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Paihia Harbour

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Paihia harbour, Bay of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand
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All reviews lots of shops catch the ferry cruise ship sunny day fish and chips beautiful scenery new zealand the waitangi treaty grounds library hole ferries rock wharf russel dolphins ships fishing
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have been to Paihia 3 times now and find we spend most of our time down at the harbour it is a hive of activity and a great place to be! Do yourself a favour and buy an ice cream and just sit there...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Leisa H
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is wherer a traveler can organize their exploration of the islands and also where they can catch ferries out to Russell which is a very charming little town with fun shops and good restaurants.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BJZ5501
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The reality is as good as its pictures. Doesn’t often happen this way, but it does in Paihia What a beautiful spot. Just walk along the walkway and look out at the water, the islands, and the sky. Take it all in.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rogerjm
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this harbour on a recent trip, it’s very picturesque and there are some nice restaurants right on the water serving very nice food. We were on a cruise and got their early for a tour, however in the afternoon a bunch of people...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Rileymoore05
Reviewed 1 week ago

The harbour is an obvious destination for ll activities and plenty of helpful people to direct one where you need to be. Well done!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nola B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Paihia and surrounding islands now have so much to offer. Visited a few years ago and was limited, however we had one day port of call- arrived by cruiseship 2 weeks ago and there are so many attractions from swimming with dolphins, glow worm caves,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank llaw901
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for a family picnic, sail or tour. Protected Harbour with lots to do. We had many dolphins circling our ship, Paihia is a quaint little town with lots of shopping and many great places to eat. A must visit spot.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GoesBoom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a really nice small harbor town on a great bay. There are many sandy beaches to swim, paddle or sunbath on. Fresh fish and chips in a local restaurant top off a good day here.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank eaglecadd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paihia is a very attractive place, friendly atmosphere, and a ferry ride across the water is lovely. Isn't it the "winterless north" up here? Paihia has much to offer in boat rides, fishing trips or just relaxing ambling along the street to take in the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jill R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cute bustling centre of town with lots of shops, restaurants and places to get groceries, ice cream, drinks, etc., etc.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Debbie J
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9 March 2017|
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Response from gstingr | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's best driving, renting a car & from Auckland to rotorua is 2:40 mins by car or close to 8 hrs via a bus which will be a whole day wasted if travel by bus. If your staying one day you not gonna see much, we stayed 3... More
14 February 2017|
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Response from helen_greig | Reviewed this property |
there are several hole in the rock cruises fas tjet if you do not mind the bumps The hole in the rock cruise which is more sedate and you often encounter dolphins The cream trip that goes around the islands and also in the... More
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Response from Valerie037 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry we were not there for New Years Eve - spent it in Auckland. Great fireworks there from the Sky Tower building!