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Paihia Beach

Go on fishing charters, swim in the sea and browse shops and restaurants near Paihia’s main beach, the site of an annual swimming event that attracts competitors from around the country.

Enjoy fishing, swimming, picnicking and many other outdoor activities at Paihia Town Beach. The main beach is lined with several cafés and restaurants serving international cuisine and fresh seafood caught by local fishermen. Book a sea kayaking adventure or a big game fishing charter and set out into the sea.

Bring your swimming costume and towel to the beach and spend a day relaxing on the sands. Lie out and let the sun warm your skin. If it starts to get too hot, cool off with a refreshing dip in the ocean waters.

Pack a picnic to eat on the beach when hunger strikes. Alternatively, buy fish and chips nearby or walk over to the restaurants and cafés of the Paihia Wharf area. Many boat charter and cruise companies operate from the area around the beach and wharf.

Come in November to swim the Bay of Islands Classic, an annual ocean swimming event with several different length routes. The event occurs annually and attracts swimmers and spectators from across the country.

Head to the northern end of Paihia to reach Te Tii Bay, a stretch of golden sand fringed with native pohutukawa trees. Picnic on the sands or explore Te Tii Bay by sea kayak. The bay also has a children’s playground and nearby camping and caravan grounds. 

Find several hiking trails near Paihia Beach, including the Harrison’s Bush Scenic Reserve Trail. Follow the path through one of the most beautiful native forests in the Bay of Islands. Another excellent trail, the Waitangi to Haruru Falls Track, runs through a mature mangrove forest. Look for sea birds and indigenous flora on many of these picturesque walks.

The main town beach is located in the heart of Paihia, one of the busiest tourist towns in the Bay of Islands. Stay in luxurious resorts with spa facilities or opt for less-expensive self-catered apartments.


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Lodging Near Paihia Beach

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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands $101
Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    The location service and the food were all fantastic in general a very friendly comfortable stay.

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands $66
    Reviewed on May 1, 2019
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    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

    58 Seaview Road, Paihia
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Great facility, great service, good location . thoroughly enjoyed our stay

      Edgewater Palms Apartments $186
      Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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      Edgewater Palms Apartments

      Edgewater Palms Apartments

      8 - 10 Marsden Road, Paihia
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Rooms were very clean. Beds were comfortable and the 2 bedrooms units were very spacious. Beach across the road . Restaurant on one side liquour store on the other and very nice pool ideal for a family vacation . Definitely be back

        Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
        Reviewed on May 6, 2019
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        Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

        Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

        27 Kings Road, Paihia
           
          4.1 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0

          we were there for 4 nights and had the premier room with steps down to the lounge, which was really nice the Huge problem for us was the Massive gap under the the door I literally managed to put all my fingers under it, I had to put a towel under it to keep the mice and light out the toilet roll ...

          Bay Adventurer $37
          Reviewed on Apr 21, 2019
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          Bay Adventurer

          Bay Adventurer

          26 Kings Rd, Paihia, Northland
             
            4.0 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Bathroom not so well cleaned. But overall good stay.

            Averill Court Motel $49
            Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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            Averill Court Motel

            Averill Court Motel

            62 Seaview Rd, Paihia
               
              4.5 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Although this was an older style motel, it was well presented. Winnie, our host was helpful, providing us with lots of local information and happy to book tours for us 😊

              Breakwater Motel $79
              Reviewed on Apr 27, 2019
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              Breakwater Motel

              Breakwater Motel

              1 Bayview Road, Paihia, Northland
                 
                4.7 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0

                The biggest issue was the lighting in the bathroom. Two tiny halogens were nowhere near bright enough. Especially in the morning.

                Dolphin Motel $43
                Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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                Dolphin Motel

                Dolphin Motel

                69 Williams Road, Paihia
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Its was close to all local amenities. People were so friendly. We had great experience.