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Leaving Hokianga - Wednesday 6th Feb

Driving to Paihia

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Another scorching hot day. A helicopter had landed on the grass in front of our hotel. I thought it was noisy but hadn’t realised it had landed.
Left around 9am and decided to stop off somewhere to have breakfast.
We had read about The Boathouse at Rowena and decided to give it a go. We almost missed it. Main signs on the road are good, but some tourist attractions aren’t very w ll signposted at all. We have driven a few circles! Anyway, breakfast was nice in an absolutely beautiful spot. We had the veranda to ourselves.

Made our way to Kerikeri where the Rainbow Falls are. The signs seemed to disappear, so after asking someone for directions ended up at Kororipo Heritage Park where a sign said you can walk to the falls. It would take 2 hours for a round trip. We didn’t have that amount of time. Whilst here we visited The Stone Store which is the oldest store in New Zealand. We asked if we were able to drive to Rainbow Falls and luckily we could and were given directions.

Saw the Rainbow Falls and also the Haruru Falls. Had a bit of a traffic jam through Waitanga as it was where the Treaty was signed and there was a big festival. It was a Public Holiday due to commemorating the signing of the Treaty. And what a beautiful day they had for it.

Paihia is the next resort along and we arrived at our hotel. 2 nights here. On arrival we were told the bar was closed as they had no staff. Unloaded and walked I to the town. Ended up at a restaurant/bar on a raised jetty called Zane Grey’s The Dock. Had a nice meal here and stayed looking out to sea. Beautiful. Zane Grey was an American author and explorer. See our trip to The Hole in the Rock.

Posted by JanSpencer 14:00

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