[above – Hururu Falls. A nice swimming pool and picnic area made even better by a really good walk up from the Waitangi Treaty grounds. Mostly boardwalks and covered with shade it’s an ideal walk that doesn’t tire you out.] Paihia is the gateway to most of the ferry services in Bay of Islands – a small town with a few shops and cafes. Again, their definition of very busy is very different from ours. Originally settled by a missionary in 1823 it’s very close to the Waitangi Treaty grounds where the Declaration of Independence of New Zealand was signed on October 28, 1835 which led to the Treaty of Waitangi was being signed on February 6, 1840.
The town declined in size in preference to Kerikeri 12 miles away up the Kerikeri River. Kerikeri is the largest town in Northland district and was the first permanent mission station in the country, and it has some of the most historic buildings in the country.