A stroll around Paihia

Just a couple of minutes from Club Paihia is a wonderful variety of scenic treats – historic buildings, the sea, and some peculiarly Paihia features.

St Paul's Church, built in 1925 on the site of New Zealand's first mission station. The mission was founded by Englishman, Rev'd Henry Williams.

St Paul’s Church, built in 1925 on the site of New Zealand’s first mission station. The mission was founded by Englishman, Rev’d Henry Williams.

The Paihia public toilets, or - in Maori - wharepaku. Whare means house. It's anyone's guess what paku means! Take a close look at the stylish planter bowls on the building's roof.

The Paihia public toilets, or – in Maori – wharepaku. Whare means house. It’s anyone’s guess what paku means! Take a close look at the stylish planter bowls on the building’s roof and front wall.

The roof of the Paihia public toilets.

The roof of the Paihia public toilets.

The view to the north.

The view to the north.

Along the beach.

Along the beach.

 A cottage garden surrounds the Paihia Library which is housed in the historic Williams homestead.


A cottage garden surrounds the Paihia Library which is housed in the historic Williams homestead.

We weren’t in Paihia to shop – so it was something of a sad relief when a gloriously hued jacket made of handwoven fabrics and felt, displayed in an art gallery window, proved to be the wrong size. Go to Creative Get Up to see Sandra Thompson’s finely handcrafted wearable art.

Couldn't you just see me in this? I swear, I would wear it everywhere I went.

Couldn’t you just see me in this? I swear, I would wear it everywhere I went.

We were happy to fend for ourselves food-wise. However, an advertisement for seafood chowder lured us back to The Pier one evening. The chowder was packed with seafood and served with crispy garlic bread and a generous bowl of steamed fresh mussels. Washed down with a large glass of the house red, it was a most satisfying and economic dinner out (less than $30 for us both for food and drink).

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8 thoughts on “A stroll around Paihia

  1. Thank you Diana for your Blog. Great page… Always rewarding to get feed back. I just love making my creations and getting them out there. After the Paihia Exhibition My work will be in Russell Gallery , ” Just Imagine” all the summer . If U R about tomorrow afternoon 19th I will be in the Paihia Gallery Love to meet you. Happy Travel & keep up the blogs . Kind Regards Sandra.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog! The love of your work shows in your creations! I would have loved meeting you in person, but we are well and truly back in the Waikato. Keep up your wonderful work!

  2. Judith Cartwright says:

    And your photos in this post are in the same category!

  3. Iggy says:

    Diana really had her eye on that jacket. The gallery was closed on Monday and Diana was forced to wait a whole day before she could get up close to admire it!

  4. Yup! I really admire creativity and exquisite craftsmanship. This jacket has it all! And it would be nice and warm too.

  5. Ana says:

    Love the church and beach photos – oh, and of course the jacket!

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