The Sanctuary @ Bay Of Islands

State Highway 11, Opua, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand | 5 star lodge
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Travel Blogs from Opua

Heaven on a stick

A travel blog entry by davo1764


Day 3: After a quick breakfast we check out of our hotel and head out to the airport to pick up Louise & Peter.  They have been in NZ for a week or so already, travelling around the South Island in a camper van. Today they drop their van off and we pick them up for the 3 hour drive up to the Bay of Islands and the location of our house swap.  Only problem is we don't have a map or GPS and their pick up location is a couple of streets over from the main drag out ...

Down on The Farm

A travel blog entry by lizzyian


In New Zealand, working on a farm in return for your food and board is especially popular with backpackers. While Ian and I were not quite ready to hang up our sandals for wellies and get down and dirty with the pigs, we thought it would be fun to stay for a few days in a real working dairy farm.

The first thing that hit me was just how out in the middle of nowhere it was. If you didn't have a car, there was no way you could get around out there. No nipping out to ...

Day 154 on route to the Bay of Islands

A travel blog entry by elliotgamble


... road was a new driving experience for me. Time flew and before we knew it we were approaching our destination. The beaches and sea cliffs came into view as we cruised towards the bay of islands. We arrived at the hostel in one piece and felt confident about the rest of our trip. We dropped our bags off straight away to take a look at the Bay of Islands. It was defiantly worth the drive. Looking out from the beach you can see dozens of ...

Bay of Islands: Road trup!

A travel blog entry by amyclaridge23


... was very very right, within twenty minutes we'd found the pod, we donned our fishermen coats and went to the front of the catamaran where they were swarming around, jumping in front of us, swimming under us. Fortunately/unfortunately there was a dolphin with them so we were unable to swim with them but we got to see a baby dolphin(!!!) so all was well. Before lunch we were dropped off at one of the islands for snorkelling, it was pretty cold but we went in and I'm so glad ...

Tropical Christmas!

A travel blog entry by teamstoobie


We laughed all the way back to the north island with a great Kiwi Experience driver named Diddles, who also happened to be a great friend of Team Crisp! First stop Wellington, we checked into the YHA and even got a free cheeky upgrade to a private room! Cooking dinner that night and in walks in a familiar face, it was only bloody Devon our Persian German friend from Queens-town! Devon joined us for dinner and the following night joined us for our date night!! We had ...

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This 5 star lodge, located on State Highway 11, Opua, is near Kings Dolphin Cruises, Paihia Harbour, Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures, and Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House.
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