Sheltered Waters Backpackers

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

Up above the ocean

A travel blog entry by amzellen on Jan 30, 2015

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... and went for it. I was more concentrating on watching the people watching and their disgusted faces than what it tasted or felt like. I did gag a couple of times and had to force it down but it went down compared to some people who just threw it back up again off the side of the boat. I have to say I was quite proud that I actually did it and as Simon, our CEO says 'embrace the bizarre' and we definitely did that. As if that wasn't enough activity for the day, once off the boat we ...

Christmas in the Bay of Islands

A travel blog entry by danieljftaylor on Dec 26, 2014

2 comments, 2 photos

... from home.

We took the car ferry across from Opua to get to Russell as it's not the easiest place to access by road. We stayed at the Russell Motel and were given an upgrade to a nice chalet with a living room and kitchen. As seems to be a recurring theme in New Zealand, the staff were really friendly and were more than happy to advise us on what to do in the area. We'd been moving from place to place quite a lot over the previous couple of weeks so ...

On top of the world!

A travel blog entry by globetrotters15 on Nov 25, 2014

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... back down the west coast of New Zealand and found a cool free campsite in the forest where we stopped for the evening.

Day 11: Much to our dismay it rained overnight and we discovered poor Chester was stuck in the mud! Luckily an older couple came to the rescue with their fully equipped campervan and pulled Chester out. The next stop was Coromandel which took us back through Whangarei and Auckland where we got stuck in ...

Day 13 - Russell

A travel blog entry by kennylyons on Sep 19, 2014

1 comment, 6 photos

... that my stomach was feeling a little uncomfortable but soldered on. I was shoulder to shoulder with the experienced Kiwi Fisherman and was determined to hold my own. Moments later the uncomfortable feeling in my tummy had become difficult to ignore to the point of no return. As I lent over the boat to deliver my light breakfast to the fish the others fishing on my side of the boat were ...

History, Haka and Hell Holes

A travel blog entry by themossfamily on Aug 07, 2014

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... was a fascinating morning for both the girls and us. We joined a guided tour around the grounds, with a guide who was a descendant of a signatory to the treaty, which gave the experience such a personal feel. We first visited the ‘Ngatokimatawhaorua’ (phew I had to check the spelling on that one); the worlds largest war canoe (waka). It was built over a 2 year period to commemorate the centenary of the treaty of Waitangi’s signing. It ...