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Tanya & Steve Road Test New Zealand

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Tanya & Steve Road Test New Zealand


Bay of Islands - you are B-E-A-utiful!

When you travel to New Zealand (because, well… you just have to), make sure you visit the Bay of Islands. Think blue water, green land, friendly people & delicious fresh fish - and you'll start to get the picture.

Tanya & Steve kicked off their first morning in the Bay of Islands chatting to Melissa - the Manager at The Scenic Bay Hotel in Paihia. The hotel is just a minute walk from the main street and a terrific place to stay. Almost everyone working there is a local, giving you a real New Zealand experience (which in my opinion, is the way to go!). 

GPT Coaches (the most amazing luxury coach in the world) then took us to Waitangi Treaty Grounds to learn the history of New Zealand and the mauri culture. We saw traditional dancing, singing and rituals (and lots of shirtless males). NB: Wear nice socks there, because you must take off your shoes before entering the traditional Mauri meeting place. Anchor Ryzy wore love heart socks and embarrassed us all! We also got some pics with the chiselled mauri men, look how much Tanya got involved! 

After this, was a quick lunch at Charlotte’s kitchen (do yourself a favour and eat here) - followed by a ferry to Russell. This place was once known as hell on earth – brothels, fights & liquor stores. Now, it’s the complete opposite: cottage style timber houses, and gentle town folk who are passionate about their game fishing – so cool! Doug, the chef at The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club said they catch fish up to 400kg in weight. Check this out! 

We finished our day out with dinner at Dukes on Russell. On the menu for us? Calamari & Tapuka fish – it was unbelievable.

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Some holiday-goers sleep in until 12 and laze around… but not Tanya and Steve! We met in the main street at 8am today for our Salt Air Hole in the Rock Experience. What’s that I hear you ask? The most incredible scenic helicopter ride you’ll ever go on. It goes for roughly half an hour. It’s safe, picturesque, but also exhilarating. If you’re going to splurge on something special while you’re holidaying, save your cash for this. The highly experienced helicopter pilot lands on a rock out in the middle of an island (you honestly think he could never fit on the tiny concrete landing pad, but he does it). You fly above crystal blue water, private islands, huge holiday homes and the occasional dolphin. It’s epic. Plus, think of the Facebook photos that’ll make your friends jealous for days!

Grand Pacific Tours Coach then road tripped us to Auckland. It’s around 3 hours total from Bay of Islands. However, when you travel in this coach, it feels like less. It’s got leather recliner seats, wifi, a fridge and toilet. It also only seats 20, so it’s spacious and quiet (unless you travel with Tanya & Steve of course haha). 

Check in time – it’s The Sky City Auckland for us. Central and classy are two words that come to mind when settling in. We enjoy our last supper here before tomorrow’s big jump. Will Steve jump 192 metres off the sky city tower??? Read on tomorrow to find out!

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