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Paihia Wharf

Dine on fresh seafood in local restaurants, admire stunning oceanfront views and embark on cruises and fishing excursions from this pretty wharf.

Paihia Wharf is the departure point for some of the best fishing charters and boat trips in the Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise up Waitangi River or go on a dolphin-watching tour. A passenger ferry to Russell, one of the first European settlements in New Zealand, also leaves from the wharf.

Walk down the wharf and soak up the sea views. Look for anglers casting rods nearby; fishing competitions for both adults and children are occasionally held here.

Many charters and cruises operate out of Paihia Wharf. Book a reef fishing trip to catch species such as trevally, sea trout and snapper. Boat cruises are an excellent way to see the Bay of Islands’ local marine life. Spot whales, dolphins, penguins and various species of seabirds. Paihia Wharf also features afternoon and overnight cruises.

Taste exceptional New Zealand wines and craft beers in bars near Paihia Wharf. Many restaurants here serve fresh seafood, including oysters from the nearby Waikare Inlet, and offer superb oceanfront views. Paihia also has restaurants that serve outstanding international cuisine as well as cafés for brunch and coffee.

From the wharf, walk to other nearby attractions, such as Paihia Beach and Te Tii Bay. Paihia Wharf is also near trails that weaves through native forest areas, including the Harrison’s Bush Scenic Reserve Trail and the Waitangi to Haruru Falls Track.

Find the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to the north of town; this is where the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, was signed in the 19th century. Browse the comprehensive exhibits at the Museum of Waitangi, which is now located at the site.

Paihia Wharf is in the popular tourist town of Paihia, about 230 kilometres (140 miles) from Auckland. Choose from various types of accommodation, ranging from luxurious resorts with spa facilities and oceanfront hotels to self-catered apartments.

Stroll along the Paihia Wharf in summer and absorb the lively atmosphere while watching the boats bobbing offshore.

Popular Activities at Paihia Wharf

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Lodging Near Paihia Wharf

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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands $82
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 1,329 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

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

    Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia $79
    Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

    Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

    104 Marsden Road, Paihia
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 623 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Paihia hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Treaty Grounds is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

      Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands $60
      Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

      Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

      58 Seaview Road, Paihia
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 669 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Paihia Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Wharf and Waitangi Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Breakwater Motel $80
        Breakwater Motel

        Breakwater Motel

        1 Bayview Road, Paihia, Northland
           
          4.7
          of 5, from 328 reviews
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia motel is 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).

          Dolphin Motel $39
          Dolphin Motel

          Dolphin Motel

          69 Williams Road, Paihia
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 205 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Paihia Wharf and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and Waitangi Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection $124
            The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection

            The Waterfront Suites - Heritage Collection

            100 Marsden Road, Paihia
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 547 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Paihia, this beachfront apartment building is in the city center, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Paihia Wharf, and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Beach and Russell Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Outrigger Motel $69
              Outrigger Motel

              Outrigger Motel

              45 Williams Road, Paihia
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 91 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Paihia, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Treaty Grounds is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

                Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel $55
                Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

                Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

                27 Kings Road, Paihia
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 220 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Paihia, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Paihia Beach and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Paihia Wharf and Waitangi Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).