Paihia is the town on New Zealand's Bay of Islands. Scream anchored overnight in the bay north of Paihia, between it and Waitangi. The anchorage is a vast area of sand bottom with about 2.5m at chart datum. Given that zero tides are rare in New Zealand, boats drawing less than 3m can anchor here routinely. There is good wind shelter from South through West, though the wind did shift to a light northerly while we were there and it was still pleasant. We recommend anchoring near but outside of the yellow buoys marking the swimming area.


This is Scream at anchor in Paihia as seen from Waitangi. The perspective is a little odd in this photo. We're much closer to the beach at the right than to the town in the centre.

While anchored here we went to the Countdown grocery and to the Waitangi treaty grounds.

Waitangi Steven

Most cruisers leave their boats in Opua and travel to Paihia for groceries. We took the infrequent, inconvenient, and expensive shuttle from Opua to Paihia a few times last year, and decided that there must be a better way. Now that we have tried it we definitely prefer anchoring at Pahia to get groceries over travelling from Opua.

2 thoughts on “Paihia

  1. Dad ensslen says:

    zero tides???

    so how is the spring time there?

    how are the southern night skies?

    We continue to have weird weather, had a -25 C for a few hours a few days ago, now nice again +4 C, but hard ice on the roads, so not good for biking.

    bon voyage!

  2. Karen says:

    fascinating artwork!

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