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Paihia (Bay of Islands) in New Zealand

Paihia, the main tourist town in North Island, is the perfect base for exploring the coves and beaches of the Bay of Islands. It’s beautiful sandy shores call out to sun worshippers, offering stunning views across the bay. Not just a sleepy town, Paihia boasts vibrant weekend farmers’ markets bursting with some of the region’s finest produce, as well as a bustling town center replete with cozy cafes, restaurants and shops. Paihia’s heritage is aptly showcased through the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, which not only mark the site of the country’s founding but also host Treaty House, a giant Maori canoe and museum. Outside of this quaint town, there’s plenty for adventure travelers – from walking and cycling trails such as the Opua Forest Paihia Lookout Track, kayaking in the wharf, deep-sea fishing, and island hopping to swimming with dolphins at the iconic Hole in the Rock of Cape Brett.

Highlights

  • Bay of Islands
  • Farmers Markets
  • Adventure Sports

Places to Stay

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Scenic Bay Of Islands

Style: Beach Resort

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is situated on four acres of park-like surrounds and attractive gardens, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing time.

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The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

Style: Beach Resort

The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia dominates a prime position on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf, near the township and close to the main attractions.

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