Travel Blogs from Paihia
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 & …
... just top off our day......a birds eye view of the Bay of Islands, including the hole in the rock. Wendy stayed with the kids, and Dad, Carl and I went up. Lovely toasted sandwiches for lunch, followed by a stroll up the street and ice cream finished off our day nicely. It seemed as though we returned, just as everyone else was, and the line up for a tender was longer than usual. Back on board, and again, just enough time to get everyone ready for conceirge club and ...
... the sunrise......I know what you are thinking.....it is hard work travelling! We managed to find some energy to go and see the local sites and the amazingly huge Kauri tree and rainbow falls (see photos), before, yep, you guessed it, getting back in the jacuzzi!
Now travelling back down the country stopping in warkworth again before we then drive to Whitianga in the coramdel peninsular. Bye bye Jacuzzi ...
... and re-sunk in the Bay of Islands for use as a dive wreck. We sort out our gear and meet the other people we’ll be diving with – there’s only a handful of us which is nice. Then we start the convoy up to Matauri Bay – ordinarily we’d get a lift with the crew in the dive van, but we’ve spent our last day in Paihia and Matauri Bay is halfway to our next stop in Mangonui so we opt to drive up there instead. It’s a nice drive, ...
... province on file. This serves as sort of a fingerprint, to track individual dolphins. The comparison is made visually, mostly. There's probably some room for computer vision experts to help out here, when the collection gets larger.
Finally, we got back, did some shopping and cooked our first meal in new Zealand: pasta!
I'll fix up some more photo's, made by my friends later on :)
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- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking