Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Occupying a headland draped in lawns and bush, this is NZ's most significant historic site. Here, on 6 February 1840, after much discussion, the first 43 Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British C…
Top Choice Contemporary in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru


A concise seasonal menu of main dishes showcases regional NZ produce and local seafood (including plump oysters from nearby Orongo Bay), underpinned by subtle Asian influences and one of Northland's best wine lists.…
Latin American in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru

El Cafe

This excellent Chilean-owned cafe has the best coffee in town and terrific breakfast burritos, tacos and baked-egg dishes, such as spicy huevos rancheros. The Cuban pulled-pork sandwich is truly a wonderful thing. T…
Cultural in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru

Waitangi Day

Various ceremonial events at Waitangi Treaty Grounds on 6 February, including speeches, a naval salute and an annual outing for the huge waka taua (war canoe) Ngātokimatawhaorua. The day then continues with food, mu…
Church in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru

St Paul’s Anglican Church

The characterful St Paul's was constructed of Kawakawa stone in 1925, and stands on the site of the original mission church, a simple raupo (bulrush) hut erected in 1823. Look for the native birds in the stained gla…
Contemporary in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru

Charlotte's Kitchen

Named after an escaped Australian convict who was NZ's first white female settler, this hip restaurant/bar occupies a cheeky perch on the main pier. Bits of Kiwiana decorate the walls, while the menu takes a swashbu…
Bar in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru


Quite possibly the biggest deck in all of Northland extends over the water, and a versatile approach to entertaining begins with coffee and bagels for breakfast before the inevitable transformation of Alongside into…
Pub Food in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru


When locals are after a substantial, old-fashioned, good-value meal (think burgers, fish and chips, fried seafood platters and a roast of the day), they head to this no-nonsense restaurant at the Paihia Ex-Serviceme…
Cafe in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru

Whare Waka

Located beside a pond studded with ducks, backed by bush and overlooking the Treaty Grounds, the Whare Waka (Boathouse) is a top spot for good cafe fare during the day, and to return to for a hāngi (earth-oven-cooke…
Bar in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru

Kings Road Bar & Brasserie

Slink into this low-lit bar for a cosy beverage on one of the couches or a crack at the free pool table.