Monthly Archives: October 2014


Kerikeri is ideally placed to explore the stunning Bay of Islands and the Far North. The Bay of Islands Airport is just 5 minutes drive from Avalon Resort and the Kerikeri town centre. Kerikeri is a vibrant town, with a lot of restaurants, cafes and art and craftshops within walking distance. (Kerikeri website) From a […]

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Paihia & The Bay of Islands

The tourist hub of Paihia is just a 20 minute drive from Avalon where you can enjoy many of the maritime activities such as sailing, boat cruises and fishing charters. It is also the way to get to the historic and charming village of Russell, either by passenger ferry or the vehicle ferry at Opua. […]

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Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach

From Kerikeri, it is a nice day trip to visit Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga Lighthouse and the giant sand dunes. There are a number of guided trips you can do by coach, 4WD or a scenic flight/tour option. You can also self-drive right to the top but a guided tour provides a more informative […]

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Mangonui & Doubtless Bay

Mangonui is the urban centre of Doubtless Bay. It’s a natural harbour and one of the oldest ports in New Zealand. The first whaling ship arrived in Mangonui in 1792, and it soon became a bustling port of call for American whaling ships. This quaint historic whaling village and port, Mangonui is now a popular […]

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Hokianga & Waipoua Forest

The Hokianga region is steeped in spectacular natural wonders and fascinating cultural heritage. The spectacular entrance features huge sand dunes and remote beaches. On the southern tip of the Hokianga Harbour is the Waipoua Forest, the home of Tane Mahuta, the country’s largest kauri tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old and still growing. Continuing […]

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Chinese Tea Sets