The Retreat

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

Pool, Ponies and Palm Trees: Paihia

A travel blog entry by lizzyian


So, after about six weeks of being on holiday, I think we'd all agree that Lizzy and I deserved a well-earned break. Therefore, we headed north to the beachy town of Paihia. We had a hostel that was two minutes' walk from the beach, but if that was too much there was also a pool right there.

While we were here we did what seems to be an obligatory activity for all tourists, we went on a boat tour. We were guaranteed dolphins and it was amazing to see them but as ...


A travel blog entry by mersonjames


... The waitress showed us to a different table but we hovered and looked sort of longingly at the better table till she relented and said if we wanted we could have the one at the front. Jeff and Katherine would just have to sit elsewhere but all is fair in love and table reservation.

After we ordered another waitress came over and said they had sorted it all out and in fact we were Jeff and Katherine. She had misheard Wendy on the phone.


Happy Valentines Day from Bridget herself

A travel blog entry by erotergum


... at what was supposed to be a beautiful beach. Quite honestly, I reckon Bognor Regis is nicer. It was a bit pebbly and not that sandy. There was a big bag of snorkelling gear and two kayaks to explorer the beach and lagoon. Glen faffed for ages trying to find his correct flipper size and a decent mask. So Dais and I just pulled the first ones out to maximise the fun times. I got a size 5 flipper and she got a size 6. I'm a size 5 and a half but they usually give ...

Bay of Islands: Road trup!

A travel blog entry by amyclaridge23


Our first night we just dove straight to Paihia and arrived about 10pm and pulled in for our first night in the spaceship. We drove up to the layby in the night with no idea where we were as it was so dark and had the lovely surprise of waking up to the gorgeous view in the first photo below with the Bay of Islands emerging before us as we opened our curtains. We headed into the gorgeous Paihia to plan out the trip from the wi-fi fuelled library ("How far is it?" '3 minute ...

Bay of Islands

A travel blog entry by free_range_hen


... logged on before making tea and who should message us, trucker Graham. He was in town and he then came and joined us for tea. We drank a fair bit and then went out to a club with a few people from our hostel who we had befriended while eating. The bars and clubs were dead, ************e at all. It did start to fill up eventually by then I had mixed a few drinks and had at least one bottle wine before we came out, time for bed, no idea what time it ...

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