Northland Journals

Two weeks in Northland, New Zealand

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An April 2013 trip to Northland by auskiwi

The partial unveiling at Tanoa Photo, Northland, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Good times catching up with family at the family house located at Batley, on the Kaipara Harbour, plus four days playing in the Bay of Islands - what a great holiday.

Sea Spray Suites Paihia

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Hotel | "Sea Spray Suites"

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Price - $110 per night + $35 extra adult using sofa bed.Wow what a great find. The Sea Spray Suites are located on the main road, across the road from Te Ti Beach, half way between Waitangi and Paihia – that’s about 10 minutes (if that) walking distance either way if you want to save the petrol and don’t want to pay parking fees.The building is a fairly modern, 2 storeys, building with a number of different types of suites available for booking. The location is peaceful and quiet. There is a petrol station next door and a takeaway shop just around the corner – some of the better pineapple fritter, battered sausage and chips I’ve had for a while.The suite we booked w...Read More

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Sea Spray Suites Paihia
138 Marsden Road
Paihia
(09) 402 7935

Darryl's Dinner Cruise

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Attraction | "Darryl’s Dinner Cruise to Haruru Falls"

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While we were in Paihia we did go on one of the cruises – the cruise being the Darryl’s Dinner Cruise to Haruru Falls.It was a relaxing, leisurely, 3hr cruise up the Waitangi River to the Haruru Falls and back. We boarded the boat at about 5.00pm and set off from the wharf towards the Waitangi River mouth, under the bridge and up the river. All the time we are getting a commentary from the captain about the points of interest along the way. The captain and crew had a great way of making everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. The socializing started with everyone having to wear a disguise and standing up to tell all the other passengers their name, where they were f...Read More

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Darryl's Dinner Cruise
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Northland, North Island
64 9 402 7848

Batley - Nothing like home

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The view from the gate of the family house Photo, Northland, New Zealand
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Not far from the small country town of Maungaturoto, about 1 ½ hours north of Auckland, Batley is a quiet rural location on the banks of the Otamatea River, on the northern side of the Kaipara Harbour. The Kaipara Harbour is a vast expanse of water and is the deepest harbour in New Zealand. Many small towns/areas dot its banks/shoreline – Batley, Tanoa, Ruawai and Tinopai are just a few on the northern shores. There is a lot of Maori and early pioneer history in the area with ancient carvings – possibly dating back to pre-Maori days - known to be found in the harbours muddy shores.Batley was once a bustling township, consisting of a number of houses, a school, a couple of small...Read More

Entry 1 - Paihia, The Bay of Islands

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Sunset at Paihia Photo, Northland, New Zealand
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While we were in the Bay of Islands we based ourselves in Paihia which was a great choice. While it isn’t really as interesting historically as say Russell, Waitangi and Keri Keri – don’t get me wrong there is still plenty of history here it’s just not as well known for it, that’s all – Paihia is the main departure point for most tours, cruises and things to do. The central Paihia Wharf is where all water cruises – from the slow boat to the Hole in the Rocks to the jet boat to the Hole in the Rock, Darryl’s dinner cruises up the Haruru River to the Haruru Falls, dolphin watching cruises, etc, - numerous fishing charters and the ferries to Russell depart from. Tickets for all these rides an...Read More

Entry 2 - Waitangi, The Bay of Islands

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Haruru Falls Photo, Northland, New Zealand
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What trip to the Bay of Islands would be complete without a visit to Waitangi? Obviously not ours because we went. Unfortunately we forgot to take our New Zealand passports along – New Zealanders can get in free but visitors from other countries must pay the entry fee which, for an adult, is $25. There are guided tours available, which do cost more – we listened into one of the tours that walked past us at one stage and, if you are not up with the history of the area and Waitangi, I would suggest paying the extra. You also get a live Maori cultural performance.Once inside the entry there are a number of things to have a look at.Our first stop was the canoe house and...Read More

Entry 3 - Russell, The Bay of Islands

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The Duke of Marlborough, Russell Photo, Northland, New Zealand
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On our second day in the Bay of Islands we drove around to Opua and took the car ferry across to Okiato and Russell. The ferry may cost $12 ($10 per car and driver and $2 per passenger) each way but it is definitely much quicker than driving around the country roads to Russell. First stop once we hit the other side is Okiato which was the site of the first capital of New Zealand – Russell was thought to be too unsavoury at the time and was often called "the hell hole of the Pacific". We followed the sign posts to the location and nothing but grass, a small pile of stones, fencing and signage - Note - do not expect a building of any kind when you reach the site, the site is now a historic r...Read More

Entry 4 - Keri Keri, The Bay of Islands

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The Old Stone Store, Keri Keri Photo, Northland, New Zealand
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On our third day in the beautiful Bay of Islands we decided to drive to the historic Keri Keri Basin, about a ¾ hour drive up the coast from Paihia. Keri Keri is quite a large township with many interesting shops along the road coming into the area – a handmade chocolate store, antique shops, gift shops, fruit stores selling locally grown produce (this fruit has plenty of flavour compared to stuff bought at the supermarkets) and the like. We stopped at a number of them along the way.First stop is the Keri Keri Basin, the Stone Store and Kemp House – The Keri Keri Basin is where, in about 1820, Reverend Samuel Marsden was granted land and invited, by the local Maori chief, Hongi...Read More