Sheltered Waters Backpackers

18 Florance Ave, Russell, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand | Hostel
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Travel Blogs from Russell

The Hell-Hole of the South Pacific

A travel blog entry by msteele


Russell - 'The Hell Hole of the South Pacific'. Not my words, more the words of Charles Darwin when he visited NZ's first capital city in 1835. Russell was the home then of Sailors, Prostitutes, Pimps and escaped convicts from Australia and was a town of bars and brothels. Now you are more likely to see quaint European and American tourists jumping …

Where it all started

A travel blog entry by jimandi


... our tour to the Mangamuka Marae, where we experienced a traditional Maori welcome before entering the richly carved meeting house of the Maori people. The tribe elders explained the carvings and traditions of the Maori people who trace their ancestry to Kupe, the Polynesia navigator, who is said to have discovered New Zealand over 900 years ago, and subsequent Maori voyagers from Polynesia.

After a warm welcome and moving ...

Bay of Islands, NZ.

A travel blog entry by catherinejill


... Also, less cows and sheep. When we got to Bay of Islands we decided between two campsites and decided to go with Beachside Holiday Park. It was a great choice. Hot showers, small campground (which means it was not overly crowded) clean bathroom and kitchens, plus free unlimited wifi. Like I mentioned in the previous post, we booked a boat tour of the Bay of Islands for the next morning at 9:00am. We showed up and boarded the boat. We thought we had the worst seats on ...


A travel blog entry by laracamille

Didn't have to get up this morning but still got up quite early as I didn't feel too good, went and had cereal and a cup of tea�� the got ready and walked into town, treated myself today! Decided to collect pandora charms from each country and then when I get back to England I will buy a bracelet and put them on it, so I brought a kiwi bird for New Zealand and ...

Rotorua to Auckland

A travel blog entry by laracamille

After being rudely awoken at half 3 this morning I made no effort to be quite when I got up, I got up quite early and managed to fit in some skyping before breakfast, got on coach at half 10, then headed to Auckland.. The journey wasn't too bad and we stopped off in hobbiton town on the way, we arrived in Auckland about 3 and checked in.. I got put in a room with 3 guys and I wasn't happy about it, 2 where off out late and the other was ...