The Retreat

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

Hell hole of the pacific

A travel blog entry by jagosperring


Yay it's a great day today. As soon as the sun came out we went to kerikeri we bought some awesome new purple shoes for football then we bought a cricket ball. Later we went to a football pitch and played football and cricket it was so fun. In the Afternoon we went on a boat trip to Russell we sat on the top of the boat it was really windy. Then we went ...

Dolphin spotting and Hole in the Rock boat trip

A travel blog entry by lpringle


... as the wind chill at high speed was cold!) and right out the the famous 'hole in the rock'. Our boat drove right through the hole, smashing over the big swell inside, and coming out on the other side of the island. Here our guide pointed out the shape of a face in the rock who the Maori's believe is a goddess protecting everyone at sea there - and it really looked like a face! Finally our skipper drove the boat right ...


A travel blog entry by carrhaughan


... 8217;re soon there and kitting up. The dive boat is pretty small, but it’s only 10 minutes out to the wreck so we get everything on, get the boat in the water, jump on and head out. We get to the site and eventually find the buoy, tie up, kit up and get in the water. Most of the others are fairly inexperienced divers so we hold back and let them descend first on the line. The visibility is pretty good – maybe 20m or so – and the wreck isn’t ...

Auck.. no wait, Paihia

A travel blog entry by groteboze


... were quite friendly about it and helped us a lot getting a booking at another hostel. We figured we'd get underway a bit earlier than planned and ended up at 'the pickled parrot' in Paihia.

After a good night's sleep, we drove around a bit, got supplies at the local supermarket and ended up at Haruru falls. Nice place for a picknick. Lots of semi-wild chickens and the area is gorgeous!

Happy Valentines Day from Bridget herself

A travel blog entry by erotergum


... on the boat could experience my incredible sailing skills. I volunteered to have a go so headed to the back. Everyone made way for me as I swayed from side to side to get there. The skipper said its easy like driving a car (because it was a wheel instead of a rudder) my reply was well I'm not that great at driving. They all made jokes about how I'd drown them all but I said not to fear as I'm a lifeguard! The man next to me was a bit on edge as I'd make ...

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