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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands January 10th 2014

Friday January 10th, 2014. 'Cream Trip', Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand We woke in our cruddy backpackers and had a cup of tea for breakfast in the same mugs that we used for our wine last night. Today we are going on a boat trip. D made some sandwiches and then went into the village for a couple of bottles of water. The Bay of Islands is exactly that - a bay full of islands (144 of them to be exact!). It therefore made perfect sense to explore the region by boat. We had booked on the 'Cream Trip'. In 1920 a launch service began to the scattered islands to pick up cream from the dairy farms. At the same time it also dropped off mail and supplies. A few tourists began to tag ... read more
25. Cream Cruise, Bay of Islands
33. Cream Cruise, Bay of Islands
49. M at the Top of the Hill, Island Stop, Cream Trip

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri January 9th 2014

Thursday January 9th, 2014. Paihia, Kirikiri & Russell, Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand We breakfasted at the Youth Hostel and then loaded the stuff in the car as we are staying somewhere else in Paihia for the next two nights. We booked it and went in and paid for it yesterday afternoon. Paihia is nestled between rolling green hills and tranquil blue harbours with yellow sandy beaches in the Bay of Islands. We headed out of town and rejoined the Twin Coast Discovery Highway (TCDH) and headed north to Kerikeri. Kerikeri is known for its orchards, wineries, subtropical gardens, artisans an art and craft galleries. It was one of the first places to be settled by Europeans in the early 19th century and is the site of New Zealand's two oldest buildings. We headed straight ... read more
3. St James Church, Kirikiri
6. The Stone Store, Kirikiri
8.  Kerikeri Kemp Mission House

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
4.  Paihia, Bay of Islands
7. The Anglican Church, Paihia, Bay of Islands
1. Paihia, Bay of Islands

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands December 3rd 2013

We drove back on straighter roads past all the wineries and then spent the night in Picton. We had supper at the Scottish Pub. The lamb shank was very good and Ken had the chicken schnitzel that he likes. The next morning we had time to spare and the harbour is nicely setup with public washrooms, easy to find. And while I am talking about “Toilets”, I have to say that Canada should be embarrassed about the state of our public washrooms, even at McDonalds and most gas stations and many of the highway facilities. Both Australia and New Zealand should be commended for the high maintenance of their “Toilets”. And I must tell you about these special facilities in the concourse of the Picton harbour. You press a button to open the door and once ... read more
Architect designed house
Beautiful Scene 4
New House construction

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 » Russell October 30th 2013

The Best Button Of All GPS's have made a remarkable difference to self guided touring.... both for the worse and for the better. Picking up my campervan this morning, and with little to no idea of where I was going to end up but knowing that I was wanting to head north, I plugged in the name of Orewa into the GPS. This little seaside town to the north of Auckland allowed me to negotiate traffic and motorways safely to the other side of the Auckland Bridge and then depart the motorway as soon as possible. Her's where GPS's are bad.... they take the adventure out of trying to drive, hold an unfolded map, and instinctively know which lane you need to be in. Here's where they're brilliant.... Once in Orewa and the nerves of driving ... read more
Seagulls At Sunset 3
Bay Of Islands 2
Rainbow Falls 7

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 » Kerikeri May 21st 2013

Hi All, just a blog test run as I hope to create another blog for our 2 or 3 months in Australia starting in 3 weeks starting in Perth, and travelling sort of diagonally, then horizontally across the middle!... read more

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

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