Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
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... On the walk back to town Al explained why he hadn’t been keen. He’d looked across to the treaty grounds from the ship and saw a grassy hill with a flag pole. He knew nothing about what else was there and was very disappointed that we couldn’t spend longer there. We will definitely come back to the Bay of Islands and to the treaty grounds and spend they time there that they deserve.
They are very clear when you get ...
... car across to Russell on the ferry to explore the town and surrounding area. Russell is steeped in history what with the initial Maori habitation followed by it becoming a welcomed haven for the whalers during the late 1700's - early 1800's and then finally becoming the first capital of NZ with the Waitangi treaty being signed just across the bay. We visit a forest reserve and take a short walk to see the giant kauri trees that are still in existence. Unfortunately ...
... us that they are only around in the winter so we were lucky to see them. From there we carried on up to 'Hole In The Rock' and Cape Brett's Lighthouse. Unfortunately the conditions weren't ideal for the skipper to take the boat through because he seemed to be more concerned about the safety passengers onboard than delivering on their promise of navigating through the Hole In The Rock! ...
... br> Then on to one of the islands for a break of an hour when we walked to a high lookout for yet more great views of the bay. then back on board a glass of Sauvignon and back to Paihia for takeaway fish and chips in our motel apartment.
On Friday we caught the ferry across the bay to Russell which is only about 15 minutes away By ferry but about one hundred km by road.This is a delightful little historic town with a ...
... a brilliant BBQ. So tired we have done so much today. The morning we rise early for an amazing sun rise with the magnificent island scenery and crystal blue ocean. As your there waking up we watch a shark try and gets fish attached to a balloon that has been set. This is second nature here, seems smoked fish will be up later. We head into snorkelling at Palm beach. The coral, fish ( saw a dori) ocean is beyond words. It's views like this and the phosphorous that make it ...
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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.