- The Puketi Forest is made up of some 15 000 acres of beautiful native forest including ancient kauri, podocarp and hardwood trees. There are over 370 different species catalogued some of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
- Get out on the water in Paihia! Take a cruise out to see or maybe swim with the dolphins; or try a spot of fishing. The local fish n chip shop will even batter them up and serve them to you for your tea if you want!
- The gorgeous Pompallier Mission House on the Strand in Russell is the last remaining building of the French Catholic mission headquarters to the West Pacific. Starkly beautiful, you can't help but imagine what they saw every morning when they looked across the bay towards what is now Paihia.
- Before people came to New Zealand, the only land mammals here were two species of bat. A very small number of these live in Puketi Forest.
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