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“Best Way to See Harbor is to Get On a Boat”
Review of Paihia Harbour

Paihia Harbour
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“Best Way to See Harbor is to Get On a Boat”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

I found the harbor nice but not too terribly interesting standing on the shore in Paihia. Same when I stood on the shore in Russell. You see most of the surrounding natural beauty when you are on a boat between Paihia and Russell. There is a fair amount of activity around the harbor which mostly consists of dolphin watching boats heading out to sea and the ferries running between the two parts of the bay. But as with all harbors the boats coming and going can be mesmerizing.

It is quite nice to walk along either shore and enjoy the views. Particularly on the Paihia side, you can walk from the ferry terminal all the way to the Treaty Grounds. This will take you an hour or so but the views are really nice.

Visited October 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Beautiful harbour”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

When in Paihia, if you haven't arrived on a boat, make sure you get yourself on one, to get out onto the harbour, even the ferry across to Russell is an excellent journey and a chance to look back at Paihia from the sea, a view many an adventurous seafarer has viewed over the Centuries.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great Base”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

A great base for enjoying some food and drink, watching or cathing the ferries, or if you are lucky seeing a 140kg Marlin landed.

Visited April 2013
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Waimate, New Zealand
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“Great wee harbour”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

We visited at a quiet time of the year but still boats going about their business. All ferries etc leave from here. Booking kiosks all at the harbour or across the road. Plenty of public seating to relax and watch the activity.

Visited April 2013
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Brigg, United Kingdom
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“Paihia Harbour”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Beautiful and busy location with lots of boats, from yachts to big power boat excursions, plenty to watch. Good value ferry to and from Russell, makes a great excursion for lunch at "The Duke". Always something to watch people, birds and of course the boats.

Visited March 2013
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