Northland Journals

Three days in the Northland

An October 2002 trip to Northland by superpurd

Quote: The area north of Auckland is generally known as Northland. We spent 3 days in the Northland area touring Cape Reinga, Pahia, and several other smaller towns and points of interest. This area is sub-tropical, has great beaches and is a restful/slow paced area.

Three days in the Northland

Overview

Quote:
The Fullers bus trip to Cape Reinga is a must do and is the only way to go. Driving yourself would make the trip work. For those interested in history of the area, the Waitanga treaty house is a great place to visit with a video explaining some of the history which took place there. In summer, this is the resort area New Zealanders go for their beach break. There are also several other excursions by boat and bus available in Pahia which looked interesting, but we did not have the time.Quick Tips: If you are renting a vehicle, which we recommend, rent from a local company. We rented from "About New Zealand" and paid about 2/3 the price quoted by the internationals. Drive slowly until use...Read More

Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel

Hotel | "Pahia Pacific Resort Hotel"

Quote:
Above price is in $NZ. This was a split level suite with a nice view of the gardens outside. We had a full bathroom (with tub). The room was clean and was stocked with tea and coffee. A small fridge was in the room. Breakfast was not included but was available if desired. The location is one block from the beach and about a dozen good restaurants. The desk clerk was very helpful in assisting us book our bus trip to Cape Reinga and in giving us information about other sites in the area. Excellent location if you plan on spending time on the beach.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2002

Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel
27 Kings Road
Paihia, New Zealand 0200
649-402-8221

Only Seafood

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Quote:
The location is across the street from the main beach in Pahia and thus if you have a seat with a view, the view is gorgeous. The building itself was previously a residence which has been made into two restaurants. There is a bistro on the main floor and Only Seafood is upstairs on the second floor. (better view) The restaurant does not accept reservations so you take your chances if there during the busy season (Dec. -- Feb) Not a big risk though as there are a half-dozen decent restaurants in the area. The attitude of the restaurant is casual including the decor, furniture, and the staff. Staff was friendly and efficient. The only real reason to go however is the food. Sushi and raw fish sal...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2002

Only Seafood
40 Marsden Drive
Northland, New Zealand
402-6066

Fullers Bus Tours to Cape Reinga

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Fullers bus trip to Cape Reinga"

Quote:
This is a full day (12 hour) trip which includes a hot lunch and several stops en route. We have a bus driver and a Maori guide who obviously have made the trip often together. Their banter and information made the trip more interesting. Our first stop was at a Maori Marae, which is a sacred building in a Maori village. Our driver explained the welcoming procedures which the elders put us through and we all learned a little Maori culture. Warning - if you are in the country you will find various activities include one of these visits. The first one is interesting, the second time, not as interesting. Soft drinks were served before we got back on the bus. Our next stop was at the Wagoner M...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2002

Fullers Bus Tours to Cape Reinga
99 Quay Street
Northland, New Zealand
+64 9 367 9111

Waitangi Treaty House

Attraction | "Waitanga Treaty House"

Quote:
The estate is over 1200 acres and seems to be like the Vatican in Rome as it is controlled by the Maori people. The treaty house is the building where the federation of Maori chiefs signed their treaty with the British government. Included on the site is a large war canoe that would hold 100 warriors and another about 1/2 that size. Apparently it is put in the water on Fe. 6th of each year in an annual ceremony. The treaty house was the former residence of governor James Busby and was used for the formal signing. There were large reproductions of the treaty written in both Maori and English. There is still some questions being argued about the treaty today. Apparently, it didn't say the same th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2002

Waitangi Treaty House
1 Tau Henare Drive
Paihia
+64 9 402 7437

Touring Kerikeri

Attraction | "Touring around Keri-Keri"

Quote:
Keri Keri is a small town of about 5000 people. The down town area is mostly on the main drag and their are various shops of interest and small unique restaurants. While in Kerkeri we visited the Rewa Village at a cost of $2.50NZ per person. It is worth the price, but not a lot more. It is a replica of a maori village. You walk along a pathway and see about a dozen huts. The huts are in a forested area and dozens of different types of native plant life are exhibited. Kerikeri also offers Riverboat cruises and a few other places which may be of interest to tourists. A nice clean small town where it would be easy to spend a pleasant and worthwhile day

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2002

Touring Kerikeri
Throughout Kerikeri
Northland, New Zealand