Bay of Islands Cottages
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Kids activities or Babysitting
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Travel Blogs from Russell
... Bay of Islands’ is thrown around a lot- pretty much anywhere there are a group of rocks or small islands right off of the shore line. So, it’s really not as unique as I originally thought it was.
I can’t put into words how phenomenal the hiking has been. The weather has just been amazing- highs around 65F (18C) with misting rain to sunny. We been through forests to wide open ...
... be released into the wild. They breed when they are 5 years old. Their future is not too rosy because of all the predators. There are about 70,000 left in the wild so they are doing better than the Takehe but still pretty bad.
Anyway we went out to explore the heritage centre. This is where timing was a bit off, it looks like they have a miniature railway club and there are tracks all round the park with a beautiful restored full size station but only run on ...
... and I managed to get through security without a hitch, their customs officers are really worried about everything and I ticked 'yes' on one of the boxes to let them know that I was bringing in
'outdoor activity items including... footwear'. I exited the airport with over an hour before I had to catch my bus. I decided to skip the taxi and get the express bus instead, the lady at the counter told me that the trip should only take about half an hour and that a bus ...
... where we took the boat out to the dive site. It was a completely different dive to the ones we had experienced on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia - it felt very poignant to be see something of historical importance, even if the dive wasn't as interesting in terms of aquatic life. The water was much cooler and there were more currents than in Australia as well so it was good to get some experience of different diving conditions. Fiona also arranged for me ...
... who lives in the country. We went to the town of Russell using the local ferry and found our first campsite which we practically had to ourselves. The town of Russell was the site of NZ's first British settlement which missionaries at the time described as the 'hellhole of the Pacific.' Well unfortunately all the brothels and drug dens had closed down by the time we arrived. What was left was ...