I had to add another dolphin picture to the page. This is a Bottlenose dolphin. They were very docile and curious about our boat when we arrived at their sunny little bay.
If you pick up the Bay of Islands Cruises and Tours brochure from Fullers (either in Auckland or the Bay), it shows you in which months you're most likely to see dolphins or even whales (unfortunately the latter mostly go into the Bay in the winter).
Walking along the Coastal Path
It is quite scenic to walk along the path, it is sandy, with lots of sea smell, but also the smell of bush, and shrubs...smell reminded me of Australia though!!!. And you here the clink clank of the boats, and now and then you get the tingling of rain over you. The stroll is about 10 mins, and there was even a small shipyard. The path ended at a small convenient kiosk, where I bought some choc fish (marshmallow fish coated with choc)!!!
next door is famous confectionary, Makana. We were served Makanas chocolates during after dinner t the Cliffedge...
I recommend buying their popcorn, macadamia coated with honey and orange flavour, and also some slices with berry taste.. the unfortunate thing is there was not much tasting so we could not decide what to buy. MAKANA CONFECTIONS
Boutique Chocolate Factory - free viewing and tasting.
Open daily 9am - 5:30pm
While I was walking from Paihia to Waitangi I noticed a group of people near the bridge who were gathering shellfish in the sand. It is difficult to know sometimes where you can find shellfish in the sand so I thought it might be interesting to document this observation. I am not sure what type of shellfish they are gathering but it is likely to be either pipis, cockles or tuatua. You will need to check the regulations on the daily limit per person for shellfish.
Paihia is a destination that you can stay in (very popular with young people in particular) or you can make it a daytrip destination. We chose to stay in Russell and go there for the day on the ferry.
There are more shops in Paihia than in Russell - including several banks and a large supermarket. The beach is a short walk away from the ferry buildings and shops. There is a good playground too for children to play in (we enjoyed taking little George there as you can see from the pics).