The Retreat

Paihia, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Paihia

Bay of Islands And Northland

A travel blog entry by lilianbrett


Wednesday 9th April From Auckland I caught the bus to Paihia in the bay of islands arriving there in the late morning. The hostel I was staying at had bikes for free hire so I jumped on one and went for an explore. I cycled over the bridge to nearby Waitangi where the treaty between the Maori and Europeans was signed on February 6th 1840. I went for a look around the Waitangi Treaty grounds which included the European treaty house, traditional Whare Runanga ( ...

Bay of islands

A travel blog entry by lchapman


... we found the wrong path...but we didn't...and headed up the high hill to a path leading to a view point and tracks in the bush....nice view...nearly killed Fred though! Glad we took the portable seat! Came back to hotel to have a swim.....icy cold....not going to we had a spa a private little wooden hut....lovely! Then a relax, dinner at home and watch video Forest Gump...Fred has never seen it ...


A travel blog entry by carrhaughan


... there for a millennium before that. As usual, there were conflicts between the two groups, but after a few bloody battles this time it was resolved amicably and reasonably fairly – particularly amazing given that this event took place in 1840! The Treaty Grounds are where the local governor lived and are where the treaty was first signed (there were many Maori chiefs who couldn’t make it so the Treaty was transported around the country for them to read ...

So many islands

A travel blog entry by derekandjo


... first port of call for whalers when they returned from sea, the high street was pub after pub and brothels and the town was known as Hell by the locals. It has cleaned uo its act now though and you have to have a few bob to live there. We returned to Paihia by a little ferry and on return to our camp we found our german friends had driven up to spend the evening with us as they fly back tomorrow. We went down to the beach had a swim and ...

Ah, Paihia

A travel blog entry by stephwelsh


... town named Russell for some lunch. I had delicious seafood chowder and a latte (NZ is known for its excellent coffee by the way) and Swantje had eggs on toast (obviously our mini-cartons of cereal were not satisfying her breakfast cravings hehehe).

We then had to head back to our hostel to get our bags and catch the bus back to Auckland...we were so sad to leave such a beautiful place on what ended up being such a warm, sunny day :( But we loved Paihia!! ...

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