The Retreat

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

    Explore Russell

    A travel blog entry by robynstravels on Oct 07, 2014

    7 photos

    ... then to the oldest church in New Zealand absolutely nothing like an English church, but lovely made with timber and all painted white with a picket fence and tomb stone every where. By this time you could say it was quite warm just perfect for tourist, we wandered to the for shore and found a place called pompallier printers and gardens, so we thought we would pop in and have a look. This was a pleasant surprise beautiful gardens with the ...

    Singing the Blues

    A travel blog entry by themossfamily on Aug 08, 2014

    1 comment, 7 photos

    ... so disappointed. Lots of sobbing followed, until the lady on the boat said she had had a word with the Captain, and he was happy to set up a safety net for Grace to stay in whilst she was in the water, where she could wear a wet suit and have a mask and snorkel, and view the dolphins from there. The waterworks were turned off as if by magic, and was replaced with the biggest, brightest smile! I thought Grace was going to pounce on the lady and kiss her over and over! ...

    Northern Explorer

    A travel blog entry by nbinette04 on Jun 20, 2014

    24 photos

    ... love song" and Maori blessing which was quite beautiful.

    We walked back to our motel and stopped to browse some shops. Jeff got a chocolate milkshake and Natalie tried her first "long black"- espresso and hot water. We rested a bit in our room and watched some rugby on tv before heading out for dinner at a local pizza place/bar. We returned to our motel for a quiet night before our big adventure tomorrow!

    Playful dolphins

    A travel blog entry by suebar on Apr 01, 2014

    8 photos

    We were packed up, breakfasted and checked out of our hotel in Paihia by 8:20 to be in good time to get to the wharf ready to queue for our boat which was to leave at 9:00. Our boat was a catamaran which takes 80 passengers. We were to cruise through the Bay of Islands, passing some of the many islands and heading just out of the bay to see the Hole in the Rock. Once we boarded we headed to the outside upper deck so that we would have a really good view ...


    A travel blog entry by carrhaughan on Mar 08, 2014

    9 photos

    ... one of which is the largest ever made and can transport 120 people (though this one was just ceremonial!) We end up back at the flagpole and get a better insight about the Treaty from a Maori perspective. It’s fascinating stuff. Before we leave we also see local Maori perform a haka, which is scary enough when the All Blacks do it on a rugby field, but goes up a notch when the warriors performing it are wielding weapons too. We head back and enjoy a ...