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Paihia Harbour

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Paihia harbour, Bay of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed this small town in three days we stayed here. There are lots of restaurants from cheap and cheerful to good dining. The Waitangi treaty ground museum is nearby and a 15 minute ferry brings you across the Victorian town of Russell and its...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Paihia was okay but we took a ferry across to Russell. It was reasonably fast and the staff were exceptionally friendly. Russell was a prettier place.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Charles K
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were lucky enough to be an Air BnB with quite astonishing views of the Harbour but we also got out on the harbour on a ferry ride. If you're anywhere near it's definitely worth getting on the ferry that runs from Paihia to Russel...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank AllanJGJ
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took the ferry over to Russell for breakfast. It was a beautiful morning and the cruise ships were gone. Stopped and had muesli with fruit, a muffin and some espresso. The waitress was friendly and service was quick. Then we strolled around the town...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 513ginnyb
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were stopping in Paihia and decided to take the passenger ferry from Paihia Harbour to Russell to have a look around there. We bought reasonably priced return tickets from the Paihia i-Site at the harbour, but it was also possible to buy tickets boarding...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank PaulAndJoy167
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very scenic bay with a relaxed laid back atmosphere. It has tropical Queensland vibes. A great place to kick back in a cafe or restaurant and stare out at boats coming and going in the harbour.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We passed through this area briefly again after many years and it was divine. It was a perfect day, the sun made the sea glisten and I wished I was staying longer. However it was enough of a reminder to make me plan a trip...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rme48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our cruise ship dropped into this beautiful coastal area on the east coast of the Nth Island, N.Z. It was a lovely coastal region on a very sunny day where the Royal Caribbean - Ovation of the Seas had to anchor in the bay and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank style7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a real tourist trap. It has a cheesy, honky tonk feel to it. It's like a Middle East Bazzar. Everyone is trying to sell you something. You can stay in Russell or Kerikeri and begin your tours from there.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bob O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lovely scenery is why one wants to linger here, great views of the water and the hills, an extensive bay.

Date of experience: February 2019
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8 March 2017|
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Response from gstingr | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's best driving, renting a car & from Auckland to rotorua is 2:40 mins by car or close to 8 hrs via a bus which will be a whole day wasted if travel by bus. If your staying one day you not gonna see much, we stayed 3... More
13 February 2017|
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Response from helen_greig | Reviewed this property |
there are several hole in the rock cruises fas tjet if you do not mind the bumps The hole in the rock cruise which is more sedate and you often encounter dolphins The cream trip that goes around the islands and also in the... More
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Response from Valerie037 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry we were not there for New Years Eve - spent it in Auckland. Great fireworks there from the Sky Tower building!