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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia February 12th 2014

Hi All, New blog for you to keep you updated with where and how I am :). After approximately 24 hours of travelling and losing a day, I arrived in New Zealand Friday night (9th Feb), made a new friend (Amor) in my hostel room, and decided to get to know each other better by going off for a relaxing drink. Found the Irish bar (called Father Ted) round the corner, and met a fun guy called Matt from Kidlington who love the pub, the music and dancing with every girl in the vicinity! The next day, Amor and I went to find breakfast and the mandatory (for her) Starbucks coffee before going back to the hostel and just chilling. To be honest I don't remember what else we did in the afternoon. In the evening, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia January 8th 2014

Wednesday January 8th, 2014. Opoutere to Paihai, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand Today was another travelling day - we were heading for the Bay of Islands, well north of Auckland. In fact it was the furthest we have travelled in one day the whole of the trip so far. We had had varying reports of how long it would take us. The YHA girl said 9 hours and the one of the other guests estimated 6 hours. For this reason D decided that we wouldln't take any detours. We would just drive straight there, maybe stopping for a bite to eat and a comfort break. So off we went. We didn't stop at all. We hit Auckland well outside of rush hour, and in the end it only took us 5 hours. We found ... read more
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7. The Anglican Church, Paihia, Bay of Islands
1. Paihia, Bay of Islands

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia November 2nd 2013

We started our Kiwi Experience adventure on 2nd November. We left Auckland to go to the beautiful seaside town of Paihia. On the way to Paihia, we stopped at a sheep farm called Sheep World where we were able to feed calves and lambs! We stayed at the Pipi Patch in Paihia which was a pretty cool little hostel. The dorms have an ensuite bathroom and shower as well as a kitchenette. It's also attached to a bar which I'm pretty sure is the only bar in Paihia! Whilst here, we did the walk up to the Harura Falls. Although the actual waterfall isn't spectacular, the walk itself is just lovely. You pass over a board walk where you are able to walk through a mangrove forest. It was at high tide when we walked through ... read more
The Boardwalk at High Tide
Where the Two Seas Meet

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia May 21st 2013

We left Auckland and decided to head up North to Paihia, the town located at the bay of islands. I drove all the way there and loved it (Jon kept calling me hogsley as he wanted to do some driving in our van) - it was great having some freedom! We picked up two German girls who were hitch hiking along the way and gave them a lift to their hostel just around the corner from our campsite. The campsite we stayed at was called Twin Pines and it was right next to Huari Falls - it was a great spot just outside of Paihia and we were the only people there. When we arrived around 6ish, we decided to make up our chilli con carne dinner which ended in abit of a disaster. Jon ended ... read more
Hole in the rock

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 29th 2013

I really could have done with a lie in this morning, especially in such a nice bed, unfortunately the other 5 girls are all up at 6.30am to go on a tour. I make the most of being up early and go and sit on the beach to watch the early morning sun rise over the water. I walk into town and head to the information centre to find about a trip to Cape Reinga – the whole purpose of me coming up to Paihia. Whilst there I pick up a leaflet for the Gyunver boat and remember someone telling me along the way that is well worth a trip out on if you have time. So I decide to take the plunge, and as today are the best conditions forecast all week, I just have ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 28th 2013

Up early and have a lovely mooch over the bridge to explore the opposite side over the river, which turned out to be just a campsite. So I headed back over and into town for a wander there, though noting was open. I pack up and jump on the shuttle back to Hamilton, which apparently is a new service, otherwise, no way in and out of the town on public transport at the weekend. In Hamilton bus station much to my surprise and joy I find some luggage lockers, so lock my bags away 11am – 1pm and go for a walk along the river path for a couple of hours. Mixed path, mainly alongside the large river, along by the rowing club, by the road, and through some forest, not all scenic but so nice ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia March 8th 2013

Well it's a very long time since I blogged about our travels, mainly because Australia was a major let down so had nothing good to say and also because since being in NZ we've been quite busy going all over on the Kiwi Experience. For anyone that doesn't know the kiwi experience is basically a tour bus that takes you on certain routes around new zealand stopping off at all the major places where you can get off and stay for longer or continue on with the minimum nights of the group you started with. It's apparently nicknamed the f**k bus by a lot of people, mainly because its full of 18-25 year olds all out for one thing, needles to say me and Pete were a little concerned on hearing this AFTER we had booked ... read more
Haruru Falls
90 mile beach
90 mile beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia January 14th 2013

Yesterday (Monday) we had the best day out sailing (explorenz) in the bay of islands, after a recommendation from Jo & Rob to do a boat trip. We boarded the 80ft maxi yacht Lion New Zealand. (Built for the late Sir Peter Blake, winner of the Syndey to Hobart 1984 and placed second in the Whitbred Round the World Race in 1985/86 - for anyone who is interested). The trip was done by Explore NZ and we would say is a definite must do. The day was really hands-on and we had the opportunity to sail, as well as Hazel and I choosing to sit on the bow and then teetering on the very edge as the boat tacked at a very steep angle! There was a moment when we both agreed that we had crossed ... read more

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

James was up fairly early to travel across town and pick up the hire car. This time we made sure it was a manual with a decent engine and we were excited for our road trip. We planned to drive about 230KM north of Auckland to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. We planned to stay there for 2 nights, spending some time exploring there and then heading further North, right to the Northmost tip of the Island to Cape Reinga, this is the point where the two oceans meet. The drive up to Paihia was pretty easy, taking us 4 hours in total but that included a lunch stop in a lovely small town called Whangarei en route. After the journeys in Australia we really tried not to push ourselves to far so we could ... read more
Waterfall again!
The Bay of Islands
Our boat!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia October 22nd 2012

Went to Paihia for Food and Wine Fest.... read more
Russell by Ferry
Monday morning
Drive up

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