Paihia is a little seaside town at the Bay of Islands — it is located across the bay of Russel.
Swimming, kayaking, sailing, helicopter rides are a few of the activities here.
The small town offers several backpacker hostels as well as top-notch motels, B&B’s, and vacation rentals. There’s a small, quaint town center with restaurants, ice cream parlor, souvenir shops, etc.
The ferry ride over to Russel is just a 15-min ride and a round-trip costs about 12 NZ Dollars. This ferry which goes from the waterfront is a passenger ferry only. It brings you right to Russel’s waterfront and town center. If you want to take your car, then there’s a car ferry a little bit south of Paihia.
Russel is a little seaside town at the Bay of Islands — it is located across the bay of Paihia. It was also the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand.
Russel has a quaint downtown with lots of restaurants, cafe’s, and historic buildings.
It is a popular vacation destination for New Zealanders and can easily be fully booked on long weekends or holidays.
A variety of accommodation is available, however, the entire feel of the town seems not as casual as e.g. the one of its bay neighbor Paihia. So, there are e.g. less backpacker accommodations. Paihia, however, has not the historic flair of Russel. So, all types of travellers will find their spot in either Russel or Paihia. The passenger ferry ride between both towns is only 15 minutes and therefore you can go to the other side of the bay even just for dinner or breakfast if you like.
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