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


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 New Adventure

A travel blog entry by handytravels


... e, you just knew that if this was the starter, then the main was going to be sensational. When we got to the Kauri tree’s we couldn’t believe the size of them, Australia had taught us that everything they had tended to be bigger and scarier, well, New Zealand has goliaths of trees. The photos can’t really do them justice just how huge they were. It’s quite possibly ruined other trees for us. After a couple of walks along some ...

Just an amazing day and toilets too!

A travel blog entry by john-and-anne


... through the bush back up and over the area. There were huge rocks, trees, greenery and a welcome wooden walkway. We continued on our way and stopped for a comfort break at a small town called Kawakawa. Our itinerary didn't mention this place but when I'd gone online to see the excursion I'd seen a photo of some colourful bollards which gave me hope, and yes, we were going to use Hundertwasser's toilets. John and Insaw these many years ago, ...

Hundertwassen Toilets & Glow-worms!

A travel blog entry by twodrifters07


... across to the mainland again. We then sought out Kawakawa!

The town is famed for its Hundertwassen Toilets, the public toilets that were designed by the rather eccentric, Austrian-born artist Friedensreich Hundertwassen. Toilets of his design can be found in only three places in the world, Osaka Japan, Vienna Austria and Kawakawa! They reminded us a bit of Gaudi's work, all ceramic tile, wavy ...

Paihia, in the rain

A travel blog entry by johnnym


... intrigued by the film (about the struggle for equal pay for women at Ford), he'd sailed the Atlantic as a novice member of the British team in the race there and back, and both of them wondered whether they would have settled in New Zealand had they seen it before they went to Canada. I learned all of that after being in their way in the kitchen and answering the question 'where are you from?' but no matter-one way conversations are ...

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