Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
Travel Blogs from Paihia
Monday began with a lovely breakfast at the hotel and a stroll down to the harbour to book a trip (followed by a trip to the chemist for ginger tablets for himself). Booked to go on the 'through the hole and dolphin watching' 1/2 day cruise on a biggish catamaran leaving at 1.30 p.m. - enough time for him to get the tablets down - but really not …
It was now time to break off from the Stray goup. We had only booked a short five day pass with the Stray bus but we got on with everyone so well it was sad to see them head off without us. Most of them were on a full New Zealand pass and were continuing on to do the whole of the South Island together, we were very jealous. Even though we had …
... is the most northerly point in New Zealand (accessible by road). Our first stop was to visit the 2000 year old trees in the ha puketi Kauri Forest where trees can grow up to 18m diameter trunks. Next we took to the sand and drove up 90mile beach which like its namesake in Fraser Island, Australia is also a state highway. The only difference was that you can just drive a normal 2 wheel drive car here. It was a bit strange seeing beat up bangers going 80km/h along ...
... had some gorgeous pieces...oh, if we only had the money and the ability to get it home!
We eat well in the MH; dinner of pork chops, garlic mashed potatoes and veggies followed our walk in the gardens...just before bed nature provided us with some pretty amazing artwork, too, a stunning sunset with some funky clouds interwoven into it...!
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... and look out to the flagpole – and the bay beyond – that is the spot the Treaty was first signed. Then we head back to meet our guide – a local Maori who it turns out is actually a fifth-generation descendant of one of the local chiefs who signed the Treaty 174 years ago! He’s very knowledgeable and engaging, and we learn more about the history of the Treaty and the signees on both sides. We also look at some of the wakas, or war canoes, ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking