On Saturday I arrived to Paihia which belongs to Bay of Islands in north New Zealand. On our way up from Auckland we stopped by at Whangarei Falls which were absolutely beautiful =) When I got to Paihia I went to Avo Sushi to get some lunch, checked in at Centabay Lodge where I was greeted by super friendly staff. My room was so clean and the bed was very comfortable. It’s some kind of hostel but with private rooms, hot tub and nice outdoor seating area. Very happy with that choice =) Oh and the best, it’s in a quiet area!
I had my first tour in the afternoon and that was a boat trip of 4 hours. It took us to the famous Hole in the rock and we got to see dolphins in one of our stops 😀 The weather got super windy so the boat ride was a bit insane. I had taken 2 tablets for motion sickness but I felt so sick anyway haha. Was just about to vomit but my third tablet kicked in so puh, I didn’t vomit. But a lot of people did I think, as I saw quite many sitting with the bags haha. Blaaahhhhh. Unfortunately I didn’t get to enjoy the hole in the rock too much as that’s when I felt the worst but I was with 3 other people who will send me photos 😛 We also got off in Otehey Bay which was such a beautiful island with the most amazing view. It doesn’t give justice on the photos, one have to be there to enjoy it. While back in Paihia me and Marcel went to the supermarket to get some breakfast. I was supposed to meet up with him later on but my tablets made me so drowsy I fell asleep at 8 pm haha. I actually did my best to stay awake until then… Never taking 3 again haha.
Mrs Captain // Hole in the rock
Dplphins 😀 // Otehey Bay
On my second day I was doing another tour and this time to Cape Reinga which is as far north you can get in New Zealand. Pretty cool eh 😉 And this is also where the Pacific Ocean meets Tasman Sea. Another cool thing 😉 On the way up there we had a few stops. The first one was in Taipa which is a small village by the beach. Beautiful! The second stop was on the 90 Mile Beach where we rode with the bus. Similar to what me and my sister did on Fraser Island. We had a stop at Te Paki sand dunes for sand boarding and that’s quite close to 90 Mile Beach. I didn’t do the sand boarding as I’ve done it before and I couldn’t bother get sand EVERYWHERE haha. But it was fun watching everybody else =) And old people did it as well haha. They’re so cool! After the sand boarding we had our lunch stop where we got fish and chips. Greasy, but good. And the last stop was at Manginangina forest. Now, there’s a funny but sad story about this forest. The Queen (queen of England) was visiting New Zealand and decided this is the forest she wants to see. The kind Kiwis built a bridge of 360m that takes 5mins to get around so that the queen could have a nice walk there. It cost them a lot of money and took them a long time to build. Her Highness got there, started walking a few meters and got to the part where the bridge divides and stopped there. She had a look for a minute or two, said ”This is nice” and then went back to her limo haha!! It’s so mean to the Kiwis to do that after all the effort they’ve been through but it’s funny that she was happy with just look at it for a very, very short time.
Taipa // Manginangina forest // Cape Reinga
Te Paki sand dunes
Cape Reinga tour was a very long day but since the sun is up longer here than in Australia I figured I need to enjoy it so I bought ice-ream at Mövenpick and took a seat by the ocean. Loved it.
My third and last day is today. I’m about to head back to Auckland just for the night and tomorrow we have an early pick up for Hot Water Beach.
So today I actually had another tour to Russell island where we would do a caves and grottos walk but it got cancelled because of boat maintenance. Instead I did the Opua Coastal walk here in Paihia. It was so nice to wake up, have breakfast and then start my day with a long beach walk. I had lunch with me but when I was having it a bee flew in to my salad and refused to get out haha. I threw it and went to Avo Sushi again. Had a seat by the ocean, spoke to a very nice older British couple and then had my dessert from Cellini’s. Ice-cream with brownie pieces, chocolate and caramel sauce and berries. Yummy! I walked just across the street where I found Williams House Public Library that had a cute little garden so I had a seat there and enjoyed my delicious sundae.
Williams House // Opua Coastal walk
Not sure I will update again about my second stay in Auckland as I’m arriving there tonight and will probably only have dinner and then sleep Nothing interesting really. So talk to you when I’m done with Hot Water Beach