Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
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We are finally ready to hit the road and Mark has rented a car for our further ventures into the Northland. On the way to get the car we were travelling with some French backpackers who were hoping to do a dolphin swim in the Bay of Islands after they rented their car. The young man of the couple actually spoke almost perfect American English which …
A lovely peaceful night at Eden House and we are up in time to see a beautiful dawn break. No dogs, chickens, drummers or noisy neighbours here although Carole does tell us we were lucky because at full moon the donkey down the road goes bananas. Also no wild life in the room. Richard does give us a lot too much information about the difficulty he has in keeping the forest rats at bay and how many traps he has set etc.. Fortunately he only chooses to tell ...
... her up. After her little outburst I got her to put her mask and snorkel on and just look down and breathe. Holding hands we slowly paddled around checking out the marine life. It was pretty dead. Saw a few fish and nothing amazing but I was so surprised she actually went through with it. Of course I got this unbearable pain coming from my foot and yes, you've guessed it, I got a cramp. I took the stupidly small flipper off and tried to stretch it out ...
... it's entire length - it's a truly enormous stretch of sand. After stopping for some photos we headed to the huge sand dunes to do a bit of sandboarding. This was actually no where near as scary as it first looked - the worst bit was trying to climb up the dunes in the first place!! Once at the top you just kneel in the sand, flop forward onto your body board and let gravity do the rest!! Everyone managed to get in a turn or two before the rains started again, ...
... Captain Bucko filleted our catch and we returned to the Motel to barbecue a huge plateful of some of our catch and present the rest to the owner - a Liverpudlian entertainer who still performs on the cruise ships when they come in, a good friend of Michael Barrymore's [dubious connections!] who has stayed at this Motel a lot. He was very kind to let us check out late after our barbecue feast, but could talk for Briain (or New Zealand in this case!)
And so off back to ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
There are many places to stay in the small community of Paihia and the Kingsgate is a fine choice. It is on the main road next to the water, has lovely big rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, and best of all free breakfast. Not just continental breakfast, the whole shibang of a breakfast with meats, eggs, toast, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee, etc...
The rooms offer the anonymous feel of motel rooms anywhere and so once inside you can forget where the room is actually located, this is a plus or minus depending on your preference.
Would recommend it for those needing or desiring a quiet, clean, spacious room with electrical outlets located in the right places.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.