The Grand Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Grand Hotel Whangarei
All was good. The facilities were good. The room size was good.
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... finished the day with Lucy's final birthday treat at the Polynesian spa pools overlooking the lake at sunset! The next day we drove to Watimo caves to visit the glow worms. Looking at the map we decided we would go our own 'quicker' route however with no map or directions we ended up down narrow winding cliff side tracks in the middle of nowhere. Liam was enjoying the thrill of a bit of danger driving imaging a go cart whilst Lucy was clinging to ...
... Heads. Wow – about 500 steps in all, spread out along the track. There were also 5 caches to find as we walked. It was a good walk (and workout as we puffed and sweated along the path). It took us about 2 hours instead of the 1 ½ hours quoted on the noticeboard but we did take a lot longer doing the steps! After a late lunch we took it easy (siesta time?).
Bruce had ...
... them. Funnily enough the mermaids weren't in town yesterday either, they must only come to shore when the cruise ships are in too! There are a couple of buskers playing music, and the cafes and restaurants are doing a roaring trade. Lots of people are loitering around the beach front, children playing in the fountains, one playing on the piano that is randomly left there. We wander around the market. The stalls selling soaps and fragrant ...
... which is on the east coast going towards the Bay of Islands.From SH1 ( state highway 1) onto the picturesque Russell Road. It was difficult not to stop every 5 minutes for a photo opportunity. The terracing on the hills was incredible. Whether it was due to land clearance for pasture, and created by cattle, or as some suggest, a Maori influence, we don't know. Our inkling is that of livestock as the paths are very narrow. We arrived in Russell at around 6.30 ...
... about the passing of an era in saying goodbye to her 50s, she is ready for the next decade and all the exciting things it will bring. We drive back into Paiha to visit the markets but soon find they are nothing more than the CWA ladies flogging their knitted creations and baubles. So we decide to return to our favourite cafe for brunch since Peter wants to try the fabulous Lamb & Kumara pie as well. We return to the unit for a game of cards before getting ready ...
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