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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia February 28th 2020

The less I say about Auckland the better. People seem to be flocking there to live, but we failed to see the charm. Perhaps in the suburbs it is better, but downtown is crowded, noisy, congested, and lacking in charm, at least for us. The museum is magnificent - more about that later. After a night in Auckland, we headed back out on the road, this time going up the west coast of the North Island and then crossing over to the east side and the Bay of Islands area. In particular, in addition to just seeing more of the North island, we had our sights set on the kauri trees. Among the largest trees on earth, these also represent one of the oldest tree groups on earth, with representative species extending back to the Jurassic ... read more
Kauri slab
Kauri gum
Swamp kauri slab - 7600 years old

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia January 13th 2020

This was out luxury stay of the trip. Again we had been behind on finding accomodation, and it turned out that New Years was even busier than Christmas, because everyone (many pleople) stay at home for Christmas, but go on summer holidays after. I had stryggled for days searching all over the North Island for something appropriate, and in the end it was Nick who found this website for time-share, where we contacted this guy directly. We ended up letting his week of time share in an appartment four times the size of the room we had just checked out of. It had a pool, lots of local families on holiday, and plenty of fun and games. Paihia was busy, touristy and noisy. Totally opposite of chilled out Russel, just on the other side if the ... read more
The pool - we have the corner appartment in the back
Our waterfall hike
Not much water in the river

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia December 10th 2019

I've left Auckland and I'm glad for it. The bars weren't bad, but I wasn't too fond of the rest. I'm in Paihia now; it's considerably smaller and has quite a nice beach. On the drive there, I got my first real impression of New Zealand. It's very spread out, with lots of cows and sheep dotting the landscape. The houses are mostly bungalows, and there are plants here I've never seen before - also some birds with very strange songs. I enjoy them. Staying in hostels is also a lot more chill than expected - I was nervous about it, but it's easier to meet and talk to people you already have a big thing like leaving home to travel in common. In other unsurprising news, I still miss my friends and family. Oh well, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia December 24th 2017

Up early today to drive 90 Km to Paihia to go snapper fishing on the skipper Jim boat. There were 6 fishing and the skipper. Alex caught the 1st fish, a snapper so she one the first bet for who caught the first fish then I won the bet for the biggest fish so we came out even. Total catch was Alex 4 snapper and pete 5 snapper. Bratwurst for lunch. We drove up the road to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and museum. Caught the 3pm maori culture show. A great experience. back home for pan fried snapper for dinner. Crap on the telly but the rum helps.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia December 24th 2017

Common dolphins Bottle nose dolphins Back to Andy and Elise’s Went to Tutukaka to look at a boat with Andy Dinner at a Thai... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 12th 2017

7th March Bay of Islands Well, back to the Bay of Islands and the weather when we arrived was in New Zealand parlance 'Custard' We had planned to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds but with the wet stayed on board. So a few pics from the ship and surrounds.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia February 21st 2017

Bay of Islands 16th March Day 2 Paihia & Waitangi The birthplace of NZ, Waitangi inhabits a complex place in the Nations minds. Demonstrated by a mixture of celebration and apathy that accompanies the nations birthday on Waitangi Day On February 6th. The long awaited Treaty was signed here between the Maori Chiefs and the British Crown, establishing British sovereignty depending if your reading the British or Maori versions of the Treaty!!! Anyway a bit more of that later when we visit the different Missions in this part of the world as against the Mission Winery down in Hawkes Bay. It seems like a long haul up to Paihia but it does turn out to be worthwhile. A dry drive until the last crest and then the heavens opened. Still it's warm rain. Being early and ... read more
Looking from Wharf Paihia
Pompallier Mission & Printery
Sampling the local wine - its a hard life

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia October 8th 2016

Our real first day of our holiday and what a day it was! It started this morning with a solid breakfast in Auckland and finished with a great dinner in Paihia in the Bay of Islands about 250 km north of Auckland. We traveled the distance by car, that we rented. Driving in New Zealand is on the wrong side of the road, i.e. left, which initially brings a lot of complications. Different driving functions are on the opposite side of the steering wheel, which has very clean windows as a result, because every time you think you indicate direction, the wiperblades come on and when you think you turned the lights on, after some time, you come to the conclussion that the wiperblades on the rear window is on. The landscape here is unbelievable beautiful, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 7th 2016

Left Whangerei this morning heading north about an hour to the start of the Bay of Islands; specifically Paihia, a small resort town and the gateway to the various activities of the North. Spent the morning just strolling the small town centre and viewing the harbour and small beaches. A bustling place full of tourists. In the afternoon I headed to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the most important historical location in New Zealand as in 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between England and the Maori of New Zealand. Like most such treaties, it is still a work in progress. There is a lovely museum on the grounds as well as a regular tour of the grounds culminating in a live performance at the carved meeting house. On the grounds is the largest wooden war ... read more
Paihia Beach
Ti Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia February 6th 2016

We've had a great past few days in the Bay of Islands sadly the weather hasn't really been on our side, its been warm, yes, with a few sunny spells but it's mainly drizzling and cloudy. One bonus is that it's given Rich the chance to recover from his burns πŸ™ŒπŸΌ πŸ”₯ However, we've been in NZ a week now and I'm still struggling to see any signs of a tanline. (white girl problems) I can dream.. Starting the morning on Saturday (6th Feb) with a coffee on the waterfront in Paihia at a place called Upperdeck, great views of the bays and top class coffee πŸ‘ŒπŸ» We booked ourselves onto a Discover the Bays cruise for the afternoon. It was SO worthwhile! I would highly recommend. Even with the less than perfect weather conditions it ... read more

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