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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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$41
Base Bay of Islands - Hostel

Base Bay of Islands - Hostel

18 Kings Rd, Paihia
3.6
of 5, from 50 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Russell Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$89
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

104 Marsden Road, Paihia
4.3
of 5, from 358 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Paihia hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Waitangi Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$127
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

58 Seaview Road, Paihia
4.4
of 5, from 574 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Russell Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$71
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
4.2
of 5, from 1,104 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Waitangi, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia Wharf, and Waitangi Golf Club. Paihia Beach and Haruru Falls are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$60
Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

Aloha Seaview Resort Motel

32-36 Seaview Road, Paihia
4.9
of 5, from 7 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Paihia motel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Russell Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$59
Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

27 Kings Road, Paihia
4.1
of 5, from 144 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Paihia, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Russell Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$76
Anchorage Motel

Anchorage Motel

2 Marsden Road, Paihia
4.6
of 5, from 169 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia motel is within a 10-minute walk of Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf. Waitangi Golf Club and Haruru Falls are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$67
Admiral's View Lodge

Admiral's View Lodge

2 MacMurray Road, Paihia
4.6
of 5, from 227 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Russell Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).