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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia January 25th 2014

Geo: -35.2821, 174.091Our 7:30 am flight from Mebourne (on an Emirates A380 Airbus - that's the great big double-decker thing) got us to Auckland for 1pm or thereabouts including time difference (New Zealand is 13 hours before London - how can that be?) and we picked up our car and drove off north for 3 hours or more to Pahia in the Bay of Islands where our motel was found above the town with a magnificent view rather shrouded in cloud and mist. Except for a trip into town for a meal at 'Only Seafood' that was it for the day. Next morning we drove a short distance to the carpark for a waterffall from which a track led by the side of the river about a 90 mnute walk to the Waitingi Treaty centre - ... read more
on the boardwalkthrough the mangroves
having a drink in Russell
liz and her snapper - and captain bucko

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia January 12th 2014

Da stand ich nun an der Bushaltestelle an der Ecke Queens Street und Quay Street in Auckland City. Der Motor des Busses brummte schon und ich war im Begriff einzusteigen. Ein mulmiges Gefühl machte sich in meinem Bauch breit. Ein Teil von mir wollte wirklich in dieser Stadt bleiben um das anscheinend perfekt passende Auto zu kaufen. Ich war offenbar tatsächlich dieser Meinung ohne es je gesehen zu haben oder besonders viel Ahnung von Autos zu haben. Die anderen 50% von mir wollten aber auch schleunigst raus aus dieser unpersönlichen und brummenden Stadt. Marcus war mit zur Haltestelle gekommen um mich zu verabschieden. Wenige Minuten später saß ich im Bus und das Gefährt namh Fahrt auf. Nördlich, immer nördlich in Richtung Bay of Islands. Ich kann mich noch daran erinnern, dass die sanften grünen Hügel in ... read more
... war mit Flaggen als Vorhänge ausgestattet.
Nächtliche Paihia Wharf.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia April 1st 2012

Geo: -35.2821, 174.091After regaining my land legs after the harrowing SkyTower walk DH made me do, we left Auckland with the idea of visiting DH's cousin Ian and his charming wife, Margaret, and then heading further north to start our quest for the quintessential Kiwi experience- trying all of the common and weird Kiwi sports (new ones are invented on an almost monthly basis), viewing a professional rugby game (the NZ All-Blacks are the current world champs as evidenced by the copious numbers of T-Shirts bearing the slogan, "there's no crying in rugby....except in Australia"), and discovering that stereotypical field filled with sheep as far as the eye can see, to go along with the many rocks and trees DH is very keen to see. To satisfy the insatiable demand of her fan club, DH wrestles ... read more
Our Home For The Next Month
East Coast Scenery
Car Ferry Recovery

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia January 18th 2012

Woke up early and headed to the wharf to catch a sailboat for the day. Sailed with Mike, the captain, and a family from OZ and another couple. Great day and beautiful weather!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia January 12th 2012

Couldn't resist quoting the late great Frank Sinatra! but here I am, the last leg, the last 10 days of my epic journey. So where do I spend it? Paihia! Lovely little town North of Auckland, not much going on but the same can be said for many of the towns I'v stayed in along my journey. The thing is, that's not what New Zealand is all about. I have loved every minute of my time here in New Zealand and Paihia was no different. Yes, the rain kind of put a dampener on things for the first few days but I don't suppose it would have mattered where I was, the rain tends to do that. In fact my welcome back from Australia was a little offputting to say the least. The rain never stopped ... read more
Paihia's quaint library
Sitting on top of the bay!
A walk in the forest

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia June 2nd 2011

The weather was wet and wild last night! The water collection system was well feed through the early hours of the night. After the rain let up, the wind came in and tested the resolve of the house's shutters. The scampering of feet echoed through the house under the cover of pre-dawn darkness. After it persisted, I decided to go downstairs and assess the damage. The kitchen presented a surprising scene - all three kids preparing a breakfast of eggs, toast and crumpets! I was outright shocked to see Ivy in the fray. This pleasant sight was followed by another. Upon heading outside to check out the view and undo the shutters, the wind had subsided and the stormy weather had given way to relatively calm skies. I hope it holds out! Thanks to the breakfast ... read more
Ivy on the Ferry
Geddy on the Ferry to Paihia

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia April 13th 2008

(Tina)Hi everyone, its Sunday today and you've guessed it, another hangover, two weeks on the trot, however another fab party! Anyway more of that later, first off I'll start where we left off. Got to Auntie Jan's and Uncle Norm's last monday when we blogged and our plans were to go with them on the Tuesday to there bach (pronounced batch and is the kiwi term for a holiday home), however Uncle Norm had to go and have his foot dressed first thing (he had an ingrowing toenail seen to) only to be told he had an infection and he wasn't able to go. This was such a disappointment to us that we decided we didn't want to go without them, so we stayed put for another night and did lots more catching up and had ... read more
View from the Bach
Never seen one like this before!!
Double Trouble!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia March 2nd 2008

Saturday 1st March Up in time to get out to the Post Shop again, and once again it's raining. Peter says that the dive boats aren't out today as it's too rough, and when I get picked up by the Magic Bus apparently all the boat trips today have been cancelled at Paihia too - there's a gale blowing in! We're not sure what that means for my overnight boat cruise (Rock the Boat) tonight - they haven't called it yet! Not too far to Paihia, where I have to wait to find out about my trip. In the meantime I dump everything in Klara's room and accompany Klara and Becky for lunch... And to find my cloth badge(s). Finally find out that the trip is on so grab a picnic lunch and pull my stuff ... read more
Kite-Surfers, enjoying the strong winds!
'The Rock'

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia February 12th 2008

On leaving Auckland we headed North to Paihi at the Bay of Islands. This is supposed to be a really beautiful bay and a must to do a boat trip around. It was really pretty for the evening we arrived there but then the day we had our boat trip booked for the weather was awful, really cloudy, rainy, windy and so the boat was cancelled!! This happened to be Valentines Day so Rina, Carrie and I decided to pamper our selves instead and went to the nearest town Kerikeri and had our hair cut and found a chocolate factory to visit so the day wasn’t a total loss. We stayed in Paihi for a few nights and used this as our base to visit the most northerly tip of the North Island, Cape Reigna. It’s ... read more
and me, Anita and Matthew
a massice sand bank we passed on the east coast

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia November 11th 2007

The Bay of Islands has a reputation - a must see for visitors, and I can see why. A beautiful harbour, lots of islands, and plenty to do. You can go fishing, sailing or cruising for any length of time you like, in a boat of any size you choose. Here you need to have savings, unless you just watch others having fun!!. We took a mornings boat ride round the islands and through the famous hole in the rock, and as a bonus we found 2 pods of dolphins that raced alongside and leaped in the air right beside the boat. Alex also did a hair raising very fast and splashy sort of trip. The hostel had kayaks you could borrow, so we did a bit of sea kayaking (she writes nonchalantly), it was good, ... read more
flagstaff hill
fast ferry
ferry again

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