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Things to do in Paihia

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Motel
“A site of great cultural significance to New Zealand's indigenous and European people. This is where the country's bi-cultural nationhood was first formed wit the signing of a treaty in the late 1800s. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is New Zealand’s most important historic site. Try take in the Cultural Experience and guided tour. The Maori performers are great, and you can view the Treaty House, carvings as well as the new museum. Waitangi is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Paihia and well worth seeing. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“The best location for dining or just having a drink with killer views over the bay. It is situated at the end of the Paihia Warf.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great to go on a Sunday between 3-6pm for Happy Hour Drinks and also listen to a Live Band!! Worth checking out- and the food is good to!!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Or there is a larger Countdown at Waitangi. If you have a car and want to drive to Kerikeri there is also a larger Countdown or a New World Grocery Store for that little bit extra!!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack has been running a massive BBQ low & slow style menu for over 10 years in New Zealand. Famous for our Ribs which started from on old American recipe, then developed to be our signature Kiwi BBQ sauce, to meet a New Zealand palate. We truly love ribs…and with over 18 tons of ribs we sell each year is testament to that! That’s just some of the story though…if our subtle charcoal smoked beef burgers don’t make Jimmy Jack’s a favourite then our healthy range of food will – with our salads, sizzle plates and vegetarian options. We have the most loved desserts, steaks, slow smoked favourites, fresh breads & seafood, right through to the largest selection of Rib boards. Jimm”
  • 6 locals recommend
Nature
“We highly recommend a cruise to Hole in the Rock as it covers most of the inner islands, Cape Brett and you may be lucky and see dolphins on the way. Lunch is usually included in a picturesque spot on this trip at Otehei bay on Urupukapuka island.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“A cascading waterfall in a horseshoe shape. There is a 5.5 km walkway from Waitangi Treaty ground following the Waitangi River. It can also be reached by car as it is about 5 min drive north of Paihia.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Situated at the end of Marsden Road as you are going towards Kerikeri, turn left at the Waitangi Roundabout, Countdown is on the right. This Supermarket will provide everything you need for your stay.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Extensive Thai and Indian menu. Reasonably priced and the food is authentic. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The most authentic & relaxing way to spend a day in the bay! The summertime sailings fund a youth trust during the winter months.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Go to Fuller's Great sights to book fantastic trips to view the Bay of Islands at it's best! They will give you advice as to what to see and do in Russell and in the Bay! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“See dolphins and the islands in the bay as you cruise out to the entrance of the Bay of Islands”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
“Only a 5 minute walk and has a great range of grocery, produce, meat, beer and wine and specialty lines.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Gorgeous setting overlooking the water/ferries/boats. Casual drinks/coffees or meal. A great place to lounge away the afternoon in the sun...”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bus Station
“This is a definite must do! Stunning views of the Bay of Islands. Some really nice bars and restaurants on the water to try.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“The best location for dining or just having a drink with killer views over the bay. It is situated at the end of the Paihia Warf.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great to go on a Sunday between 3-6pm for Happy Hour Drinks and also listen to a Live Band!! Worth checking out- and the food is good to!!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack has been running a massive BBQ low & slow style menu for over 10 years in New Zealand. Famous for our Ribs which started from on old American recipe, then developed to be our signature Kiwi BBQ sauce, to meet a New Zealand palate. We truly love ribs…and with over 18 tons of ribs we sell each year is testament to that! That’s just some of the story though…if our subtle charcoal smoked beef burgers don’t make Jimmy Jack’s a favourite then our healthy range of food will – with our salads, sizzle plates and vegetarian options. We have the most loved desserts, steaks, slow smoked favourites, fresh breads & seafood, right through to the largest selection of Rib boards. Jimm”
  • 6 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Extensive Thai and Indian menu. Reasonably priced and the food is authentic. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Gorgeous setting overlooking the water/ferries/boats. Casual drinks/coffees or meal. A great place to lounge away the afternoon in the sun...”
  • 5 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I love Darryl's dinner cruise as you get the most amazing view of the falls with and absolutely spectacular meal and great company, this is a must do while you stay in the Bay. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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