Pawhaoa Bay Lodge , Whangaruru Harbour, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Suggested Itinerary ONE - Travel by road to see the Scenic Attractions of the Bay of Islands.
Pawhaoa after an early breakfast, drive 45 minutes to Russell via the
spectacular coastal scenic road with magnificent views over deserted
pristine white sandy beaches, rocky coves and the tourquoise blue
waters of the Pacific ocean.
arrived in Russell drive to the top of Flag Staff Hill, for a 360 °
panoramic view of the Bay of Islands and the town of Russell. Drive
back down into Russell, park and explore this pretty historic town by
foot, taking in the oldest wooden church in NZ (complete with bullet
holes (from earlier turbulent times), Pompellier House (French Catholic
Mission House), and the Russell Museum with the first printing press in
NZ. Have morning tea on one of the many water front cafes while
watching the boats coming and going.
Russell drive back to the Opua car Ferry (this is a drive on car ferry
which goes every 10minutes and takes 10 minutes to cross to Opua ) -
get a return ticket -aprox NZ$20.
Opua head towards Paihia , but follow the signs to Kawakawa to visit
the unique and world famous Hunderwasser Ceramic and Glass sculpted
toilets in the main street. These are public toilets so you can view
them (and use them) at no cost. Hunderwasser moved to NZ in the last 15
years of his life and fell in love with NZ , Kataia and it's people.
This was his “gift” to a town who had embraced him.
Kawakawa head north to Kerikeri (45 minutes drive). This is another
delightful town situated in the middle of fertile groves of citrus
orchards, avocado farms, and vineyards renowned for it's food and wine.
Visit the old Stone Store (oldest stone building in NZ) and lunch at
one of the several vineyards . We recommend Marsden Vineyard on the
road towards Kerikeri airport less than 10 minutes from the centre of
town. There are many award winning cafes in the Kerikeri area.
lunch take the road back to Paihia , turn left just before you get to
Paihia at the roundabout and head to Waitangi, across the wooden
bridge, and 5 more minutes.
Waitangi (Scene of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, birth of NZ)
and view the Maori war canoe, Meeting House and first Governers House
all beautifully restored and watch the interactive display at the
centre. This is a must for anyone interested in NZ and Maori History
through Paihia to Opua, cross on the ferry and drive back towards
Russell, but turn left onto Old Russell Road (the road you came in on
earlier in the morning from Pawhaoa).
out for the turn off onto the alternative route back to Bland Bay (sign
posted Whangarei via Old Russell Road & Twin Bole Kauri ).
road is a narrow windy rough gravel road but very scenic and pretty,
taking you through mature virgin native forest . Stop and view the Twin
Bole Kauri (sign posted , 50 metres walk off the road)
onto the end of the metal road and turn left at the junction where the
road meets the tarseal again (we have a Pawhaoa Bay Lodge sign at this
Return to Bland Bay and
Pawhaoa taking the turn to the right just past the lilac/purple school
at Ngaiatonga.(clearly signposted).
Pawhaoa Bay Lodge, Whangaruru North Road, Bland
Bay, RD 4, Hikurangi, Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +64 9 433 6566, Fax: +64 9
433 6563, Mobile: 0274 399 440