The Retreat

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

      Burning dolphins

      A travel blog entry by timwindle on Dec 27, 2014

      ... still feel little delerious from the

      I got back to the pick up point at 2.15, 15 minutes before the bus was due to leave. I picked up my bag and went to the toilet but as I was coming out to board the bus it started pulling away, five minutes before it was due to leave. I ran after it with my bag but couldn't catch it, I have no real leeway to lose any extra nights while I'm travelling here so this was a disaster, some friendly kiwi girls saw ...

      Head over heels

      A travel blog entry by wattsy on Nov 21, 2014

      1 comment, 11 photos

      ... but I don't recall frozen coke. It's OK though, and it's a good day to have one. It's warm and sunny, Mediterranean weather.

      Given Kirsty's injured state we decide to do something more serene and easy going, so we drive a short distance down the road to Paihia and stop at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. It's a historic site and marks the location where the Waitangi Treaty was first signed between the British Crown and The Maori Chiefs in 1840. It was something done in haste, ...


      A travel blog entry by travellingyak on Oct 20, 2014

      7 photos

      ... painted white, with hanging baskets of brightly coloured plants adorning verandahs. The architecture in town has an American style, with two storey timber construction featuring attics and gables. Beautiful gardens and magical views combine to give an aura of wealth and prosperity reminiscent iof a bygone era. We drive back to Paihia using the car ferry from Otikia, the first ...

      The beautiful Bay of Islands

      A travel blog entry by shazbattical on Oct 08, 2014

      5 photos

      ... gets all swirled up because of the cross currents. Stunning. On the way back we drove for about 70km on 90 mile beach. I know I'm mixing up my metric and imperial there and also misleading you on the 90 mile bit. It is actually 68miles and when operational the rules of a highway operate!! It just went on and on and on. My only other excursion in the BofI was to go dolphin watching.. Simply AWESOME. We saw them within ...

      Bay of Islands And Northland

      A travel blog entry by lilianbrett on Apr 09, 2014

      9 photos

      ... is the most northerly point in New Zealand (accessible by road). Our first stop was to visit the 2000 year old trees in the ha puketi Kauri Forest where trees can grow up to 18m diameter trunks. Next we took to the sand and drove up 90mile beach which like its namesake in Fraser Island, Australia is also a state highway. The only difference was that you can just drive a normal 2 wheel drive car here. It was a bit strange seeing beat up bangers going 80km/h along ...