Austria Motel

36 Selwyn Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, North Island, 0200, New Zealand | Motel
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Travel Blogs from Paihia


A travel blog entry by carrhaughan on Mar 08, 2014

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We arrive in Paihia late afternoon, after diving the Poor Knights, and we're both pretty tired – we chill out with a glass of wine on the balcony (it’s rare we have one so we like to use 'em when we do!) and have an early night.

We explore the town the next morning. It’s small, so doesn’t take too long. First stop …

The Far North

A travel blog entry by nbinette04


... we were able to drive in our specially-adapted bus along the beach in the shallow waters for much of its length.

Next we drove up a little stream in the sand and in behind some sand dunes. These dunes were quite large and our guide had brought along boogie boards to allow us to surf down from the top of the dunes! It was hard work climbing up the massive dune with our boards, so we could only slide down once ...

Playful dolphins

A travel blog entry by suebar


... of the boat. We were lucky as the sea conditions have to be right for the boat to go through the archway. Then the boat turned to go back into the bay. After about 30 minutes we docked on one of the Islands, Urupukapuka. There were a few buildings there although it is not inhabited. Some were Department of Conservation buildings and these included sheep pens. We were able to leave the catamaran for 40 minutes and could walk up a hill for a good ...

I throw a mean axe!

A travel blog entry by emma-may-white


... to look forward to Im sure :D! Good bye for now little rice bag! Myself and Rachel spent a day kayaking down the rapids exploring and working up to the fab jet boat ride back up the rapids! So much fun and it made all the paddling worth it! That evening In stark contrast we has the lodge to ourselves so we sat with a roaring fire, Pink Floyd and a glass of wine reading our books and practising our axe throwing skills! Day three we walked to the ...

A great day out

A travel blog entry by scbcrwrw


... Botha greed - once was enough.

Back on to the coach and a ride up the beach and a stop for photos and a paddle in the sea. It is not advisable to swim on the west coast because of the very strong currents - but it does look inviting.

Our final stop on the way back was at a fish and chip shop (yep) in a lovely little place on the coast called Monganui. We arrived back in Paihia at 7.15pm - 12 hours - a really good day.


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