Bay Sands Motel

136 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand | Motel
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Travel Blogs from Paihia

Our last day in The Bay of Islands

A travel blog entry by davidandmarjory

We check in for the cruise at 09:00 am and, thankfully, the weather is looking promising.

We set off at 09:30, by which time the weather is dramatically improving and the sun shining.....hurray! We have an amazing day within the first hour we have seen several pods of dolphins and the scenery is simply stunning.

At lunch time we …

Another wet day!

A travel blog entry by davidandmarjory

It's still raining and the wind still howling when we wake up!

We decide to take the ferry to Russell and, thankfully, byt the time we have bought our ferry tickets, the rain has stopped and the sun is trying to come out! We stroll around Russell all morning and have lunch at the Swordfish Club. Early afternoon we return to Paihia and …

Waitangi Day

A travel blog entry by davidandmarjory

We wake to pouring rain and strong winds. TV news tells us that we are suffering from the side effects of an anticyclone which is passing close by the top end of North Island and will be around for a couple of days....not such good news!

We decide to heads to the Waitangi Celebrations so we dress in shorts and waterproof jackets and set …

The Bay of Islands

A travel blog entry by davidandmarjory

We travel via a circuitous route to the Bay of Islands. The weather is somewhat cloudy but warm. By the time we eventually get to Paihia (pronounced "Pie Here" !) the clouds are building and it is starting to rain. We check into the motel which is in a perfect location overlooking the sea and a swimming beach! Paihia is very busy as it's the first …


A travel blog entry by groteboze


Paihia is the gateway to the whole 'bay of islands' region and we made use of that by booking a sightseeing/swiming tour, in which we got around by boat, looking for dolphins all over the area. We hit the jackpot immediately: at the first location they could be, we found 3 dolphins, happily playing about.

The crew mentioned that dolphins are attracted by humans if they are interesting to ...

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