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Apr 20, 2009 - Paihia

I've been in Paihia, a small town in the northern most part of New Zealand (Bay of Islands), for almost three days now, and it's been mostly cloudy and rainy. I'm hoping that it will clear up tomorrow so I can go on a boat trip to see the dolphins. I was hoping to swim with them too, but I've been having a bit of a sore throat which I hope won't degenerate into a cold, and the water is not exactly warm at this time of year (although they do provide wet suits). Besides the sea and seafood, this area also has great historic significance. This...

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Apr 18, 2009 - New Zealand nature...

Had a loving time getting up close and personal with some of the giant kauri trees of the Puketi forest. There are not the trees on the scale of say the giant sequoias or redwoods but they are plenty wide,tall and old. I think Nathan enjoyed his walks in the forest, what do you think? We also stopped by some of the little towns along the way and saw some waterfalls (again compared to whats at home - Niagara Falls - these are mere trickles of water but picturesque nonetheless) and a chocolate factory. Funny how the guy in the group is the...

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Apr 17, 2009 - Bay of Islands

Immediately after landing in Auckland we've headed up north to the Bay of islands. So we loaded up the mini-van which I'll admit to being somewhat useful in terms of passenger/cargo space and having comfortable seating but that still wouldn't make me by one for myself especially in a powder blue/lavender colour!! we based our outings in this region from the little coastal town of Paihia. This is an area of NZ that we didn't get the chance to visit previously so we just had to swing by this time. Today we took a day cruise around the Bay...

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Feb 21, 2009 - Paihia

Into every life some rain must fall and yesterday was one of those days. Weather forecasts here are rather inscrutable. This is a long country and the TV forecast covers it all in about 45 seconds. They quickly name towns we never heard of (that situation is improving) and use words like “fine.” We’re never sure where they’re talking about or what they really are saying. But when they said the whole country had a 100% chance of rain with heavy flooding, we knew what we were in for. We planned to drive almost all the way north to the top of...

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Feb 17, 2009 - Russell & Treaty House

Today we decided to take a boat over to Russell Island as recommended by the lady at the camp site. We had a wander round Paihia town and then caught a ferry over (as I am writing this I have just looked in the guide book and realised we could have actually driven there!) Anyway the boat trip was only 15 minutes and as it was a beautiful day it was quite a nice journey. Upon arrival we saw there was a road with a few shops/bars on it....and that was pretty much it! So we got a snack and sat by the sea and then took the ferry back pretty...

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The A&E Adventure

Feb 16, 2009 - Whangarei and on to Paihai

Today we left Uratiti and went on to Whangarei to stop off and find an internet cafe and get some info from the info shop. From here we drove up to Paihai which is the best place to get to to see the bay of Islands. There were some 'famous' public toilets just before we got there (architectually not George Michael wise) so we nipped in to test them out! (yeah we could have missed that out on the journal but today was a bit of a uneventful day!!) When we got to Paihai we bumped in to the spaceship people that we took a photo of yesterday...

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The A&E Adventure

Sep 7, 2008 - Bay of Islands

After Spending the best day, weather wise, on a bus for 7 hours, I find myself sitting watching it rain. The day that I can in was warm and sunny. Yesterday The weather was not too bad but started getting rough in the afternoon. I got in a boat tour on the bay and through the hole in the rock and around cape brett. However, the dolphins were apparently hiding and I did not see any. Today has been steady rain for most of the day and it is not supposed to improve anytime soon. I leave for Auckland in the morning and I think that I will spend...

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Aug 6, 2008 - Russell to Paihia and Waitangi North Island 17 to 18 July 2008

Jeff Today we will leave Russell and take the short route via the ferry to just south of Paihia. It is hard to imagine that such a nice place was once nicknamed ‘the hell hole of the Pacific’, and home to such as fleeing convicts, whalers, prostitutes and drunken sailors. Round the bay and just before the ferry port is the site of the first Capital of NZ. ‘The Strand’, featured in our pictures of the last blog entry is not only famous for the Duke of Marlborough, the oldest hostelry in NZ, Queen Elizabeth had a ‘walkabout’ amongst the...

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May 15, 2008 - Day 2

We woke up and were served breakfast in our hotel room. We're not rich but DAMN we felt rich!! We checked out of our room and made our way to a dolphin cruise. We would love to show you pictures or video clips because this cruise was by far one of the coolest things ever, but Brent left the video camera in the car. We were running late to the cruise, I jumped out of the car to grab tickets, the lady literally calls the captain of the ship and stops him and the lady yells at me saying, "run! go to the boat right now!". Brent jumps out of the...

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Apr 6, 2008 - To the Bay Of Islands - Paihia

I caught the bus at 7.30 am withought a hitch and left to go north for Paihia, where the Bay of Islands are. It was a few hours drive and the bus wasn't a very full bus - about 10 people - these buses on the main route regulary hit a full 50 people. We arrived just before midday and it was not long after we had checked into our hostel that we hired some Kayaks and paddled hard over to Russell - quite a distance. Russell is one of the earliest settlements of New Zealand. It took about a 50 minute hard paddle to get there, and when we did we...

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Apr 5, 2008 - On to Paihia.

Left B&B at Whangarei - went west to Lion Man. Tour started at 11 a.m. cost $60 each and lasted for 1 and half hours. Saw 43 endagered animals including a very old Barbery lion who was used as Aslam in the film. All the animals are kept in cages with rope barriers about 3 foot away so you get good views and close ups. The closest we came was to a white tiger in his cage and about 2 feet away. Thankfully he had been hand reared so had a good nature. Still pretty scary being that close to a 400 pound tiger whose paws are bigger than your...

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Mar 24, 2008 - Paihia (Bay of Islands)

We had hired a wee car to travel around the North Island and were worried that our luggage might not fit. However, when we picked it up, instead of a small 3 door hatchback, we somehow had a 5 door saloon for the same price. Having the car means that we have a lot more freedom to stop off wherever we fancy along the way and we can find big out of town supermarkets to kit ourselves out with cheap food and wine (very important because in general we are finding NZ to be really expensive). Our first stop was another volcano at Devonport, just...

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