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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 …
... The waitress showed us to a different table but we hovered and looked sort of longingly at the better table till she relented and said if we wanted we could have the one at the front. Jeff and Katherine would just have to sit elsewhere but all is fair in love and table reservation.
After we ordered another waitress came over and said they had sorted it all out and in fact we were Jeff and Katherine. She had misheard Wendy on the phone.
... before boarding the bus. Our driver was a complete joker writing his name as "Ive Sharted" and "Butt Muncher" on the top of the sign up sheets. The bus was freezing cold with the air conditioning and I felt like the idiot abroad as all I had in my bag was a towel to wrap myself in, so that paired with my leopard print travel pillow I looked a right sight. Our first stop was at this feeding farm and here we got to feed calves, enjoy the noise of goats, the smell of pigs ...
... from several Maori tribes have a ceremony on the beach and then all climb into their wakas and paddle off up the river. Despite the weather it was worth going to see - we felt very sorry for many of the Maori taking part, who were wearing traditional dress, which amounts to not nearly enough clothes for that sort of weather! You could see some of the boys' teeth chattering from quite some distance away. Nevertheless they persevered with the ceremony ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Waterfront Suites Paihia
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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