Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

Corner Of Seaview Roads & Mcmurray Roads, P.0. Box 358, Paihia, Bay of Islands, 0247, New Zealand
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 25% more than similarly rated 3.5 star hotels

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Forum Posts

Re: Auckland - Russell - Cape Reingi

by fachd

Time factor is important as we have only 7 nights, if we hire car from the Auckland airport and drive to the ferry terminal.

Do you know (a) how much is the cost to Russell by ferry and (b) is the Ferry Terminal close from the airport.

Are there other important factors we should know?


Re: Re: Auckland - Russell - Cape Reingi

by Steve51

Re: Re: Auckland - Russell - Cape Reingi

by jessandlogey

when are you going or have you already been? russell is about 3plus hours from auckland terminal and about 45 minutes from the kerikeri airport terminal , last time i was there the ferry cost me 5nzd to cross

Travel Tips for Bay of Islands

Elliot Bay

by iandsmith

It really doesn't matter what direction you take, there are scenic drives everywhere and this one that heads out to Whangaruru North certainly has its moments
I would encourage enyone staying in the Bay of Islands to utilize your vehicle because the rewards are many.
On this scenic route out the back of Russell it winds through lush countryside for a time until you reach the ocean again and then it certainly rates up with the best of them. For me the highlight was Elliot Bay. This idyllic setting of a sandy beach with small lines of swell drifting in from the sea (pic 1) is so romantic yet it is relatively remote so remains unexploited even to this day. As you come over the hill and first see the water (pic 5) it looks nice and just gets better from there.

A quality experience

by iandsmith

In addition to the previous there's a raft of things to see. They have an entire saw mill (pic 1),
amazing historical scenes in period costumes (pic 2), an extensive collection of historic photos that I found rivetting (pic 3), quality furniture pieces made from kauri and other native species (pic 4) and a huge log with the ring lines explained (pic 5).
So many other things are there that they are too numerous to list here but, suffice it to say that, if you are the slightest bit curious, this place should be high on your priorities of things to do in New Zealand.

n the Main course

by Audrey118

I was already up to the rim....and here comes the main course - perfectly cooked salmon - so moist inside...still pinkish..with mash and spaggethied zucchinis. some of us just could not tuck in further, so we left our salmon for Peter to make them into salmon cakes instead!!!

Paihia - weekend market

by Audrey118

there is a small green patch and on the weekends you see several stalls. Not many, but enough for me. There were lots of nice wood works - very well priced compared to shops, and also you can bargain. They normally give 15 pct discount. I bought some picture frame and a platter made of kauri wood.

Wairere Boulders - basalt rocks and nikau palms

by vtveen

The Wairere Boulders are situated near Horeke, a small village along the Hokianga Harbour (with the oldest post office of New Zealand). The village is accessible from both Highway 1 and Highway 12 between Opononi and Kaikohe.

After our lunch in the local pub of Horeke we did take the Horeke (gravel) Road and after a couple of km's we found the car park for the boulders on McDonnell Road. We did get a lot of information from the Swiss owners about the boulders before we started our walk through the park.

We just did the Boulder Loop Track on the right and left side of the Wairere Stream. We had to climb many stairs and small bridges with stunning views on the huge basalt rocks. They are coming down the valley like a fall of rocks.
On the other side of the river is a short loop track, which leads to the so called Bush Pool. And we crossed a real big stand of Nikau Palms (New Zealands only native palm) and other native trees. Along the track are also notice boards.
The track is about 3 km's of length and we had a very pleasant and interesting walk of about 1 hour in this Nature Park.

The entrance fee was (12.2005) NZD. 10,- pp.


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Address: Corner Of Seaview Roads & Mcmurray Roads, P.0. Box 358, Paihia, Bay of Islands, 0247, New Zealand