The Waterfront Suites
Travel Blogs from Paihia
Evan: On the way to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, we stopped at several amazing locations and had many incredible adventures. We walked along a canopy walkway through a forest of kauri trees. It took thousands of men to make a giant walkway that doesn't hurt the trees. Kauri trees have stony bark, and are the biggest in NZ. After this we walked …
Originally this was meant to be a 'boys weekend' of fishing and being smelly in a flat, but in the end they weakened and us girls were invited to 'make up the numbers'.
We all piled in to Veronica the red Mazda to head north to Paihia. Veronica doesn't have a tape deck, nor does she get any radio reception beyond the narrow confines of Auckland …
... It feels like being at the end of the world. We also stopped at Koutu on the way back to search for some boulders that apparently are visible on the beach at low tide. They took some finding and we had to wade through a bit of mud, but eventually we came to a large number of almost spherical rocks scattered up a half kilometre of beach, quite amazing. All in all a good day out and I think this has been my favourite area so far in ...
... dolphins and some different birds (no idea what they were, they just looked different to the ones we see in the UK!) We also spent some time at Waitangi discovering more about the history of New Zealand, at least from the Maori's viewpoint. It's interesting learning how others view us British historically. It was also interesting to see how missionaries had gone to the islands and ...
... as we were flying. I wasn't really that nervous until my feet were hanging out the side of the plane. I was first to jump so I didn't get to see anyone else jump out. We were in free fall for just over a minute, reaching speeds of 200km/h. I stupidly kept my mouth open so it got really dry really quickly. Got to control the parachute for a bit which was cool. Landing was a bit dodgy because we attempted a running landing, rather than sliding, but escaped unscathed. Paid ...
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- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
We had a fantastic stay at the Waterfront Suites and wish we could have stayed longer. The suite was well appointed and spotless, the staff friendly and helpful. The four of us (two adults, 10 and 13 year old children), had plenty of room in this two bedroom, two bath suite with kitchen, dining area, and living room. A washer and dryer were included - such a bonus for a vacation with kids. Great location and plenty of covered parking. The outdoor swimming pool was chilly - but it is almost winter and the kids enjoyed trying it out. We didn't pay extra for the view and most likely were given what was considered the worst room - the back windows were very close to a private home - but it didn't dampen our enthusiasm. Our two complaints were relatively minor - we were unable to use the purchased internet in the room (so they didn't charge us) and we needed to use portable heaters provided as it was rather chilly.
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