Paihia is known as the entrance to the Bay of Islands with many restaurants, cafés bars and beautiful beaches. Paihia is a main tourist town with many tourism attractions and activities on offer.
Water-based activities are a focus in Paiha and the Bay of Islands, including sailing, fishing, swimming with dolphins and sea kayaking. Cruises from Paihia take visitors out and about in the bay. There is also a stunning golf course, excellent day walks, and other land based activities.
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are found just out of Paihia with great cultural significance. One of New Zealand's most historic sites, the Treaty Grounds are where Maori and the British Crown joined in signing the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.