I have no shame when it comes to trying to convince friends and family to visit us over here in New Zealand. I’m a huge fan of using whatever means that I have at my disposal. Offering to pay for part of plane tickets, reminding them of the mild weather, waving the carrot of free room + board… I’ll sink to pretty low levels! And after our vacation/holiday in Paihia, I’ve got a whole lot more ammo in my arsenal. I won’t tell you how beautiful and fun it was. I’ll just let you look at my photos, think wishful thoughts, and then start researching plane ticket prices on Kayak and Airfare.com…
Paihia Walks – Walk to Paihia Veiwpoint
Birds in the Bay of Islands
Great cross-training! “Bend those elbows, Chris! Strengthen your core! Mush! Mush!”
Lots of one-lane bridges – great for sharpening your nerves as you hope no other cars approach!
“The Melting Point” – where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea meet at Cape Reinga
All of this is yours for the viewing! It’s conveniently located a scant 10,479km (6,500 miles) from Los Angeles and I can assure you that the flight staff on Air New Zealand or Qantas Airlines are perfectly lovely.
And you know what? I hear that the South Island is even prettier… 😉