the Bay of Islands.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Paihia?

The north of New Zealand is often referred to as winterless, as it enjoys consistently moderate tropical weather all year round. To experience the area with fewer tourists, consider booking your Paihia rental for winter (June, July, and August) when it tends to be quieter but days are rarely less than cool — a light jacket should be all you need. The summer months are marked by clear days and balmy temperatures, so sunscreen is a must. New Year’s Eve is a big celebration here, and if you visit in January, you can attend the Bay of Islands music festival — a joyous blend of roots, dub, soul, and hip hop.


What are the top things to do in Paihia?

Bay of Islands

More than 100 islands are scattered throughout this 100-square-mile bay with a lacy coastline and many subsidiary inlets. To make the most of the islands, you’ll want to get out on a boat tour to take in the incredible scenery and learn its stories. Many tours pass through the Hole in the Rock, a naturally formed arch at Cape Brett. Experienced sailors can rent a boat and explore according to their own itinerary.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Fewer than two miles from Paihia is where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840, marking the end of decades of conflict and forming the modern nation of New Zealand. The center has two museums, traditional Māori performances, and interactive exhibitions. The cafe and gardens are a peaceful spot for reflection, and the art galleries present creations from past and present.

Haruru Falls

This dramatic horseshoe-shaped waterfall gets its name from the colossal noise it makes as water cascades over the rocks. You can access the boardwalk and waterfall on foot from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, with the 3.7-mile walk taking around 2.5 hours. You’ll follow the Waitangi River past mangrove trees; be sure to keep an eye out for kingfishers and shags, which nest nearby.