The Retreat

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

Sea Kayaking

A travel blog entry by groteboze


... swedish beauties 'Anna' and 'Karina' on the beach, on the other side of the closest island. We happily obliged and saw a lot more natural beauty around the place. Too bad I lost my hat on the final island. It's replacement was gonna cost me 27 dollars (16 euro's or so).

"Is it a ruck suck or a rack sack?"

A travel blog entry by erotergum


... a scene. As Daisy told me "you don't help yourself Jordan!" Sue said he'll be dreaming about that for weeks, which was slightly awkward coming out of an older ladies mouth! We arrived in the Bay of Islands at about midday and managed to squeeze into this hostel. It's a teeny room with six people squashed in. Daisy and I both have top bunks (such fun) and the other people are all German. The lady came and picked us up from our hostel in a sports car (it was some ...

Rainy Day/Prep Day/Relaxation Day

A travel blog entry by neil.scannell


Today was a pretty chill day spent in the town of Paihia. We slept in til 8:30, reserved our room for one more night, and made a reservation for an early morning bus ride to the northern tip of New Zealand (Cape Reinga) departing tomorrow morning. We went to a local store and purchased our food that we will have while backpacking the first leg of the trail. On the way back to ...

Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach

A travel blog entry by tom.terryhannan


... they had HUGE GUM trees kinda like our red woods etc. These are also called Kauri trees. Only 3% of the original Kauri forest remains, pretty sad
We saw lots of wild turkeys during the day and even one emu. We saw Paradise Ducks and their blue bird with the red head(can't remember the name) Will check it out later. They have large trees, tall bamboo and other trees that create a shelter belt by the sides of the road to keep bees ...


A travel blog entry by laracamille

... to cotton on to get it taken off.. Then I saw some nice pumps that where only $5 in the sale! Bargin!! So I spent $55 on stuff that was worth about $100!!! Bonus!! I had a lovely hot ham roll for lunch with crisps, was very yummy!! I went and got pandora charms then went back to hostel and my room was full of new people!! They seem okay but one girl is really irritating!! ...

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