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Paihia Harbour

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Paihia harbour, Bay of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were stopping in Paihia and decided to take the passenger ferry from Paihia Harbour to Russell to have a look around there. We bought reasonably priced return tickets from the Paihia i-Site at the harbour, but it was also possible to buy tickets boarding...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank PaulAndJoy167
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very scenic bay with a relaxed laid back atmosphere. It has tropical Queensland vibes. A great place to kick back in a cafe or restaurant and stare out at boats coming and going in the harbour.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We passed through this area briefly again after many years and it was divine. It was a perfect day, the sun made the sea glisten and I wished I was staying longer. However it was enough of a reminder to make me plan a trip...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rme48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our cruise ship dropped into this beautiful coastal area on the east coast of the Nth Island, N.Z. It was a lovely coastal region on a very sunny day where the Royal Caribbean - Ovation of the Seas had to anchor in the bay and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank style7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a real tourist trap. It has a cheesy, honky tonk feel to it. It's like a Middle East Bazzar. Everyone is trying to sell you something. You can stay in Russell or Kerikeri and begin your tours from there.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bob O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lovely scenery is why one wants to linger here, great views of the water and the hills, an extensive bay.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our cruise ship’s first stop to explore the birthplace of New Zealand. The harbour area is clean, nice sculptures, and restaurants, and plenty of souvenir shops. There was a pad with a helicopter ready for flying. The boats leave on schedule to other islands, but...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 4historyandculture
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paihia is a lovely place, very much a tourist magnet and everything that goes with it but still a great destination.

Date of experience: February 2019
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was excellent, with dolphins soon accompanying the boat and an excellent commentary by the Captain as he took us along. As well as pointing out and explaining places of interest as we went, he took us through the Hole in the Rock at the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank alexmanning2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place and good communication with boat to the Russell Island!Had wonderful seafood in one of the restaurants: Seafood Restaurant

Date of experience: February 2019
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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!