Paihia, New Zealand

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PAIHIA is where it all happens. Until the mid-1990s it consisted of little more than a fish and chip shop but it's now a two-kilometre-long string of waterside motels, restaurants and holiday homes teeming with trip operators, backpacker hostels, party-oriented bars and hotels. Fortunately, Pahia's low-rise development is sympathetic to its three beautiful, flat beachside bays looking towards Russell and the Bay of Islands, encircled by forested hills. A plaque outside the current St Paul's Anglican Church on Marsden Road marks the spot where, in 1831, the northern chiefs petitioned the …
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