Local Guidebook

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Local Guidebook

Restaurants and Cafes

The food is always consistent and my favourite evening meal there is the Roasted Pork Knuckle- a must to try and so Yummy.It pays to sometimes ring a reserve the Knuckle before you arrive as it is one of their specialties and sells out fast!!
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Charlotte's Kitchen
69 Marsden Rd
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The food is always consistent and my favourite evening meal there is the Roasted Pork Knuckle- a must to try and so Yummy.It pays to sometimes ring a reserve the Knuckle before you arrive as it is one of their specialties and sells out fast!!
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!!
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Alfresco's Restaurant & Bar
6 Marsden Rd
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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!!
Great selection of Thai and Indian Food which never fails to please!! They have just opened an Indian only Restaurant right next door- so worth a visit.
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GREEN'S - Paihia - Indian and Thai Cuisine
96 Marsden Road
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Great selection of Thai and Indian Food which never fails to please!! They have just opened an Indian only Restaurant right next door- so worth a visit.
This is a new Bar and Restaurant that has opened recently and from the reports from locals and guests the food is good, the atmosphere is cool and the staff are fabulous. A must try if your in Paihia!!
Bad habits
76 Marsden Road
This is a new Bar and Restaurant that has opened recently and from the reports from locals and guests the food is good, the atmosphere is cool and the staff are fabulous. A must try if your in Paihia!!
This would have to be my favourite restaurant in Paihia. Would suggest to book in advanced as it is very popular.
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Terra Restaurant
76 Marsden Road
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This would have to be my favourite restaurant in Paihia. Would suggest to book in advanced as it is very popular.
Quick ferry ride across from Paihia to Russell. Famous historical hotel.
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Duke Of Marlborough Hotel
35 The Strand
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Quick ferry ride across from Paihia to Russell. Famous historical hotel.
Local Tapas bar and if you like oysters its a must to visit.
TIPSY OYSTER
24 Kings Road
Local Tapas bar and if you like oysters its a must to visit.
Bay of Islands Top Steak House - Perfect for all kinds of dining, this restaurant is always busy and the ribs are a must try.
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Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack
9 Williams Rd
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Bay of Islands Top Steak House - Perfect for all kinds of dining, this restaurant is always busy and the ribs are a must try.

Bars & Nightlife

Popular local nightclub
Pipi Patch Bar
18 Kings Rd
Popular local nightclub
Great for a night out to listen to some of our local talent who perform their usually from Thursday-Saturday from 7pm. They also do a light menu and bar snacks.
Thirty30 Craft Beer Bar
16 Kings Rd
Great for a night out to listen to some of our local talent who perform their usually from Thursday-Saturday from 7pm. They also do a light menu and bar snacks.
Popular bar on the water with great outdoor flow perfect for lunch, dinner and drinks. Often has live music.
Zane Grey's Aquarium and Dock Restaurants and Bars
69 Marsden Road
Popular bar on the water with great outdoor flow perfect for lunch, dinner and drinks. Often has live music.

Arts & Culture

Waitangi is New Zealand's most Historical Site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. You will enjoy a full day experience visiting two museums with some funny stories from your tour guide about the relationships between Maori and Pakeha. Visiting the carving studio -the art centre and off course the empowering traditional waka (canoe) which is the world's largest of it's type. This Tour is a must to visit.
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds (Bay of Islands)
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Waitangi is New Zealand's most Historical Site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. You will enjoy a full day experience visiting two museums with some funny stories from your tour guide about the relationships between Maori and Pakeha. Visiting the carving studio -the art centre and off course the empowering traditional waka (canoe) which is the world's largest of it's type. This Tour is a must to visit.
Waitangi welcomes you on a journey of discovery through Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site. Explore the two new contemporary museums, Te Rau Aroha, Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, the carving studio, the Treaty House, Te Whare Rūnanga (Carved Meeting House), traditional Māori waka taua (war canoes) and enjoy a full programme of tours and cultural performances.
Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi
Waitangi welcomes you on a journey of discovery through Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site. Explore the two new contemporary museums, Te Rau Aroha, Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, the carving studio, the Treaty House, Te Whare Rūnanga (Carved Meeting House), traditional Māori waka taua (war canoes) and enjoy a full programme of tours and cultural performances.

