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Top Choice Historic Site in Paihia & Waitangi

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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

Museum of Waitangi

The new Museum of Waitangi is a modern and comprehensive showcase of the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in the past, present and future of New Zealand. The second storey is comprised of the Ko Waitangi Tēnei (This i…
Modern NZ in Paihia & Waitangi


A concise seasonal menu of main dishes showcases local seafood and regional NZ produce, and subtle Asian influences underpin smaller plates, including scallops and plump oysters from nearby Orongo Bay. The wine list…
Cafe in Paihia & Waitangi

El Cafe

Excellent Chilean-owned cafe with the best coffee in town and terrific breakfast burritos, tacos and baked egg dishes, such as spicy Huevos Rancheros. Say hola to owner Javier for us. His Cuban pulled-pork sandwich …
Bar in Paihia & Waitangi


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…
Seafood in Paihia & Waitangi

35 Degrees South

Service can be a bit disorganised, but you can't beat the over-the-water location in central Paihia. The menu is at its best with local oysters from nearby Orongo Bay, local seafood and the shared small plates. Try …
Pub Food in Paihia & Waitangi


Locals flock to this casual restaurant-cafe-bar for great food – including lots of local seafood – and reasonable prices. Settle in for live music from 3pm to 6pm every Sunday afternoon. There's happy-hour bar price…
Craft Beer in Paihia & Waitangi


Design-your-own pizzas (pizza $12 to $22) plus the added attraction of excellent craft beer on tap from Hamilton's Good George Brewery, and a few well-chosen bottles from other smaller Kiwi breweries.
Food & Drink in Paihia & Waitangi

Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival

Food, wine and local music in Paihia on the last Saturday of October.
Cultural in Paihia & Waitangi

Waitangi Day

Various ceremonial events at Waitangi on 6 February.