Paihia is a medium sized holiday town about 230 kms, and three and a half hours, north of Auckland. I visited Paihia, also known as the Jewel of the Bay of Islands in August, which is winter in New Zealand – which was probably a mistake. Why visit Paihia? Paihia is an interesting little town […]

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Whangarei Accommodation Greetings from Whangarei Northland, its August 2015. I’m in the car with Vanessa from Germany and Thea from the US, two ladies from the hostel. Last night we stayed just outside Whangarei, accommodation was easy to find. We stayed in YHA Whangarei Falls, a traditional Kiwi backpacker style hostel. The hostel itself is […]

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