Food & Essentials

Local supermarkets
Local supermarket
Countdown Waitangi
9 Black Bridge Rd
Local supermarket
Local green grocer offering fresh fruit and vegetables, wine and speciality foods. Something a little nicer than countdown.
Four Square
41 Williams Rd
Local green grocer offering fresh fruit and vegetables, wine and speciality foods. Something a little nicer than countdown.

Cruises & Tours

Piercy Island, also known as "The Hole In The Rock" (and by its Māori-language name Motu Kōkako), is located off the north coast of the North Island of New Zealand. This is an iconic destination when visiting the Bay of Islands and is a must to see. You can book tours via: Fullers - www.dolphincruises.co.nz Explore - www.exploregroup.co.nz
Hole In The Rock Experience
60 Marsden Road
Piercy Island, also known as "The Hole In The Rock" (and by its Māori-language name Motu Kōkako), is located off the north coast of the North Island of New Zealand. This is an iconic destination when visiting the Bay of Islands and is a must to see. You can book tours via: Fullers - www.dolphincruises.co.nz Explore - www.exploregroup.co.nz
Bay of Island best tour guides - Annette and Alan offer fun and knowledgable tours for all types of occasions from small to large groups.
Total Tours
66 Marsden Road
Bay of Island best tour guides - Annette and Alan offer fun and knowledgable tours for all types of occasions from small to large groups.
The best way to explore the spectacular Bay of Islands, come on board with Explore and see for yourself all that the Bay of Islands has to offer.
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Explore Group Bay of Islands
60 Marsden Rd
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The best way to explore the spectacular Bay of Islands, come on board with Explore and see for yourself all that the Bay of Islands has to offer.

Sightseeing

30 mins from Paihia to Rainbow Falls or Total Tours offer a pick up and drop off service with other site seeing options.
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Rainbow Falls
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30 mins from Paihia to Rainbow Falls or Total Tours offer a pick up and drop off service with other site seeing options.
Popular spot for scenic photos & kayaking near a small waterfall, with benches & picnic tables.
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Haruru Falls
80 Haruru Falls Rd
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Popular spot for scenic photos & kayaking near a small waterfall, with benches & picnic tables.
Tours through a network of 656-foot long caves lined with glow-worms, stalactites and stalagmites. Must see book through Total Tours as they offer pick up and drop off options.
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Kawiti Glow Worm Caves
49 Waiomio Rd
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Tours through a network of 656-foot long caves lined with glow-worms, stalactites and stalagmites. Must see book through Total Tours as they offer pick up and drop off options.
Cape Brett Peninsula, is a peninsula on the northern North Island of New Zealand. Great Scenic walk for experienced to intermediate hikers.
Cape Brett Peninsula
Cape Brett Peninsula, is a peninsula on the northern North Island of New Zealand. Great Scenic walk for experienced to intermediate hikers.
Great part of New Zealand history. Gift shop, cafe and guided site tours. The cafe here offers freshly baked croissants and pastries a must to visit in Russell.
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Pompallier Mission
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Great part of New Zealand history. Gift shop, cafe and guided site tours. The cafe here offers freshly baked croissants and pastries a must to visit in Russell.
Great place to book tours and local information of the areas to visit.
Bay of Islands i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
101 Marsden Rd
Great place to book tours and local information of the areas to visit.
Local Market in Kerikeri (30min drive from Paihia) one every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1.30pm. Fresh produce, local products, eateries, clothing, live music, great coffee, freshly baked goods and you must try the Maori Traditional Hangi as this is one of my favourites.
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The Old Packhouse Market
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Local Market in Kerikeri (30min drive from Paihia) one every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1.30pm. Fresh produce, local products, eateries, clothing, live music, great coffee, freshly baked goods and you must try the Maori Traditional Hangi as this is one of my favourites.

Activities

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Waitangi Golf Club
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The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.
Paihia Mountain Bikes: Rentals and Shuttles
156 Marsden Rd
The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.
Bay Beach Hire
Ross at Target Charters is your go to for fishing tours. Booking is essential and in advance as they book up quickly.
Target Charters
69 Marsden Road
Ross at Target Charters is your go to for fishing tours. Booking is essential and in advance as they book up quickly.