Bay of Island; the place where the sun always shines ... or supposed to be shining
Cape Reinga Travel Blog› entry 5 of 18 › view all entries
Let me start with bad news. I have no pictures of Paihia and Cape Reinga. I lost my camera with all my pictures. Luckily I've put most pictures already on my ipod but the pictures from the Bay of Islands are lost. The pictures on this page are provided by Andy, Ben and Georgina (Thanx!).
Paihia (Bay of Islands) is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. According to Wikipedia, Bay of Islands has the second bluest sky in the world. Unfortunately, it was raining frequently during the three days I was there. This place is facilitated for good weather activities, so when it rains there is nothing to do here. Despite the rain, I did a hike to the top of a mountain that has a beautiful view of the bay of Paihia.
The buspass I've purchased includes several tours. One of the tours is called Cape Reinga.
Another cool activity during this tour is the sandboarding. According to the bus driver you can reach a speed of 60-70 kph. My first run was just perfect. I didn't have to make any corrections at all so I went down in a straight line. However, I went so fast downhill that I managed to skim over the water and crashed into the bushes.
There are many outdoor activities in Paihia. Kayaking, long walks, skydiving, mountainbiking, etc. Too bad I didn't do any of these activities because of the bad weather. Many backpackers also booked the dolphin cruise. I was lucky that I didn't book this tour. The sea was very choppy so many got sea sick. Moreover, the people on the first boat only spotted five dolphins, the second boat just one. The boats also didn't go through the "hole in the rock" because of the rough sea. Thus, if you want to do the dolphin cruise in Paihia, make sure you check the weather forecast and only go on this tour when expecting good weather.
In Paihia, I stayed again at the Base hostel. I don't like this hostel because the bunk beds are unstable, the water pressure of the showers is too low (I barely got wet under the shower) and the internet is too expensive. I did meet some great and funny backpackers though. After staying in Paihia for two nights I went back on the Kiwi bus to Auckland for one night and making my way to the Coromandel Peninsula.
Next destination: Mercury Bay (Whitianga).