The Retreat

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

    The Far North

    A travel blog entry by nbinette04 on Jun 21, 2014

    36 photos

    ... deep spiritual meaning for the Maori. From our brief visit it was easy to see why the area was so important for New Zealand indigenous peoples.

    We had a late lunch and some fish and chips soon afterwards, which really seemed to please the British tourists. Evening was on its way by the time we arrived at our final stop of the evening: Manginangina. This was a forest of ancient kauri trees and old New Zealand ...

    Heaven on a stick

    A travel blog entry by davo1764 on Apr 08, 2014

    17 photos

    ... back to Russell for dinner.  Louise and Peter enjoy a card game called Frustration and it isn't far into the game before we all understand why it is called that.  Nevertheless Cheryl and I soon show the South Aussies a thing or two and proceed to clean them up over three games.   We then drive back over to Russell to enjoy a quiet drink and view the sunset from the deck at the Duke of Marlborough before celebrating Cheryl's birthday with a lovely dinner at the Gables ...

    Playful dolphins

    A travel blog entry by suebar on Apr 01, 2014

    8 photos

    ... be playing. The skipper had slowed the boat and it came to a halt while the dolphins were around. Eventually we had to move on and once the catamaran picked up speed a couple of the dolphins followed for a while leaping out of the water and into the churning water of the wake time and again. It was magical to watch them. The catamaran continued on its way through the beautiful scenery created by the large number of islands in the bay. The water became ...

    Beautiful bay of islands

    A travel blog entry by vivford on Mar 19, 2014

    15 photos

    ... we drove further north up the coast a bit to another stretch of beautiful beaches. Near one of them was the memorial to the Rainbow warrior which we went and paid our respects to (well you can't expect me to be political free for 9 weeks!) we decided to go over on the ferry to Russell for dinner at the duke of Marlborough as a last night treat. Being so laid back we didn't bother booking a table and when we got there it was full ...

    Paihia, Bay of Islands

    A travel blog entry by steve874 on Feb 12, 2014

    16 photos

    A bit of a delay this morning getting people off the ship as we are tendering this port but we were all sorted and ashore by 11am where we headed for the Waitangi treaty grounds which are about 20 minutes walk from where the tender dropped us off. The tender we got was one of the local ones which was helping out. It was a RIB with 3 huge outboards on the back, it was ...