You have heaps of time in Paihia if your only really wanting to stay one night. We get to Paihia around 12.00 midday - this means you have the whole afternoon to do some of the activities! If you just want to chill in the afternoon- that is totally fine as we don't leave until 2.30pm the next day, so y9u also have the whole morning in Paihia.
Please see a list of activities you can do in Paihia.
Skydive Bay Of Islands
Awesome Adventures ( Cape Trip)
Paihia Dive HQ
Spot X Fishing
Fullers (dolphin swimming)
Flying Kiwi Parasailing
Please see below a link with more information about the history of Paihia.