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After breakfast we thankfully leave the hustle & bustle of Auckland to head north for Paihia. The roads are clear & well sign-posted. We arrive in Paihia to sunshine & beautiful coastal scenery. We've booked our accommodation already & are staying at the Outrigger Motel - we receive a genuine warm welcome from our hosts Greg & …
... grows, glows to attract food and creates a sticky thread that hangs down from it like fly paper. It eventually changes into a fly. A fly with no mouth, so within a few days it needs to find a mate and lay clusters of eggs before it dies. ( we weren't allowed to take photos in the cave, only outside it).
We came out of the cave having to bend low under hanging rock. We'd had to shout duck or head banger down the line a ...
... in NZ history marking peace and trade between Maori and British...Russell across the bay from Paihia used to be capital of New Zealand. The treaty house consisted of the obligatory two coffee shops, a retail tourist shop, a documentary of the event, the flagstaff marking the exact place where the treaty was signed and bearing the 3 official flags of NZ - Union Jack, New Zealand flag and Maori United tribes flag! Very picturesque and historical ...
... Russell where we have a wander round and then return to Paihia. When we get back there is a note under the windscreen of the car. I think "Funny. We have only just got here but someone must know us and has left us a message". It's a parking ticket. When we arrived there were parking bays along the side of the road marked out in white paint. There were signs which just said "P 10". Now, I took that to mean that there were 10 parking bays available on ...
... the other two members of staff having a very closed and quiet conversation, their body language and they way they stood was signal to leave them alone. The worst iSite going, shame the rest were brilliant, so far. On the way back to the car we made some enquiries about various island, sea and boat tours along with kayaking and anything else on offer. The cost of the island tours for a few hours was almost as much as our entire Halong Bay Cruise, ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking