Paihia Harbour
Paihia Harbour
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Crayeater
Hamilton, New Zealand104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
After spending the day in Cape Reinga it was only a brief stay in Paihia for me but still a great way to spend an evening. Paihia is pretty and easy to walk around and, no matter how brief your stay is, catch the passenger ferry across to Russell. In the evening you just buy your ticket from the crew as you jump on the boat, the picturesque trip takes 15min and is a bargain at $15 return. The crew were friendly and Russell is worth a walk around even if you don't have a dinner booking at one of the busier restaurants. Last boat headed back at 10pm the evening I was there.
Written December 1, 2020
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Jenny Y
Brisbane Q448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We spent 2 weeks in Paihia recently and the weather was idyllic.We took boat trips out amongst the islands and swam with the dolphins. Plenty of wonderful restaurants around the harbour area also. We would ho
Written March 15, 2020
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Mike W
Brampton, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We explored the many shops and enjoyed some of the restaurants in this harbour town. As we were only here three days, we could not visit them all. We were able to take the walk-on ferry over to Russell and explore its fine shops and restaurants one afternoon. Paihia has a lovely beach but can be inundated with cruise ship passengers mid-afternoon so we planned our activities in town for late afternoon. For example, we booked an excellent experience with the Rogue Pony Tours for the morning. We stayed at the Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel so the harbour was easy walking distance for us.
Written March 3, 2020
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Anse P
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We loved it! Stayed at Busby Manor. Highly recommended. Visited Russell via the car ferry, had the most delicious lunch at The Duke of Edinburgh and visit the printing museum as well as the Russell Museum . So informative. KeriKeri market on the Saturday is a must as well as the Parrot Place. Hururu Falls a short walk and beautiful. Lovely walks on the beach every day . Sadly we missed the hole in the wall boat trip but it remains on our bucket list. Worth it!
Written June 22, 2024
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Mytravadv
Brisbane, Australia447 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The bay view is really the only plus for this place. It's just for tourists to catch the boats to Russell and Bay of Island Cruises.
There is a nice restaurant to the north of the pier that has good coffee and nice views though.
Plenty of shops to get souvenirs and provisions.
Written March 4, 2020
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Jotum
Knoxville, TN1,509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a small town. Our cruise ship anchored out and we came into the harbor and pier by tender. The facilities seemed new and clean. There were a number of shops around and usually when cruise ships are in they have a farmer’s market across the street which was well represented with lots of crafts. You can also arrange tours here if you did not do it in advance.
Written February 18, 2020
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max_1966
Tauranga, New Zealand68 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Terrible service. The ferry at 8.30am this morning was cancelled without any warning or explanation. Almost missed my flight from Kerikeri airport because of the unreliability of this company. Luckily the other ferry was running , but their next ride was at 9am, therefore I barely made it to the airport. I strongly recommend not to trust "The Happy Ferry" - they are a sad bunch actually.
Written November 19, 2022
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Kawkaw
Brisbane Region, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Ecocruz 2 night, 3 day cruise on the Manawanui with John (Jochen) and Griffin - amazing food from a little galley; great snorkeling and swimming. A great way to experience the Bay of islands. Highly recommend the cruise.
Written February 15, 2020
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SAB5859
Banff, UK4,722 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Our cruise ship tender dropped us off and picked us up here, we also left and returned here on a boat tour. The pontoons and landing areas were in very good condition. There are shops, cafes/restaurants and tourist information at the harbour, it’s just a two minute walk to the main part of town where there are numerous shops and restaurants.
Written February 15, 2020
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Douglas R
Tenterden, UK883 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Good location to get boats and ferries to Russell. Small touristy location. Nice beaches and bars. Try Darryl’s Dinner Cruise.....a Must!
Look out for the great free WiFi at or even outside the local library.....works very well and always busy.
Local supermarket nearby has all the essentials at good prices.
Written March 19, 2020
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