Have you ever driven past the signs on State Highway 10 for Thai food, and wondered what it was like? Here's what you can expect... A slice of Thailand in the Bay of Islands As soon as you pull in, you'll notice the Thai-style decor. It's like a wee slice of Thailand, right here in the Bay of Islands. The kitchen is inside a shipping container that's been covered … [Read more...]
Paihia: things to do, eat & explore
Discover the best insider tips from a local, on things to do, eat and explore in Paihia in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Charlotte's Kitchen is a newcomer in the Bay of Islands dining scene, and it's well worth checking out. The location isn't immediately obvious: you walk down the pier at Paihia where the ferries and tour boats operate from, and the restaurant's tucked in behind there. Look for the eye-catching signage: It's very well worth the trip down the pier, as the decor of … [Read more...]
Kayaking in Paihia is a very tranquil way to experience the Bay of Islands: just you (and maybe a friend) on the kayak, away from the busy crowds. Best of all, there are a number of different options available: you can either hire a kayak on the beach and paddle around; you can go on a kayak tour; or you can bring your own kayak and launch it (there are a number of … [Read more...]
I took my dad to Alongside restaurant in Paihia for a spur-of-the-moment lunch, and it did not disappoint! To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive about eating at Alongside, Paihia: the location, nestled above the water , was just a bit too perfect. And the decor looked just a bit too stylish. I was worried that the food would be below average and disappointing, as so … [Read more...]