Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Boutique Collection
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... deep spiritual meaning for the Maori. From our brief visit it was easy to see why the area was so important for New Zealand indigenous peoples.
We had a late lunch and some fish and chips soon afterwards, which really seemed to please the British tourists. Evening was on its way by the time we arrived at our final stop of the evening: Manginangina. This was a forest of ancient kauri trees and old New Zealand ...
... our fishing trip called off could also see us not getting out to the Hole in the Rock. This Bay of Islands trip must be jinxed.
We saw plenty of dolphins on the way out across the bay and stopped to watch them play around us. The further out we went, the rougher, and more fun it got.
We did get to the Hole, but it was way too rough for our boat to go through it.
Once we turned back to Paihia and Russell the ...
... be playing. The skipper had slowed the boat and it came to a halt while the dolphins were around. Eventually we had to move on and once the catamaran picked up speed a couple of the dolphins followed for a while leaping out of the water and into the churning water of the wake time and again. It was magical to watch them. The catamaran continued on its way through the beautiful scenery created by the large number of islands in the bay. The water became ...
... whalers and drunken sailors for days and nights of debauchery! No more of that - today's "sailors" are introduced to the crew, Captain Rob and crew persons Chris and Alana who call upon us to help hoist the main sail and then we set off for our adventure on the high seas and we are feeling like crewmen of the Black Pearl!!! A gentle start to the voyage as we are served coffee and scones, jam and ...
... it is known as the leaping off place of spirits. The Maori believed it was here that the spirits of the dead climbed down the roots of the 800-or-so year old tree that sits on the headland and leap off to the sea to start their journey back to the homeland of Haiwaki. It was a beautiful and very peaceful place - I can imagine few better places to sit and remember ancestors or loved ones than this. Cape Reinga is also the meeting place of the Pacific ocean and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSea Spray Suites - Heritage Boutique Collection Paihia
TV didn't work in our first room, so we swapped rooms to a better, more private room. The internet connection wasn't very good and we had to call them to come and fix it. Once everything was working though, it was all good. Nice touch to have some fudge waiting for us with a welcome note in the rooms.
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