Bay Sands Motel

136 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand | Motel
Prices starting from $65.00

Travel Blogs from Paihia

Our last day in The Bay of Islands

A travel blog entry by davidandmarjory on Feb 08, 2014

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 on Feb 07, 2014

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 on Feb 06, 2014

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 on Feb 05, 2014

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 …

Beautiful Bay of Islands

A travel blog entry by didcarl


... great. They we so close that you often had to duck your head just to get past. The section with glow worms was great. It felt like they were so close that you could touch them. Out the other side, you continued on a bush walk, up and over the cave, and back to the start. We then were back on the bus, and headed back to Paihia, with a short stop at the ??? toilets. Back at Paihia, and after seeing the helicopter land and take off a number of times, we decided ...

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