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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 🙌🏼 🔥 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 👌🏻 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

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia February 5th 2016

First night in the campervan complete with both of us alive and well (Rich took control of the cooking and rustled us up a beef stirfry so the odds of food poisoning were extremely low) we drove up to the Northern most part of New Zealand, Cape Rienga. Having been there previously I knew that Cape Rienga was absolutely stunning with its picturesque scenery, beautiful walks, coastline and a view of the meeting point of the Tasman and Atlantic sea that's amazing... incidentally we saw none of this. The weather was absolutely horrific! You couldn't even see 10m in front of you the cloud was that low. At 230m above sea level it was genuinely like looking out of an airplane window mid flight, there was absolutely nothing to see but pure white. Plus the nonstop ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia November 18th 2015

Drove about 3 hours north to the bay of islands. Took a 4 hour boat cruise yesterday. Saw some dolphins, whales, beautiful islands (144 in total), had a beer at the oldest licensed establishment in NZ in the town of Russell, very beautiful hike, perfect weather. Great steak dinner put on by the hostel. Poker tournament last night. Lost on my queen kicker to an ace kicker. Going back to Auckland today, then heading south tomorrow.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia September 5th 2015

Hallo :) Wir wollten eigentlich schon seit dem ersten Tag den wir hier in Paihia waren Wandern gehen. Bisher ist uns dann aber immer etwas dazwischen gekommen, aber gestern haben wir es dann endlich geschafft! Wir, Anni, Wiebke, Nele, zwei andere Mädels (beide heißen Tabea) aus dem Hostel und ich sind gegen 1 Uhr gestartet um zu den Haruru Falls zu wandern. Das absolute Highlight waren natürlich die Wasserfälle, aber der Weg dorthin war fast genauso toll. Diese unglaublich Pflanzenvielfalt, dazu ein Fluss der quasi direkt neben dem Wanderweg fließt und dann noch die sehr tropisch klingenden Vögel; das war echt wunderschön. Da es die letzten Tage sehr viel geregnet hatte war das Wasser leider sehr aufgewühlt, aber auch das hatte etwas für sich. Die Haruru Falls waren bisher wirklich ein Highlight für uns und wir ... read more
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