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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands May 24th 2012

So, after a brief stay in Auckland, we decided to head out of the city and go exploring. Whilst in NZ, we wanted to have very little in the way of plans and so decided to pretty much wing it and see what happened. After looking at several of the billion maps and flyers we seemed to have accumulated, we decided that we would head North up the east coast towards Northland until we eventually got to the tip of the North island. That was our first basic outline of a plan, and after having a pleasant breakfast overlooking the beach in Takapuna, we set off up the east coast. Not long after we left the Auckland area, the roads started to get smaller and the traffic was almost non-existent. Being here in winter was going ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia May 12th 2012

Kia Ora everyone! I've been in New Zealand for a week now and I've managed to squeeze quite a lot in. Unfortunately I don't have time to visit the South island, as I'm only here for 10 days in total, which is a shame but there's always next time! When I last blogged I was staying in a hostel dorm for four people, but I was all on my own for the first couple of days I was in there - it sounds like a good thing, but actually I was starting to get pretty bored. Auckland is not a super interesting city to wander around by yourself for days on end, and there's not all that much to do here either. Fortunately I had booked to go to a trip to the Waitomo glowworm caves ... read more
Cute little church in Paihia.
Beach at Paihia.
Waitiangi.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia May 9th 2012

This past weekend I took a mini trip up north to Paihia, Bay of Islands with a friend. When we left we didn't have anything planned, just ideas of things we would like to do. It was more of a relaxing getting away so we didn't want to have to follow a schedule. We took the Naked Bus to get there which took almost four hours. Once we got there we ate at a cute little restaurant called Titos and then basically went to bed because it was late. The next morning we walked along the beach and explored a little bit on the rocks as we decided what we wanted to do for the day. Then we took the ferry to Russell which was a cute little town right by Paihia. We walked and saw ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia May 4th 2012

Easter weekend at the Bay Of Islands Easter is not only good for eating a lot of chocolate and hot cross buns, the best off it all are 4 days off work! So I packed my bags to have a wee holiday at the beautiful Bay of Islands. I went with the Nz backpacker bus "Stray" , because they offer a great short trip (Patch pass) to see the Northland in 4 days - perfect for a long weekend! So off we went in the little red bus from Auckland city to Paihia. We had a great stop at a huge Kauri tree on our way. I have seen many of those trees in NZ already but this was definitely the most impressive one. Our driver told us so many great stories about the region and ... read more
Cape Reinga
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Cape Reinga

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 28th 2012

28th April ’12 On to Paihia, The Bay of Islands I was kind of sad to be leaving Rotoroa as I had really enjoyed my time there. Today was just spent travelling and it took us about 6 hours to get up to Pihai in the Northland. Once we got near the Bay of Islands and into Pihai we were in lovely coastal scenery with lots of little islands and sheltered coves. After checking into our motel – The Dolphin which we chose as it was within a few minutes walk of the shops and harbour (it could not be described as a town) and was also offering a 3 nights for the price of 2 deal which was a bargin! We had a look around the handful of souvenir shops, a few eating places, the ... read more
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Russell
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell April 27th 2012

Tramping continues to be one of our favourite activities since it affords us an opportunity to experience great vistas and to get off the beaten track. The most challenging tramp we have done so far was the Kauaeranga Track located on the southern part of the Coromandel Peninsula, southeast of Auckland. The origins of this track go back to the 1860s when it was used to bring in supplies by pack horse to those logging large Kauri trees high up and deep in the bush. This tramp proved to be the longest in terms of time - about 8.5 hours - as well as the steepest. There were sections requiring ladders, clambering up and over boulders, and to reach the top of the pinnacles, pulling ourselves up by iron rungs embedded in the rock. The effort ... read more
Kauri Tree - 1500 yrs old
Cape Reinga Lighthouse
8th Anniversary @ Te Werahi Beach - Cape Reinga

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 15th 2012

After a great week in Auckland we decided to book ourselves onto a bus to travel 3 hours North of Auckland to the bay of islands which is a collection of over 100 different sized islands and bays. We had also bought a discounted coupon online (similar to groupon) that entitled us to a half price 16,000ft skydive at the Sky Dive Zone centre in the bay of islands. We caught the bus on the morning of Tuesday 10th to Paihia, when we arrived the weather was great and we spent the afternoon exploring the town and some of the coastline. Our skydive was booked for the next day but when we woke up the weather wasn't great and it only got worse throughout the day, we had to reschedule for the day after (Thursday 12th). ... read more
Jess's skydive
Jess on the ascent
Josh - only half way up!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 9th 2012

My Piece of paradise, they say home is where the heart is, well mine is back in England, but im leaving a tiny piece here, we are coming back, and if it works we are coming to stay, Ta Ta for now Sam x... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri April 2nd 2012

We gingen vanuit KawaKawa naar Keri Keri. De namen van de stadjes hier zijn soms echt hilarisch! Keri Keri is het noordelijkste stadje van het Noordereiland. Vanaf daar begint de weg naar 90 miles beach (90 mijlen strand) Cape Reinga. We besloten Cape Reinga niet te doen omdat we kort in tijd waren. We hadden afgesproken om naar Leigh (Goat Island) te gaan een paar dagen later. We reden wat rond en voor dat ik het wist stond ik met Jan in de 'Living Nature' winkel. Jan had de vlag zien wapperen waar er op stond 'Living Nature, 100% natural skincare'. En inderdaad ik kreeg een zalfje. Dat merk bestaat al 35 jaar en wordt verdeeld over de ganse wereld met een zuster afdeling in Duitsland. De verkoopster ging iemand halen en 2 seconden later stonden ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 2nd 2012

New Zealand – Cape Reinga and the Bay of Islands – Hitting the most northern part of NZ with a little bit of sand boarding and a chance to meet some very “special” locals. After a great time in Auckland it was time to head North, my bus arrived and was a beautiful, subtle shade of bright orange with a driver called Bear. I was hoping it was going to be a Bear Grills experience but as it turned out I think he got his name because he hated getting up off his arse! I guess he’s in the right job then. As we headed out to the Bay of Islands I started to get to know my fellow passengers and the group turned out to be a cool bunch so all was going well. The ... read more
Maori Cultural Centre -The final challenge
Cape Reinga
Waterfall on the way to Paihai




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