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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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Feb 11, 2008 - Lyle and April now in Paihia, North Island, New Zealand

John here.. I just received an email from Lyle. Lyle and April are in New Zealand now... No photos but they will try to send some soon. I'll post the email I just received below. Lyle wrote: Dear John, Sorry about the failure of the pictures to arrive. The man who helped seemed very capable. April and I are now near the top of the North Island . It is The Bay of Islands and the town is Paihia . The scenery is lovely. Some was used in the filming of THE HOBBIT. We will try to send pictures again when we stop at a place with internet. We...

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Second Time Around

Feb 10, 2008 - Bay of Islands, Paihia

Today we joined our tour group, boarded the bus and took off at 8:30 in the morning. We journeyed across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, traveled through the farming communities of Warkworth and Wellsford. Our first stop was at the Matakohe Pioneer Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Kauri gum (amber) and pioneering history of the far north region of New Zealand. The Kauri tree is an extremely old, slow growing tree. Gum forms when the tree is injured and leaks sap. Over thousands of years, these trees would be buried in swamps...

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Jan 10, 2008 - Auckland - Day 2

We picked up our 4WD early in the morning as we wanted to see the Bay of Islands, which is about a 3 hours drive north from Auckland. We arrived there about lunch time and took a ferry, it is a dream forany "Lord of the Rings" - fan ! We returned through the Northland National Park, where we passed a beautiful tropical forest and a picturesque coastline, it was absolutely breathtaking ! Of course it took quite some time so we arrived back in Auckland at about 9pm. Nevertheless we went to check out "Minus 5" that night,Auckland's edition of...

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Dec 15, 2007 - Bay of Islands

So after a 4 hour drive in the pouring rain, along numerous roads under going some sort of renovation (this seems to be a common theme all over NZ!) we arrived in Pahia, one of the main towns in the Bay of Islands. When we arrived it was STILL raining and there wasn't a soul in sight! According to the fish and chip shop owner the weather scared off the visitors and the wetness was due to continue for another couple of days. It was getting late so we parked the van right on the sea front and nipped across the road for some greasey grub and...

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