Just 8 minutes away - sheltered beach & wharf fishing
Pahi Is a sheltered harbourside beach with old fashioned baches and a wharf that looks across the harbour to Whakapirau.
It’s great for fishing, jumping off the wharf, kayaking, sunsets & picnics. As you drive down the peninsula there are lovely views across both sides of the Pahi peninsula out to the Kapiara harbour and en route you can buy fresh flounder, whitebait (in season) and oysters directly from a local fishermen.
At the end of January is the famous Pahi Regatta which includes a bathtub race that is fiercely competed, a Miss Pahi Competition, meals and drinks. Accommodation books up quickly so get in early and enjoy the beautiful harbour filled with boats and all the entertainment.
The regatta has been an annual event since the 1860’s. Each year people came from miles away by sail, oar and steam to take part in and watch the sports and boat races. Some journeys might take up to three days! Running races, tug-o-war and horse-swimming races were included in the days' events and at night there would be a dance and party that might well last until dawn. Visit the local Kauri museum and see photographs of these occasions.
Right beside the water is a striking a two-storeyed Kauri villa, originally built in 1905 as a boarding house and apparently patronised by thirsty blokes from Paparoa, whose God-fearing bretheren didn’t want a liquor establishment in town. It's now a beautifully restored private home. In 1954 the liquor license moved up the road and Paparoa Hotel has been keeping thirst at bay every since.
Pahi is also home to a magnificent Moreton Bay Fig tree which is reputed to be one of the finest specimens of it’s type in the southern hemisphere and is one of New Zeland’s most notable trees.
Dick Scott’s Seven lives on Salt River (1987) explores the histories of seven families who lived on the shores of the Pahi and Arapāoa rivers during the early days of European settlement and Dick Scott lived at Pahi for many years.